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    Default Cheap Housing on North Coast

    If you are looking for cheap housing on the north coast, you may want to take a look at the large apartment complex in Union, near the POP airport. I didn't realize until this morning when I met a European who has been living there with his Dominican wife for 14 years that a large number of foreigners live there. The attraction is the price. He said you can buy an apartment for US$10-15,000, spend a few thousand more to tile the floor, if it needs it, buy a water tank (tinaka) to mount on the roof and an inverter. Your investment would be less than US$20,000.

    He told me that he has his own 400 gal water tank and that when there is water, the pressure is strong enough to push the water up to the roof and fill the tank. When there isn't, he has his 400 gallons. The invereter provides his basic electrical needs when there is no power. He said it is usually pretty good at night, so the refrigerator gets cold enough to keep the food from spoiling during the day. Public transport is plentiful and is always passing by on the highway in front of the complex. Easy to get to Sosua or Puerto Plata for about RD$10/one way.

    It is not luxury living in Union, but it appears that you would not be the only foreigner if you lived there. One neighbor in his building is a European and another is an American.

    He recommended that if you look there you should take your time, but that there are almost always apartments available.

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    The LOVELY thing about La Union is that you are treated as ROYALTY!! There is a "flypast" every few moments as the airplanes take off from PoP airport!! I think anyone looking to buy there should build in another US $1,000 for DOUBLE GLAZING, US $500 for soundproofing and US $1,000 for the necessary A/c to keep such a place cool!!
    Not too many problems though if you want a lift to the airport!!! - Grahame.

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    Default Actually the planes ffly parallel to the site

    While there will be a roar at take-off, the planes don't fly overhead.

    Over half a century ago I lived very close to Mitchell Field on Long Island and that was then the NATO chief airbase for the North Atttlantic. We had B-29s, and B-25s all the time practicing over our heads. You get used to it and at those prices it must be a real bargain for someone on a limited budget.

    What's a little noise for all the bachata music from the colmados and billares there, anyway??

    Hey, Ken, good info, like always. Thanks,

    HB

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushBaby
    The LOVELY thing about La Union is that you are treated as ROYALTY!! There is a "flypast" every few moments as the airplanes take off from PoP airport!!
    Grahame, I know an exageration when I see one. I've spent enough time at the POP airport to know that it is not that busy. And the planes I've seen landing and taking off when passing La Union in the publico have all been approaching the runway parallel to the sea, some distance away, and not passing over the apartment complex.

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    In any case the place has the appearance of a slum. Me uno peso.

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    Saw my contact at gym again today so was able to get more info about El Union. It isn't for me, but since we are getting posts on this board from people who want to move here but don't have the money for one of the more luxurious projects, I feel it is worth providing information about this more affordable alternative.

    1. Airplane noise is not a big problem. There aren't that many flights during the day and even less at night. My contact tells me that when he is in his bedroom, he is not bothered by airplane noise.

    2. Regarding general noise, he said it is a predominantly Domininican development so there is noise on occasion, such as around major holidays. But he said most of the people living there must get up early to go to work and/or have children going to school so sleeping is usually not a problem.

    3. No monthly maintenance fees. They presently pay RD$78/month for water and electricity is based on what you use.

    4. Cable TV and internet service are available.

    Apparently apartments are appreciating. For a ground-floor apartment he bought for the equivalent of US$10,000 he turned down an offer for US$20,000. (He now owns 5 apartments. Lives in one and rents the others.)

    He strongly suggested that anyone thinking of buying there rent first to see if they feel at home and to get a sense of where in the complex they might like to live. That is good advice and what is generally recommended on this board for anyone thinking of buying anywhere in the DR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    Apparently apartments are appreciating. For a ground-floor apartment he bought for the equivalent of US$10,000 he turned down an offer for US$20,000. (He now owns 5 apartments. Lives in one and rents the others.)
    Ken - do you think the single level houses towards the back of the complex would in general be worth a little more than the apartments? (if in similar condition).

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    The flight pattern goes over costambar/cofresi and Puerto Plata. The union is parallel to the flights only time you go over is when you are in a waiting pattern and even then you circle sosua out to the ocean past costambar then back around the mountains - repeat as necessary when it is 4 pm on a saturday during the high season.

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    Chris, I'll see what I can find out and post the info when I have it.

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    Default La Union - POP

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