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Where to live in lagos!???

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Where to live in lagos!???

hi i am wondering what part of portugal including lagos is best to settle, i have recently been to lagos and was very impressed! we are middle aged and are seriously considering moving out there in the next couple of years. any infomation on moving out and how to go about buying a small villa will be much appreciated! thanks

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1. Re: Where to live in lagos!???

Hi,

It really depends on what lifestyle you are looking for when you move to Portugal. Obviously its more laid back here, the weather is better than the UK and although not cheap to live here its definately cheaper than Britain.

I have to admit I am biased towards Lagos as I chose to live here, but it does have its advantages - it doesn't close down in the winter so still plenty to do and it means that if in the middle of January you can still pop to the local shop for a pint of milk and you don't have a half hour trek which is something we must consider when buying a new home anywhere i.e. what ameneties are available to us.

As for purchasing a small villa, it depends again on what you want algarveagents.com and Primeloaction.com both have many estate agents on their sites with details of their properties to give you some ideas.

My advice is to take your time, do your homework, and talk to locals when you are in Portugal, it ain't perfect but its a nice way to live.

Sunnylagos

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hey,

I love lagos too but i'm a suspect because i spend all my summer hollidays there since i was a child and part of my family still lives there...

In my opinion is the best place to live in Algarve ,at least near the sea, the other cities are more confuse and others with the tourism very explored, so Lagos seems to preserve his local spirit and it's a calm place compared to the others. In the summer the village, however, still multiples his population. From my personal view it's a good choice and if you want advises contact me;)

As you ask others villages, i like those bellow, they have things in common with Lagos too:

Figueira da foz (Beira Litoral)

Vila Nova de Mil Fontes (Alentejo)

Ericeira (Estremadura)

Portimão (second choise for Algarve)

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Thanks for your information, will certainly be considering moving in the future,we still have some working life still to do at the moment but maybe work part-time in or around Lagos what are the employment figures? Other options considered are to buy small villa and live there 6months of the year.

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Appreciate your information about Lagos anything relating to a new life in the Algarve how we start our planning? Also other british people who have made a life there ,we would really like to hear from you.

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5. Re: Where to live in lagos!???

We've been going to Lagos for years, too. We love it to bits, and have also thought of investing there.

Right now it's one of the best places on this planet - no, really, it is. But I'm very concerned about how fast it's growing.

How do we know it won't be like Ablufeira, Quarteria, Villamoura, ie., a concrete jungle, in a few years' time?

Scares me. Scares me a lot.

People on tripadvisor need to start telling the rest of the world what a horrible/boring/unpleasant place Lagos is. How the locals are really unfriendly, there are no bars, the restaurants are awful, it rains all the time, etc.

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The continued development of Lagos is clearly of increasing concern to those who have come to love the place for its charm and sympathetic modernisation (marina and avenida). Such a shame that all us thousands of regular visitors cannot express our concern to those involved about mooted plans and the continued development of areas such as Meia Praia. Sadly I doubt that it would make any difference.

When we first discovered the place, I used to tell my partner to keep quiet about Lagos to her customers - many of whom are now regular visitors! Thankfully, they are also the type not wanting it to become a "concrete jungle". Only time will tell; by which time it may be too late.

I'm not a real estate specialist, but would say that from my general enquiries regarding property that there is a world of difference between moving to lagos to live/ retire and buying property as an investment (particularly apartments). Personally, I've yet to see any viable investment opportunities (income or capital growth) that would attract myself. Unless of course you are a property developer; in which the case may be different.

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Have you seen all those reality shows on people who move to a foreign country and found living there permanently is not the same as being a tourist? I really think you should go for a test and stay in Portugal for at least 6 months. Remember, you will not be on an extended holiday, but instead moving your whole life there. Totally different!

Consider transport and amenities. If you were to buy a retirement flat in the UK what would you go for? Gated development? Porters? Health services in-house?

I think that living anywhere in the Algarve is not easy in that the motorway takes you anywhere in a short space of time. The further west you go the less developed - and more quiet! You don't have to be in Lagos itself, you could be further west or maybe even a bit north, i.e. inland. I guess the first thing you should think about is whether you want to be near the sea or inland?

There are also some lovely places north of the Algarve - but I think as a pensioner you may find going north a bit cold in the winter. It gets cold and damp enough as it is in the Algarve, so being somewhere colder may not do much good to your health.

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8. Re: Where to live in lagos!???

education, education, edukation!

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....and some of us here in Lagos, are already considering decamping to the North...

with the recently authorised expansion of Meia Praia alone, to house from 5000 people to 10000 people with 3 new hotels and housing developments, the time is soon coming in Lagos when, to quote Max Bygraves...

"Fings Ain't Wot They Used to Be"!

Finally, be vewy vewy careful with local real estate agents....they are all out for one thing....make a sale!

Finally, in my opinion, with the volume of unsold housing stock here in Lagos, prices, except for really upmarket quality villas, are at least 10 to 15% overpriced.

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Barlaventoexpert is quite correct, when dealing with the estate agents, take you time, don't let them push you into making a fast decision and handing over your deposit. There are plenty of properties for sale and if you miss one by taking your time it simply wasn't meant to be and you will get the right one at the right time.

You can always offer less than the asking price because you can always go up and some people are desperate to sell because they already have a property waiting fro them. Also check if the property is with another agent because different agents might have a lower price

I also recomment that you use your own lawyer, it adds to the cost but it gives you peace of mind that they are working for you not the agent.

Sunnylagos