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Old Aug 3, 2003, 1:56pm   #1
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Which Country would you live in ?

Hi, All

I am looking to buy a holiday home somewhere warm
and not more than a few hours flight away..

I would probably spend most time their in the winter
so would be able to let it out in the summer,,

I have been looking on the Spanish costas not to far from Sierra
Nevada (as I like to ski as well )

A couple of other options are Greek islands ,Cyprus or the south of France
(probably not that warm in winter)

I will be moving abroad permanently in 4 or 5 years as I am
fed up with the UK at the moment..

I would be interested in all your opinions ..


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Old Aug 3, 2003, 2:02pm   #2
 
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I'd go to somewhere with tax advantages, and worry about whether it's sunny enough when I got there.
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Old Aug 3, 2003, 2:48pm   #3
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just remember that Greece is slowly sinking into the sea.

not that slowly actually.

and its also an active earthquake zone.

lol

Marbella is worth a look.
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Old Aug 3, 2003, 3:01pm   #4
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Dont know what the winter weather is like there, but I remember seeing Romania on A Place In The Sun a while back and the property was unbelievably cheap, and not of unreasonable quality.

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Old Aug 3, 2003, 3:07pm   #5
 
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Try Andorra
Tax haven and only a couple hour drive to the sierra Nevada

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Old Aug 3, 2003, 5:45pm   #6
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I have just come back to the U.K. after spending nine and half
years in the M.E. and nearly twenty three on the Costa del sol,
and I have to say where I am now is my heaven, Mid Wales.
It is'nt perfection but as close to it as can be. Unfortunately I
am of an age, where each day, I count as a bonus, otherwise
life is just wonderful here.

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Old Aug 3, 2003, 11:08pm   #7
 
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hi ,

dubai in the middle-east may be advantagous tax-wise.. great weather and descent people ...
well worth thinking about - i did but then couldn't go ahead with it for various reasons...
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Old Aug 4, 2003, 12:30pm   #8
 
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I'm moving to Tenerife in a couple of weeks. I believe it is the only place in 'Europe' that is consistently warm through the winter. Only 4 hours from the UK, flights to/from UK are around £100 one way, and it's easy to get to anywhere in Europe.
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Old Aug 14, 2003, 4:32pm   #9
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QUAKE HITS GREEK ISLANDS ON ANNIVERSARY
An earthquake has struck islands off
Greece, injuring at least 24 people and
damaging buildings, 50 years after a
series of quakes killed 476 people.

The quake, measuring 6.4 on the Richter
scale, hit around Lefkas island in the
Ionian sea at about 6.15am BST.

Reports say locals and tourists ran
into the streets in panic, while rocks
blocked roads and electricity failed.
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Old Aug 14, 2003, 5:19pm   #10
 
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That should bring prices down a bit
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Old Aug 19, 2003, 10:13am   #11
 
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Several friends of mine live in Portugal, and they love it !
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Old Aug 22, 2003, 10:32pm   #12
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I have to agree with Skimbleshanks, if I was going to move I would move to a place that was a tax haven AND an eternal holiday home !!!!!
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Old Aug 23, 2003, 8:11am   #13
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Ian. Don't go to Spain. I just inherited some real estate in Spain. All I can say is the sun is insufficent compensation for the horrendous tax laws. Inheritance tax starts almost from zero and capital gains tax is a nightmare too. The system is incredibly bureaucratic and designed to rip off foreigners.
Beware !
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Old Aug 23, 2003, 2:40pm   #14
 
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South of France

I read in the Weekend FT that Americans and English accents are not welcome by Arab youths in certain southern french towns such as Arles etc.

Bottles thrown through car windscreens and motorbikes driven at English speakers.

Other areas in France further North may be ok.
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Old Sep 4, 2003, 11:42am   #15
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I live in the south of France and Americans get treated much better here than some of my french friends have been in USA recently.

Although I didn't read the FT article, it has to be said that there are nutters everywhere in the world - especially if you end up in the 'wrong' area.

However that said, i wouldn't recomend living here - it's too hot, forest fires every year, ridiculous burocracy, high taxes (income tax is OK but all the other taxes are extortionate) and everything is getting so expensive.

I'm planning to move to UK next summer after 11 years here and can't wait !

Good Pubs, Curry (most French food is over-rated IMO), British Football, and everyone speaks your language!
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