Southside Condo Rental Photos and Description
Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
10% discount for bookings made before November 9, 2012, 15% discount for stays of 7nigths or +.
Villa Eau Claire is a unique property, behind a gate and fence, and sitting just over Magen Bay, with its own pocket beach, private deck with shower, and access to Magen's Bay, one of the most beautiful bodies of water anywhere. The property has two condo rentals; one a two bedroom property with one bath of 1000 sq ft and the other a two bedroom, two bath condo with about 1,400 sq ft.
This condo is the larger of the two and is the main portion of the owner's residence, with an extra bathroom and a much larger great room and kitchen, with vaulted ceilings in all rooms. The rents are slightly higher than for the other unit.
The house includes a covered deck for every bedroom, and the great room, and the views from the decks extend from Magen's Bay Beach to the South, the entire Bay and the Mountain across the Bay, down to the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest. The sunsets are wonderful, and the house faces southwest. The entire property was renovated completely, with all new kitchens and baths, and furniture, in 2008.
Magen's Bay is a very special place; the largest and most beautiful beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands, about one mile long and 10 to 20 yards wide, with great picnic area, and a small restaurant that serves among the best hamburgers and pizza on St. Thomas. Magen's Bay gets its unusual character because the prevailing easterlies blow from the beach outward, creating a tranquil body of water that covers an entirely sand bottom bay, with no rip tides or major currents.
There is large, comfortable bedroom and bath, with a king sized bed; and 2 twin bedroom with a bathroom.
The Great room includes a large sitting area, an inside dining area, a full sized kitchen with eating counter for five, and an outside eating area on the deck, served by a barbecue. The condo has a walk down of about 50 steps to a large beach deck, that walks directly into the water at the pocket beach.
Every room in the house opens directly onto a covered deck that overlooks the waters of Magen Bay, and the views are wonderful. The breezes are nearly constant, coming out from the beach, and they cool the property in the summer. Air conditioning is very seldom required, although it is available throughout the property.
One hundred yards to the left is the largest pocket beach on Magen's Bay, a 100 yard long beach that is the only place where nude or topless bathing is permitted on St. Thomas. The beach is used by only a few people at any one time, seldom more than 8 or 10, and it is considered the alternative lifestyle beach on St. Thomas. However, Eau Claire is separated from that beach by a rocky promontory, and it is perfectly comfortable for children of all ages.
Villa Eau Claire is equipped with a 27k generator with an automatic changeover switch that kicks in after 15 seconds. The island is experiencing frequent power outages and if you rental does not have a generator, you might find yourself very unhappy in your stay.
Please note: This condo can be rented in conjunction with the other condo at Eau Claire (#207564), which creates a four bedroom/three bathroom/two kitchen arrangement that will take up to eight people. The rate for renting both units for the same period is 10 percent off the combined rental for the two units separately.
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- children welcome
- smoking allowed
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- alternative lifestyle
About Gordon Black
Villa Eau Claire is one of three properties that Gordon and Annika Black own and rent on St. Thomas. We specialize in rehabbing the entire property, with Gordon taking responsibility for the purchase and the basic design of the rehab, and with Annika providing the furnishings and interior decoration. Annika is a European, and it shows in the taste applied to the furnishing of the property. This is the sixth property we have done together, having sold three other villas. Gordon was in his past life the founder, Chairman and CEO of Harris Interactive (HPOL). Annika is an Interior Designer. They spend about six months on St. Thomas and the rest of the time in Paris and traveling. Julia Quetel is the House Manager and John Cooper, who built the Villa, takes care of maintenance.
Gordon Black purchased this condo in 2006
Why Gordon Black chose Southside
Why this property? It is THE ONLY CONDO available directly on Magen Bay, with its own deck, shower, lawn chairs, and pocket beach. Villa Eau Claire is less than one half mile through the water -- a gentle sandy walk seldom above your knees -- to the main beach at Magen Bay. The views are spectacular; the sound of the waves is enticing; and the sand is wonderful. What more could anyone want? The property is gated and with good parking, and the lot is beautiful -- flowers, flowers everywhere!
What makes this condo unique
The condo is directly above the beach, with about 50 steps down to the deck below, and six steps to the beach itself. Also, the laundry room is directly below the deck. Although the property is completely air-conditioned, most guests, particularly in winter, do not use the air-conditioning because they want to hear the water at night. The beach next door -- less than 100 yards away -- is the alternative lifestyle beach and the hope to nude bathing -- the only such beach on St. Thomas.