If you dream of moving to Goa, here is an overview of its neighborhoods and rental market to help you find the ideal accommodation.
Located in Southwest India, Goa is the country's smallest State. However it is very popular with locals as well as with foreigners thanks to its postcard looks. Indeed, Goa is, above all, a tourist city which attracts foreigners in large numbers every year for its huge historical and cultural legacy. Former Portuguese colony, Goa now hosts a total of 1,458,545 with the lowest demographic growth rate in the while country, but it still hosts an important expatriate community, including around 5,000 residents.
Goa is, above all, popular for its quality living, the types of accommodation that are available there and its modern infrastructure. Hence, you should find accommodation according to your needs and budget rather easily, whether it is an apartment, a house or a villa by the sea.
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The State holds a huge historical, cultural and religious legacy which is described by its architecture, including big churches and cathedrals, etc. It also includes a many natural riches such as lush forests, paddy fields, waterfalls, etc.
Goa is divided into two distinct regions, that is the North and the South. Panaji, which is found in the North, is the region's capital and biggest city. It is surrounded by other cities, namely Bicholim, Mapusa and Ponda which are divided into six administrative subdivisions. In the South, Margao, Mormugao and Quepem also consist of six administrative subdivisions.
The North, better known as Old Goa, is more popular with expatriates due to its architecture, churches and cathedrals, as well as its range of modern and luxurious villas. Moreover, its famous beaches, namely Anjuna, Baga, Candolim and Calangute, are rather crowded with tourists. In the South, you are more likely to find beach resorts and hotels which are led to the privatization of several beaches. Colva, Palolem and Benaulim are the most popular beaches.
Beware! Rent prices in Goa are rather quite high due to the presence of tourists in the region. You are therefore advised to look for accommodation far from the most popular cities and neighborhoods. Thus, you will need an average of INR 9,500 per month for a single-bedroom apartment in the city-center and an average of INR 8,000 per month for the same type of accommodation in the outskirts.
For a three-bedroom apartment, count an average of INR 23,000 per month in the city-center and an average of INR 20,000 per month in the outskirts. Villas, for their part, generally costs as from INR 12,000 per month.
Holiday accommodation is more easily available in Goa due to the high tourism flow in the region. But you can still find long-term rental in some neighborhoods. Start by browsing offers on the Internet. You are likely to find apartments and houses at affordable rates. Note that word-of-mouth can also help if you have friends or contacts on the spot.
Otherwise, by registering with a real estate agency, you stand more chances of finding accommodation as per your criteria and budget. Good luck!