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Pool deck from the upper terrace, overlooking Christiansted - click image to enlargeSky Hawk Villa, St Croix, USVI

This private hilltop villa has breathtaking views overlooking Christiansted, cooling breezes, a 12-foot deep pool, and is a true island landmark. Originally owned by actress Maureen O'Hara and aviator husband Charles Blair, this house was often visited by such Hollywood greats as Lucille Ball and John Wayne. The villa's romantic architecture, with its two towers, beam ceilings, and curving staircases, was designed by John McDonald, a world renowned pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright.

In this hilltop villa, your privacy is assured. Beautiful ocean and island views greet you in every direction. From the upper level, you can see both the north and south shores.

Pool deck - click image to enlarge
Pool deck
Covered patio - click image to enlarge
Covered patio

Enter the villa through wrought iron gates to a spacious covered patio, and a large pool deck, where you can read, relax and entertain while being cooled by the island tradewinds. Beyond the custom 12-foot deep pool is an amazing north view of Christiansted, Protestant Cay, and Buck Island. You can watch seaplanes in the harbor, and on clear days and nights, you can see the distant islands of St. Thomas, St. John, Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

East tower - click image to enlarge
East tower
Covered patio - click image to enlarge
Covered patio

The villa provides many areas where guests can enjoy their privacy, such as the west patio which makes a nice, shaded breakfast spot, and the upper terrace with its views of the north and south shores.

West patio - click image to enlarge
West patio
Upper terrace - click image to enlarge
Upper terrace

The great room and main kitchen are in the main level of the east tower. The room has hand-painted cabinets, vintage leather seating, and a stone facade kitchen island with a shipdeck-style wooden counter top. The full kitchen has all the amenities you may need, including a dishwasher. The dining room and a secondary kitchen are in the main level of the west tower. You can do your own food shopping and preparation, or hire a private chef to cook for you.

Great room - click image to enlarge
Great room
Main kitchen - click image to enlarge
Main kitchen

Sky Hawk Villa has 4 bedrooms, each with its own full bathroom, and can accommodate up to 8 guests. There are 3 queen beds, 1 king bed, and a pull-out sofa bed on the main level if needed. With the cooling tradewinds, there's no need for air conditioning.

Maureen O'Hara master suite - click image to enlarge
Maureen O'Hara master suite
Lucille Ball suite - click image to enlarge
Lucille Ball suite

The Maureen O'Hara master suite at the top of the east tower is spacious, with a canopy bed, beam ceiling, and beautiful 270 degree window views to the north, east and west. It is accessed via a spiral staircase, and connects to the upper terrace via glass doors etched with the O'Hara/Blair family emblem.

The Lucille Ball suite is at the top of the west tower, and is accessed via a red curving staircase. It features a 180 degree view to the north, a beam ceiling, a stone tile floor, and a large ship's lantern as a decorative lighting accent. It also connects to the upper terrace.

Charles Blair suite - click image to enlarge
Charles Blair suite
John Wayne suite - click image to enlarge
John Wayne suite

The Charles Blair suite is on the main level, off of the covered patio, and is perfect for guests who want quick access to the pool and kitchen.

The John Wayne suite, with cool stone tile floors, enjoys a garden/ocean view to the north and the sweet sounds of songbirds from the adjacent west patio. Located on the lower level, this suite is a nice hideaway for guests who want to be away from the activity of the main areas.

Dining room - click image to enlarge
Dining room
View to the east - click image to enlarge
View to the east

At Sky Hawk Villa, linens and soaps are provided, including Egyptian cotton bathroom towels. Satellite television, Sirius radio music, a cell phone, wireless internet connection for your laptop, and washer/dryer are also provided, and a property manager is available to assist you with anything you may need.

Sky Hawk villa is ideally located in the center of St. Croix, just 5 minutes from Christiansted. Most of the island is within a 30 minute drive of the villa, including Frederiksted to the west, and Point Udall to the east. The historic towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted have lots of shopping, sightseeing, and casual and fine dining. There are many beaches to choose from around the island. St. Croix is well-known for its scuba and snorkeling, and Buck Island is the most popular sailing-snorkeling destination.

Whether you choose water sports, exploration, dining or shopping to fill your days, Sky Hawk Villa is an ideal base. Or you may choose to spend your time simply enjoying your villa -- a destination itself that you’ll want to return to year after year.

Please note these important points:

• All guests must be 18 years or older. This is because the pool wall and the upper terrace have drop-offs which would be dangerous for children to play on.

• This is a "vintage villa". Some furnishings and fixtures are dated but functional. What the villa lacks in modernity, it makes up for with the view, the privacy, and the breezes.

• There is no air conditioning at Sky Hawk Villa. With the cooling tradewinds, and open windows, you will usually feel comfortable any time of year.

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