Coastal Property in Costa Rica a Quarter the Price of Southern California

Coastal Property in Costa Rica a Quarter the Price of Southern California

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January 6, 2014

Despite increasing interest from investors and vacation-home owners, properties continue to change hands at a quarter of what comparable real estate would sell for in southern California. Officially known as the country’s Southern Zone, the area is one of the most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica—home to howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and hundreds of other species, as well as lush plant life that ranges from towering tropical hardwood trees to delicate orchids.

Five Historical Towns an Hour or Less from Paris Where Property and Living is More Affordable

Five Historical Towns an Hour or Less from Paris Where Property and Living is More Affordable

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January 6, 2014

“There are those who adore Paris but could think of nothing worse than living in the city center,” reports InternationalLiving.com’s France correspondent, Barbara Diggs. “Romanticism aside, Paris is a big city—and an intense one, at that. After living here awhile, you start to notice that the streets are endlessly thronged. And most reasonably-priced apartments are about the size of a walk-in closet,” says Diggs, based in Paris.

Five Expat Havens in Thailand Offer Low Costs and a High Quality of Life

Five Expat Havens in Thailand Offer Low Costs and a High Quality of Life

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November 20, 2013

“Thailand is one of the world’s most popular locales for good living abroad,” says InternationalLiving.com writer Heather Van Deest, who has lived there with her family for the past eight years. “For pennies on the dollar expats gain a year-round tropical climate and access to modern comforts and conveniences, including affordable, high-quality medical care.”

Secret Mediterranean Island Offers Low Costs, Great Climate and High Quality of Life

Secret Mediterranean Island Offers Low Costs, Great Climate and High Quality of Life

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October 3, 2013

Malta is the smallest country in the European Union (just 122 square miles), but it has long been a vacation spot for sun-starved northern Europeans and a tax haven for the wealthy. Multi-million-dollar yachts fill Malta’s marinas. Yet you’ll find great bang for your buck here. A couple could live well on a budget of $2,000 a month.