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Old 03-10-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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Bad, you won't like it here, we're too crowded already. You'll come with high expectations which will be dashed, grow bitter and criticize everything because you do not have it easy and end up taking a plane out in anger and badmouthing us every chance you get because you didn't get your way, go somewhere ELSE.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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Bad, you won't like it here, we're too crowded already. You'll come with high expectations which will be dashed, grow bitter and criticize everything because you do not have it easy and end up taking a plane out in anger and badmouthing us every chance you get because you didn't get your way, go somewhere ELSE.
Not bad...good! Anyone could like in Puerto Rico like any other area. It must be good as Expatriado saved $ to move to Puerto Rico and open a small shop instead of staying in lovely Georgia and opening a shop there.

Puerto Rico has some great places to live, amazing gated communities and gated condominium units. The people are super friendly, but just like with any area in the States, you need to learn where the nicer areas are and just be prudent in what you do.

As a mamá, I made sure we were renting a home with high gates and even more gates in the interior of the property and a gate to the front door. We live in San Juan, right in the heart of the tourist area, close to Viejo San Juan. It is one of the "nicer" areas as I've learned, but I would love to one day move to a more quiet suburb with less activity and tourits.


If you have the money, try to buy near or on the beach. Property will go up in value faster than inland. I grew up visiting Puerto Rico, so having family from the island of course is helpful in the change it takes to make Puerto Rico your permanent home. I would also suggests taking several long visits as the budget allows to learn about the varying areas and selecting the right location to move.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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Expat.. it seems like you bad mouth PR in quite a few threads.. If its so bad why don't you move? I have been to PR countless times and have most of my family living on the island so I think I will be ok.. thanks for your concern though. I was more concerned with the real estate aspect of PR and would greatly appreciate it if anyone can fill me in on the real estate trend on the island right now. On the mainland things are not so hot at the moment and prices still seem to be coming down. Would it be a bad investment to buy a home in PR right now?
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:26 PM
 
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Can anyone recommend a good area to buy a home in the northeast part of Puerto Rico? An area with lower crime and with access to a good private school would be ideal.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Yuma, AZ
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"can fill me in on the real estate trend on the island right now"

I have found Caribbean Business to be a great source of "tell it like it is" information about Puerto Rico. Perhaps a search of their site will provide some useful information. Caribbean Business newspaper.

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:06 PM
 
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Hi bravo delta- I have a house in Luquillo and two of my kids attended private schools in and around luquillo. I like Luquillo- convenient to the bosque and the playa. It's a bit far to high end shopping but the paso fino still gather at the corner for ponchos Sunday night, and you can go to some bars and night, tho there aren't a ton of bars. The beach is always fun. I always felt pretty safe and I'm totally gringa- biggest issue is theft so you need insurance and gated communities are better. Kelly's mini school is decent and has a very nice new facility. Some parents prefer the Christian school Vanguard. And there are several private schools in fajardo not too far. Sonifiel and little world montessori are good among others. If you want modern science labs and US style education, however, you'll have to travel to humacao to las palmas academy. The most academically stringent school is also in humacao- a Jesuit run school. There are great schools in San Juan too but then the price is excessive. In luquillo/ fajardo you can get a solid bilingual education for 200-300/mo. No labs and low tech, but solid. My son is now in the US all honors classes in high school- only took him a couple months to catch up in science and english, but he has the advantage of being fully bilingual too. FYI- my 4 bd 2.5b house in gated community w pool is for rent... I got a job in north Carolina a few months ago. We are keeping the house to retire later, tholong term we might want a smaller beach condo instead. Real estate is similar to US- local variation, starting to flatten, long journey to recovery.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I am looking to buy something around the beginning of next year. I would be looking for a condo in an area where I could do weekly or monthly tourist rentals, want to have a place to go for vacation for myself, family and friends but a place where I would be able to rent it out short term to cover some expenses. Looking for a 3 bedroom 2 bath at least. If anyone has suggestions please let me know.

Not stuck on any one part of the island, if anyone knows a realtor there it would be great. Just starting looking to get some ideas.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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Laurita: Thanks for the great information... I will be retiring in a few years and wanted to start looking for locations on the island to purchase a home. I have family in PR and have been going since I was a kid but it is hard to pick a specific place on such a beautiful island. I like luquillo because it has the best of both worlds when it comes to beaches and mountainous areas and its not too far from San Juan. So you recommend a gated community if I were to live in Luquillo? Which are the nicer gated communities with homes less than $300k? What is your opinion of Hacienda Margarita or Hacienda Carabali?
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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Also since you lived in Luquillo.. how long is the drive to San Juan?
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:09 PM
 
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Check out the Rio Grande area- specifically the Coco Beach community. My family owns a few houses in this area. Great area for kids- the whole community is gated with a pool, and basketball/tennis courts, kids ride around on golf carts and scooters, it's in a nice isolated area, so it's very safe, and the houses are very affordable. It's also very close to the Gran Melia hotel, so we have enjoyed music in their open-air lobby or a casino night once in a while

This is just one example (it looks like it may need work), but I'm sure there are other places in the area for sale: [url=http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Bahia-St-442-Rio-Grande-PR-00745/2118670786_zpid/]Bahia St. #442, Rio Grande, PR 00745 - Zillow[/url]

I'm not sure about proximity to schools, though...
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