Goa the former Portuguese enclave
on India's west coast is very popular with British
This is hardly surprising with sunny beaches, friendly
warm people, wonderful food, low costs and cheap direct
flights from the UK.
It is among the top choices for overseas homes -Many
Britons have acquired property there for their annual
vacations and as well as retirement homes. Goa remains
safe, beautiful and fantastic value for money and
it is the right time to buy property as in many parts
investment values have doubled in 3 years!
A typical one bedroom studio (68m2) penthouse can
cost £24,000 unfurnished or £30,000 completely
furnished with communal gardens, swimming pool, parking,
close to amenities and beaches.
In a recent survey by India Today, Goa was voted
as one of the best states to live in. Goa is peaceful
social and political climate, low crime rate with
good infra structure and well spoken English. Costs
like local Council taxes, stamp Duty and land registry
expenses are lower in Goa than the rest of India.
Goa also has good general specialist medical facilities
both state and private where quality healthcare is
available at a fraction of UK costs. For example,
a cataract surgery that costs £1,000 in UK,
excluding Doctor's fees, costs £350 in Goa and
recently this place has become one of the top destinations
for "medical tourists" who are tired of
waiting for the NHS, who come on "sun and surgery"
package holidays and recuperate in scenic surroundings.
Prime properties in Goa remain affordable and the
cost of living remains low. A couple can live comfortably
in Goa for less than £500 per month including
all expenses form food, utilities, car, entertainment,
council taxes etc.
Several of these properties are located along the
northern coastline, in quiet areas surrounded by rice
fields, coconut palms and mango groves. Most of the
homes are well planned with plenty of light, ventilation
and with large balconies and bay windows.
The beaches are nearby too and North Goa is usually
preferable over South Goa for residential properties
as it offers a wider choice of restaurants and night
spots as well as shops, banks, healthcare, transport
links and other services. The Southern beaches, though
very scenic, have fewer choices in this regard.