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    Quote Originally Posted by DRob View Post
    Can you give us a sense of the prices in various areas. That would be extremely helpful.
    My "palace" in Sosua is an honest one-bedroom with a decent kitchen and hot water, which I installed. I pay approx. RD$700 for electricity per month. I have 24/7 security. I pay RD$12,000 a month.

    Anywhere I would like to live in the US (NY, Boston) or elsewhere in the world (Paris, Israel) I couldn't EVEN come close. I can't afford to live anywhere else.

    I also LIKE living here.

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    An apt for $RD 12,000 month here would be around $US 1200 in my hometown. There is a lot of room between living in the barrio and having AC, high speed internet and an SUV. Our last apt was $RD 6000/month with tile floors, a cistern, and electric except during business hours. Our next place is new construction with 24hr electric, cable included for $RD 8000 and we're renting our casita for $RD 3000, so 5000 net.

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    I realize this may have been discussed on this thread but I wanted to ask for opinions about living cost. Is it possible to live 'well' in Santo Domingo with about 5k USD a month? Pay a mortgage or rent a house, have maid/gardener services, send child to private school, have 2 cars, groceries, travel twice a year, etc. for a family of 3...thanks for your input. If you do not think so then how much a month is realistic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRL2017 View Post
    I realize this may have been discussed on this thread but I wanted to ask for opinions about living cost. Is it possible to live 'well' in Santo Domingo with about 5k USD a month? Pay a mortgage or rent a house, have maid/gardener services, send child to private school, have 2 cars, groceries, travel twice a year, etc. for a family of 3...thanks for your input. If you do not think so then how much a month is realistic?
    Yes, 5k a month should be enough to live comfortably, but of course, it all depends on what your actual life style is and what amenities you want. That being said that amount should be fine for 3 people. Hopefully others who actually live in SD will give you more direction as to where to live, etc. Good luck and good travels.

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    and will not include buying 2 cars... that will cost some $$$

    Insurance etc afterwards is affordable on the $5K

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    CRL2017,

    Your amount is reasonable for many places in this country. Keep your true ability to pay to yourself when discussing your needs with merchants, real estate agents, car lots etc. From the start you are considered a rich foreigner so the prices quoted to you are going to be higher than they should be. Most things here become a negotiation very quickly.

    You'll need to decide early on exactly how you are going to define "live well". Food can be expensive here if you insist on name brand products you are familiar with, especially canned and jarred food. High end appliances are usually more expensive than they are worth and are not usually manufactured in the US but in countries such as Mexico and China. I find cars insanely expensive for what you get unless you stumble upon a deal.

    Electricity can be expensive if you rely on AC frequently. Based on your needs, it can cost a lot when you arrive to get yourself set up. I seemed to bleed money for about a year until I was able to get things just the way I wanted them. Your budget is higher than many but less than some.

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    Based on my family size (3 but at times 4) and living in Santo Domingo (pretty much the same as the poster) 5k you can live comfortable depending on what area you choose to live in. 2 cars as WW said may be pushing your budget. Santo Domingo is more expensive than some of the other areas in DR. Private school ( did that) was about $1550 give or take but there were extra's during the year. In the end it is about what area you want to be in and what you consider "well". Groceries (if you like imported products, etc..) costs us about $325-$375 every 2 weeks with money also spent weekly on misc items. Maid/gardener should be no problem (get references). Traveling twice a year, I guess it would depend on where you were looking to travel to. And always keep in mind that unexpected expenses always come up....

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    and will not include buying 2 cars... that will cost some $$$

    Insurance etc afterwards is affordable on the $5K
    Yes, I should have been clear, owning the cars not buying the cars or car payments with the 5K. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdn_Gringo View Post
    CRL2017,

    Your amount is reasonable for many places in this country. Keep your true ability to pay to yourself when discussing your needs with merchants, real estate agents, car lots etc. From the start you are considered a rich foreigner so the prices quoted to you are going to be higher than they should be. Most things here become a negotiation very quickly.

    You'll need to decide early on exactly how you are going to define "live well". Food can be expensive here if you insist on name brand products you are familiar with, especially canned and jarred food. High end appliances are usually more expensive than they are worth and are not usually manufactured in the US but in countries such as Mexico and China. I find cars insanely expensive for what you get unless you stumble upon a deal.

    Electricity can be expensive if you rely on AC frequently. Based on your needs, it can cost a lot when you arrive to get yourself set up. I seemed to bleed money for about a year until I was able to get things just the way I wanted them. Your budget is higher than many but less than some.

    Thank you. I have family in SD who are Dominican so I would rely on them for the negotiation part - LOL. I have moved to many different places around the globe with my work and am keeping in mind the amount of money that flies out the window just to 'settle in.' I would have that saved separately; not included in the monthly budget or the car payment either. thanks for the feedback!

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    If you are all like me, you're going to have a stroke when you see the asking prices for vehicles here.

    Buena suerte

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