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Rara Avis 01/31/2005
Reviewers Rating: Good
Rara Avis is a very nice home that, with a little more TLC -- new furniture, new light fixtures, new rugs, etc. -- could be an absolutely fabulous experience. The bathrooms, in particular, could benefit from updating. The setting, however, is spectacular and offers a gorgeous sunrise view and wonderful sounds of the ocean rolling in to the shore.

The house is large and very quiet -- we couldn't hear noise coming from either the main house or either of the bedroom cabanas from the downstairs bedrooms. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and Hart Bay beach can be reached via an easy trail in just a couple of minutes. The house is extremely private from neighbors.

The pool is actually located off to a side area -- the pictures we saw on the Web made the pool seem like it was at the end of the main deck.

Lastly, the house was easy to access from Cruz Bay, which made getting into town, the supermarket and beaches very easy.

In short, we very much enjoyed our experience at Rara Avis but did spend a fair amount of our time daydreaming about the improvements that could easily be made to the house to make it just amazing.


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