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Bali-inspired villa goes for $4.9 million in St. John

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CRUZ BAY — On the island of St. John, more than half of which is covered by the Virgin Islands National Park, this four-bedroom four-and-a-half-bath waterfront villa known as Beach Garden is a private oasis. Nestled on 1.07 acres on a hillside, the Bali-inspired house abuts the rocky shore of Chocolate Hole bay and enjoys sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea.

The two-level coral-and-stone home with a wood shingle roof is reached from a parking area by way of a brick paver walkway winding through lush tropical plantings. The double-door entry opens onto a hallway with slate flooring and an open staircase. To the left, the main entertaining space is a sunken great room with columns of native stone and coral, a wood plank ceiling and eclectic furnishings. The home is being sold furnished.

Wall-to-wall transom-topped glass doors open on one side to a waterfront veranda; across the room other doors open to a lily pond and a stone path leading to a gazebo with a whirlpool tub and tropical gardens. The formal dining area is open to a chef’s kitchen with a breakfast bar, copper backsplash and walls, granite countertops, wood cabinets, a Gaggenau oven, a Viking stove and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.

To the right of the entry hall are two master suites. One opens onto a meditation garden; the other has a computer nook and opens onto a covered veranda facing the sea.

Upstairs are a media room and two bedrooms, each with its own bath with twin copper vanities and an open-air shower, one with a teak surround.

On the landing, glass doors across from a wet bar open to a loggia with a dining area and a gazebo with shaded lounge seating. On the sun deck beyond is a disappearing-edge pool with iridescent blue glass tile and a seating ledge. Views stretch southeast to St. Croix. At the property’s edge is a sandy beach. Boats can be moored in front of the house.

The villa is a few minutes’ drive from Cruz Bay, the main town on St. John, with colorful shops, formal and informal restaurants, markets, galleries and the ferry to St. Thomas. The casual lifestyle on this island of 4,200 residents revolves around “outdoor healthy activities,” said Christie O’Neil, a broker with Holiday Homes of St. John, who had the listing. “People are here on vacation wanting to have days outside” enjoying water sports such as sailing, diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding and surfing.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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