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Expats near Sozopol and south?

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RaulPinde
10/27/2018 16:22 EST

Greetings,
We are considering retirement on the Black Sea near Sozopol, Is there anyone who has settled in the area? We are interested in a non-touristy area on or very near the sea.

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Griff4
1/8/2019 10:23 EST

Hi, Just about all the coastal towns south of Sozopol become very touristy over the summer months but you don't need to travel too far inland to get away from the hustle and bustle. Some of the villages round us stay pretty quiet over the summer months. of course there will be houses that are used as holiday homes so the village populations will increase.

You need to take a look but here are three villages you can consider:
Izgrev 5km in from Tsarevo, Velika 5km in from Lozenets and Fazanovo 9km in from Kiten (but on the Lozenets road.

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RaulPinde
1/8/2019 14:00 EST

Thanks for the information. I will check those locations. Where do you reside? Did you buy or are you renting? What has your experience in BG been like?

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Griff4
1/8/2019 14:31 EST

We did things in an organised fashion. My better half introduced me to BG in 2009 and I fell in love with the place. After several visits we decided we would like to retire to here. We searched around for land and settled on a plot with a sea view near Lozenets but close to friends. Using Skype I worked closely with a Bulgarian architect and designed our ideal home. We moved out in 2013 and started the build.

The build took 16 months and we moved into our new home in May 2015. Loving the place.

That doesn't mean it's been plain sailing, from leaving the UK and moving into our house we moved 5 times!

Some of our happiest memories from those early days were when we lived in a villa in Izgrev. Our build had to stop over the summer months (building regs) as we were in a tourist area so we took a holiday, renting a villa and chillaxing. The village is very peaceful and on the edge of the Strandja national park - paradise. No sea view but a beautiful village with stunning mountain views.

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Griff4
1/8/2019 16:31 EST

Tried posting this earlier bit it seems to have been lost - apologies if you get this twice.

Moving out here is a major change of lifestyle, so you've got to be sure that it's what you want. You need to see the place in summer and winter because that's going to be what you experience in the real world when you get past falling in love with a place whilst on holiday.

My partner and I came out together for the first time in 2009. I loved the place immediately but we didn't commit to buying land for another two years and even then we allowed ourselves about 5 months cooling off period before putting pen to paper.

I worked over the winter months with a Bulgarian architect, using Skype, putting together a house design that met all our needs. There then followed a search for a builder that we could put all our confidence into to produce the end product that we wanted. Of course you can buy property out here but don't rely on building regulations to ensure that your house was built to a specified standard. Believe me when I say we saw our building inspector once during our build and I walk past a property every day that is being built to a budget and it will bite the buyer when it's complete.

There's lots more of this story to tell but the point I'd like to make is that from falling in love with the place to moving out here took us 4 years. In that time a lot of research and exploration took place to make this less of a gamble and more of a logical decision. Be clear in your own minds on your motivations for the move and how you want to spend your time out here.

How do we find it? Well I have a better social life than I ever did in England, I enjoy the weather, having BBQs whenever I want and making my own rakia and wine. I love growing my own produce in my garden. I love the scenery on my doorstep, I love having goats and sheep walking past my garden wall. I love the whole new adventure of discovering a new world, a new way of life.

On the negative side I don't enjoy the Sofia tourists spoiling the tranquility. I don't enjoy the corruption of officialdom and would like to have some night-life (not very often) nearer than the 60km trek to Burgas in the 8months of the year when everywhere here is closed.

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Griff4
11/25/2019 12:52 EST

Apologies for the delay in replying, I don;t check the forum sites very often. We're in Lozenets and built from scratch, not necessarilly the cheapest way to get on the property ladder here but we got exactly what we wanted and knew how the property had been built.
My experience is different to many out here as my better half is a BG national. This meant that much of the red tape that expats struggle with passed me by. Speaking the language and having BG friends that know the ropes will certainly smooth your passage out here.

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coollaw3
11/25/2019 13:06 EST

Good for you,
According to previous posts having a BG relationship requires some amount of courage??

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