Visiting Cyprus is a game-changer.
It has almost perfect weather, the island is filled with treasures – mosaics, castles, museums, beautiful beaches, harbours, locally grown food, locally produced wines, smooth water from the mountains. We could go on and on.
You just might want to put down a few roots of your own
You will never stop enjoying the beauty of the island. You can learn more about the Greeks and Romans (as well as other civilisations) by visiting the huge number of historical and archaeological sites.
This is just one of the many, many interesting sites in Cyprus and there are archaeological excavations here – this museum in Paphos is next to the Coral Beach Hotel. Check the opening times before you visit to make sure you get to see the whole site.
Or, of course this beautiful entrance could be the doorway of your new home!
Anyway, let’s get back to looking at a new home in Cyprus. We’ll cover the legal stuff later.
Cyprus has always been a favourite spot. Going right back to the early days (and we mean very early – BC) Cyprus has been home, at one time or another, to Assyrians, Egyptians, Macedonians and Romans and others which is why Cyprus has such a rich history. Nowadays, people from Russia, China, the Middle East, the UK and Europe have made Cyprus their home.
Properties vary in price and as always the location is one of the main determinants. Of course, the beach front properties are always going to command a good price but there are some absolutely amazing locations which should not be overlooked.
Property Locations in Cyprus
Firstly, there are definitely bargains to be had here but let’s look at the different properties in the different locations first.
We like to be beside the seaside, beside the seaside, beside the sea! Too true and because of our love of waterfront properties, seafront and beachfront locations are expensive – not just in Cyprus, anywhere in the world really.
You would be wise to narrow down your search to a few areas of Cyprus which you really like, possibly Paphos, Limassol or one of the amazing inland locations which take your fancy. Spend a day or two walking around at all times of the day and night to get a real ‘feel’ for the place, making sure you feel comfortable in the area and that the amenities suit your needs. For example, if you like walking, take a walk to the local shop and ask yourself if you’d be happy to walk there every day or whenever that vital ingredient for your recipe is needed at short notice Go to the local restaurants and bars. Speak to people – this is where you will find tremendous information about living in Paphos. Always, temper their responses as people’s opinions are usually very subjective!
What’s so special about the location/s you have pinpointed and why? How far is the nearest public transport? What about the journey time to and from the school or work? Other regular journey times? How close is the nearest doctor, emergency hospital and dentist? These are just a few questions you should ask yourself.
OK, so for argument’s sake, let’s say we like the look of Paphos, after all Paphos enjoys sub-tropical mediterranean weather, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2017 along with Aarhus in Denmark. It’s an easygoing town. What more could you ask for?
If you were to look at a villa on the seafront you could not do much better than Leptos’ Coral Bay’s Villas - fantastic views, quality build, plenty of space – a peaceful haven. The UK’s Telegraph was positively positive about Coral Bay back in 2008 and little has changed since then. It is still beautiful, still sandy, still with a fantastically blue sea and still a great place to stay, whether for a holiday or forever!
Or maybe one that’s just set back from the amazing sea front - even in the early stages of finding the right property for you and your family you need to double check the location and see if it’s somewhere you want to be.
Check out the Leptos Estate website where you will find different properties in different locations. A good map of the area is essential so that you can work out the roads to and from the area, the public transport service etc.
PS Watch out for Paphos Airport which is to the east of the town and avoid any flight paths so that you are actually living in a peaceful area – we people from the urban sprawls know how this can interfere with your quality of living. Have a look at this video which shows you the flight path and this one which shows a plane taking off from Paphos Airport – rest easy that it doesn’t cover many built up areas but always double check.
More information will be published soon. If you have any queries email us here.
Look Out & Always Check
Properties are built by a variety of developers and as in any other country the standards can vary. If you take away the emotion of buying a house then you’re left with the bricks and mortar. This is a good place to start! We’ll be adding a checklist of the things you should look out for when buying property in Cyprus, or anywhere for that matter. Sometimes it’s wise to pay that little bit extra for a well built home.
The advice provided in our columns does not constitute legal advice and is provided for information only. Readers are encouraged to seek appropriate independent legal advice.
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