Overseas Property Alert
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On these 750 acres, Lief and Kathleen have master planned a private, gated, residential community that will include a Spanish colonial-style town with shops, restaurants, apartments, and a central plaza for daily strolling and nightly entertainment. Learn how you can be a part of this master-planned community on the “Sunset Coast” of Panama.Read more
Carmelita is surrounded by tropical rain forests in the Maya Mountains and the Belize River Valley. It is now possible to live off the grid with your own energy independence, food security, and community stability. Carmelita Gardens is designed to combine new technologies, traditional gardening, and classical design into a community of independent homes.Read more
The tranquil Vista Encantada Eco-Club Gated Community is located just 41 miles north of Puerto Vallarta… a place where a therapeutic ecological diversity is provided by the combination of the surrounding jungle, ocean, and ancient waterfalls. Units are available in the condo-hotel currently under construction with presale pricing starting at US$150,000.Read more
This is an investment you can live on when you purchase your personal piece of paradise on one the most popular Caribbean islands in the world: Ambergris Caye, Belize. Grand Baymen is a two-part community, built to North American quality and standards, located just a few steps from the heart of San Pedro and 200 meters from the beach.Read more
A longtime colleague has recently presented an opportunity that allows you to purchase a plot in a Panama teak plantation for US$18,000. This qualifies you for a Panamanian residency visa and also gives you a productive land investment, with the title of the land in your name. Annualized returns for the harvested teak are projected between 8.79% and 10.94%.Read more
A Tale of Two Cities, Part 1: Santos
Likely you’ve never heard of Santos. Almost certainly you’ve never heard of her sister city across the estuary, Guarujá. But every Brazilian has.
These cities lie about one hour southeast of the city of São Paulo. Each is situated on a large coastal island, and though each boasts lovely beaches, they are quite different in most other respects. This week, we’ll get to know Santos. Next week, we’ll take the ferry across to Guarujá and go exploring there.
One Of The Best Cities In Brazil—But Don’t Take My Word For It
Santos is a bustling city of about 420,000. It is, in fact, generally conceded to be the busiest port in all of South America, servicing both container and cruise ships. But Santos isn’t the grimy blue-collar town you might imagine. Around 2010, with the discovery of oil and gas reserves offshore, there was a sudden inrush of white-collar jobs. Also, many of the locals are well-paid professionals who actually work in the city of São Paulo, but who make the commute daily because they prefer to live in Santos.
Santos, in fact, regularly appears on lists of the top cities in Brazil in which to live. In 2016, Santos ranked #6 among the best cities in Brazil as determined by the United Nations, considering factors such as average level of education, life expectancy, and income. Santos was rated earlier this year as the best city in all of Brazil for those 60 and over. In a country where people are given to complaining about the government and services, everyone here speaks highly and proudly of Santos, of its superior services, safety, and high quality of life.
Santos is attractive as well. Nature has blessed her. Here, as in so many cities in Continue Reading…“