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    Question I have searched and searched in the forums....

    I have searched and searched in the forums....I came across a thread that was closed back in 2007 for the best places to live in Santiago. I know that there has been a lot of construction since then and was wondering if there are any newer places? I came across a few locations and I value your opinion so anyone please chime in...
    I have three children and myself. We are looking for a safe neighborhood within walking distance to shops and entertainment, if possible, we are looking for a quiet area. I hope to have the children go to Hostos or Santiago Christian School, but I will figure out that later. I have spent hours on this board and have found a lot of information. I have been to DR several times and have family that lives all over. To me this is the best area. I don't need a job since I work from home and my budget is about $450/mo but flexible if need be, so I think I will be ok. Let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

    Urb. Paraiso I
    El Embrujo III
    LLanos de Gurabo
    Las Cayenas

    P.s. If anyone knows where I can find a map that shows me the residential areas that would be great. I have tried Google maps but get very little information.

    TIA

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    Gurabo is great, Embrujo is also great. Dont know Paraiso. Yea, if you are in DR you can go to a book store and buy a map of Santiago. Its about 250pesos and has the whole city on it that existed at the time of printing. I have one, gimme me a minute and I ll tell you the printer so maybe you could get on on Amazon or something.

    Also, I dont know where in the US you live, but if you are in NY, you can also look at Dominican realtors in NYC. They usually have connections with developers in Santiago. Usually in DR they ll list their local numbers and their US numbers(mostly NY, but sometimes NJ or Boston #s). In any event you ll need a lawyer to write the contract for you. Getting a good one can be a challenge. I know a couple but so may you, so I wont oblige. $450 is more than enough for a 4br place with servants quarters.

    I think you should decide if you want house or high rise apartment style housing. Houses are cool so the kids have play space. But I like high rise personally because of the natural safeguards to entry when I am not in the country.
    Google maps is good but only for an overview of the city. You gotta keep in mind that many street names are repetitive, redundant or overlapping so they are only relevant to the neighborhood you are in or going to.

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    Default Villa Olga

    Villa Olga is a very safe place to live - close walking distance to good supermarkets, pharmacies, Plaza Internacional, Bella Terra Mall and a very nice park. Some rentals are over-priced, but there are also a lot of good finds.

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    Thank you both. I will check out and see if there are any DR RE agents here in Orlando. I should be able to find someone. I appreciate the info... It is helping with my search. I am going to stay with family for a couple of weeks while I try to find a place I'm preparing myself in advance so I have an idea.

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    Los Alamos, or Los Embrujos 1/2 & 3, not walking distance from Santiago Christian School but 5 minutes away by car.
    I used to live in Embrujo 3 safe and clean. If your budget is good I'll recommend to check "Monte verde" nice homes around there, Villa Maria is close by too but I've heard many stories of people been assault in the entries as the road used to be in very bad shape and they are too lonely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by courtneypowers View Post
    Villa Olga is a very safe place to live - close walking distance to good supermarkets, pharmacies, Plaza Internacional, Bella Terra Mall and a very nice park. Some rentals are over-priced, but there are also a lot of good finds.
    I second this...
    I am living (temporary) in Villa Olga and it is a city itself. (park, Supermarkets, beauty salon, restaurants, cleaners, bars and I found the prices cheaper)
    $120.00 DP for a good lunch at Tia Pailita's Restaurant.
    On Wednesday, La Marketa's SM has good special on the vegetables and I find all prices there lower than other major supermarkets.
    $140.OO DP for blow dry hair.
    Great neighbours, quite, clean and safe.

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    Call Patricio at 809-426-8157 or email at [email protected] . He is a realtor and has helped other DR1'ers and live here in Santiago. Tell him Chip sent you. He is honest and very, very reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swtdrgrl View Post
    Thank you both. I will check out and see if there are any DR RE agents here in Orlando.
    A word of caution: I wouldn't recommend working with any realtor in the States because all he is going to do is find someone locally here and then charge a very large convenience fee. Also, if you need a bilingual or for that matter want a realtor that caters to foreigners expect to pay high fees in addition to high rent as well.

    You best bet is to go with a local person who certainly doesn't drive around in a new jipeta with imported clothes and all the requisite "bling".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    A word of caution: I wouldn't recommend working with any realtor in the States because all he is going to do is find someone locally here and then charge a very large convenience fee. Also, if you need a bilingual or for that matter want a realtor that caters to foreigners expect to pay high fees in addition to high rent as well.

    You best bet is to go with a local person who certainly doesn't drive around in a new jipeta with imported clothes and all the requisite "bling".
    I disagree because in the US if you sign a contract there you are protected by contract law in the state you live in. Plus people tend to be MORE professional with respect to this type of business and the fees more laid out up front because it is all word of mouth and reputation. You can spend 2 months dealing with some schmuck lawyer to find you something, hey in my case to even answer your phone calls. But when you do get a guy you have to negotiate everything and still hope the guy knows what he is doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerX View Post
    I disagree because in the US if you sign a contract there you are protected by contract law in the state you live in. Plus people tend to be MORE professional with respect to this type of business and the fees more laid out up front because it is all word of mouth and reputation. You can spend 2 months dealing with some schmuck lawyer to find you something, hey in my case to even answer your phone calls. But when you do get a guy you have to negotiate everything and still hope the guy knows what he is doing.
    If you want to spend your big bucks and furthermore want to think that any contract drafted in the States has any legal authority here that's up to you.

    However, I won't recommend that to other people.

    As far as finding a property here in Santiago, the smart way is to do it with a realtor. Then again if you have tons of money to spend maybe it doesn't matter.

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