Every cloud has a silver lining for British couple buying on the Costa del Sol

Simon and Donna Jordan
Simon and Donna Jordan


Simon Jordan, a Guildford-based British Airways cabin crew member, his wife Donna, and son Oliver, 12, had long dreamed of owning a holiday home in Spain. But having had their ‘fingers burnt’ once before purchasing off-plan from a Spanish developer they were understandably nervous about starting the process again. However, it seems that every cloud has a silver lining, as the couple have now been able to take advantage of unbeatable prices available at Taylor Woodrow de Españas’ ‘El Bosque de la Mairena’ development in Elviria, Costa del Sol.

Simon explains: “We had always wanted to purchase a holiday home in Spain so in 2004 we decided to take the plunge and buy a one bedroom apartment in Benalmadena from a Spanish developer. However, as time went by it became apparent that the development wasn’t progressing as it should and we became concerned about the amount of money we had invested in a property that simply wasn’t being built. So in 2007, with further delays to the development’s completion date announced, we were forced to cut our losses and invoke a money back guarantee.”

He continues: “Whilst, we were bitterly disappointed with the way things had panned out we were still keen to pursue our dream of purchasing a home in Spain and were determined not to let this set back stand in our way. Indeed, we had always been fans of new build homes when purchasing properties in the UK and were keen to carry on down this route when house hunting in Spain. However, this second time round we wanted to deal with a UK house builder for added security and Taylor Woodrow de España fitted the bill.

The couple had looked at homes built by Taylor Woodrow de España when they first started their search in 2004, but had found that the homes were a little out of their price range. However, roll on four years and a downturn in the economic climate and the homes were no longer out of reach. In fact, they could now afford a quality two bedroom apartment rather than the one bedroom apartment they had previously purchased off-plan.

Simon comments: “It is amazing what cards fate deals you, if we hadn’t suffered at the hands of the Spanish developers we would now have been the owners of a one bedroom apartment. However, as fate would have it we are now the proud owners of a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment at El Bosque de la Mairena that is situated in a fantastic location, within close proximity to Marbella. We are truly delighted.”

El Bosque de la Mairena in Elviria is a residential complex built in the style of a Mediterranean village in a peaceful setting yet only seven kilometres from Elviria beach to the east of Marbella. The two and three bedroom apartments available at the development vary in size between 83.5m2 and 113.20 m2 and boast generous terraces with views of cork tree woods and the sea. Additionally, the homes come complete with a communal pool, gardens and external parking spaces.

El Bosque de la Mairena, built by Taylor Woodrow de España
El Bosque de la Mairena, built by Taylor Woodrow de España

Simon comments: “As soon as we visited the development we fell in love with it. The development is a small community located in a perfect position allowing us to benefit from the best of both worlds – beautiful views of the forest and sea, away from the hustle and bustle, but at the same time within close proximity to Marbella. On top of which the apartments are built to a high specification and benefit from a nice spacious layout –perfect for the needs of our family. And last but not least, the development is set within a gated community providing extra security for people who wish to use the apartments as a second home.”

It took the Jordan’s 12 weeks to complete on the purchase of their apartment. Simon says: “The sales process was straightforward and we found that nothing was too much trouble for the Taylor Woodrow de España team. After our previous bad experience it was really refreshing to do business with a company with no hidden agenda, the company’s ethos is fantastic.”

Simon and Donna have now owned their holiday home for over eight months and have been making great use of it. Simon concludes: “Already in 2009, we have visited our home at least 6 times whether it be for a long weekend, in the half term or with another family member. We are getting to know our neighbours and there seems to be a lovely mix of people. We are truly grateful that things have turned out this well after a dire start, it seems that everything happens for a reason.”

Prices at El Bosque de la Mairena start at 173,000€.

All of Taylor Woodrow de España’s quality homes are endorsed by Safe Buying Experience. This partnership with the international accreditation scheme provides a double reassurance to buyers of a Taylor Woodrow de España home as they are guaranteed a quality home complete with independent endorsement as to its ‘integrity, legality and safety’.

With a reputation for trust, Taylor Woodrow de España, the only major UK house builder in Spain, provides a specialised service and dedicated team within the UK and Spain who can help and advise homebuyers through the entire process of choosing, buying and settling into a new Spanish home.

For more information on the great deals available from Taylor Woodrow de España call 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwoodrow.es