May 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm #57504
Here for sale (£25,000) is a house in the best area of the old quarter (La Vila) of the beautiful town of Ontinyent in Spain.
The house was constructed in 1880 with high ceilings and original wooden beams. It has 270sqM of floor area, with a cellar, a small terrace garden (15sqM) and a small top balcony (10 sqM). A new roof covering the entire house, in year 2000, when also a new facade was made (with new entrance door and windows at all floors). The house is a town house (between two other houses, but has a terrace and windows also to the sides) and span over ground and three floors above it. It needs a total refurbishment, which we started doing. It seems that the house was not inhabited since the seventies. Our architects created the refurbishment plans (which will be provided as part of this sale) and builders gave estimates to the work required (at cost of 25000 Euros officially or 10000 not so). If you are DIY person, there are lots of tasks, in this refurbishment, that could be done leisurely by yourself (which I was doing all this winter). Water and electricity is provided just at the front of the house, ready to be connected. The house is connected the town’s sewerage system and it has a functioning toilet.
We did not know anything about Ontinyent before arriving here last October. We were amazed to learn of its wonderful qualities. Just pick at some of the tourist sites (e.g. google: “turismo ontinyent patrimony”) and see the beauty of the town, combining of old and new urban area and sit in the middle of lovely nature area. There are tens of restaurants; serving superb gastronomic meals (most serve full day-menus for 7 to 9 Euros, including wine and desert). Just 20 minutes walk from the town centre you find yourself surrounded by beautiful river, spring and waterfalls (called “Pou Clar”) the clearest spring one can deep-in. And all around there are marked and described footpaths, taking you along beautiful valleys and mountains with magnificent scenes. The locals proved to be wonderful and welcoming people, which, despite the loom and gloom of the current economy situation, enjoy the exterior life with numerous festivals, carnivals and street parades, and fill the pavements cafes like it was Paris. The town is accessible by public transport, with active train station taking you to Xativa (which is linked by direct train to Barcelona and Madrid) and buses (to nearby towns and Valencia). The town has a flourish tourist information office located in a 13th century palace in La Vila old town, providing information about all the activities in town, including the current exhibitions in the town’s cultural centres, theater, museums, libraries, cinema complex etc. We found the local adult education centre to be wonderful place to get the feeling of local life, with art and Spanish courses we immediately joined.
Why not come over and view the wonderful town and purchase and enjoy a property you can develop to your own taste. If you are looking for a very rewarding and satisfying summer project, that one is really for you.
Please contact me for any clarification required.
We use Julian Hildick, a local (English) estate agent, to arrange all the details of viewing and purchasing the property, free for you. (google: “loshildickos”).
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