Where would you chose to live?

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  • #52163
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    I know this is a broad question but we are looking to relocate to Spain and would like any advice on where we should be looking. Our business is web based so we don’t need to get to anywhere specific ie major cities etc. We have 2 kids 9 & 11 and want the traditional Spanish lifestyle!! I speak a fair amount of Spanish, certainly enough to order food and drink and then get a taxi home!!!Our home will not be let, we need to be near good schools, would like resaurants near by, don’t want to be too near any resorts etc but am at a loss as to whether it should be Costa Del Sol or Costa Blanca or wherever?
    Any advice woould be gratefully received 🙄 Thanks, Bopsy

  • #65230
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    A loaded question to be sure.
    Of course we all have our favourite areas and a lot depends on whether you are seeking total relocation or holiday home.

    On the coast and crowded in,but with all services or on the campo where one has minimum of 5000 sq.m of land and possibly NO main services.

    First looked at Almeria ,Mojacar area,because that was “the new in place “to be. Some nice areas both on coast and inland but definately NOT somewhere we could live full time (or even as a holiday home). Houses squashed in everywhere and more to come.

    It took 11 months and many trips to Spain before we said “this is it… our new home” and in an area that we hadn’t first considered.

    Firstly I would list your priorities and stick to them. We told our plot seekers what we were looking for and we were still taken up mountains !!!
    Internet Connection ? Utility connections? Coastal? Close to services?
    Tarmac road? Developements with promised golf ????? or individual homes ??? etc etc…….

    Look at agents websites to see what is on offer and take short breaks in different areas to investigate.
    Then return home ,without committing and think about what you saw.
    No-one anywhere is tripping overtheselves to buy

    The adrenalin rush when looking for a new home tends to cloud many a decision be it in England or abroad and that’s when problems start.

    Suggest you take computer images ,and sales pitch,of new developements with a pinch of salt for like the ,average family with 2.3 children!! , that/s not how life is.
    All the best

  • #65231
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    Hi Bopsy I know the anwer has been cropped from our web site but even if I had sat down and written it the response would have been much the same. Hope you find your perfect location.

    The Javea Peninsula (known as Marina Alta in Spain) Or Costa Blanca North stretches from Gandia in the north to Alicante in the south. Its major towns and resorts are well serviced by the A7 motorway and N332 coast road.
    Whilst Benidorm to the south perhaps conjures up one view of Spain, the smaller and quieter towns, and villages of the Javea peninsula have retained their charm and character and made this area a magnet for the more discerning visitor to Spain.

    The beautiful, unspoilt coastline between Denia and Gandia is renowned for its 22 kilometres of long sandy beaches whilst the coast from Denia to Altea is punctuated with small rocky coves and beautiful sandy bays.

    Away from the coast there is a proliferation of traditional villages offering a peaceful sedate style of living set against a background of beautiful mountains and valleys filled with citrus and olive groves. The area is typified by good wine, good food, and good life. Sit back relax and let the world pass by.

    The Costa Blanca is the perfect location for that “new beginning” and there is no wonder more and more visitors simply fall in love with the variety, tranquillity, culture and lifestyle of this delightful, healthy coastline. Here life is that little bit slower, its people are generous to a fault, and you will see a friendliness not found in some of the other Costa locations. The medics will tell you that the healthier diet, cleaner air and higher warmer temperatures give you a quality of life we all need after a lifetime of work and labours.

    Ten Reasons why People choose the Javea Peninsula

    Warm summers, mild winters and an average 320 days of sunshine per year

    A wonderful combination of quiet Spain (sandy beaches, rocky coves and sleepy villages) with vibrant Spain close by (cosmopolitan resorts and bigger towns)

    Traditional Spanish villages standing amidst stunning mountain scenery, yet only minutes from the coast

    A huge diversity of fine restaurants representing many nations of the world and catering for almost any tastes.

    Local culture and history with many fiestas taking part throughout the year.

