Tatoosh Posted January 9, 2012 Posted January 9, 2012 The expat population seems pretty vibrant and mixed considering the size of the place.I don't bend my elbow much these days so I'm not really a good source of info for that. Same on the rental aspect, since I tend to rent and bunker down for years at a time. Lots of choices though here, ranging form 10k to 100k depending on location and quality, like anywhere. Since it is a "college town" many landlords don't require the higher deposits or two month deposits seen elsewhere, or even leases. Higher end places though, are similar to rentals everywhere, with higher deposits and leases.Water is hit and miss, something you check on when renting. If they are hooked to the city, it should cost you 400 or 500 pesos a month. If not, get ready to pay for a truck to deliver, costing your 1000 pesos or up a month. Electricity is generally good most of the time, but with occasional brown outs and low power levels are not uncommon, again depending on how many and how far you are from the transformer. All pretty normal stuff for the Philippines.Traffic sucks but not as much (usually) as Manila. That varies with time of day and engineering projects. Lately many main thoroughfares are torn up causing huge delays far beyond what has been normal here. A couple of years down the road, it will likely be really nice with newly paved roads and improved drain systems. But for the moment, Marcos Highway seriously sucks near town. Various other roads are impassable or paint shakers at best. All due to a huge flood that occurred a coupe of years back, so they are rerouting the drain system away from that area. Big project that creates some serious delays, but necessary.If I was looking at moving to the area, I'd probably wait a year or so. Simply because so many roads are being torn up, even the taxis don't know which way to go. That will settle down in time. Taxis USED to be the best value anywhere. Generally honest and quite inexpensive. Now they raised the rates, so by Filipino standards, rather expensive and probably due to the loss of their more kuripot customers, a bit more grumpy.If you drive, then renting (or buying) outside the central urban area is a good choice. Better air is nice and the place is greener. Crime can occur, so a low profile and good security is necessary. Whether a pick pocket (common in the Public Market area), or a house break in, stuff can happen. Showy homes, poor security, and so forth can be a problem. But this stuff can happen in any area, so Baguio City is not someplace to avoid on that account. 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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