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Old 5th July 2014, 11:27 AM
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Hi , the area that Elen suggested sounds great and for the mainland, Nafplio is wonderful but as Elen said the prices are more expensive there. The cost of rentals depends on what you want, apartment or house? Basically around 400 euros upwards. Electricity has gone up somewhat but still cheaper than the Uk and the Gas bottles for heaters or cooking are around 16 euros a bottle. Water is cheap also. To eat out living here you can do cheaply with the local small tavernas. Shopping is also cheaper than the Uk from what i have been told.
I think the medical care is better than the Uk, it is easy to book a doctor and also easy to see specialists at the hospitals, a little chaotic but definately easier than getting to see a specialist in the Uk. If you get internet connection then sign up to SKYPE for a few euros a month you can call all over Europe for free, a great invention. I think the best thing is to search on line at the cost to buy and rent with estate agents, you will get a clear idea of the price differences around Greece. For sure spend a holiday here to investigate fully if it is the right place for you. Also consider the winter months, as i know people who live in the North where it is much colder so the cost of heater goes up greatly then. Crete has good facilities, Corfu where you can get a ferry to Italy all year,all the larger islands really. On the mainland you can also look around Kalamata on the West and the resorts south of it like Kardamilli and Stoupa. remember if you buy here always worth putting in a much lower offer than is stated as they are nearly always flexible.
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My Name is Karen, I have read your messages and im very impressed with your information, you have answered most of the questions I was looking at asking someone, the problem I have is finding a real estate agent that has long term rentals, as we are looking at moving too, do you know how I can get any information of this please. thank you

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we retired from UK years a couple of years ago to the island of Evia. Property here is much cheaper than the mainland and some of the other islands. We are in the process of renevating an old stone house. Things are great here close to the sea, close to Athens and airport. No tourists to speak of. A very greek part of greece. One thing you have to get used to is time. There is UK time, rest of the world time and greek time but I would not change it.
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Do you know where we could find some long term rentals in Evia, because we would prefer to rent for a couple of years before making any major decisions on buying. where you are sounds ideal for us not too touristy

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Hello Karen,
which part of Evia are you interested in?There are many UK citizens in town
of Zarka;there s an English broker,Mary Dallas,who helps UK's in finding homes to rent/buy.
I am living near Aliveri(3 kilometers away).Zarka town is about 30 kilometers away.
Another great town right by sea,not touristy is Styra.One can get there both by ferry or driving around.You may want to give more information so I can write you here.
The Broker's phone number is:2223053588 and cell phone 6976817813.
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Hello Karen,
which part of Evia are you interested in?There are many UK citizens in town
of Zarka;there s an English broker,Mary Dallas,who helps UK's in finding homes to rent/buy.
I am living near Aliveri(3 kilometers away).Zarka town is about 30 kilometers away.
Another great town right by sea,not touristy is Styra.One can get there both by ferry or driving around.You may want to give more information so I can write you here.
The Broker's phone number is:2223053588 and cell phone 6976817813.
hope this helps you.
Hi Levemal
Thank you for your feedback, and thank you for the contacts, at the moment we are undecided to where we will be settling but our plans are to gather as much info as possible, then make a detailed visit to the areas we like and then make our decision on location. we are both in our mid 50s, and our income to live on when we move will be 1500 pm until we get our pensions then we will be comfortable and can enjoy our retirement, we enjoy a simple life but we also enjoy socialising. keep in touch on one of your posts you mentioned Syros? another island we like the look of.

