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Real Estate in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 14, 2023

Summary: The average cost of a nice 2 bedroom home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep is around $150,000 USD. A nice 3 bedroom home in Santo Domingo is around $200,000 USD. These properties typically include modern amenities such as air conditioning, hot water, and a kitchen. Some may also include a pool, terrace, and/or a garden. Foreigners are allowed to own property in Santo Domingo, however, they must obtain a residency visa in order to do so. The best way for an expat to search for a home to buy in Santo Domingo is to use a real estate agent or search online. There are many websites that list properties for sale in the area. The most desirable neighborhoods in Santo Domingo are Piantini, Naco, and Gazcue. These areas are known for their high-end shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.

How do I find a place to live in Santo Domingo?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"I first came to a beach town but then found that for a single older intellectual woman, the capital was best. I took my time, found the pool, the library, the neighborhood I liked best, then the apartment, not the other way around," remarked one foreigner who made the move to Santo Domingo.

"I chose my neighborhood because it is located within walking distance of the Sea and one half block from the Metro/Subway. I found my apartment through a website named Sublet.com," explained one person living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

"i have lived in various parts of the country. The first place was a tourist resort on the Caribbean sea, where I went as my job as a scuba diving instructor was there. A small studio came with the job and after a month I moved into a rental apartment. Here you just put the word out you are looking and people come to you with their apartments. Now I live in a little Dominican town, chosen as it was far from tourists and hence much safer and much cheaper. Again just put the word out and found the house," said one expat in Santo Domingo.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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