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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Difference between neighborhoods: Ecuador VS USA. February 2018.

I was walking down the street today, going home after having $3.50 haircut at salon (peluqueria) owned by Venezuelans. On my way saying "Hi" to the guys, owners of the re-upholstery business, they redid my worn out office chair - you know, in Ecuador you don't throw things away - you repair it!!! Passing little neighborhood store(tienda) where I often buy locally grown/made fruits, vegetables, farmer cheese and other food. I was walking and thinking that this type of neighborhood is gone with the wind in US cities and suburbs. It's hard to live without car in US but easily can be done in Quito!
Right in apartment building where I live there is convenience store, family owned. Few blocks in other direction from my place there are little pharmacy where I buy my high blood pressure medication - cheapest price in Quito! and liquor store with $9 per bottle Chilean and Argentinian wines. On my way there I pass a bakery, few other tiendas and many little restaurants with set up lunch menus (almuerzos). 
Big weekends farmer market is less then 10 min walk from my house and shopping mall is less than 30 min walk. 
Considering the weather is always mild and "walk-able" in Quito - its exercise and convenience of living without car rolled into one. 

2 bedroom, 1 bath, totally remodeled
Centro Historico furnished apartment for rent.
Anti-noise windows in both bedrooms
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

About Electricity in Quito. Ecuador. January 2018.

Last week I went to La Ronda condo to spend a few nights. In the morning I was sitting on my terrace, drinking coffee and all of a sudden, power was lost in my La Ronda apartment, no more internet. I called our concierge and he told me electrical company technicians were revising some meters and it looked like I lost my power right after that.
To make long story short, I was lucky and managed to have another electrical company crew to come over pretty quick to reconnect electricity in my apartment. It turned out that my meter was stolen!!! and when previous crew saw it, they simply cut my power off. That is Ecuador for you, cannot take anything for granted.
To enter and exit the apartment building where my condo located, one has to have a key. It means that it was an insider job, stealing the meter. Electrical meters situated next to the entrance to the section where apartment is. The are encased in plastic boxes, easy to open.
Well, I came back to my North Quito apartment and what do you know, I woke up and no electricity! This time it wasn't so dramatic, in newish (1990s and after) constructions, its not so easy to have access to electric meters. I called the concierge and she told me that the whole building  is without electricity.  I looked in the window and here it was - electric company truck with workers tampering with electricity wires right on my street. In a few hours we had electricity back.
When you live in Quito, make sure that the stove and calefon (hot water) in your place not electric, but gas. When electricity is off, and it doesn't matter how many hydroelectric power plants government would build, at least you can cook and take shower.



La Ronda rental has gas stove and gas calefon(hot water)

2 bedroom, 1 bath, totally remodeled
Centro Historico furnished apartment for rent.
Anti-noise windows in both bedrooms
For booking, pictures and more info


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cost of living in Quito, Ecuador. Property tax, association fees and utilities.

New Year, new property taxes here in Quito. In Ecuador your property taxes available 
to check out and to pay on January 2nd or may be even on January 1st, but January 1st nobody thinks about them yet, even me
For Quito here is the site to check it out

In 2017 Taxable Cadastral value of my North Quito apartment (built in 2010, 990 sq feet, has inside the building parking space and bodega)  was $52000 and I paid $36 in property tax. 
This year VALOR CATASTRAL IMPONIBLE (Taxable Cadastral value) is $70000 and my bill is $61

Still much better than $$$$ to pay for property tax in USA.

Centro Historico apartment (built in 1970s, 625 sq feet, no parking space, no bodega)  was valued $16200 in 2017, property tax $20.
$31800 this year, property tax $24

Many Quiteños complain that their taxes went up double and in same cases triple in comparison with last year amount of taxes paid. Municipality of Quito working on complains and promising that errors will be fixed. 84% of property valuations in Quito are under review.

Association fee are the same as in 2017.
$34 per month for North Quito apartment and $15 for Centro Historico condo. 
Cannot complain about these numbers either. 
December 2017 utilities for North Quito apartment 
electricity $16
gas(centralized in our apartment building)  $3.50
water       $6.20
Internet, fiber optic $39 
land line phone $12    

2 bedroom, 1 bath, totally remodeled
Centro Historico furnished apartment for rent.
Anti-noise windows in both bedrooms
For booking, pictures and more info