A short overview about the USA
The British have been entranced by the idea of living and working in the USA for 400 years and the appeal shows no sign of wearing out. It’s the place to start a new life where ambition and hard work are rewarded and where they really know how to have fun! In the USA, to quote PJ O’Rourke: “There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”
The biggest draw in recent years has been central Florida, where a modern villa with pool, in year-round warm weather, a short drive from the world’s greatest theme parks can be yours for as little as £125,000. How much would the family love that?
There is so much more to the USA, however. Even within Florida, what about an ocean-view apartment in Miami, the “Capital of Latin America”? Other highlights include California, where the sun shines all year and the future is being forged in the workshops of Apple and Google. It has rural beauty too, in the winelands of Napa and the ski slopes of Tahoe. Property in the USA can be pricey – hardly surprising given that so many want to be there.
The central states haven’t seen so many UK buyers, but just saying the names Wyoming, Montana and Kansas is to be transported to a romantic new life owning a ranch house with the pick-up truck in the drive and a stars and stripes in the front garden. It’s a radically different culture to ours, but speaking English we’re halfway there.
For many British people, New York is the perfect city and the most glamorous place on earth, where you could be drinking whisky in a bar with Mad Men (and women) while swapping witticisms with Woody Allen. Don’t forget the rural idylls of New England – it may look and feel familiar but there are mountain lions and black bears running wild – or the states of the eastern seaboard where you’ll find that picture-perfect cottage with veranda and a white picket fence, close to NYC, Boston or Washington DC.
The USA also has astonishing investment potential, if you go about it the right way, with buy-to-let properties starting from just £10,000. The buying processes are secure, simple and in English, with so much online information that it’s hard to go wrong. All with year-round budget flights that, apart for the jet lag, make it as easy to reach as many a Mediterranean island.
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