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Month: April 2010

St. Croix Cork & Fork

kevin_rathbun.jpgThe other evening we were invited to Annaly Mill for one of St. Croix’s food and wine experiences. This was the Cork & Fork, an intimate dining experience with a celebrity chef and winemaker. The featured chef was renowned Iron Chef winner Kevin Rathbun, the featured winemakers were Kathy and Kent Rosenblum of the celebrated Rosenblum Cellars.

We drove out into the rainforest and arrived at Annaly Mill around sunset. The renovated sugarcane mill was bigger than I expected, about 4 stories high with very thick walls. There were glimmering tiki torches, lush plants and flowers, stone walls and a moist tropical breeze to top off this special night’s ambiance. The feeling was of another time and place… old world, working mill, charming, tropical.

We were greeted by the hosts and introduced to Kevin, Kathy and Kent right away. This was going to be a fun evening! With a glass of Kathy’s Cuvee Viogner in hand we wandered around the mill, the home and the manicured grounds of Annaly Mill. Right in the center of the mill the main dining room was charmingly decorated with white linens, Danish china, candles, and sparkling silver. The long table was set for sixteen. Before dinner was served we climbed the winding stairs to the tip top of the mill where one could see for miles, past mountains and valleys right out to the ocean.

annaly_mill.jpgA toast was made in honor of this charitable event and dinner was served. We enjoyed an incredible five courses with different wines chosen for each course. Kevin Rathbun and his team served one delicious course after another while Kent Rosenblum explained why each wine was chosen to compliment each particular dish. Kent also had interesting stories and entertaining history about wine making. We had lots of laughs, interesting guests, and heard many “oohs and ahhs” about the amazing foods and wines.

For more information visit these links… Annaly Mill, Rosenblum Cellars, Kevin Rathbun, St. Croix Food and Wine Experience, all photos by Marjo Aho

St Croix Sales Data: March 2010

Single Family Homes

6 sales closed in March, with an average sale price of $609,333, median price of $238,000, and 347 days on market. This number compares to 5 sales in February, average sale price of $253,000, median price of $185,000, 304 days on market, and 8 sales in January. In March, 2009 there were 4 sales, with an average price of $261,750, median price of $263,500, and days on market 234.

Condos

4 sales closed in March, with an average sale price of $209,250, median price of $207,000, and 148 days on market. This number compares to 5 sales in February, with an average sale price of $251,800, median price of $225,000, and 330 days on market, and 3 sales in January. In March, 2009, there were 4 sales, with an average sales price of $131,225, median price of $92,450, and 250 days on market.

Lots/Land

7 sales closed in March, with an average sale price of $96,071, median price of $75,000, and 219 days on market. This number compares to 7 sales in February, with an average sale price of $186,048, median price of $120,000, and 268 days on market, and 5 sales in January. In March, 2009, 14 lots sold, with an average sales price of $110,857, median price of $39,000, and days on market 247.

St. Croix Condo For Sale

teagues_bay.jpgFor Sale: Beachfront Condo, one of the nicest units at The Reef at Teagues Bay, on the golf course with unobstructed views of the water and Buck Island and a very private patio. The home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, is fully furnished, with clay tile and concrete flooring for easy maintenance, and includes all appliances.

The Reef has a beautiful beach, restaurant, pool, and tennis courts across the street. This condo is a great turnkey vacation rental. Rentals are in place through April, and the website and all marketing through November is included. Visit the website at www.carusosreef.com.

Monthly condo fees are $704/month plus an assessment & insurance. Sorry, no pets. Asking $309,000. MLS # 10-62.

Contact Kim Lucas, Realtor, for details: Buyer Agent St Croix, East End Plaza, PO Box 24147, Christiansted, VI 00824. 340-626-3758.

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