Lush is the word that describes the Northside of St. Thomas. Here you’ll find bountiful vegetation –outsized leaves and trees and plants rising tall and strong. The Northside faces the Atlantic, which brings cooler breezes than the Caribbean. While there are plenty of waterfront homes on the Northside such as in the gated communities of Peterborg and Mahogany Run, there are many more moderately priced homes nestled into the island’s hilly topography, which means you could have views that clobber those of oceanfront dwellers by virtue of their breadth. Small groceries, or bodegas, are scattered about the Northside so you’re never really going to go without that quart of milk – but it might be a hike to find it. And from most locations, you’ll need to plan at least 20 to 40 minutes to get to work or shopping. The Northside hosts the only real surfing beach on St. Thomas. Tucked into unexpected places, is an assortment of charming even elegant restaurants. Civilization can surprisingly be just around the corner. The drawbacks? The Northside has a lot of long, winding roads and conveniences are generally a distance away.