Frugal Living in Newfoundland

by Rhys Toogood
(March Cambridgeshire)

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Frugal living in Newfoundland


Newfoundland is a beautiful province of Canada. It also offers very frugal retirement living.Its scenery is very similar to the Highlands of Scotland and Norway. Heavily fjorded and heavily wooded with mostly Balsam Pine and Birch.

There are countless lakes, or there would be if the local people did not refer to them as ponds, great big lakes it would take a whole day to circumnavigate are still called ponds by the local population.

The Island of Newfoundland is roughly a triangle with sides of 250 miles each. Most of the population, of about 400,000 people live along the coast, at least a quarter within commuting distance of the capital St. Johns.

The area around St. Johns is similar to any other metropolis but small scale, property prices by Newfoundland standards are quite high, motor vehicle traffic density is relatively dense.

Out of commuting range of St. Johns and the other big population centre Corner Brook population density and traffic density, and property prices are ultra low. This is the pert of Newfoundland I am recommending.

Basically the rural population of Newfoundland live in several hundred picturesque small fishing villages strong out all along the coast. The population is in decline, with fishing quotas and low prices, the fishermen can barely make a living, there is a massive exodus of people to Alberta to take high paying jobs on the oil fields, similar to the people of Oklahoma moving to California in the depression.

For those not needing a job, it gives us the opportunity to buy a house with a million dollar ocean view very cheaply. The lowest price I have seen was below $5,000 in the very picturesque community of Belloram.

Newfoundland has spectacular scenery


Beautiful as it is Belloram is very isolated, about 200 miles from the nearest Walmart, quite a long way to go for a pair of Jeans. There are communities even more isolated only connected to the outside by a ferry service.

We did our selection scientifically, made a spread sheet, where we entered various parameters, cost, view of the ocean, distance to church, distance to an optician and so on. We gave each parameter a weighting as to how important it was. Properties where entered and scores obtained. This prevented us from falling for the quaint little house we had fallen in love with, but which was otherwise completely unsuitable.

We selected the Trinity Bay area for our house. Arguably the prettiest part of Newfoundland, used to as the location for three movies. Trinity itself has a theatre, but that was not a parameter in out spreadsheet. I guess a little anecdote will explain the view I enjoy.

One hot Friday in August, I was up the ladder painting the front of the house. I counted 40 cars stopped outside, they admired the view, then reversed up the driveway to turn around. I think I am fortunate in having a view, that other people drive to see.

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Dec 29, 2014
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Home purchasecin Newfoundland
by: paul

After a long career in the Canadian army my dream is to move back to my birth place of NFLD. Born and raised in the Torbay area I would love to buyba one lefel home around 1100 Square feet or maybe slightly bigger. Being debt free my current home in Kingston would likely sell for $280,000.00 With the oil industry in my birth province is it even possible to buy with my current available budget. I could get atvmost another $30,000.00 from my TFSA to complete the purchase but would ideally like a home that needs no major updates. Any comments or advice is most welcome.

Jun 18, 2014
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Its an Option
by: Michael O'Brein

I am retiring in 2017 and currently live in upstate NY (Adirondack Region) beautiful but NY State is one of if not the costliest state to live in. I have been coming to NF since the late 90's and every time I come to visit I tell myself how I really would like to live here some day. I am going up again this August and this time will do some research on housing cost and immigration issues. My parents are both from Canada and my father still has dual citizenship so I dont know if that will speed up the process for me or not. Looking forward to my 10th visit.

Aug 28, 2011
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Expats in Nefoundland
by: Ex-Newfie

Rhys,
I lived in Newfoundland for a short time as a teenager in the late 50's. My family emigrated from the U.K. to Canada and then on to the U.S. after only 2 years. How is it that you are able to establish a residence in Newfoundland for retirement what with their restrictive immigration policies? As a U.S. citizen I'm not able to find a means by which I can retire in Canada. Maybe you wouldn't mind passing on your secret? If you would please drop me a line at retire_e AT useekthem dot com, that would be terrific.
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Max

Aug 11, 2011
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considering Newfoundland as retirement for u.s. ex-pat
by: Anonymous

How is the health care there? thank you

May 21, 2011
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Looks lovely
by: LeslieAnnL

We are coming up your way in our new/used mini-RV next year. Can't wait to see your view. Can we park in your driveway overnight?

Oct 14, 2009
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Newfoundland beautiful and frugal
by: Gary

Wow. With views like this and prices this low for rural housing, Newfoundland will not be a secret much longer.

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