    Fine wines, fish, meat and local produce served to you at your table or purchased at the supermarket to test your culinary skills.

    The perfect climate to take advantage of the many sporting and leisure activities on offer.

    One of the best performing property markets in Spain

    Access to the region is excellent. By air through the international airports of Valencia and Alicante, by road from any part of Europe via the A-7, by high speed trains running the length of the coast from north to south, and by sea through the ports of Alicante, Valencia, Gandia or Denia.

    Within 20 minutes of the coast you will find many villages offering tranquillity and peaceful living against a background of mountains, orange and lemon orchards and olive groves.

    Me again Almost feel a cheat cropping it, but I do actualy believe it so it is sent with sincerity. Not the cheapest area in all of Spain (nor the dearest) but as the old adage says “you gets what you for”. The whole area has massive resources of underground water so stays green even in the driest spells. We traveled from the North to the south 4 times and kept being drawn back to this area. There are some off plan developments but not to many, Moraira for instance is almost entirely a resale market or one of new build villas only. In my opinion perfect places for permanent living are the Jalon and Orba Valley’s, villages like Jalon, Alcalali, Orba, Parcent, Sagra, etc 20 mins to the coast but feels like 2 hours.

    Regards

    Jim

  • #65236
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    @melosine wrote:

    A loaded question to be sure.
    Of course we all have our favourite areas and a lot depends on whether you are seeking total relocation or holiday home.

    On the coast and crowded in,but with all services or on the campo where one has minimum of 5000 sq.m of land and possibly NO main services.

    First looked at Almeria ,Mojacar area,because that was “the new in place “to be. Some nice areas both on coast and inland but definately NOT somewhere we could live full time (or even as a holiday home). Houses squashed in everywhere and more to come.

    It took 11 months and many trips to Spain before we said “this is it… our new home” and in an area that we hadn’t first considered.

    Firstly I would list your priorities and stick to them. We told our plot seekers what we were looking for and we were still taken up mountains !!!
    Internet Connection ? Utility connections? Coastal? Close to services?
    Tarmac road? Developements with promised golf ????? or individual homes ??? etc etc…….

    Look at agents websites to see what is on offer and take short breaks in different areas to investigate.
    Then return home ,without committing and think about what you saw.
    No-one anywhere is tripping overtheselves to buy

    The adrenalin rush when looking for a new home tends to cloud many a decision be it in England or abroad and that’s when problems start.

    Suggest you take computer images ,and sales pitch,of new developements with a pinch of salt for like the ,average family with 2.3 children!! , that/s not how life is.
    All the best

    Thanks so much Melosine, this will be our permanent residence so we will take all of those points into consideration, you are right though, at times you just want to rush in but with houses not selling quickly I’d hate to be in the wrong place. We might even rent before we buy for 6 months to make sure we are happy with the location. Thanks again for the input. Bopsy

  • #65237
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    @jiminspain wrote:

    Hi Bopsy I know the anwer has been cropped from our web site but even if I had sat down and written it the response would have been much the same. Hope you find your perfect location.

    The Javea Peninsula (known as Marina Alta in Spain) Or Costa Blanca North stretches from Gandia in the north to Alicante in the south. Its major towns and resorts are well serviced by the A7 motorway and N332 coast road.
    Whilst Benidorm to the south perhaps conjures up one view of Spain, the smaller and quieter towns, and villages of the Javea peninsula have retained their charm and character and made this area a magnet for the more discerning visitor to Spain.

    The beautiful, unspoilt coastline between Denia and Gandia is renowned for its 22 kilometres of long sandy beaches whilst the coast from Denia to Altea is punctuated with small rocky coves and beautiful sandy bays.

    Away from the coast there is a proliferation of traditional villages offering a peaceful sedate style of living set against a background of beautiful mountains and valleys filled with citrus and olive groves. The area is typified by good wine, good food, and good life. Sit back relax and let the world pass by.

