In an interesting article from the Washington Post on “Living The Dream Overseas” (May 23rd 2018), Michele Lerner talks to Mari-Ann and Jeff who bought a modern off-plan villa in Hua Hin, Thailand, with JW Property
You can see the full article, of which there are excerpts below, on the Washington Post website by CLICKING HERE
“We looked at South Africa, the Middle East, Kenya and Australia before we visited Thailand on holiday,” says Jeff. “Our priority was security and political stability, so even though we liked South Africa, it was too dangerous and we didn’t want to have to pay for private security. Australia was too expensive. We ruled out a lot of the Middle East because we wanted to be someplace where expats are welcomed. Of course, we also needed a place where it would be legal to establish permanent residency.”
Three years after a military coup, Thailand still strictly enforces its visa rules. But … Thailand’s low cost of living has enticed foreign buyers for years to places such as Chiang Mai*, an area with a temperate climate and mountain views, Phuket, a beach resort, and Bangkok, an affordable, multicultural urban experience. The housing market is stable, although prices in desirable locations such as Phuket** have been rising in recent years due to demand.
*We note that we have seen an influx of ex-pats relocating from Chiang Mai to Hua Hin on account of the air pollution and heavy traffic in Chiang Mai which are worsening every year and making it harder to live there comfortably – JW Property
**Similarly, we are seeing a shift from Phuket and other islands on account of over-tourism, rising prices and relatively high cost of living compared to Hua Hin – JW Property
The Camps, who moved to Thailand in July 2017, chose the central city of Hua Hin to build a home in a resort community. The enclave is in the mountains less than 10 miles from the coast. “We learned about Hua Hin from expats Mari-Ann met through her work,” says Jeff. “It’s a resort area where the Thai royal family vacations. When we realized that we could live comfortably on less than $2,000 a month, we decided to start our retirement early.”
The construction of their 3,000-square-foot house with three bedrooms, a terrace bar and a swimming pool took nearly two years, in part because the developer of the community ran into financial problems. “We bought an apartment and moved here because we realized we had to be general contractors and supervise construction,” says Jeff.*
*The issue with the site has since been resolved and we are preparing to witness a ‘phoenix rising’ as this unique project is now strongly backed and moving full steam ahead. Ask us for a look around at what’s on offer here, this development presents like no other! – JW Property
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Please see the full article by Michele Lerner on the Washington Post website by CLICKING HERE