The Chic History of Menton, The Pearl of France

The Chic History of Menton, The Pearl of France

The city of Menton on France’s Côte d’Azur is said to have the best weather in France. Temperatures are always a couple of degrees warmer than neighbouring resorts on the Riviera. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Menton’s micro-climate lured royal visitors like Empress Eugénie, Queen Victoria, and Edward VII, and wealthy foreigners who stayed Read more...: The Chic History of Menton, The Pearl of France

Calculating Risk and Reward in Real Estate

Calculating Risk and Reward in Real Estate

I’m in Lagos, on the western edge of the Algarve, continuing my search for a new base. I’m homeless…rootless…with a couple of suitcases and a husband in tow. I’ve already crossed off Faro and Albufeira. Lagos is more my style, but will it stack up as a more permanent stop? Let’s see… Mornings here start Read more...: Calculating Risk and Reward in Real Estate

A Ghost from the Past in Albufeira, Portugal

A Ghost from the Past in Albufeira, Portugal

I came across this old building in Albufeira on a walk a few days ago. It’s got a plaque high up on the left that says Chalet Santa Rita 1938. It’s a beautiful building, but it’s empty, a ghost of the past. It’s sandwiched awkwardly between two big hotels, and its history seems to be Read more...: A Ghost from the Past in Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira: The Algarve’s Wild Card

Albufeira: The Algarve’s Wild Card

After almost 14 years in Latin America…where I scouted highland towns in Ecuador…checked out coastal resorts in Chile…tried to chase down the next hot spot in the Caribbean…I’m in southern Europe, looking for a new base and any real estate opportunities I come across. I’m in Albufeira, on Portugal’s Algarve coast, as I write. Faro, Read more...: Albufeira: The Algarve’s Wild Card

The Upsides (and 2 Major Downsides) of Buying an Older Condo

The Upsides (and 2 Major Downsides) of Buying an Older Condo

You’re looking at buying a condo in Latin America…perhaps in Panama City or in Medellín, Colombia. Your agent has shown you a brand-new, two-bed condo in a glitzy high-rise block. It’s got a gourmet kitchen and a spa-like master bathroom. But you know from your research that the older building right next door has two-bed Read more...: The Upsides (and 2 Major Downsides) of Buying an Older Condo

My Biggest Discovery in Faro (And it Wasn’t Real Estate)

My Biggest Discovery in Faro (And it Wasn’t Real Estate)

Ronan gave me a few pointers for my trip to Portugal. The best spots for real estate, the contacts to meet, the places he thought I’d like. He signed off with a mention of the country’s famous custard tarts (pastel de nata). They’re really addictive, he warned me. One is never enough. Personally, I can Read more...: My Biggest Discovery in Faro (And it Wasn’t Real Estate)