CMM Montenegro an honest review
Montenegro is quite honestly one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited, and though I’m still fairly young, over the years I’ve been able to visit some of the world’s most amazing places including the Caribbean, Australia, and multiple countries throughout Europe. It’s still a fairly young country which is what makes it so unique, and though it’s pushing hard to become part of the EU, and there are increasing visitor numbers year on year, it’s still reasonably untouched by ‘hardcore tourism’.
I was only there for a fleeting visit across a couple of days, but as soon as I stepped off the plane and took the 45/50 minute drive from Podgorica to the coastal area where I’d be staying, it was obvious to see why there would be sites that are protected under UNESCO World Heritage. There isn’t much in terms of a transport infrastructure here yet, i.e. there’s no train service to the coast, plus there are no motorways, but these quite possibly work in Montenegro’s favour, as the country roads take you through some of the most exquisite mountainous scenery including the Skadar Lake National Park, famous for its wildlife, and highly informative visitors centre (which I didn’t have the chance to see, but was told about as we were heading through).
The first glimpse I got of the Montenegro I came to see however, was just over the mountain pass, and it was that of the very famous and highly exclusive Sveti Stefan Resort, reserved for the ultra-wealthy and elite few amongst us, and though unfortunately I wasn’t staying there (I wish), it’s a truly amazing site and you can see why the afore mentioned above choose to stay there. It was already late evening by the time I arrived, but still, there’s an air of elegance about it even at that time, with its access barred to the general public, right of way only if you’re staying on the Island, and the lights from the hotel & houses dimly shining like a faraway lantern in the middle of the sea.
My first port of call as it were was Budva, well Becici to be precise, which is a district of the Budva province and my accommodation, which was a recently built resort and spa apartment complex by CMM Montenegro (one of the main estate agencies and developers in Montenegro), and though nestled on a somewhat steep hill, it does offer beautiful mountain & sea views, plus a good size communal pool and further facilities for families to enjoy. Having met with clients, we then descended into Budva Old Town, and a restaurant right on the seafront, which had a great mix of both Montenegrin & European cuisine, at very affordable prices. The wonderful thing I noticed as I sat eating and drinking away, was that though there is a lot of Investment going on here to cater for the increased demand, the old town has still managed to retain it’s beauty and charm, with its cobbled streets, churches, castle and old fortifications. Certainly on that night, there was a hive of activity (not as much as normal, as I travelled during the months of Covid) but it was easy to tell what a normal Summer would be like, with it’s bars, restaurants and café’s full of locals and tourists immersing themselves in the evening’s entertainment.
My tour officially started the following day, and after a few meetings, followed by the most amazing lunch at a restaurant which offers splendid ‘aerial’ views of the Old Town, Port and picturesque sandy Beaches, we took the country road towards Tivat Airport (both Podgorica & Tivat offer International flights), and the new development ‘Lustica Bay’. Now, when I say new development, you might be thinking a couple of apartment blocks and a few villas, but you’d be so wrong. Lustica Bay is so much more than that, it’s a whole new City & Region that is being built by one of the world’s largest companies in the Real Estate sector, which develops and manages integrated towns, including hotels, private villas, apartment complexes, and leisure facilities such as golf courses, Marinas and supporting infrastructure. The town itself is being built on the site of an old Yugoslavian army base, and the rest will stretch over almost 690 hectares. It will mark the biggest investment in Montenegro yet, and after completion will host a few thousand residents, more than 1000 apartments, over 500 villas and townhouses, seven hotels, two Marina’s, Montenegro’s first signature 18 hole golf course, and a range of public facilities including a school and hospital. As they say so themselves, it will be a one of a kind community designed to blend seamlessly into its surroundings, combining Montenegro’s beauty and culture with the developers experience of cultivating environmentally-centred, luxury residential living where residents can create a home around the life they want to live, and from what I saw of what’s been built already, it will do just that! It’s an architectural masterclass, and will be an amazing, idyllic location once finished.
Wherever I went in Montenegro, not only did I know that I was in a special & naturally beautiful part of the world, but I also got that ‘millionaire feeling’ of having affordable luxury right on the doorstep, even though I’m not a millionaire myself. There’s no denying that they are looking towards attracting the higher end of the market here, with areas that have 5* luxury hotels, shops such as Rolex & Gucci, and million euro plus villas, but – and here’s the good bit, you don’t have a millionaire yourself to visit here, holiday here, or even buy here, as hotel prices are very reasonable, there’s plenty of affordable rental options, and properties can start from as little as €60,000.
Anyways, back to the tour, and now Sunday which was my last day here – and the day in which I experienced Montenegro’s cultural & historical heritage with a trip right along the coastal road to Kotor. Forming an impressive landscape, and sweetly nestled in a submerged river canyon its surrounded by the old fortifications which were built during the Venetian period, and as previously mentioned, are just one of the sites which appear on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. With a history that dates back to the early middle ages, it’s one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic, and you can forget any notion of high rise buildings here, as they just don’t exist. Here you live with nature & the history that surrounds you including the walls, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and the Castle of San Giovanni which will definitely be on my list of places to explore the next time I visit. There are the beginnings of modern investment and infrastructure here, as tourism grows year on year through the introduction of Cruise Ships to its bay a few years ago, but apart from that it’s few and far between as the attraction & the beauty of the town is in the history itself, so that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. As I was told by my guides, Kotor is also the city for hosting several summer events such as the Summer Carnival, and there is even a small theatre in the town for concerts and plays.
