February 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm #57930
There is no swimming pool because for us they are too expensive to run, there is a municipal outdoor pool 5 min walk from the house which is free, I have included a photo of it; we are now pensioners and needed to keep the overheads down. Electricity costs to run a swimming pool are very expensive, electric in Spain is more costly than here in UK, as is water, to fill a pool it will cost about £300, we had one in our previous Spanish house when we were both working full time and were able to pay pool costs no problem, we are selling our house to buy another close to my best friend who lives in the South of Spain; since buying this house I spend more time going to visit her than we do in our own house, thus why we are moving closer to her, the house is cheap because we bought it after the crash cheap and can afford to sell it for such a good price, despite the house being only 7 years old we have upgraded it significantly, had the walls constructed, new doors throughout, tiled the garden, installed new kitchen and dining room, installed outside kitchen. There is no underhanded reason for us selling, we live in the UK and have had a holiday home in Spain for a number of years.
Getting there, the house is near 3 airports, Almeria, 60 miles from the house, the 3 airports charge the same price 400 euro a year, Murcia Airport is about 2 hours drive away, Alicante airport, the drive to there is about 2 hours, you can leave you car all year round which is significantly cheaper than taxis, if friends or family are staying at the house they can collect the car at the airport – just make sure you have comprehensive insurance. You can get cheap flights from the airports stated. We drive and it takes 24 hours, we generally have one stop over south of Paris where we get a good hotel for about £35 per night.
3 double bedroom detached house (some call it a villa), it is 7 years old, totally secure with brick wall and gated entrance. 40 miles from the beach, 45 mins from skiing in Granada. House sits in centre of 705 square meters, 5 mins. Walk to the centre of the town of Oria in Almeria which is typically Spanish. There are bars, restaurants, doctors, chemist, bread makers, 2 small supermarkets, 2 garages, petrol station, hairdressers, haberdashery, ironmongers, etc; there is also a cathedral in the town. The town has many activities for the locals, including trips to various parts of Spain which are heavily subsidised for all pensioners, there are also internet lessons, Spanish lessons and they even did a cookery course for the men! Oria is a very friend town and I have found the people extremely helpful. There are two bathrooms, 2 kitchens one interior and one exterior, lounge dining room, entrance hall, roof sun terrace and also totally secluded sun bathing area, one on the roof and the other is the entire garden. The rates are approx £160 per year, house and contents insurance costs us about £120 year. Normally in Spain properties pay HIGH community fees, I checked one out recently in the south and the community fees were 400 euro a month, this house has NO community fees because it is not on a community, it is only 5 min walk into the centre of the town. The hot water is provided by a gas boiler (bottled gas) which costs us about 20 euro a month, there is also a wood burning stove in the lounge for the months of December/January when it can get chilly in Spain, wood is cheap locally too. We had the entire garden area tiled to avoid on arrival holiday spending 4 days weeding, if someone is looking to live full time in Spain the tiles can be removed to create a garden.
The house is totally legal and we have all the documents to prove so, I have even searched for an honest solicitor for a prospective buyer too, a seller in Spain does not need a solicitor BUT a buyer does in my opinion, a good legal expert will also change all the utilities into your name for you too, which can be very daunting to those who do not speak Spanish.
Because the pound is stronger we have been able to drop the asking price on our house, we have also taken into consideration that the buyer will not be paying the agents commission of at least 5%, and therefore we have been able to drop it even further for the buyer. As the Spanish say it is the buyer who pays the agents commission because the price of the property is always increased to include the agent fee. If you need any other information just ask I have many photos which can be forwarded upon request, they will not attach here
June 20, 2015 at 4:26 pm #186924
Hi, I was browsing the internet looking at places for sale in Almeria and came upon your advert, I know it was dated over a year ago, but was wondering if it was still for sale, if so I would really like some pics if possible, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, many thanks, Billy
December 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm #188667
Have sent you a private message.
I have a property to sell near to that one if you are still looking.
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