Hundreds of years ago, an intrepid builder knew the exact spot to set up a house on the island of Sainte-Croix.
This residence in what is now the US Virgin Islands is on the market for $ 949,000.
The Christiansted estate dates back to 1760, when the cultivation of cane and the processing of sugar boosted the economy of the small Caribbean island just southeast of Puerto Rico.
“It is perched in a place in the middle of the island and was built there mainly because of the breezes,” explains Rhea Abramson with Calabash Real Estate. Abramson and co-registration agent Honnie edwards manage the sale of the house.
A strong and constant breeze was needed to keep the sugar mills running, the remains of which remain on the six-acre property.
“They are original and made of stone and coral,” Abramson says of the sugar mills still standing on the property. “There is also a system of underground tunnels. All of those ruin-like things were there in the service of the plantation.
The two windmills have not been in operation for over 200 years, but they provide a picturesque backdrop for many activities and events.
The property is’ used a lot for weddings. It can be a place of entertainment for outdoor parties. The windmills are really there for historical significance, ”says Abramson.
“These ruins are unique to Sainte-Croix. I don’t think there are others like that, ”she adds. “You are a little amazed. There is an almost ancient Roman feeling in some ways because the ruins are so vast. There is a wall almost resembling an aqueduct which probably surrounds a quarter of the property.
The bright yellow main house stands out against the earth-colored ruins. It measures 1,700 square feet and has three bedrooms.
“Whoever ran the plantation at the time lived in this house,” says Abramson. “When you look at homes today, you don’t see homes that are only 1,700 square feet with these massive rooms. The living spaces are all very large.
The current owner has owned the place for about seven years and has restored it with craftsmanship and quality furnishings.
“All furniture is included. I think this is very important because a historic buyer will be interested in making the house look exactly as it was then, so the furniture is really important, ”says Abramson.
The veranda is also remarkable, she notes. “You literally feel like you’re in another century when you sit there. I do not know how to explain it. It’s just a really big and cool outdoor space with a constant, wonderful breeze blowing. On the temperature side, you are perfectly comfortable all the time.
Another building on the property offers two further bedrooms and bathrooms. The current owner uses it for storage.
Born and raised on the island, Abramson says she has never seen a house like this.
“It would be phenomenal if it went to someone who is knowledgeable about antiques and loves history, but I also think this is a perfect home for someone who wants to have investment property. I think this is a very good vacation rental home as there are people out there who would like to sleep in a house that was built in the 1700s.