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Why Condo Units Are the Best Housing Options

With the many housing options nowadays, choosing the best alternative can genuinely be a challenging process. You must have to weigh the pros and cons of each housing option before settling for one. You must also have to evaluate your financial capability and compare it with your present needs and wants. Doing all these can assure you that you will not be living beyond your means, which will help you build a stable future.

Condos must be one of the few housing units that offer several advantages to those looking for a housing unit to rent or own. In fact, most of today’s young workers are living in condos, which seems to be the trend for the coming decades. But why do you really have to choose a condo unit at Provence Residence MCC Land? Here are some of the best reasons.

You Have a Wide Variety of Options

You will never run out of options when looking for a condo unit. They are everywhere in the city, and you can select one by location, cost, amenities, security, size, or any other consideration that is important to you.

The location must be one of the top factors when choosing a condo. Some go for a condo near their workplaces or the city center. Others choose a condo on the city’s outskirts to enjoy the natural surroundings, although some condos in the central districts are near parks or vast vegetation.

The cost of condo units may depend on the location, amenities, security, and floor size. You may have to compromise some of these when looking for a cheaper condo. With several choices out there, you will surely find the right one for you.

You Can Own the Condo Unit

If you have been renting a condo unit for a long time, don’t you want to own it? Yes. You have two options when living in a condo. You can rent for as long as you want, or you can buy it. Buying a condo can be more cost-effective in the long run. You may only have to pay more than the rent you are paying now, and you can own your condo in a couple of years.

It is a Good Investment

Any form of real property is a good investment. Their value is ever-increasing. With a condo unit, you can have many options in the future. You can sell it or let it be rented if you want to move to another housing unit. Surely, you can have the return of your investment in a short time.

Indeed, choosing the right condo unit is never a losing proposition. It is always a winning decision.…

Quinta das Abelhas

tentWWOOF Central Portugal

Jul 22nd 2007sophieblogging & webstuff & wwoof

As we have far more WWOOFers and other volunteers applying to come to Quinta das Abelhas than we can accommodate, we’re finally gotten around to setting up a new website (an idea we’ve had for ages) to bring together hosts and volunteers. The aim is to provide a useful resource for host farms offering volunteer work placements, and volunteers who’d like to visit this region – a kind of “one stop shop” for volunteering in Central Portugal:

Obviously in its very early stages at the moment we’re encouraging everyone to join in and contribute!

The website offers a free page to each host to describe and publicise their volunteer opportunities and contact details, plus a blog for hosts and woofers to write their thoughts, ideas, experiences, news, ask for volunteers/volunteer placements, etc….

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eco-living project update

Jul 18th 2007sophietechnopeasant

so … our neighbour’s land actually has TEN owners!we’re now waiting on the paperwork to come through giving the one owner that lives in our village the legal power to sign on behalf of everyone else ….

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Yurt report

Jul 6th 2007bandittechnopeasant

We’ve recently bought a small quinta in Santa Ovaia and hope to move out to Portugal in a couple of years after we have finally built a house to live in!

On our most recent visit to Portugal we thought we might try and find somewhere slightly more exciting to stay than the usual guest house, B&B etc. – how about Pure Portugals new Yurt? After a few emails to Sophie it was all arranged, we’d stay at Quinta das Abelhas in the (yet to be erected) new Yurt.

With a week to go before our visit I thought we should just check with Sophie all was well with the Yurt – the reply came back… it isn’t erected yet but we’re working on it!


A week later we arrived in Porto and after an uneventful drive down to Quinta das Abelhas we arrived a bit earlier than planed. We were met by a slightly panicked Sophie! We were the first guests staying in Sophie & Andy’s new Yurt and because it had only just been erected the poles still smelt of new paint. To help clear the air they had left the top open the night before. Naturally this year’s bad weather had conspired against them and yes, you guessed it, it rained like never before all night. We were greeted with the words “we’ve had a bit of a problem, would you like a cup of tea?” So while Sophie rushed about solving the problem we were very ably delayed by the rest of the family – Charlie, Sid and Tom as well as their lovely WOOFER Claire. Charlie made us some tea and then Claire gave us a tour of the quinta which is a little piece of heaven with great views. What more could you want? We also met the dogs, cats, chickens and Sophie’s three horses.

The Yurt Inside

During the tour I asked Claire what the small building at the top of the slope was and she told us it was the composting toilet. We had read on Sophie & Andy’s web site about the “loo with a view” and they weren’t joking. It has a huge picture window and a great view of the local countryside. Luckily the ground falls away steeply in front of it so no one can see in unless they are on the opposite hill with a telescope. Mind you, you never know!

When we got back, Sophie was ready to show us the Yurt. To be honest, if she hadn’t of told us we would never have known there was a problem as everything was completely dry! There was a comfortable double bed and electricity was laid on. We even had fairy lights on the wall which looked lovely at night. We had seen pictures of Yurt’s before but we were still impressed by the comfort. If you’ve ever been camping then this was luxury! There was even a settee and bookcase!

Charlie and Tom helped us to get our suitcases from the car which had to be parked a little way from the yurt. After unpacking a few things it was time to try out the solar shower. The one next to the Yurt wasn’t plumbed in yet so we used the family’s shower instead and got to see Monika’s lovely mosaic floor. It was really nice after our long journey to have a hot shower. The shower next to the yurt was plumbed in by the next day and our next shower in that revealed just how hot a solar shower can get!! It was almost too hot.

We had a couple of evening meals with the family during our stay. Andy is the cook and most of the food had been home-grown by them. On the first day Andy came in proclaiming that he had just read the book and all parts of the evening primrose plant were good to eat – so he was putting some of the flowers in the salad. Well the book was right (thankfully) and they tasted great – slightly peppery. All the food & wine we had during our stay with Andy & Sophie was delicious. A special thanks also to Sid who seems to be the cake maker and to all of them for their great company.

We really enjoyed our stay at Quinta das Abelhas and were made to feel welcome by the whole family. It was nice too, to meet some people near the place we one day intend to be living. On the Thursday at the market in Arganil we also met Andy’s dad and his wife, as well as their friends, so we are beginning to feel a little less like tourists. We also met some more of our Portuguese neighbours in Santa Ovaia and although our …