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Estate Zootenvaal and 20-acre Parcel Offer Enticing Opportunities

The quiet, white sand beach at Zootevaal, below, and guests often find it difficult to pry themselves away from their private deck, above, overlooking protected Hurricane Hole.

There are few places even on idyllic St. John which offer the serenity of Estate Zootenvaal, a small enclave perched right on the pristine and protected shoreline of Hurricane Hole.

The four picturesque waterfront cottages have recently been refurbished and boast wireless internet, flat screen TVs and even air conditioning. Despite the nods to modernity, however, Zootenvaal, with its private setting and secluded beaches, still offers that unique “old time” feel of St. John.

Spend just a few days in one of the well-appointed cottages and feel those worries fall away. Just imagine if it was all yours!

It can be, now that the popular property with the four oceanfront rental cottages is for sale. Merry Nash, owner/broker of Islandia Real Estate is the listing agent for the five-acre waterfront property, which is on the market for $9.7 million.

Estate Zootenvaal has been in business for more than 50 years and has been owned and operated by one family. The property is bordered by the V.I. National Park on one side, which means no development, and is perched on the shoreline of the V.I. National Underwater Monument Hurricane Hole. It simply does not get more private than that.


Mornings spent sipping coffee and gazing that the view, above and below, are sure to entice.

“The fact that Zootenvaal has been in business for over 50 years and owned by one family with a great repeat clientele who have been staying at the cottages every year really makes this property unique,” said Nash.

In addition to the four masonry cottages — two one-bedroom, one one-bedroom plus sleeping above and one two-bedroom cottage — the property also includes a white sand beach, beautifully landscaped grounds, a water sports gazebo and a rental office.

The business has been managed by the inimitable Robin Clair, who herself might be one of the reasons vacationers return to Estate Zootenvaal year after year.

“What has always attracted guests to Estate Zootenvaal is the quiet, old time St. John feel to the property as well as the very personable long time manager, Robin Clair, who makes everyone’s stay memorable,” said Nash.

Estate Zootenvaal, MLS #08-144, is located just a few minutes from the shopping, dining and nightlife of Coral Bay, but being situated en route to the quiet East End of St. John, the property truly feels a world away from it all.

If all of that sounds enticing, now imagine owning an adjacent 20-acre parcel just behind Estate Zootenvaal. Nash is also the listing agent for the 20-acre parcel at 3A-1 Remainder Zootenvaal, which offers an exciting opportunity for a green developer.

The property, listed on the MLS for $7 million, adjoins the V.I. National Park and would be ideal for estate sized parcel development, according to Nash.

“The V.I. National Park adjoins this 20 acre development, or estate sized parcels, insuring green space and privacy in quiet surroundings,” according to the listing for MLS #08-354. “Beautiful water views over Borck Creek and Hurricane Hole will be forever preserved in their natural beauty as a protected area. This is a rare opportunity for a conservation minded buyer who wants the best St. John has to offer.”

Buyers can purchase both Estate Zootenvaal, with the five acres and four cottages, and the 20-acre adjoining parcel together or individually. There are a number of small-scale, low-impact development opportunities available with the parcels, explained Nash.

“This waterfront will always remain pristine as Borck Creek is part of the National Marine Monument,” said the Islandia Real Estate owner/broker. “No docks, or even anchoring, are allowed. The biggest interest in the property is people who would purchase the 20 acre hillside parcel as well and build individual villas on large lots for short term rental and use the five-acre waterfront parcel for clubhouse and water sports.”

“This would be a low impact use and would fit in with the ambiance of the cottages and the area,” said Nash.

Take a cue from the many vacationers who have enjoyed Estate Zootenvaal year after year and slow down and soak in the quiet beauty of the area and just imagine if it was all yours.

For more information about Estate Zootenvaal, check out the website www.estatezootenvaal.com. Contact Merry Nash at Islandia Real Estate at 776-666 or email MerryVI@aol.com.