St John, US Virgin Islands
Calabash Boom, Coral Bay
What an Incredible Evening View!
the Great photos are by David Nevala (the so-so ones are mine)
This unusual 3 bedroom, 3 bath home is a one-of-a-kind creative masterpiece. It offers incredible
views of the Caribbean and Coral Bay and is located on .29 of an
acre about 200’ up on a hillside. The house is a rustic, creative
art piece, a very unique museum-type house in that there are many fossils
and minerals of all kinds imbedded in the steps and walls of the
house interior and exterior. It is mostly built of stone and masonry,
but the wood interior and upper level is mostly cypress and cedar.
The main part of the house is built hurricane-tough as it is solid
rock and concrete and built into the mountain itself with shutters able
to withstand at least 150 mph winds. All the neighbors came here for
a hurricane party for hurricane Marilyn in '95. Plus the house is sort
of in a fold of the hills and so missing the brunt of strong winds while
still catching the great breezes.
The upper level of the house has been successfully rented as a one-bedroom vacation rental known as "Calabash Views" (these rentals ended April 30, 2011, and is currently being rented to long-term island residents) and has an indoor/outdoor kitchenette and can be considered as a self-sufficient unit. The view from the expansive deck (both covered and open) has been the draw for vacationers (and new owners!).
The main level houses the main kitchen, inner and outer living room and the dining area, one bedroom, and bath. On this level there is also a deck with a great view, a 1,500 gal Koi pond with waterfalls, and the hot tub. The living room boasts a 155 gal fish tank that would come with the house. Most of the minerals and fossils are on this level as well as the outside walls of the house, and all the stairs and stair wall going up to the concrete-paved parking lot.
The downstairs is also
a self-sufficient unit in that it also has a kitchenette area, a bedroom/den
and a bathroom. There is also a covered deck on this level. The laundry
& pump room is also downstairs.
Click HERE to see the building of the house. Andy built the house with his first
In Loving Memory of
Andy, the creator of the Dinosaur House,
Cool Mineral Site Links