Random Updates from Croatia & The Adriatic Coast!

OK, the only thing this post has to do with Real Estate is the fact that we were there to buy furniture, design a kitchen and finalize payments.

My brother-in-law, Mario, decided to join me for this trip as he wanted to “scope out” out the country in advance of both of our families vacationing at the condo next summer.

One day we’ll write another post about the entire legal process we’ve been going through to own this as Canadians.  But for now we’re going to share the 10-day adventure that we went on…

To fly into Split, Croatia on the Dalmatian Coast you need to go via another European city.  Although we often fly in through Frankfurt this time our Lufthansa flight went via Düsseldorf, Germany.

Vegas & Zappos.com – Business in the Front, Party in the Back!

OK, this week’s update is really a blog post of the 72 hours in Las Vegas last week!  I got together with 6 old friends.

The trip started with a detour from Toronto to Montreal.  For some reason the only Las Vegas flights we could find that met our schedule were on WestJet and traveled to Sin City via Montreal.

But it was worth it because look who sat next to us on the plane!

Georges St-Pierre, one of the current UFC Welterweight Champion, and one of my favourite sports personalities sat down right next to us.  This prompted some urgent text messages to Nick before the plane took off….he’s also a huge fan of St-Pierre.  We actually went to see one of his fights in NJ just a few weeks ago.

Mission Accomplished on The Adriatic Coast: Nick Seals The Deal

OK, so after a pretty crazy weekend filled international video web conferencing and legal and property discussions in another language … the deal is done!

This picture was taken by Nick right from the terrace of the condo.   Can you tell while we’re so excited about this place?

We locked up our very first international property purchase.  It’s a fairly large brand new condo in a small 9-unit building on the southern coast of Croatia.  The place is going to have  a pool on the roof, a private garden for your own pleasure, a covered parking spot and it has enough room that we can host family and guests!

This part of Croatia is full of tourists in the summer but we chose a location that is off the beaten path so it’s a really great retreat from the hustle of vacationers.  And the views of the coast line and islands are amazing!

Below you’ll find 3 new videos…

Video #1: Nick at the beach this past weekend (13 degrees celsius)

Video #2: Tom outlining where this property is in Europe and some of the motivation around buying the propertly along with floor plans.  The condo is up but not finished inside, closing will be this summer.

Video #3: The exact same beach last summer 2009 (37 degrees celsius)
The Beach in March 2010