As my trip was coming to an end, there was time for just one more stop, much closer to the Sveti Stefan Island, which was the Queen’s beach & Summer House (now a Restaurant) – both of which were very picturesque and offered the perfect place to look out onto the Adriatic, and the Island itself, with a coffee & a much needed/deserved ice cream.
So, looking back on my trip to Montenegro on as a whole, did I fall in love with the country – YES, and will I be visiting again – YES! There’s so much more to see and do here, and though it’s only a small country, you need more than a weekend to visit it all! I can clearly see why it’s known as the ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’, I can clearly see why there’s so many people who want to visit here, and I can also clearly see why more and more people are looking to buy property in Montenegro. I think it’s got a massive future ahead of it, and if it can continue to find the right balance between the Investment needed to cater for an increasing touristic market and holiday home market, whilst still keeping its cultural traditions, historic nature & beautiful countryside, then it won’t have any issues.I’ve already booked for next year, have you?
In period May-August 2022 we sold our flats in St-Petersburg Russia and have bought two ones here in Montenegro, Becici. We decided to move here and make new home and business with my husband. Our agent Milica Zugic is really became our angel - provider here in Montenegro. She is very reliable, responsible , professional employee of CMM Budva department. She has developed intuition and found very fast necessary properties which we needed. Also she helped us to speed up the process of registration documents in MUP.( list nepokretnosti, etc). She was our real provider here. Very appreciated her and all staff of Budva department for there assistance. Separately to lawyer Ivan and his legal team. Very recommended choose Milica Zugic as real estate manager when you search for assistant in this complicated and important field as buying property in Montenegro.
Liudmila Nosova St-Petersburg Russia , 13.09.2022 11:20:09
At the beginning of April 2022, our family living in Prague bought a house in Sutomore with the assistance of your company.
Let me express my gratitude to the management of your company for the service provided, and especially to your employees - Anastasia Zeyak, Alexei Grachev and Elena Bozhovich for their attention, patience and even care for the whole time of buying real estate and the services provided after the purchase.
I would really like all companies to work with the same quality of service. After coming into contact with this kind of attitude towards the client, all our environment, if necessary, will refer to your company only.
With gratitude on behalf of our family.
A.V. Ter-Gazaryan, 12.07.2022 12:32:19
Based on my experience with CMM in Budva, Montenegro, I can say that they are reliable, fast, and they deliver what they promise. They take really good care of their clients. For instance, I was offered a lift from the airport, and they would take me back and forth from Tivat to Budva and Becici to see various properties. They would answer all of my questions and respond promptly. They have an excellent team: Katarina, Alexander, Natasha, Martin and some other guys whose names I don’t remember. Katarina, my wonderful agent, went to every length to help me find a perfect home. Unfortunately, my situation changed and I had to postpone my relocation to Montenegro.
I would strongly recommend this company to anyone who is looking for a property in Montenegro.
Val , 13.05.2022 04:18:13
We were introduced to CMM by friends who had already done research on Montenegro and CMM. We purchased our apartment in Dobrota, just outside Kotor, all remotely from South Africa, during the lockdown. Everything was seamless without any problems at all. All the CMM departments work together well from the sales team, head office, legal, interior design and rental department. Every detail was well communicated with an abundance of zoom meetings, videos, emails etc
We are thrilled with the outcome and enjoyed working with the CMM team. They were incredibly professional.
After sales service is also excellent as we move into the rental phase of the apartment and over all management of the apartment including maintenance.
We have been directly and indirectly involved with many houses/apartments all over the world and this was the up there with the best service we have received.
Thanks to everyone we dealt with at CMM it has been an absolute pleasure dealing with you all. We look forward too many happy years working with you on our rental.
Mandy and Antoine, 06.10.2021 10:56:22
Biz Montenegroda CMM komandayla tanish olmushug. Snejana ve Milan bize cox yaxshi destek olublar. Artig bizim burada evimiz de var. Bize gosterdiler cox yuksek service, ve artig butun bizim senedler de gaydasindadir. Boyuk hormetle onlara Cox sagol bildiririk!
Dilara, 01.10.2019 08:17:27
Last year we decided to find a new home close to the sea. It was quite difficult in the beginning to make the right choice. Once we found CMM Company was a great luck! We immediately received detailed consultation on the country and purchase opportunities. Being attracted by Kotor - one of the most amazing parts of the coast, we decided to take a family trip and maybe make our dream of new home come true. As just discoverers of Montenegro, we were accepted like at home which was a one more pleasant surprise. The most important, we received all detailed information about country regions and procedure of buying property during the first few days. And how beautiful the car journeys were! Difficult choice, but when you find the home you want you can't refuse it. CMM did best to help us with this finding! All the purchase procedure passed well with CMM professional work! Now we are happy owners of a wonderful house with a Kotor bay view, being perfectly served by CMM Management company (of course, we've chosen CMM as professional house manager). Hope our friends and relatives would also move to Montenegro with the CMM help soon !!!
Kate, 22.03.2019 13:06:21