Year of arrival: 2006
Marital Status: Single
I was raised and educated in the UK but soon left its shores for sunnier climes working in Egypt and Spain before taking over the family company in the UK after my father’s death. Since then I have grown the family commercial property company as well as set up a chain of London bars. I regularly dabble in various investments and start-ups, but I believe life is for living so I make sure there is a balance. I therefore manage the investments on as “hands off” basis as is practically possible. I try and balance things heavily towards enjoying life rather than chasing returns too hard.
What brought you to Andorra and where have you chosen to live?
In my case the question should be “what drove you away from your home country?” To which my answer would be: bad weather, lack of community, low quality of life in relation to cost of living and let’s be honest, excessive taxes. I initially considered Andorra as an alternative due to memories of a wonderful family ski holiday when I was eleven. With further research and visits it just ticked all the boxes, very low crime, low cost and high standard of living, proximity to Barcelona not to mention having a ski resort on your doorstep. I was guided to La Massana by my agent due to it being busy all year and being the expat melting pot. In retrospect, I am very happy with the advice. I really like the Massana area and community.
How was your moving experience and your first year here?
The residency and purchase process was a ‘breeze’ thanks to my agent. As for the actual moving of my stuff, I did it on my own with a UK rental van loaded with everything I owned. I remember coming up from France and having to turn around as there was too much snow and come in via Spain! The first year was fun, a lot of “slope action” and late nights. It took a little while to get to know the place but as you’d expect from such a small country, it doesn’t take too long and now it just feels like home to me.
What do you like about living in Andorra?
My top 3 likes about Andorra would have to be the safety, active outdoors lifestyle and of course, low taxes.
What is that you would like to see change Andorra or that could improve?
I’d like to see more young professional expats move here. I think it would make Andorra a more vibrant and exciting place to live. A few more cocktail bars perhaps with some heated terraces with a view wouldn’t hurt either.
Are you happy with your decision to live in Andorra and if so/not, why?
I love Andorra but it is not perfect. Where is, in fairness? I don’t think I could live anywhere for 12 months each year and I enjoy spending part of summer in Mallorca and my trips back to the UK to see friends and family. I haven’t moved away from Andorra as yet, and have no plans to. It has been pretty good so far so I hope it develops in a quality way so I can consider one day bringing up a family here.
Any other comments for the fans?
Andorra has much more to offer than just a Tax Haven. Get out of you house, climb a mountain, fly down one on skis or just go for a walk through Pyrenees and it’s beautiful valleys. I have lived there 6 year and I still find new things all the time. Its a great “activity” based country.