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How the St. John Real Estate Market Compares to Other USVI Islands

How the St. John Real Estate Market Compares to Other USVI Islands

St. John is one of the smallest islands in the US Virgin Islands with a population of about 4,500 residents. When compared with the larger islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix, which both have populations that exceed 50, 000 people, St. John is a much more peaceful area. The fact that most of the island is designated as a protected National Park creates a gorgeous, more private place to live. In the real estate market, these details can offer some stunning comparisons when compared with the larger two islands.

Residential Sales

The average price for a home in St. John is $961,442. St. Croix homes sell for an average of $426,719, and St. Thomas homes cost an average of $689,658. When displayed like this, St. John’s average home is more expensive than the other areas; but when factoring the range of prices for each city, things look a bit different.

Home Ownership USVI

  • In St. John, the lowest price of a home is only $189,000, and the highest price is $2,600,000.
  • The lowest price in St. Croix is less at $31,000, but the highest is a huge amount at $6,250,000.
  • St. Thomas homes are in the middle of the two, with the lowest price at $85,000, and the highest at $6,000,000.

USVI home prices

So, though the average of St. John homes is the highest cost of the three, their highest home cost is well below half the cost of the priciest home in the other 2 cities.

USVI homes sold

Condo Sales

The price of condos shows a similar pattern.

  • John has the most expensive average again at $378,706, but the lowest cost for a condo is only $180,000, and the highest is $748,250.
  • Croix has an average price per condo of $202,402, but the prices range from an exceptionally low cost of $22,500 to a huge amount of $1,150,000.
  • Thomas is once again in the middle, with an average price of $227,064. Their lowest cost for a condo is $55,000, and their highest is $940,000.

So, once again, St. John has the highest average price, but the highest price for a condo in the city is well below that of the other two cities.

Land Sales

For those looking to start fresh with a home, they build themselves, the price of land in St. John may come as a bit of a shock.

  • The average cost is $221,383. The lowest price is still quite high at $63,000, and the highest price is $970,000.
  • Croix is quite a bit cheaper with an average cost of $78,055. Their lowest lot price is only $10,000, and their highest is $348,000.
  • Thomas is again the middleman, with an average lot cost of $91,737. Their lowest cost is $20,000, and the highest cost is $370,000 per lot.

When compared, St. John seems shockingly high, but it must be said that the island is only 26 square miles in size, and much of that is protected land. And because there is so little space to build available, the high demand for lots can create a much higher rate than other areas.

The figures above show that despite the higher averages in the cost of homes, condos and land in St. John, the rates are still reasonable when compared to the cost of the priciest places in the other two cities. But it must be kept in mind that St. John is the smallest, the least populated, and surrounded by a National Park, beautiful bays and white sand beaches. The price paid for living there is not just for the building lived in, and the yard that comes with it. Homeowners in St. John pay for the beauty, the peacefulness, and the privacy, which are all well worth the price.

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