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Hello Karen again,
Yes,Syros is considered the most organized island(an hr. away from beautiful Myconos too)
and many more islands.you may wish to check islands one can visit.
About Syros,I would choose since it has an airpot,
a small hospital for emergency use and just beautiful island combining social but also
quietness by choice.
My idea for Syros was to be around foreigners as well in winter.Euboia is pretty dead in winter;internet gets cut off when we have thunderstorms,as all small towns except big citie.hahahha
Aliveri is 2 hrs. drive to Athens;one hr. drive to Halkis to get to hospital.Aliveri has all doctors
reached from Zarka,Styra and other small villages.
Can't tell you if your money will be enough to rent,and pay bills,etc.;does depend
what one wishes to rent!
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Hello Karen again,
Yes,Syros is considered the most organized island(an hr. away from beautiful Myconos too)
and many more islands.you may wish to check islands one can visit.
About Syros,I would choose since it has an airpot,
a small hospital for emergency use and just beautiful island combining social but also
quietness by choice.
My idea for Syros was to be around foreigners as well in winter.Euboia is pretty dead in winter;internet gets cut off when we have thunderstorms,as all small towns except big citie.hahahha
Aliveri is 2 hrs. drive to Athens;one hr. drive to Halkis to get to hospital.Aliveri has all doctors
reached from Zarka,Styra and other small villages.
Can't tell you if your money will be enough to rent,and pay bills,etc.;does depend
what one wishes to rent!
hope i helped a bit.
Hi Levermal
Thanks for your help, we have decided to move to Aliveri, so now just looking for the right place to rent, we also contacted Mary on the number you gave us and she is very helpful, she is looking for some places for us and said to thank you for forwarding her contact details to me. Mary has also offered us a place to stay for when we come to visit prior to our move. which is March next year (cant come sooner. so when we do get there I would like to meet you and buy you a drink to thank you properly.
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Wonderful!great to meet you too.plz contact me on facebook,Marina Anna Leventis to speak privately via
chat or send me email [email protected].I can also help you find an aprtmant to live without any commision!A friendly gesture for new friends.
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there are many nice areas that you can look into. Apart from the well known big islands, I would advise you to consider the island of Evoia, because it is very close to Athens airport, it has a bridge that connects it to the mainland, a new road is currently under construction that will make access a lot easier, it is not very expensive, it has great beaches, it is full of trees, and it still has life during the winter. Basically you can enjoy all the facilities of Athens (hospitals, large shopping malls etc) within 1,5 hour distance without having to worry for a boat. Furthermore, I would advise you to look into the area of Peloponnese - especially the south. I suggest this for the same reasons, though take in consideration that this part of Greece is slightly more expensive because it is crowded withh foreigners who have discovered it 10 years ago and they have made the prices rise a lot... If you chose something in the mainland or connected to the mainland and in any case close to Athens, you do not have to worry if easyjet or any other company change their minds in the future and stop flights close to your home...If you choose to live in a village in Evoia, you can probably have all your basic needs (electricity, water, transport, modest house, telephone, food etc) without having to spend more than 1200 - 1300 Euros per month. But this always depends on the kind of lifestyle each one of us has - I am sure people can get along with less (I can't imagine life without the internet and that costs for example), while others may need a lot more than that.
hi elen
thanks to your post, we have decided on moving to Evia, and we are now looking for rented accommodation in three places Aliveri, kymi or Zarakes, we have made a contact with a real estate agent Mary Dallis, and she is looking for us which is grate, we would also like to ask anyone who knows of any rental properties for long term let, we would like either a house or maisonette two bed furnished, we have two cats (which may make a difference) and we are looking at paying around 400euros a month rent. if you know of any one who could help then please let me know I would be grateful for any information. we will be moving over 1st March next year. AND CAN'T WAIT Karen. p.s. we are retiring not looking for work

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We have already semi-retired to Greece and we chose the beautiful Pelion area. We initially bought a beautiful traditional brick cottage in a mountain village, but realised very quickly that this wasn't working for us - too quiet, not enough variety when eating out etc. So we sold up and bought a piece of land by the coast just at the bottom of the original village and had a house built for us. We have spent the past 8 years living/visiting Pelion and we still think we chose wisely. The nearest large town is Volos where you can buy almost anything you would want, and there is also a large and new hospital. We live in the coastal village of Milina which is very pretty and even in mid-winter most places stay open and residents live here year-round. Hope this is helpful
Hello, not sure how recent your comments are but they caught my eye as my husband and I are contemplating retiring to Greece (perhaps next year). We currently live in Australia (have dual Australian/British citizenship). I have had a quick look at the Pelion/Milina area and it does indeed have its appeal. Australia and Greece have a reciprocal arrangements whereby we can obtain our Australian pension in Greece (which would be our main source of income). You mention a hospital in Volos but one thing I have not as yet researched properly is healthcare in Greece. I am not sure how the reciprocal agreement between Australian and Greece assists in this regard (I will further research). The main purpose of this message is to ask how safe (in the monetary sense) is living in Greece now? I assume the cost of living is still reasonable. Again, I am unsure of healthcare. We do not speak Greek. Any advice on the current situation on life in Greece would be most appreciated. Thank you and kind regards,

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