Ecuador’s cost of living is low.
This is a great day to look at Ecuador coastal cost of living because our friends Larry & Shirley Humphrey just moved into their new condo at Vistazul! They are the first residents there.
Here they are at Palmazul, their club house, (133 steps from their condo) using the broadband. Eventually they’ll have broadband in the condos but the units are not yet completed (completion of the last units is scheduled for November 2009).
Since Merri and I are only part timers in Ecuador, I continually ask readers who have moved full time about Ecuador’s cost of living.
Recently our message entitled Cotacachi Cost of Living showed how Bill & Joe Daily live in Cotacachi on about $700 a month.
Another message Cotacachi House and Condo Rentals shows how Lee and Peggy Carper live for even less.
So I was not surprised when I spoke with Larry and Shirley that they told me it was costing them about $700 a month to live (without rent). Their comment was, “we receive over $2,000 from our Canadian pension, live on $700 and save the rest.”
We could call $700… the Ecuador cost of living solution!
Yet low cost living is not even near the biggest benefit of living in Ecuador quoted to me by residents here. A more relaxed lifestyle is often number one.
I could not agree more. Here I am with Ma in the Pamazul front yard… working hard.
I am thinking.
Other times I take my lap top and enjoy the benefits of a broadband global business by working from my balcony… with this view… and the sea breeze… the warn sun and sound of the waves.
This apartment on the beach is available for rent or sale.
Usually I quit working though for the sunset. Here is one sunset shot I took from one of our Vistazul condos.
Good health comes in as a reason to live in Ecuador as well. Everyone walks more… eats fresher food. A great article on Ecuador beach restaurants shows why.
Larry and Shirley are from Calgary and had a successful jewelry business there but the pace of life was ruining their health. Since arriving at Vistaazul, Shirley has seen her weight drop 20 pounds and is completely off all the medications she needed when she lived up north. Both tell me they feel so much better… so much more relaxed… filled with energy again.
Merri and I watch them enjoy playing in this surf every day.
Some times alone.
Some times with just the pelicans and sometimes…
on this totally empty beach.
Style in Ecuador construction also offers some wonderful little things that one would never get in a condo up north… like this window trim.
Each unit has its own special wood carving in the window.
Gardening is another. Here is one block of the Vistazul condos. They look a bit bleak now but not for long.
Here are some of the flowers you see around Vistazul.
So many shapes…
Ecuador’s cost of living is so low that it is tempting to just plan to move there or buy right away.
We recommend that you rent and try Ecuador first before making a final decision.
The are two reason we make this suggestion.
First Ecuador is not for everyone. We love this Andean nation and have a lot of good to say about this but until you have tried living there you won’t know how you feel.
Second, you’ll buy better when you learn the ropes. An education is learning all the rules. Experience is learning all the exceptions to the rules. There are many bargains in Ecuador but you are not likely to see them in the first days of your visit. Being in Ecuador awhile will expose you to greater opportunity.
Join us for a seminar in Ecuador or North Carolina.