Lefty

Faridabad, India

#1 Nov 20, 2009
Looking for practical information from retirees living in Ensenada. My questions are regarding the cost of living there for renting apartments/houses, utility costs, good and bad points about living there. Is there public transportation? If we move there would we be shocked or surprised by some things? Would really like to talk with someone who has lived there for a while.
RFG

Mexicali, Mexico

#2 Feb 5, 2010
Actually Ensenada is a boring town. Unless you have a boat and want to fish everyday there is not much to do . You can spend a week here and see and do anything worth doing .
You could live here cheaper than california and it is warmer year round than MO.. I came from PA.
It looses its charm very fast once you see that you need to cross the border to save money on food and other items that you miss from the states. The border crossing wait is a pain.
It is not a clean quaint mexican village as you
may have seen in pictures.
You will spend many times the same in resturants in ensenada as in san diego.(unless you want to eat tacos every meal )
The quality of food in markets is not as good as the US. The fruits and vegtables are sent to the US for exports and those sent to the stores here are usually the lesser quality(culls or seconds quality), but you pay as much or more for the lower quality fruits and veggies here,
There are walmarts and Home depots and applebees and costco here...but you will spend 30-45 % or more here in ensenada than in san diego.
The real estate prices are WAY overpriced for the property type and the quality of home construction that they offer. THEY all have the mentality that RICH GRINGOS from CA are coming with buckets of money to buy property .
THERE are NO BARGAINS in property here !
Any good beachfront property has been gobbled up YEARS or DECADES ago ! by the rich locals .
If you came from California and was able to make a BIG profit from your $200,000 land purchase 30 years ago and you sold it for 1.2 million . then you can buy a half a million dollar house here that really has a comparative value of $150 k in MO.
There a many poor here and the rich do not care about them and help any bad situations. It is a 3rd world country and a class society. Corruption is a part of living here and no one wants to change it. From the man you picks up your garbage to the person who in a Govt office who has to sign a document for you , they all EXPECT a payoff for them to do THEIR JOB.
If you have anything of value you have to guard it and if you have a house and property you have to build a wall around it to protect it
It is not worth the problems..........
doglover

Faridabad, India

#3 Feb 6, 2010
RFG wrote:
Actually Ensenada is a boring town. Unless you have a boat and want to fish everyday there is not much to do . You can spend a week here and see and do anything worth doing .
You could live here cheaper than california and it is warmer year round than MO.. I came from PA.
It looses its charm very fast once you see that you need to cross the border to save money on food and other items that you miss from the states. The border crossing wait is a pain.
It is not a clean quaint mexican village as you
may have seen in pictures. You will spend many times the same in resturants in ensenada as in san diego.(unless you want to eat tacos every meal )
The quality of food in markets is not as good as the US. The fruits and vegtables are sent to the US for exports and those sent to the stores here are usually the lesser quality(culls or seconds quality), but you pay as much or more for the lower quality fruits and veggies here,
There are walmarts and Home depots and applebees and costco here...but you will spend 30-45 % or more here in ensenada than in san diego.
The real estate prices are WAY overpriced for the property type and the quality of home construction that they offer. THEY all have the mentality that RICH GRINGOS from CA are coming with buckets of money to buy property .
THERE are NO BARGAINS in property here !
Any good beachfront property has been gobbled up YEARS or DECADES ago ! by the rich locals .
If you came from California and was able to make a BIG profit from your $200,000 land purchase 30 years ago and you sold it for 1.2 million . then you can buy a half a million dollar house here that really has a comparative value of $150 k in MO.
There a many poor here and the rich do not care about them and help any bad situations. It is a 3rd world country and a class society. Corruption is a part of living here and no one wants to change it. From the man you picks up your garbage to the person who in a Govt office who has to sign a document for you , they all EXPECT a payoff for them to do THEIR JOB.
If you have anything of value you have to guard it and if you have a house and property you have to build a wall around it to protect it
It is not worth the problems..........
Thank you very much for your input. Your response was just what we were looking for. Your description of daily life seems right on. We lived in Mexico some years back and it appears things haven't changed much. Thanks again for the info.
Canuck

Mexicali, Mexico

#4 Feb 9, 2010
Hmmm
Not quite the way we have found things to be.

Life is different, always interesting, and sometimes challenging. The city is a bit run down, but it feels like everyone is working towards improvements. EVERYONE we meet, neighbours, workers, govt. employees, etc are super friendly and helpful.

Some of the systems have been a bit frustrating, but then again we are living in another country and dealing with another language.

Things are definately a lot cheaper than in Canada, food, fuel, services, etc.

Golf, fish, volunteer, do what you like to do.
We look forward to many good years here.

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