March 6, 2007 at 9:38 am #52696
I would be interested into buying an apartment in the Desert Springs development in Almanzora. Do you think it is safe to buy there?
March 6, 2007 at 9:42 am #69837
I have read about many problems there and I wouldn’t put 10 euros down. Just do a search and see what you turn up.
March 6, 2007 at 9:51 am #69838
What kind of problems? (if you can tell me)
March 6, 2007 at 10:30 am #69841
I think Katy is referring to the many problems with Almanzora (for example the Almanzora Country Club development), rather than Desert Springs, which just happens to be near Almanzora.
Desert Springs is run by a British developer based in Gloucestershire. It is a beautiful resort in a spectacular natural setting, construction quality is good, and it has no planning issues that I know of. As a consequence I have selected it for inclusion in my guide to quality developments, which you can read here:
I have copies of the construction licences at Desert Springs. The Developer had no problems providing me with these. Even so I always recommend that you use an independent lawyer wherever you buy in Spain, as you would in the UK.
I hope that helps
March 6, 2007 at 10:40 am #69842
Yes, I am thinking about the area in general, have played desert springs and its a nice course, like a ghost town when we went though. There is also the issue of contamination in that area from the USA accident many years ago. Don’t have any links but they have found some contaminated snails 😕 All this is dismissed by the developer at desert springs (but they would…wouldn’t they 😕
March 6, 2007 at 11:43 am #69843
I have a friend who has a property in Desert Springs and I have stayed there many times, and would thoroughly recommend it. It is a very tranquil enviroment and I have not heard of any problems planning or otherwise.
The contamination issue was many years ago (1950’s) and is often raised by the gloom and doom merchants, as far as I know tests were carried out before construction started and no contamination was found.
March 6, 2007 at 11:54 am #69844
Desert Springs and ACC are both near Cuevas del Almanzora, not Almanzora Village. The latest PGOU for Cuevas has yet to be approved (as have 102 out of the 103 PGOU’s in Almería 🙄 ). I would get your solicitor to check with the planning office in Almería (city) that Desert Springs shows as Urbanisable on the last PGOU (1986?) – something, considering its position (on a plateau in the middle of nowhere), that I very much doubt.
March 6, 2007 at 4:54 pm #69854
You might want to have a read of this thread too:
March 6, 2007 at 5:39 pm #69855
Thanks for that, knew I had read something but didn’t realise it was here all along 🙂
March 20, 2007 at 1:13 pm #70153
I visited the Desert Spring resort another time and played a few rounds of golf… Excellent site!
There is only one thing the worries me! The place becomes a ghost town after 8pm. Since I’m planning to live in Spain for at least 6 months a year, I’m still not sure if Desert Spring is the ideal place for me…
March 20, 2007 at 4:08 pm #70160
This ,and surrounding areas are a 2nd home hotspot regardless of legalities and as such is only really booming in height of the season. That is the downside many experience living in purpose built places. Great for holidays but……..
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