Tom & Carol Wells

802-453-4065
 

 

Welcome to St. Thomas!

Some house notes:

  1. A/C will be on, but set to 82 degrees. Push the arrow in the upper right corner down (-) to lower the temperature to your preference. We usually keep it at 74 degrees. Sometimes it is very comfortable to open some windows, turn on the fans and let the outdoor breeze cool the condo. If this is what you prefer, hit the “system” button until you see off.  To turn it back on, hit the system button until you see cool.
  2. Turn on the hot water heater – go to the closet in the master bedroom (back bedroom next to the deck) and flip the circuit breakers up to the ON position.(This may already be on, if someone was staying at the condo right before you arrived.)
  3. WIFI is called R215 and the password is:  3daughters
  4. The front door does not lock automatically, you must use the key to lock it. The  set with the green plastic tag is the front door key and the gray fob opens the fitness center.  The fitness center is the building next to the pool and is entered on the side opposite the pool.
  5. The washer and dryer are in the closet off the hall to the first floor bathroom and master bedroom.
  6. TV is Dish at HDMI1.  Apple TV is at HDMI2.
  7. Taxi to airport or anywhere can be arranged by calling VI Taxi at 340-774-7457. They like to pick up at the gate. Call about 10-15 minutes before you need them.  Tell them where you are (at the Anchorage to be picked up at the gate), where you want to go and how many people there are. The dispatcher will put out the info to all the other drivers and someone will agree to pick you up. (You will hear all this which can be a little confusing, but you are not meant to respond.)  The dispatcher will then tell you the color of the cab and the first 3 numbers of the license plate.  For example:  “Number 364, black van in 10 minutes at the gate.” Note:  The gate was damaged in the 2017 hurricanes and was not repaired as of 12/18.  If there is no gate when you visit, then tell the taxi to pick you up at Unit 215.
  8. VI does not do recycling, so all garbage and what we would normally recycle goes into the dumpsters across the parking lot.  I know it is hard to throw out recyclables, but there is no option.
  9. There is a Dyson portable vacuum cleaner in the kitchen pantry closet. It can be used on the floors or as a hand-held mini vac.  Attachments and charger cord are on the top shelf in the closet.
  10. Be sure to wear sunscreen!  The sun is very strong.
  11. There is a wooden drying rack in the left-most closet upstairs.  Good to use it on the back deck for drying swimsuits, towels, etc. Condo Assoc. gets cranky if items are draped over railings, plus they can easily blow off or get rained on. There are also some tennis rackets and a few other sporty items in that closet.
  12. The two tennis courts are used on a first come basis – no need to sign up to use them. The two courts by the pool are for use by condo guests.  The courts further away belong to the yacht club.
  13. Fitness center is in the building by the pool. The “fob” to open its door is on the same key ring as the front door key. Fob may not be necessary to enter.
  14. Pool is for your enjoyment and has no specific hours and no lifeguard on duty.
  15. Building manager is Paul Ryan. Call him at 340-244-4299, if a pipe springs a leak or something major that needs immediate attention goes wrong with building systems in the condo.  For more minor issues, call Tom and Carol at 802-453-4017, 201-707-2491 or 201-965-0068.
  16. Don’t even think about walking anywhere along the roadways.  The roads are narrow, twisty and have zero shoulders and sidewalks are rare, except downtown. There are many, many blind curves and it really is a dangerous venture to walk (or jog) along the roads. In addition to all that, they drive on the “wrong” side of the road, which is very disorienting for walkers.
  17. There are two grocery stores about the same distance (approximately one mile) from the condo, but in opposite directions. The larger one is Food Center on Rte 32, back toward downtown Charlotte Amalie.  At the bottom of the hill, where 322 intersects 32, turn left and it is about a mile down the road on the right.  The other one, turn right at the bottom of the hill, is Mo’s Fresh Market in downtown Red Hook on the left just before the ferry terminal, which is on the right.  Be prepared for sticker shock!  Food is expensive on the island. Food Center is larger and has more brand diversity and is generally cheaper.  Mo’s has better veggies, fruit, meat and fish and a lovely wine section on the second floor.
  18. There is no natural source of fresh water on St. Thomas.  Water is obtained from collecting rainwater during the rainy season and from de-salinization.  Therefore, water is a precious resource and we would appreciate your being thoughtful with your water usage.
  19.  A nice quiet place to watch the sunset is at a little rocky beach across from the entrance into our condo’s parking lot.   Not down by the gate, (or where it used to be) but where you turn off the road after going through the gate.  There is a little path through a wire fence that leads down to the beach.  Bring a glass of wine and watch the sun slowly sink into the shimmering water.  The last time I was there, someone had put out four chairs for our viewing comfort.  Also, there are rocks to sit on.
  20. Everyone refers to this condo complex as “The Anchorage”.  Taxi drivers, and everyone else, will know where you are talking about.  Store clerks will ask you two questions, “Where are you from?” and “Where are you staying?”
  21. It is not unusual for a quickie rain shower to pop up out of nowhere.  It will only last 10 minutes or less, so don’t despair.  It frequently rains during the night, but cloudy mornings almost always turn into beautiful days.
  22. There is a string of little lights under the top edge of the deck railing. The plug stays in the outlet on the right wall. Connect the two wires to light this string. Creates a nice subtle light on the deck. The switch to the two wall lights on the porch is inside, behind the table lamp in the corner of the living room. Controls for the overhead fan/light are on the coffee table.
  23. There are beach towels, table cloths and placemats in the cabinet facing the dining room.
  24. If you have any questions or problems, don’t hesitate to call us at:  Carol – 201-707-2491 (cell) or 802-453-4017 (work).  Tom – 201-965-0068 (cell) or 201-587-0888 (work).  You are still in the US, but be warned that cell phone calls are expensive due to roaming charges and if you call from the BVI, international rates will apply.
  25.  If you misplace the key, there is another door key in the little black key box outside to the left of the front door.  The code is on the kitchen counter. Please be sure the key is back in there when you leave, if you use it.
  26. When you leave:
    • Turn A/C to 82 degrees. If you were not using the A/C, please press the system button until you see cool, then set to 82.  It acts as a dehumidifier.
    • Be sure all fans are turned all the way off. Go back and check them one more time before you leave, especially the one by the loveseat in the living room area and the two upstairs.
    • Please turn off all lights.
    • The hot water heater is in the master bedroom closet.  Please flip the two breakers to the off position before you leave.
    • Please empty all trash cans and throw the bags in the dumpster across the driveway.
  27. If the furniture was covered with green sheets when you arrived, please replace them before you leave.
  28. Please care for our condo as if it was yours – it is while you are here!

Enjoy!