Holy crap. $150,000 for an Ocean front house/lot, and only $300/year for taxes?! That's crazy. I assumed you were referencing Southern Ontario rates when you said the costs were so low, but that even beats here in the North by a wide margin.
My wife could probably find work there no problem. I'm a bit of a special snowflake.. I've only ever had one job. I'm in IT. I'm a computer programmer. I feel like it would be hard to find a job in that there. There are plenty of remoting opportunities in my field, but you have to sell yourself somewhat to secure them, and can't know what to expect until you're in them. In theory, it's a workable option, but in practice it's always a bit more complicated as always.
I imagine there must be a reason the prices are so low. There must be some kind of downside to it... Otherwise, why wouldn't the prices be sky high with so much land, privacy, and beauty around?!
bambams, we have lived here on Fogo Island since mid-2007, and over these past 12 wonderful years we have found no real downside to living here. Sure, island life is not for everyone. (thank goodness!) I mean after all, we don't have a single shopping mall or Walmart on our island, no bowling alley, movie theatre or nightclubs either, but none of these things are of any interest to us. I must assume that if we did have all of the above amenities, well, this place would fast become just as expensive as it is to live in Southern Ontario. Let's face it... Fogo Island is a very long way from Canada's mainland, far off the beaten path, and to get on and off our island requires a ferry, so no, it's not everyone's cup of tea... and is thus the reason why it is still very affordable to live here to this day. My wife and I have lived in four provinces over the past 34 years that we've been married, and we can't imagine living anywhere else. We are most definitely here to stay. We have far more expendable income than we ever did when we were in Ontario, or Manitoba or British Columbia. After all, we are able to donate over $20,000 of our income annually to our many various charity projects that we have been involved with for many years in third world countries, mainly helping vulnerable young children who have become orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic still sweeping much of the world, and those living in abject poverty beyond belief, through no fault of their own. Jeez, my Missus and I have even built our own full-service, fully-staffed hospital in a very remote region of Western Uganda where there had previously been no medical facilities at all. We could not have accomplished any of this had we not moved here from BC twelve years ago. No more living paycheque to paycheque for us. (which is precisely what we had been doing when we both had high-salary careers in BC's Lower Mainland), Tons of income but still not so much as a pot to pi$$ in!
When you are living in such a stunningly scenic and unique place as this, you quickly learn that the shopping malls and nightclubs are just not essential to have a great quality of life. The truth is that Fogo does have almost every other amentity you can think of, and for what is lacking you quickly learn to adapt. What we cannot access locally, we order online and have it all shipped right to our door for a nominal fee. Last week we received another shipment of dog food... we order about $450 worth at a time, and the cost to ship it all is a measly ten bucks... about what most people would spend on gas to drive themselves to the nearest big box store. And on a very rare occasion when we might actually wish to set foot in a Walmart (shudder!) or a fast food chain, Gander is only about 55 miles away.
But the way we look at it, it's the fact that we are living in a very safe, crime-free community where there is no traffic, no noise, no pollution, no gangs, no drug epidemic, no homeless people, etc, etc, and all of this more than makes up for the lack of a [email protected]
shopping mall, in all honesty. There's no locking of any doors here, by anyone
, nor any need to remove your keys from the ignition. Ever. All of this counts for a lot in my books! Life is very good here indeed. And come to think of it, how many other places are even still out there these days where one can live such a completely stress-free and debt-free lifestyle and be truly content? Not many, I'm thinking.
I doubt that one would find it to be a very difficult task to snag a decent-paying IT job anywhere within this province.