    The Costa Blanca is the perfect location for that “new beginning” and there is no wonder more and more visitors simply fall in love with the variety, tranquillity, culture and lifestyle of this delightful, healthy coastline. Here life is that little bit slower, its people are generous to a fault, and you will see a friendliness not found in some of the other Costa locations. The medics will tell you that the healthier diet, cleaner air and higher warmer temperatures give you a quality of life we all need after a lifetime of work and labours.

    Ten Reasons why People choose the Javea Peninsula

    Warm summers, mild winters and an average 320 days of sunshine per year

    A wonderful combination of quiet Spain (sandy beaches, rocky coves and sleepy villages) with vibrant Spain close by (cosmopolitan resorts and bigger towns)

    Traditional Spanish villages standing amidst stunning mountain scenery, yet only minutes from the coast

    A huge diversity of fine restaurants representing many nations of the world and catering for almost any tastes.

    Local culture and history with many fiestas taking part throughout the year.

    Fine wines, fish, meat and local produce served to you at your table or purchased at the supermarket to test your culinary skills.

    The perfect climate to take advantage of the many sporting and leisure activities on offer.

    One of the best performing property markets in Spain

    Access to the region is excellent. By air through the international airports of Valencia and Alicante, by road from any part of Europe via the A-7, by high speed trains running the length of the coast from north to south, and by sea through the ports of Alicante, Valencia, Gandia or Denia.

    Within 20 minutes of the coast you will find many villages offering tranquillity and peaceful living against a background of mountains, orange and lemon orchards and olive groves.

    Me again Almost feel a cheat cropping it, but I do actualy believe it so it is sent with sincerity. Not the cheapest area in all of Spain (nor the dearest) but as the old adage says “you gets what you for”. The whole area has massive resources of underground water so stays green even in the driest spells. We traveled from the North to the south 4 times and kept being drawn back to this area. There are some off plan developments but not to many, Moraira for instance is almost entirely a resale market or one of new build villas only. In my opinion perfect places for permanent living are the Jalon and Orba Valley’s, villages like Jalon, Alcalali, Orba, Parcent, Sagra, etc 20 mins to the coast but feels like 2 hours.

    Regards

    Jim

    Jim, thank you so much!. We are heading over to Spain for 2 weeks and Ii know already that it will not be nearly enough time, but at least with the help of people like yourself we can go to specific areas rather than think “right where do we start!” I have to say that the Javea Peninsula sounds exactly like the kind of thing we are after and since this will be our permanent residence it’s worth spending that bit more in relative terms. Thanks you so much, I’ll have this with me when we travel.
    Bye for now
    Bopsy

  • #65260
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    Where’s Best to Invest in Spain?

    For thousands of Britons Spain is an old friend, a hogar del hogar (home from home). Since 1994, the country has been our number one choice for holidays abroad, attracting 13,864,000 tourists in 2005 alone. Spain however is not only our favourite destination for sun, sea and sangría; new government figures have revealed that Spain is still dominant in the buy-to-let and investment property markets despite strong competition from emerging European markets such as Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

    According to the Office of National Statistics, over £6 billion has been invested in Spanish property, accounting for 27% of British foreign investments. This mature property market has its advantages over relative newcomers offering low interest rates, a range of mortgage products and sustained growth. Some may say that Spain is “over the hill” when it comes to opportunities to profit through property, however recently released figures beg to differ.

    full story http://www.kyero.com/news/

    Hope this helps some

    Jim

  • #65261
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    hi folks

    just got back from camping in calella de parafrugell on costa brava, what a fantastic area, would love to buy there (if i ever complete on my CDS property nightmare?) very expensive though.

  • #65264
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    Hi Bopsy,

    probably one of the most important(if not the most) is your budget.

    that will really give you an idea (unless your a multi millionaire of course) as price versus type of property is different all over, and if it´s a permanent move I am assuming you want a house rather than an apartment, which will put the price up, but more in some areas than others.

    I am sure if people know that they will be able to help you further with your search

    good luck
    😀

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