Karen

The Shoe that Grows. How you can help.

Good afternoon,

I want to share something with you that I think is a very neat and creative idea: The Shoe That Grows.

Today Sea Glass Properties set up a fundraising page as a way for the Virgin Islands to get involved: https://fundraise.theshoethatgrows.org/virginislands

I do not want you to pressure you to donate. If you can, wonderful. If you can’t, no problem. All that I ask is that at the bare minimum you either post to your Facebook page the link above or consider emailing to anyone you think might be interested in getting involved.

Also, you do not have to donate to the link above. You do have the ability to purchase the shoe on the website: https://theshoethatgrows.org/buy-the-shoe.html

Kenton, who is the man behind “Because International” a non-profit that believes in Practical Compassion. You can learn more about his organization and The Shoe here:

https://theshoethatgrows.org/index.html

Thanks and have a great day!

Karen

Great Northside condo!

You have to see this remodeled Mahogany Run condo. Innovative wall in the second bathroom allows for breezes to come through the bathroom and the rest of the condo. New kitchen and bathrooms. New floors. Nice, large porch to relax on or for entertaining. The porch goes right into the front room for wonderful indoor/outdoor living. Plenty of storage space with a wall of closets in each bedroom. Light and airy with vaulted ceilings. A covered parking space comes with the condo and 24 hour guard at the entrance for security. What more could you want??remodeled kitchen 2

Golf course view

Master bath 2

master bath vanity 2

master bed

2nd bath opens to room

2nd bath sliding door

2nd bed large

front room

Karen

Living in the Caribbean

Saw this and just had to post it. Comes close – both good and bad of living on a small island.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-walkins/9-definitive-reasons-why-_b_6496914.html

Karen

I have moved to Sea Glass Properties!

I wanted to make a big announcement. I have moved to Sea Glass Properties. I feel this is a wonderful opportunity for me. Sea Glass has excellent marketing on many different websites as well as their own magazine. We also work on all U.S. Virgin Islands so I will be better able to take care of all my buyers and sellers. My cell phone number and email address will remain the same so you can still contact me easily.I look forward to hearing from you and continuing to assist you with all of your real estate needs.

I'm with Sea Glass Properties!

Karen

2 unit new construction

The View

Come see this 2 unit home in Estate Ross. It has a nice view of the Caribbean Sea and is close to town and Havensite. This house has a new roof, new parking area, new stairway, and all new appliances and cabinets. The upper unit has three bedrooms, stainless appliances in the new kitchen, and washer/dryer hookups. The lower 1 bedroom apartment has all new kitchen and remodeled bathroom. Great for rental income!

Karen

Point Pleasant Condo

This is video of a condo that is for sale on the east end of St Thomas. List price is $185k. MLS 11-1733 Contact me if you have any questions!
http://youtu.be/ks0Ba3pzUGs

Karen

Caribbean Critters

On St Thomas the biggest animals we have are horses, deer, and donkeys. We dont have anything big and scary. We do have a few little and scary things however. Brown Recluse spiders, tarantulas and scorpions.If you encounter any of these small critters, don’t touch them! Their bites can be deadly for some people.

Karen

Workin it!

Here I am ‘working’ hard at Mini Mangos using their free wifi. This is a great place to kick back, relax, and have a drink while watching the cruise ship passengers come and go. I just found out that Mini Mangos is also renting out the Galaxy Tab for $20/day from Jont. You can connect using the 3G data network and take it around the island with you all day as your personal tour guide. It has places to go, things to see, stores, etc and how to get there all at your fingertips.

Karen

Selling And Buying Real Estate In The US Virgin Islands

Here I live in the US Virgin Islands.  What a beautiful place to be!

karen-korsgren-headshot

When I was 15 my family went on vacation to Grand Cayman.  Ever since then I have wanted to live somewhere where it is warm all the time, palms are the most abundant trees, the water is aqua, and wearing your black flip flops means you are dressed up.

Well, it took a few years for me to convince myself that I could do it, but here I am.  I moved to St Thomas in October of 2004 and I have never looked back.  I am selling St Thomas real estate, along with St. John real estate and St. Croix in one of the most beautiful areas in the world and loving it!  Now I get to help other people find their dream home.  This can be a studio condo or a multi-unit income producing home or a piece of land.

The US Virgin Islands consist of St Thomas, St John, St Croix, Water Island, and various other smaller islands and cays.  I can help find commercial space for those of you looking to start a business or I can help you purchase an established business.

Feel free to email me at islandrealestate@joimail.com if you would like to find out what real estate is available or ask me any questions.

