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Old 04-16-2009, 08:05 AM
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Default So now where would an affordable canal front home be?

I've recently moved away from florida for a contact job in Iowa. Man I miss the water. I dont have any family in florida, but it has been (was) home for some time (7-8 years). I've dreamed of being able to affoard a home on a canal within biking/walking distance of the beach (I'm a surfer too.. no not the burn out non-motivated stereo type). I thought I'd ask around where you can get a canal from home for around $300/K other then parts of florida? I'd consider outside of the USA, but I'm an IT guy... so can't be 3rd world. I've looked at New Zealand.. and it's a possibilty.. more research is still needed on my part though.
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Holden Beach, North Carolina:

http://mls.brunswickcountyhomes.com/...mlsid=1&wsid=1
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I think you might want to adjust your thinking a little. I live in a "third world country" and the IT guys here are treated like gods. they have no competition. And governments run computer systems. So do airports. So do shipping companies. So do normal people, like me. (Yes I am TOO a normal person dammit!!) As for moving to NZ, you might want to check on that. They are not exactly welcoming immigrants,no matter what skills you have. They have their own.
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You can get a crazy nice place on the Texas coast for 300K. Probably three story, boat lift the whole nine yards.
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So. Ocean county NJ. Tuckerton, Little egg harbor.... Try even a bit further south by Atlantic city.
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Originally Posted by Gringo View Post
I think you might want to adjust your thinking a little. I live in a "third world country" and the IT guys here are treated like gods. they have no competition. And governments run computer systems. So do airports. So do shipping companies. So do normal people, like me. (Yes I am TOO a normal person dammit!!) As for moving to NZ, you might want to check on that. They are not exactly welcoming immigrants,no matter what skills you have. They have their own.
my appologies gringo.. I meant a third world country as one that didn't have computer systems and/or unsafe for my g/f. I dont mean unsafe like the cities of the US.. but unsafe, like taken in broad day light. (I've surfed costa and barbados... and while it was beautiful.. I would be uneasy leaving my g/f on the beach alone).
Know of someone you could put me in contact with about getting employment there?
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If you consider $300K affordable, you should have no problem finding a house on the water in NC. May not be huge and might be on tidal instead of deepwater, but there are some that the developers are begging to sell. Not talking the Outer Banks though, too many ritzy second homes out there.

Also a few in the VA northern neck on the Potomac, which is actually pretty good fishing and not too bad a run to the Chesapeake. Try around Colonial Beach and further south. Have also seen come on the Chesapeake itself in south east MD, not a horrible commute to DC or Annapolis if you ended up there.

If it wasn't for all the insurance problems, west coast and panhandle of Florida still look like very good options.

Collapse of the housing market seems to have opened up your options quite a bit if you can get financed. Try searching craigslist in the areas you might be interested in. Lots of broker ads for more than the actual selling prices, but at least it would give you some feel for what pricing is like. If you are working around Des Moines now, their housing prices are actually somewhat close to the Carolinas except where all the McMansion developments area.
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New Zealand have money ready I heard that you need close to 7 digits to be consided as a imagrant there>
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When we first started the mini-odyssey that has gotten us to here, so far, I spent about a year researching waterfront/canal homes starting in Savannah, moving down to Key West, up the other side around the eastern shore of the Gulf of Mexico as far as Pensacola. I looked a bit around Mississippi, and then skipped on over everything until I got down south of Matagorda Bay in Texas. A year. Comparing, getting on realtors mailing lists, examining thousands of photos, really checking it out. I remember some decent deals with acreage and ocean access in South East Georgia, too. Kinda rural. Not sure it would be the place for a surfer, but I think an east texas good old boy like me could probably get along okay there.

We researched the USVI, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and some parts of Mexico, before finally throwing the anchor out on this place. It wasn't exactly spur of the moment.
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thanks all.. I've got a few more months on contract here, and most likely will be extended a few months past that. I want to have a plan for where I want to go. It's always easier to find work when you are in town.. the catch being I can't buy a place without having a job there first. I'd rather not rent, but I guess a 6 month lease may have to do to get the ball rolling.
So far I'm leaning towards going back to cocoa beach, FL... but it is tough to find a good paying IT job (why i moved away in the first place).
I have a couple of friends in the sacramento area that say it's great.. but housing prices are still high.. which makes me shy away from it. I suppose I could just rent and get a better feel for the area. (just thinking out loud now).
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You don't want to be in Sacramento. Trust me. West Coast is great but it's expensive anywhere near the water. Sac - not really that nice in my opinion. Certainly not a salt water town and cold in the winter. Close to Tahoe if you're into skiing however. That's about the best thing it has going for it.

I'd look into coastal North Carolina. Lot's of towns along the ICW that would have housing within your budget and on/near the waterways. Beautiful area too.
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Look around a little in the Port Isabel, Tx area. McAllen, Tx("The Valley") is growing quite rapidly, definite need for skilled professions down here.
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Tiki Island,TX
http://www.villageoftikiisland.com/

- Awesome bay fishing
- Decent offshore fishing
- lots to do all around
- 5 miles from Galveston(decent surfing)
- 25 miles from downtown Houston
- 17 miles to Hobby Airport
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Mexico Beach Fl.

Orange Beach / Gulf Shores AL have gotten cheaper.

Example
http://www.usamls.net/meyerre/defaul...13431&sortby=1

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