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Living in Marrakech

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Morocco.

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Re: Living in Marrakech

Post Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:32 pm

sorry , been away for holidays.... for all of you who are interested in meeting more expats please write to uckboo @ hotmail.com and find out when we meet for pints and such. always good to hear there are other english expats around!

 

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Re: Living in Marrakech

Post Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:04 am

Hi --

My fiancee and I are moving to Marrakech... tomorrow! We can't wait -- we're moving from Benin where we've been for the past year, and are really looking forward to a change.

Does anyone have tips for how to find an apartment? We're thinking somewhere in the Ville Nouvelle, since we'd like a fairly 'western' place after a year here... AC, etc. What's the going price range? What kind of place could we find for around $1000/month? How do we go about finding a place -- just hit the pavement, or is it better to get with a broker/agent? Any tips at all would be great... and, in any case, looking forward to meeting with other English speaking ex-pats, too!

-Kilrathi

 

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Re: Living in Marrakech

Post Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:55 pm

Hey Kilathri,

There are two areas where you will find a more "western" type of apartment. Gueliz (ville nouvelle), where I have been for 17 months, or Hivernage, where the hotel district is, but still fairly new in terms of construction.

Personally, I like the "hit the pavement" approach. That's how I found my place. I would stop at most places which seemed to please me and I would simply ask the security guard if there arre any available apartments. If there are, he usually gets on the phone and arranges for the owner to swing by and show you the place. you tip the security guard 1-2 euro and everhone's happy. And you get to discover the different neighborhoods. And you avoid real estate fees.

But if you don't have time there are an abundance of real estate sites which are quite detailed and makes the task somewhat easier.

Good hunting!

t.

 

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Re: Living in Marrakech

Post Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:07 am

Thanks for the tips... we just got in today and it's a bit overwhelming -- but in a good way! -- after life in Cotonou. I'm amazed, too, at the number of immobiliers waiting to help find a place, but we do prefer your approach... better to get a sense of things that way. Do you have any other tips or thoughts about specific places to look -- nice buildings or parts of Gueliz? I'd forgotten what a "real" big city looks like and how many options are out there! Our budget is around $1000/month, and somewhere in Gueliz (ideally with a terrace and/or pool, if that's possible at that price or a bit more) would be great. Looks like we'll be pounding the pavement over the next few days but that's a lot of pavement to pound!

Also -- any tips as to where we can find a good wi-fi connection in town? We're at a cybercafe near the place right now and it's fine, but it'd be better if we could work with our laptops somewhere... any cafes in Gueliz with wi-fi? Other places to check out? How easy/quick is it to get ADSL or other internet installed at home once we find a place?

Thanks tons... any advice -- or just other tips in general for us nouveaux arrivees -- would be fantastic!

-Kilrathi

 

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Re: Living in Marrakech

Post Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:05 pm

For a good wifi spot to hang out would be Kechmara in Gueliz. A trendy little spot and quite good for lunch and a beer. Good music as well. My first hang out and still one of my spots to have a beer. The hottest place right now is right in the heart of the city which is the plaza. Beautiful buildings with modern little shops and such at street level. I have visited some of the apartments and they are beautiful. Can't miss it, right next to Mcdonalds. Another place to check out is the Palacio. One of the nicer apartment complexes in Gueliz.

If you guys really need help, email me at uckboo @ hotmail.com. I'll ask some of my contacts what could be available. As for a pool, which is what I'm looking for, you can find one at some of the apartment complexes, but it's shared throughout all the tenants. I'm looking for a villa and a private pool and right now it looks like it's going to run me between 2000 and 2500 euro a month...

OUCH!!!

 

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Re: Living in Marrakech

Post Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:42 am

Hi Kilrathi & Luangwa,

We're an Anglo/Moroccan family living in Massira 3 (next to Targa), we've got 2 flats for rent in our house. We're near the Targa Club and Acima.

Cheers

Sahara

 

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Re: Living in Marrakech

Post Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:15 am

hi Sahara,

I have a collegue of mine looking for a flat to rent. She is looking near Acima and L'ecole Francaise where her young son attends. How big are your flats?

Thanks

 

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