How do I find a place to live in Ecuador?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"We came to Ecuador 4 times and fell in love with Salinas. We had a realtor help us find our new condo,"
remarked another member in Salinas.
"Because my Spanish was limited when I arrived I found someone who had helped people in her church find an apartment. We looked at many. Some were terrible and some were ok and by the seventh day, I found the perfect place. She was most helpful and she kept telling me to speak Spanish which was not really easy but I did it anyway,"
explained one expat living in Cuenca, Ecuador.
"Can only afford to rent a room so I rent from another Californian (a blessing) in a mostly quiet building of other North Americans. It is a condo. Met the dear lady I rent from at church,"
said another person in Cuenca.
"We are in Puerto Cayo. It is small and I mean small. There are no shopping for groceries or luxury items. It is quiet and on any given day, I am the only person on miles and miles of beach,"
added another expat who made the move to Puerto Cayo.
"Not easy... I was offered a teaching job at PUCE , then denied it when my papers came through very late but I knew the barrio where I wanted to live -- however, it has gone up in price and there were few options available. I walked around in the neighborhood I wanted to finally settle in and found what I need. This is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED way to discover a good apt in Quito,"
explained one foreigner living in Quito, Ecuador.
"We found a B&B first however the price went up to $550 mo instead of the 300 which was advertised. They said the 300 ones were taken,(not true they didn't exist.
We were lucky enough to meet others on the street that told us of better places for $210 mo. We moved. Ask around especially the cab drivers, they know a lot,"
said another in Cuenca.
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