Karen Korsgren (”Island K”)

islandrealestate@joimail.com

ph: 340-514-4730

Karen

House Hunters Intrnational episode

Hi everyone. I had a few people yell at me for not letting you know that I was on House Hunters International in June. They are going to replay my episode Tomorrow night. Im not in it much, but you are welcome to watch…

HGTV House Hunters International   July 8, 2010   11pm EST

The episode is with my customer Teri McKenna. You can Google ‘house hunters international karen korsgren’ or

go to http://www.hgtv.com/house-hunters-international/teri-mckenna-has-lived-and-worked-on-her-boat-in-st-thomas-for-a-year-and-shes-ready-now-to-try-life-on-solid-ground/index.html

Karen

Great Opportunity – 2 unit Condo

How many times do you hear about a condo with a separate unit that you can rent out? Well here you go! This beautifully remodeled condo has a spacious one bedroom upstairs with a wrap around deckand gorgeous views of Vieques, Culebra, and Puerto Rico! The lower unit is a smaller one bedroom with all brand new appliances, its own entrance, deck and parking! You can live in one and rent out the other or rent out both!! Add in the beautiful pool area, great location to town, and low condo fees and you have a winner!

Karen

The Holidays

Happy Turkey Day everyone!  The holidays are a time when family gets together and catches up with each others lives.  Well, down here, lots of people are from the states and don’t have family on island.  Instead, we get together with other friends and have a ‘misfits’ party.  This year, the Texas Embassy hosted with beautiful views over looking one of the largest natural harbors, Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas in the USVI.
view from our Thanksgiving feast

view from our Thanksgiving feast

inside before dinner

inside before dinner gearing up for food!

out on the deck

out on the deck

gearing up for dinner

gearing up for dinner

Our hosts did us proud!  There was tons of food!

cooking up a storm of stuffing

cooking up a storm of stuffing And of course, after good conversation and great food...the 1st triptophan casualty

here's the second

here's the second

I was just resting my eyes.  No, really!

I was just resting my eyes. No, really!

All in all, a great day!

Karen

More Fun On The Water

I have been on island about five years now.  There are lots of different water related things to do such as snorkeling, SCUBA diving, night versions of both, jet skis, parasailing, boating…

One thing I hadn’t done before is go fishing.  We have different fishing tournaments here every year.  The US Virgin Islands is actually known for its great sport fishing off of the North Drop and the South Drop.  Some 21 world records in fishing have been set in recent years in the Virgin Islands. 

the fighting chair

the fighting chair

The North Drop is part of the Puerto Rican Trench.  A 6 mile trench  a that runs east to west on the north side of St Thomas.  The ocean runs from where it touches the beaches and cliffs gradually out to a depth of about 300 feet -this happens over approximately 20 miles.  About 20 miles north/north east of St Thomas the bottom suddenly drops to a depth of about 28,000 feet.  (5.2 miles or 8,400 meters).  This is where the big fish hang out.  Some of the best Blue and White Marlin fishing is done here every year.

we caught one

we caught one

The South Drop only goes to a depth of about 12,000 feet.  Shallow compared to the North Drop, but still deep enough to catch Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo.

about 300lbs

about 300lbs

Several boats can be rented  for 1/2 day or full day charters.  For our excursion we went out on a 65 foot fishing vessel with a galley and 2 heads (the lap of luxury) called Prime Time.  The captain and crew were wonderful.

Karen

Eatin’ Chili

Y’all common down n grab a bite o grub!  The annual Texas Chili Cookoff is held every August.  This year it was on the west end at beautiful Brewers Beach where you can watch the planes take off and land from your comfortable seat in the sand.

The location has changed over the years and so has the chili.  Not the stuff the judges try, that has very stringent rules.  Over the past few years a lot of the contestants have added vegetarian or white chili to their ‘menu’.  Individuals, restaurants, and companies all vie for the chance to be the chili king of St Thomas.

There is also a costume contest.  Whichever booth has the most chili spirit gets an award as well.  The contestants for this particular prize form a parade and try to get more votes using their sparkling personalities.

Karen

One way to spend a day in the Caribbean

Each island in the Caribbean has it’s own feel, it’s own flavor, it’s own style!  St Thomas has the cruise ships, St Croix has some great golfing, St John has hiking and camping.  They all have shopping and great SCUBA diving!  But when you want to get a stamp in your passport, the easiest way to do that is to enjoy a day on Jost Van Dyke.

White Bay

White Bay

Jost Van Dyke (pronounced yost) is one of the smallest of the British Virgin Islands.  Jost’s population is about 220 people.  However, it has some of the most popular bars on it.  Foxy’s, One Love, and of course Soggy Dollar.  Soggy Dollar even has a web cam http://soggydollarbar.com/ 

Renting a boat for the day is how you get there.  There are several different boating options from a ‘bare boat’ to a three cabin yacht.

However you get there, it’s always a great day!