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My UK-based employer has ultimately agreed for me to continue my employment from abroad, hence my family and I are on the verge of relocating to Portugal in the coming months... :)

We will shortly be visiting Portugal for a busy 10 days to choose a prospective place to live. We will be looking for a location in which to rent initially, and have narrowed down our preferred area to be based somewhere south of Marinha Grande/Leiria and north of Torres Vedras.

I was hoping for ANY advice with regard to areas for consideration, with a focus on the following criteria:

- A reputable state/public school (for our two children aged 8 and 4)
- Dependable broadband connection (preferably cable, though ADSL would suffice) for my work.

Although not essential (as my wife is Portuguese), an area in which other expat families are already based would be beneficial, especially with regard to schools.

Many thanks in advance for any feedback.

Obrigado.
 

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Silver Coast

Definitely a good smattering of expats in the Sao Martinho do Porto, Caldas da Rainha, Obidos and Foz de Arehlo areas, those with children going to schools in the area seem to be happy with their children's education, the expat community is good but not suffocating leaving room to breathe in the Portuguese lifestyle, any info i can help with please feel free to contact me.
 

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Many thanks for the responses. The aforementioned areas (with the exception of Alcobaça) were already on our intended roundtrip's route, though it is nice to have some confirmation before we set off.

As a matter of interest, how much should we expect to pay in rental for a modern 3 bed house?

Also, if anyone out there can give any references to some reputable rental agents in the areas, that would be much appreciated.

Muito obrigado.
 

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As we are nearing the completion of our house outside Alcobaca we had cause to look at rentals, we may still have to if our timings go wrong:eek::eek:

Canoe is right in as much as it is a holiday area, if you are prepared to be a bit flexible there are deals to be had, maybe more inland than coastal.

With reference to price, we found that very few agents/landlords put a firm "sticker" price up, they seem to wait until someone comes along and then look to charge as much as they think they can get away with.

If you head to a less holiday area such as Caldas then the prices are lower.
With regard to agents, start with Google and be prepared to have to work hard at it!!!

HTH

Rob
 

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A three bedroomed modern property on a long term rental (6-12 months) should cost no more than 500 Euros per month, it is hard finding them advertised as i experienced 3 years ago, but i have many contacts and can put some ideas your way also Siobhan gave a link to a couple of other people asking the same thing just a week or so again so maybe you can get the link from her. I will see what i can do as well.
 

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May thanks for that andyp65. I'd pretty much accepted (after long days/hours of internet trawling!), as mentioned by canoeman, that local agents are probably my best bet.

Regarding rentals, I have one quick question:
Over and above the rental cost, I would expect to meet the additional cost of utilities, such as gas, elec and water. What other costs should we expect to incur whilst renting (i.e. rates/council tax equiv)?
 

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IMI is the responisbility of the owner not tenant. €450-€500 is the going rate and I know a few agents in the area that specialise in rental properties. If you want details please send me a pm.
 

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Hello.

I have just seen your enquiry and wondered if you had already found what you were looking for.
I have a property a few minutes inland from São Martinho do Porto which is available for long term let or for sale. The rental would be £400 per month

This property comprises a modern single storey 3 bed detached house with an enormous garage and a separate 2 bed detached annex on approximately ½ hectare (1 acre) of land, located in a beautiful rural village setting with stunning views over the Portuguese countryside.
The local village has a bar-restaurant, primary school, and a village shop and is on a regular bus service to Alcobaça for other shops and services.
It is situated about 5 minutes from the small town of Alfeizerão where there is a petrol station, a post office, banks a variety of local shops and a small supermarket as well as a food market.
Here there is also access to the A8 motorway and a bus service into Lisbon.
It may also be of interest to know that we have friends nearby with children aged 4 & 8 who attend school in Famalicão.
If you are interested, please get back to me and I can send you more information and photos.
Best wishes
Duncan
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Sounds good Duncan. However, it is unlikely we are even going to move over until June/July. Once we have decided on the area in which we want to relocate (which will be after our scouting trip in the coming weeks) , we have a few commitments in the UK in May, followed by wrapping things up here in the UK.

If we do opt for the area around São M d P, then I will no doubt be in touch nearer the time for some details.

Many thanks.
 

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Hello,

I have just read this thread for the first time and would be delighted to help if I can.

As previous contributors have already mentioned the Silver Coast is predominatly a holiday area and therefore most properties are booked for summer rentals but there are always exceptions.

Are you still looking for somewhere to live?

FYI - Broadband ADSL is excellent here. We live in a very small village near Sao Martinho do Porto and have an excellent, unlimited service from Sapo which costs us €25.99 per month.

Also, our 7 year old son goes to school in Alcobaca and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

Good luck with your move - you will love Portugal!
 

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Thanks for the response stephanie. It's always nice to hear from families who have happily 'settled'.

We have just finished our brief scouting trip (covering over 2,500 km in our rental car in a week!) and although the SM do Porto area was on our short-list, we have set our sights on moving a bit further south.

I have learned that local contacts will be our most fruitful means of finding a home when we actually arrive (after the Summer rush).

Can't wait... :)
 

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If anyone knows/hears of any 3/4 bedroom houses for long term rental in the vicinity of Lourinhã / Praia da Areia Branca, please could they PM me.

Also, would be very grateful if anyone can pass any decent links to local/national rental agents' sites.

Many thanks.
 

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If anyone knows/hears of any 3/4 bedroom houses for long term rental in the vicinity of Lourinhã / Praia da Areia Branca, please could they PM me.

Also, would be very grateful if anyone can pass any decent links to local/national rental agents' sites.

Many thanks.

Have sent you a PM....
 
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