Last year I sold my Las Vegas home that cost me over $300,000 for a paltry $190,000.
I had decided it was time for leaving Las Vegas. After a lifetime in the desert, I wanted to live surrounded by water. The only problem I encountered was that the proceeds from my sale of my house wouldn’t buy me anything remotely waterfront in the States. Besides, I was looking for adventure and something out of the ordinary, so I set my horizons internationally.
I set on a journey through Central and South America but nowhere seemed like it could be home for me. Latin America just wasn’t my cup of tea. I had heard of opportunities in the south of Spain and in Italy, so being newly homeless, I hopped straight away on a plane from Buenos Aries all the way to Madrid.
Though my European adventure began in the south of Spain, I eventually ended up in the least suspected of all places, the Southern Romanian coast.
For those who don’t know Romania, situated in Southern Europe there is a significant stretch of beachfront property along the Black Sea Coast between Bulgaria and the Ukraine. However, Romania has shores well protected to extreme weather, with its shores being linked to the famous Danube´s Delta, a vast expanse of water and vegetation, a sanctuary for birds all over Europe and Northern Africa.
I’m not quite sure what it was that drew me to this place; my new home. It may have been that my life in Vegas set a high barometer for nightlife expectations. I wanted the sea but I also wanted an active nightlife after watching the sun set over that sea – one that lasted until the sun was ready to rise. I might be older now but the occasional need to still feel like a kid and let loose remains ingrained in me.
Though certainly more raw and less glitzy then Las Vegas, the Romanian coast and particularly the resort of Costinesti provided me my first nightlife experience outside of my old home town that didn’t leave me asking ” is this all you got?” It was totally different then Vegas but just as fun.
Enjoying the beach by day and the clubs by night, I set forth to look at housing opportunities.
I ended up purchasing a new apartment for just under $90,000. My apartment has a near 360 degree unfettered view of the Black Sea and a private beach is a short walk away.
I’m located just a little over a mile from the boardwalk and center of town, but am able to enjoy the privacy and distinction of life at an upscale resort complex.
The resort is called ”Sea View”. It is a two-tower complex perched on a small hill overlooking the sea. The units are well designed to take full advantage of the sea view and provide a comfortable living space. The resort is in and of itself sufficient for enjoying a holiday. Pools, restaurants, a club and soon a casino all grace it’s grounds. It takes about 3 minutes to walk down to the private beach, but I must confess I often prefer to go the main public beach in-season and enjoy it’s liveliness — from taking part in impromptu volleyball games to having a beer with new friends at one of the many outdoor beach bars.
Back at my apartment, the only noise that occasionally interrupts the peace and tranquility of my new life is the last stage of construction of a new marina bordering our complex’s private beach. You can be sure one of the slips will have my name on it.
Whether swimming, sailing, clubbing or watching the waves as a winter comes in, my new life is the perfect combination of calm and excitement, of luxury and simplicity. In short, it is the life that I left Las Vegas searching to find.
The best part is that I have neighbors from around the world who are like-minded and great friends. Now that Sea View also offers fractional ownership of units, we also get a lot of seasonal residents that we look forward to seeing, summer or winter depending on when they have chosen. As Sea View is a new development there are still a number of units to be filled and new friends to meet.
Whatever life you are looking for abroad, you can find it. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. If you have been looking and looking and feel no closer than when you started, then it is time to get creative. Maybe you aren’t looking in the right place. If the life you are looking for bears some resemblance to the one I was looking for and found, full time or part time, feel free to drop me a note and I can tell you more about this area of the world. Who knows, maybe there is a slip here with your name on it to?
To contact Gregg Roberts, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To see a video presentation of Sea View, Gregg’s residence on the Romanian sea click here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Privilege-Property/376128135777218*