Costa del Sol property report 2008

2008 Report (index)

This report on property on the Costa del Sol has been written by Barbara Wood of The Property Finders Andalucia. The Property Finders are buying agents who represent the buyer, not the vendor. For Barbara Wood’s contact details see The Property Finders.

Costa del Sol Property

Western Costa del Sol

On the western Costa del Sol the prime area centres on Marbella and extends about 15kms to the east, to Las Chapas, and about 15kms to the west, as far as Estepona.

Two big infrastructure improvements worth noting; already underway, the San Pedro underpass will relieve severe traffic congestion on the approaches to the town and the Ronda road junction, and the proposed rail link between Málaga and San Pedro, mostly underground, is the most ambitious project ever considered for the Costa del Sol.

The golf industry is vital to this area; the spending power of the golf visitor far outweighs that of the summer tourist and it give the western Costa del Sol one of the few, genuine 12-month seasons in Europe.  There is no ‘low’ season anymore.

Eastern Costa del Sol

On the eastern Costa del Sol, Nerja is considered the prime resort but the lack of golf infrastructure means that this is primarily a summer resort and is noticeably quieter in the winter months.

However, it does have the same wonderful winter micro-climate as Marbella and, over time, I can see Nerja developing into more of a year-round destination.

For example, a €33,000,000 marina project on the west of the town has just been announced, with 500 berths and waterside shops and restaurants, with completion predicted for 2010.

© Barbara Wood (The Property Finders)

About Mark Stücklin

Mark Stücklin is a Barcelona-based Spanish property market analyst, and author of the 'Spanish Property Doctor' column in the Sunday Times (2005 - 2008).

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