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Old 18th February 2014, 10:24 PM
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Are there expats here from Sta Rosa Laguna? We are just from Sta Elena City. Hoping to meet expats even just in this forum.

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Are there expats here from Sta Rosa Laguna? We are just from Sta Elena City. Hoping to meet expats even just in this forum.
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Whilst I am not in Phils at the moment, Sta Rosa was an area of interest for future retirement there. I have a Filipino partner and we will return to Phils in the next few years to retire. Would be interested in hearing from you as you settle in there as to what life is like for expat in your area.

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Hi mogo Sta Rosa is nice. Clean and close to Makati, airport, tertiary hospitals, malls, Universities. I have been here for 5 years. Lesser traffic since we have to use South super highway if there is a need to go Makati or downtown.
Where i live is close to Tagaytay or Silang. I luve walking distance to 2 Malls here namely Nuvali and Paseo de Sta Rosa. We have several schools and Universities here like La Salle, Xavier, Ateneo, St Scholastica, UST and Miriam College. The Villages or gated communities nearby or around are mid to high end which makes the cost of living higher compared to other parts of Sta Rosa. Most villages here do not allow tricycle to come in. Either the Village provides a shuttle or they walk inside. Security is strict and I do not look like a clown when I walk since people are use to seeing expats/foreigners. If i want to go to the beach Batangas is just 1 1/2 hours away. There is a wakeboarding park here which is only 5 mins away from me, golf course is the same. I live walking distance to Nuvali/Solenad mall which has a lot of boutique and Restaurants. We do not go there often unless we do grocery, we prefer home cooked meals but occasionally we go and eat out and its not bad.
If you are after investment this is the place since they call it Makati of the South. Many politicians live in the area lol. But its fairly quiet and not polluted. We just finished building our house and my wife has a business here.. We bought 450sqm lot and just built on our own cause its more cheaper than buying a house from the developer.
We built our house I beam method and had fun building it except dealing with the Architect who ran away with 1 million when we are out of the country.

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Thank you for your reply, it was most informative. IT all sounds good except 1.5 hrs from the beach, I like to live near the water and I thought from the map that was the case with Sta. Rosa? The only other negative is living near politicians lol!!!

I have been looking at some of the project houses being offered on the internet and they do not do much for me really. What about pre-existing homes that are being resold, is there many of them? I prefer one level living as I have back issues.

Is there much interaction with other expats, ie. a club or restaurant that they go to have a chat? Things like golf are in the past with me due to my back, but it does sound like you have a wide range of entertainment to choose from.

I have a Filipino partner and she is a teacher in Thailand. We hope to move back to Phils in the next year or two and finding the right location is rather daunting, as much has changed in the 6 years she has been away.

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There are lots of expats here, one owns resto and you get to bump them everywhere, all friendly. In our Village there are several expats from US, UK, Korea, Japanese, Australia, Scotland and Canada. The villages here are Ayala Westgrove very expensive, Valenza, Georgia, Augusta all developed by Britanny. La Residencia selling only lots by Britanny also. Sonoma and Laguna Bel air ( affordable village midddle class) Sta Rosa Estate 1and 2. If you prefer a decent bungalow you should opt for a lot and just build. If you opt from the developer/builder try Laguna Bel Air 1 do not buy in Laguna Bel Air 2 not well maintained. Laguna Bel Air 3/4 are good too but mostly 2 storey.
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In our area some are rentals and two storey La Residencia De Sta Rosa House For Rent Santa Rosa City Laguna - New For Sale Philippines - 36751504 this is just right in front of my house not worth it... Cheaper rent in Bel air and to buy. But investment wise and security La Residencia or anywhere in Sa Elena. Another cheaper option s to buy foreclosed property but check if bank will pay arrears in taxes etc.
Politicians live mostly in Ayala Westgrove, we had an offer from one to buy our house but wife says No lol. Tagaytay is just 25 mins away. The only nearest water here is the swimming pool in he clubhouse lol... But over all its nice nothing to be scared like what happened to Yolanda and other areas. No creeks that floods here and really no flooding but in the town proper opposite side it floods and there are lots of gated community but I can not recommend.

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Good morning and thanks again for taking the time to talk to me. The pool sounds great, I swim everyday and do exercises for my back, so that is important. It very much sounds like the type of place we are looking for,
My next task is to get my gf to decide it is time to go home, as she loves teaching.
From looking on the internet, they see to present houses in varying states of completion, ie. some with 'provision' for carport, laundry,lawns, gardens etc. something that is new to me, as in Oz they come complete with these items. A 3rd house with those completed items, I think you are suggesting about 3m peses? would that be correct, or am I off the mark? Building really isnt my go, have avoided building a house all my life and dont really want to start now.
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If you opt for house in Laguna Bel air 3 or 4 its around 3m or 3.5m it has 3 bedroom and 3 washroom a maids room. No carport included. Floor area 105sqm Lot area range from 144 or more. Decent quality. Met my wife there but now we live Sta Elena just 5 mins away from there. They have pool, gym, tennis and soccer area. If you opt for a smaller house Laguna Bel air 1 is better since they have bungalow house. Many expats there too. Wife use to live there when we met. Its ok there and very clean as well and maintained very big community though. The shuttle goes in and out to get passengers and they have a bus that goes to Makati exclusive for homeowners only. Your wife can open up a honeschool its getting big here in Philippines now. I had dent you the link of Laguna Bel Air what you see online is still the same. Clean and maintained they have restrictions when homeowners wAnts to fix exterior or do extensions...

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I stayed in CALAMBA LAGUNA.... Laguna itself is nice. Very nice area to live.

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I think Calamba do not flood and its more quiet. Went there several times to get copy of TCT in Regstry of Deeds. Just don't like the traffic hopefully they can solve it.

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I think Calamba do not flood and its more quiet. Went there several times to get copy of TCT in Regstry of Deeds. Just don't like the traffic hopefully they can solve it.
Do they ever fix traffic problems, living in Pattaya it is there every day. They just do not seem to learn by mistakes and continue to provide narrow roads in expanding communities - plus here in Thailand all drive around in pick ups which makes it worse.

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