It is a long time since I made an entry here on the blog but, I have just returned from Bulgaria and I'll start on a simple Blog with some info for people wishing to drive Sofia/Burgas or visa versa.
Just some idea of driving time.
I left centre of Burgas at 2.00PM last week and drove all the way to Nova Zagora where we stopped at ''Happy'' for a late lunch at 3.30PM. So, 1 and 1/2 hour drive so far. Left at 4.45PM.
We then got to the next extension of the motorway around Stara Zagora at approx 5.15PM and drove all the way to Sofia at the 120Km per hour and got to Sofia Airport at approx 7.00PM.
So, driving time has improved dramatically and really now the only holdup is the section of road between Karnovat to Stara Zagora.
It is a lovely drive and especially from Stara Zarogra down to Burgas. The EU money is starting to roll in and you can see new vineyards; peach trees and miles and miles or wheat fields.
It was a pleasure to see and it is only a matter of time before large farmers from all over Europe start to buy farms in Bulgaria. ( we sell farms BTW!!!).
The drive is a bit tiring but nothing that will take you more than a good night sleep to recover. No fear in the driving as the roads are good and the signposting has also improved dramatically. Lots of filling stations with coffee shops along the way and, at this time of year, many many fruit sellers on the road with produce direct from their fruit farms.
Just writing this up as sometimes people seem to fear the drive from Sofia to Burgas and back.
Just leave plenty of time and take 1 long and 1 short break on the journey.
We started life selling only in Sunny Beach and Sofia. I suppose you could say we were there at the beginning of the Sunny Beach development explosion. When we started only Bravo and Sunny Fort complexs were in development.
The situation has really changed and many people now consider Sunny Beach to be over developed.
Here are my views on the subject.
Sunny Beach has always been the most developed of all beach resorts in Bulgaria. It is the best piece of natural sweep of bay in Bulgaria and has always been popular.
The quesiton today is really, should a client buy there and where should the client buy.
Well, if you like the most developed beach resort in Bulgaria and the one with most amenities, and the one that attracts the largest number of tourists ( think rental), then, of course, yes is the answer. If you want a quiet resort that is not yet developed and can wait a number of years for rental return, then , also consider other resorts along the coast.
The problem you have is - prices in the less developed resorts may, in many cases, be the same price as Sunny Beach. Also, amenities and facilities in the up an coming resorts will take 5-7 years before they get to the same level, or even close to Sunny Beach.
Sunny Beach continues to be the best ''Beach Holiday'' resort in Bulgaria. Development is ongoing but, not as bad as people think. Look up around Elinite, for example on the problems of buying in an up and coming area and the lack of restautants/bars and general infrastructure in the area
Where to buy in Sunny Beach? Be careful and be very careful in your selection. In my own view, avoid anything more than 500 meters from the beach, unless you are buying just because it is a cheap apartment.
Apartments close to beach will, in the nxt couple of years have good resale potential. Why, I hear you ask?. Simply because to purchase apartment 100m or less from the beach in 2 years you will simply have to buy a resale apartment. All stock of new apartments in this crucial area will be dried up.
Our advice is - buy as close to the beach as you can. We always map the location of the development on the website so clients can see EXACTLY where the development will be. If the agent/developer you are looking at does not do this, then, ask for exact location map or go on inspection trip AND WALK to the beach from the development.
Buying in Sunny Beach is not rocket science. Know where the development is - how far from the beach- and map it. Then make a decision in light of the amenities/developer/location and your budget. Remember, do the basic research and only believe what you see in black and white. Please remember, apartments 1Km from the beach have almost no rental potenital as long as there are apartments to rent within 100m to the beach.
We still believe Sunny Beach will remain the top destination for Summer tourists over the coming years. Maybe not as important for owner occupiers but, certainly important for people with even half an eye to the rental market.