Have you ever dreamed of owning a historic property in the Caribbean? Let us introduce you to a newly renovated Danish building in the historic heart of charming downtown Christiansted, St. Croix. Sanni Craft showed us these stunning properties full of potential as a lovely Bed & Breakfast, vacation rentals, or apartments. With a colorful past, and a promising future, these historic properties are truly the stuff of which dreams are made.
Built in the 1770s, when St. Croix was still part of the Danish West Indies, these buildings feature a combination of classic Danish and Caribbean architecture. Both properties have historical documentation as to the owners and residents for much of their history, and were typically occupied by middle-class residents of the island. The residence at 1 Queen Street was built by the Danish Church in 1772, and for many years was occupied by church clergy and their family members and their slaves. The building at 2 Church Street was constructed in 1769 as a residence and in 1772 it was used as the Royal Book-keeping Department and residence of Book-keeper Hansteen and his family for several years.
While the old-world charm remains in the structure and facade of these buildings, the units have been renovated and updated with all the modern conveniences and uniquely decorated in an old world-meets-new world style. From the moment you enter the gates to this historic Danish property, you’ll be amazed at the character and charm. 2 Queen Street Villa consists of 7 units, and the courtyard has been beautifully landscaped and the original brick cistern and cookhouse add unique character to the entire space. There’s also a large storage room on the street level which used to be a restaurant, and another large rear space that could be turned into a two story townhouse, allowing you to add your personal touch to this remarkable property. Watch the video tour of this incredible property here:
1A Queen Street consists of five fully appointed, newly renovated and uniquely decorated in-demand rental units.The street level also features a corner store with large windows and an adjacent storage/laundry room. The best part (in my opinion anyway) is that the top floor consists of 2 vaulted ceiling units, a two bedroom owners unit with amazing views and a large one bedroom, and the two could easily be combined. Plus, if you are interested in buying both 1A and 2 Queen Street together, the seller is offering a special deal…and the two properties blend together seamlessly!
Believe me when I say that while the photos of this property are wonderful, they still don’t do it justice. If you take a stroll in downtown Christiansted, I recommend you walk by and check out these beautiful and historic buildings. Even from the street you can see the classic If you would like to learn more about these properties, or make an appointment for a showing, please contact Sanni Craft of Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty.
–Jennie Ogden, Editor