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    Default Which is best and most desirable area in DR

    My wife and I (also a dog and a cat) would like to retire in DR as we have heard a lot of good things and how freindly, prety, and inexpensive compared to where we live in Florida.
    We are planning on flying to DR on March 8th for a week or 10 days to visit and look around for a property to buy.
    What is the difference between the N. COAST and the south coast in comparison to prices, climate, beaches and value.
    We are looking for a house prefferably not Condo, as we have pets. Our budget for a house Under $175000 US.
    Your advice is much appreciated
    Thanks every one
    Sam

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    Hi Sam,
    I don't think you'll find DR is inexpensive compared to the U.S. if you want to match your U.S. lifestyle. To match it will likely cost more.

    I prefer the north coast area from Cofresi to Cabarete, though I must admit I've never been to the Punta Cana/Bavaro area. If you're wanting to live in a real city away from the beach amongst 99% Dominican population, I prefer Santiago over Santo Domingo (though Santo Domingo's got a lot going for it).

    DR's a great place, as you have heard and many on this board can attest to. However, it's also quite a different place from Florida and not for everyone. Life is not always simple or easy, even for those with money (thought it definitely helps smooth out the bumps in the road).

    How familiar are you with Latin American countries? How's your Spanish or willingness to learn? How's your tolerance for things not working like you expect all or most of the time (electricity, water, cable, internet, mechanics, laws, police, etc, etc)? How's your tolerance for adapting to different food products?

    The $175,000 will buy you a nice house in a 'gringo tourist town', but not on the beach these days. It can buy you a house on the beach away from town - but there are often many issues associated with that (lack of infrastructure and possibly security).

    The advice... don't dare buy anything during your first 10 day visit. Look, come back & look again, then come back & look some more. Ask a lot of questions - and ask them of different sources. Don't expect that just because a development looks nice that it functions as one in the U.S. does. Two condo or housing develpments within a quarter mile of each other can deliver astoundingly different quality of life depending on how they're managed. It takes time to know what's what. Desireable areas are not that easy for a first, second, or possibly even 10th time visitor to pick out. Then rent for 6 months to a year. If you still want to buy a house at that point, then is the time to do some serious looking... AFTER you know you really like it & are comfortable with the area in which you're looking.

    Sound negative? I think most here will attest it's just realistic. And yes, I too am considering property after spending more than 4 years in the country.

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    Well, with that money I think you should be very very careful. Keep it a secret wherever you go.
    North Coast: Nice, lots of ex-pats, good fun and good food are available, and NO hurricanes. Access to Santiago, a very cosmopolitan city of close to 800,000, with very good shopping and everything you'd need.

    You have to decide on your lifestyle.

    MUST you have: Beach? You'll pay for it.

    You decide after you look. the DR is as big as West Virginia. It has hills, mountains, valleys and lots of beaches. It has towns large and small. You just have to decide onthe amount of sophistication youthink you;ll need to live a happpy retirement.

    Let us know more about what youwant out of life and maybe we can direct you a bit.

    HB

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanaretirenow View Post
    My wife and I (also a dog and a cat) would like to retire in DR as we have heard a lot of good things and how freindly, prety, and inexpensive compared to where we live in Florida.
    We are planning on flying to DR on March 8th for a week or 10 days to visit and look around for a property to buy.
    What is the difference between the N. COAST and the south coast in comparison to prices, climate, beaches and value.
    We are looking for a house prefferably not Condo, as we have pets. Our budget for a house Under $175000 US.
    Your advice is much appreciated
    Thanks every one
    Sam
    Sorry Sam,
    I am not feeling as generous as Hillbilly & CFA today so you are going to get it in the neck from me!

    WHY are you even considering buying when you don't even know where in the country you might want to retire?? First visit, come look at the country but DON'T buy. 2nd visit come look at the country & maybe somewhere you might like to RENT on your next trip down. Make 3 or 4 MORE visits before you even consider buying - that way you will save yourself a LOT of money & hassle from Lawyers, realtors, con-merchants & scam artists etc!!

    PLEASE read all the previous posts on 'Relocating to the DR', 'Buying a house/apartment/Condo', 'Moving/retiring to the DR' etc etc. by doing a search on those keywords into the archives !! ~ Grahame.

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    Pretty fair advice.....Look before you leap!!

    Old saw: How do I get a small fortune in the Dominican Republic?

    Answer: Come here with a large one!!!

    HB

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanaretirenow View Post
    , and inexpensive compared to where we live in Florida.
    We are planning on flying to DR on March 8th for a week or 10 days to visit and look around for a property to buy.
    Sam
    If today you consider that Florida is too expensive for you to live, DR will give you the same taste. Identify what kind of expenses makes Florida a bad option and expect the same in the island. Don't forget you have removed the weather excuse as a reason to move.

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    For that price range, stick to north coast. Punta Cana is above that price range. 2 nice gated developments that fit that budget are: Residencial Casa Linda and Residencial Hispaniola.

    Good luck.

    I certainly think it is cheaper than Florida and much nicer in terms of weather.

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    I live in both the DR (10 years now) and north Florida. Without a doubt, the DR has become as expensive or even more so than Florida.

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    Default Thanks every one for your advice

    Thank you guys for all the valuable advice, vince, CFA123, Hillbilly, bushbaby, ecarignan and all at DR1.
    Because of you guys we feel much better about the DR, with your hints, tips and knowlidegable advice and input we think you are a treasure for the DR.
    We are coming in March and we will follow your advice verbatum.
    Thanks again
    Sam

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