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Quiet West End

If you like privacy, spaciousness and that country feeling, the West End may well be your destination. It’s a sleepy community, where many folks have lived for generations in well maintained, sometimes modest homes, and whose gentle topography offers tillable land for many of the island’s vegetarian, Rastafarian families. Farmers’ markets are a common feature on the West End – but that’s the extent of any shopping. No stores. No gas stations. While prices are more affordable on the West End than other areas, the West End is also home to the ultra high-end community The Preserve at Botany Bay, where seven and even eight-figure homes are slowly rising on large parcels of land overlooking sweeping ocean cliffs. The University of the Virgin Islands, a designated HBCU (Historically Black College or University), is also located on the West End, as is the Reichhold Center for the Arts which sponsors world-class artists and performances throughout the year in an open-air amphitheater. The West End is close to the St. Thomas airport, and is a 20-minute ride into downtown Charlotte Amalie. The drawbacks? Well, as accessible as the airport and downtown are, the West End is remote. While remote is soothing for some, it’s inconvenient for others.

Link to: The Preserve at Botany Bay