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“From Elvis and the Big Mac to Coca Cola, Microsoft and MTV.
Whether it’s showbiz, politics, technology or art, America sneezes
and the rest of the world catches a cold.”
Property USA – Introduction
America, the USA, land of the free and home of the brave. The world’s third biggest
country and population, with 300 million people, the USA consists of the 48 contiguous states, as well as the two annexed states of Hawaii and Alaska.
Founded by the thirteen British colonies and gaining independence from Great Britain in 1776, the USA has gone from strength to strength ever since to become the world’s biggest economy and only remaining superpower. Its modern influence is felt in everything from Elvis and the Big Mac to Coca Cola, Microsoft and MTV. Whether it’s showbiz, politics, technology or art, America sneezes and the rest of the world catches a cold.
The official buildings of Washington DC; the movie-friendly boulevards and parks of New York; the colour, sounds and French feel of New Orleans; the bright lights of Las Vegas; the unmistakable hills of San Francisco; the mean streets of LA and the effortless Latino cool of Miami…the USA is home to some of the greatest and most iconic cities on earth. For all these reasons, as well as the endless list of attractions and the obvious linguistic appeal, the USA has long been an extremely popular destination for British tourists and expats, with developments in Florida – predominantly based around the theme parks and
golf resorts – leading the way.
Today, however, investors are also looking to the likes of California, Washington and Arizona, as the pound’s strength against the dollar means you get a lot more bang for your buck when buying stateside. British buyers are free to purchase property in the USA and, as long as it’s only a holiday home, you don’t even need a visa; plus, loans are usually available through both American and British lenders.
USA is like a whole planet in one country. There are also the famous attractions of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite
and Yellowstone National Parks, the Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario – as well as the snow-tipped mountain ranges of the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, the Rockies and the Appalachians.
Understandably then, given the enormity of the country, climates differ considerably throughout. As befits ‘The Sunshine State’, Florida enjoys long, warm summers – with temperatures often reaching above 30°C – and short, mild winters, with average daily temperatures rarely dipping below 10°C. On the opposite seaboard, California is equally pleasant all year round; however, much of the rest of the country experiences more extreme conditions. In Montana, for example, locals often say that you can see all four seasons in one day.
As a melting pot for generations of immigrants, food is varied across the country. From BBQ and tex-mex in the south to the heavy Italian influences across the East Coast, you’ll find everything under the sun. The only rule is, whatever you eat, pile it high. Don’t forget Independence Day and Thanksgiving – the two holidays which are unique to Americans and, arguably, the most important days on their calendar.
something to flick your switch. In Florida, beach life, swimming pools, golf and theme parks rule the roost;
Disney World is the largest and most visited tourist complex in the world, while the state has more than a
thousand courses attracting over two million golfers a year. Serious players might like to try Arizona’s Scottsdale, where many of the tour’s pros choose to live and practise.
All the usual sports and pastimes are on offer, so why not catch a game of baseball, American football, basketball or ice hockey – the traditional American pursuits and passions? Teams like the Red Sox, Miami Dolphins, Boston Celtics and Pittsburgh Penguins are national institutions.
The USA is also blessed with several mountain ranges which offer great skiing during the winter months. Anyone visiting New York should make their way into the Appalachians for a few fun-filled days, while the area around Colorado, including Vail, Boulder and Telluride, is just the place for the seriously fashionable.