Our St. John Real Estate Agency and Agents

Cruz Bay Realty, Inc. is a second generation, family owned real estate company serving St. John since 1985. We take pride in our reputation, integrity, and understanding of the real estate market on St. John. Whether you are looking for the ideal island property to purchase, or you are trying to make a decision about selling, you can rely on the professional team at Cruz Bay Realty, Inc. to give you accurate and informed advice and information.

GRETCHEN LABRENZ is the principal broker and president of her family’s real estate company. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, where she attended Ohio State University, she has lived on St. John since 1981. She worked at Caneel Bay Resort for 10 years prior to joining the family business. Gretchen’s dedication, unique background, knowledge, outstanding reputation, and expertise in the St. John real estate market has made her one of St. John’s top producing brokers!  Gretchen has served as a director of the St. John Board of Realtors, Pine Peace School, and the Villa Caribe and Point Rendezvous Home Owners Association.

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AMANDA ARQUIT, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Amanda graduated from the University of North Florida. She fulfilled her dream of moving to St. John and quickly immersed herself in all the island had to offer. Initial positions in hospitality management led her to aid in the relocation of an array of guests. This fueled her decision to pursue further knowledge and licensing in real estate. Amanda is now an active member of the St. John Board of Realtors.  In her free time you can find her surfing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, or hiking. Her caring and accommodating nature makes her well liked by clients and customers alike. Amanda is eager to meet you, and help you discover your own slice of paradise!


NANCY COXE BATTEN, has had a love for island living since she was a young girl when she was first introduced to the Virgin Islands after sailing through most of the Caribbean with her parents and three sisters.  Upon graduating from Appalachian State University, she followed her lifelong dreams and moved to St. John in 2009.  She is passionate about all things under and on the water and found a place where her love for scuba-diving, snorkeling, under-water photography and sailing could grow into a sustainable lifestyle.  She met and married her husband and together they began building their solar powered, off-the-grid dream home in Chocolate Hole.  It was during this time she became enthralled with the building process. Nancy is been a integral part of multiple builds and renovations and has been Project Manager on several projects in the Virgin Islands.  Her extensive knowledge of properties and land potential, in addition to her hand’s on work experience gives her a practical and realistic approach to the St. John real estate market. Let Nancy show you the all that St. John has to offer and how to make your dreams of owning property in St. John a reality! 


Yelena Rogers is a native of Russia. She moved to the United States 20 years ago in 1998. She holds a BA Degree in History and Foreign Languages from Moscow State Lomonosov University(1994) and MS Degree in Investment Management from Boston University(2004). She spent 10 years working For Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA as a financial analyst.
After calling New Hampshire her home for 12 years, she moved to St John in 2010. She started her photography business and became a successful business owner. Her activities as a photographer quickly became recognized by St Johnians and visitors to the island as an example of professional and artistic portraying of the natural beauty of the island and laid back lifestyle.  She quickly became part of the St John Community.  Yelena supports several charities of the island among which are Animal Care Center of St John, Friends of National Park and St John School of the Arts. She also speaks Russian, Ukrainian and Italian.

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SUSANNE KIRK, a Peter Bay property owner since 1994, has the experience to help you navigate the upscale St. John real estate market to make win-win transactions for both buyers and sellers. Susanne is committed to providing quality service, along with extensive knowledge of building, renting and market trends. Originally from Wilmington, Ohio, Susanne earned her Ph.D. in education and was a college professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati before making St. John her home. Susanne serves as the chair of the Peter Bay Architectural Review Board, as well as a board member of the St. John Animal Care Center and is involved in other community service organizations.

View Susanne’s luxury rental property, “Villa La Susa”