A while back, Jess and I took a chance on a 4 week trip to Andorra. It was time to rationalize our whole living/working while travelling situation. We’d planned to get residency in Panama but after a visit there and time to think it over, it didn’t really suit what we were looking for. Andorra had long been on our shortlist as a possibility that we had to check out, so we thought we’d take a trial run to live in Andorra.
During those 4 weeks, we lived an average every day life and fell in love with the country during potentially the quietest time of year. By the end of our visit to Andorra, we had organised a bank account, signed a lease, our residency application was in progress and for the first in a long time, we were ready to put down roots. It was a massive decision, but it felt so right for so many reasons.
2019 UPDATE: I’ve had a lot of people ask lately “do you still like it there?”. Of course! Andorra is not perfect. There are pros and cons to every country! But, for me and my family (and what we value), it’s as near to perfect as we’re likely to find anywhere.
Andorra is home to us, and we visited many countries in search of a place that could take that status.
Depending on where you are from, renting, buying or investing in Andorran real estate is probably fairly different to what you’re used to.
Property in Andorra is extremely varied – from half constructed new buildings and hundred year old farm houses to fully detached, secluded chalets and inner-city or village apartments with the absolute highest quality finishes.
Pricing these properties isn’t very straightforward. There’s no public register for what properties have sold for previously, so it’s important to either find an estate agent you can truly trust, or spend a good deal of time evaluating the market.
Before we get stuck in, I’m writing this post as an individual living in Andorra and nothing more. I am not a real estate agent and I don’t know anywhere near as much as those who have been here for a lifetime. I am, however, not selling anything, so I hope you’ll find these unbiased notes (from my own personal research) helpful.