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Is It the Right Time to Buy a House in Spain?
06 May

Is It the Right Time to Buy a House in Spain?

Spain is a high-quality destination which has become much popular lately by people from the US and Europe. After the property market bubble crashed in 2006, the market is slowly and steadily improving.

Recently after Brexit, the real estate market in Britain has an equivocal and uncertain situation. The investors are not looking to invest in Britain and looking for alternative options. The investors holding real estate in Britain are receiving meager prices for their real estate’s due to which the market is dead. Experts say that in Britain, the Brexit will generate a 6-8% fall on the values of properties in 2019.

The good news is the real estate growth of 2018 will be maintained during 2019 in Spain, according to Elfike. An important fact about real estate pricing is that the average price of a property in Spain is still 35% lower than before the financial crisis in 2006. It makes Spain a wise option to invest if you are thinking to Buy a House in Spain.

Spanish leading financial institution, ‘BBVA’ expects annual house prices to rise by 5% approx. in 2019. The National Statistical Bureau ‘Instituto Nacional de Estadistica’ reported in 2018 that Spanish real estate grew by 6.8% in the second quarter of the year and new homes grew by 5.7%.

Madrid and Barcelona are high-end locations and preferred by young professionals. Valencia and Sevilla are the top alternatives to live in budget with high-standard with pleasant weather through the year and the best place to live with family. Spain is also a popular winter destination, and that is even not surprising with the pleasant climate on the coast. Mainly the Costa Blanca is extremely popular in winter. Ibiza is a popular destination for tourism and festivals.

For a long time, real estate in California has been a favorite spot due to its weather, vibrant culture and beautiful sights. A reasonable alternative to California like climate and coastline in Europe would be Spain.

Due to the highest life expectancy, Spain is one of the best countries to live. If you invest over 500,000 euros in Spanish real-estate, you and your immediate family can be granted a work and residency permit. This permit is commonly referred to as a “Golden Visa.” Any person from any country can buy property or buy house in Spain and avail visa offer.

With 47 UNESCO heritage sites, it is filled with art and culture. Real Madrid and Barcelona are most followed football clubs on social media. Spain is famous for bullfighting and Tomatina festival. IE Business School and ESADE consistently rank as best Business Schools in Europe.

Many online services like Housers and investinspan.com.es allow to invest in property online in a comfortable way and minimizing the risks. You can use services like TransferWise to get best rates for money transfer in and out of Spain.

Where to See and Be Seen in Marbella: 12 Fashionable Addresses
01 Feb

Where to See and Be Seen in Marbella: 12 Fashionable Addresses

World-class golf, ultra-exclusive clubs, and golden beaches basked in bright Mediterranean sunshine – it’s not difficult to understand why the rich and famous have made Marbella their holiday playground. Marbella is the grand dame of Costa del Sol’s resorts and the epitome of Mediterranean luxury.

Read full article here: Where to See and Be Seen in Marbella: 12 Fashionable Addresses

 

 

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  • Marbella
    • The Golden Mile
    • Sierra Blanca
    • Nagüeles
    • Puerto Banús
    • Nueva Andalucía
    • Aloha
    • Las Brisas
    • Cortijo Blanco
  • Puerto Banús
    • Puerto Banús
  • Nueva Andalucía
    • Nueva Andalucía
    • Aloha
    • Las Brisas
    • Cortijo Blanco
  • San Pedro de Alcantara
    • San Pedro de Alcántara
    • Valle del Sol
    • Guadalmina
    • Guadalmina Baja
  • Benahavís
    • Benahavís
    • La Heredia
    • El Madroñal
    • La Zagaleta
    • Los Arqueros
    • Los Almendros
    • Monte Halcones
    • La Quinta
  • Estepona
    • New Golden Mile
    • Valle Romano
    • Estepona
    • Selwo
    • Benamara
    • El Padron
    • El Presidente
    • Bel Air
    • Costalita
    • Cancelada
    • Los Flamingos
    • El Paraiso
    • Benavista
    • Diana Park
    • Atalaya
    • Hacienda del Sol
  • Sotogrande
    • Sotogrande Puerto
    • Sotogrande Marina
    • Sotogrande Costa
    • Sotogrande Alto
    • Sotogrande Playa
    • Sotogrande
  • Elviria / El Rosario
    • Elviria
    • El Rosario
    • Marbesa
    • Los Monteros
    • Altos de los Monteros
    • La Mairena
    • Las Chapas
    • Río Real
    • Torre Real
    • Bahía de Marbella
    • Santa Clara
    • Hacienda Las Chapas
    • Costabella
    • Reserva de Marbella
  • Cabopino
    • Cabopino
    • Puerto de Cabopino
    • Carib Playa
    • Artola
  • Calahonda
    • Calahonda
    • Calanova Golf
  • Mijas
    • La Cala Golf
    • La Cala de Mijas
    • La Cala Hills
    • El Chaparral
    • El Faro
    • Calypso
    • Riviera del Sol
    • Miraflores
    • Torrenueva
    • Las Lagunas
    • Cerros del Aguila
    • Mijas Costa
    • Mijas Golf
    • Sierrezuela
    • El Coto
    • Campo Mijas
    • Valtocado
    • Torreblanca
  • Benalmadena
    • Carvajal
    • La Capellania
    • Torremar
    • Torrequebrada
    • Torremuelle
    • Benalmadena Costa
    • Benalmadena Pueblo
    • Arroyo de la Miel
    • Montemar
    • La Leala
    • El Pinillo
  • Country Estates
    • Genalguacil
    • San Martín de Tesorillo
    • Casares
    • Coín
    • Istán
    • Ojén
    • Monda
    • Guaro
    • Tolox
  • Tarifa
    • Tarifa

What to Do in Marbella: The Best Restaurants, Bars, Beach Clubs and Hang-outs in Andalucía’s Glittering Beach Town
21 Jan

What to Do in Marbella: The Best Restaurants, Bars, Beach Clubs and Hang-outs in Andalucía’s Glittering Beach Town

In the hills just outside Marbella is Finca Marella, the most spectacular Spanish mansion and the loveliest place to stay on this stretch of coast, created by interior designer Marie Caroline Willms and her husband Sandro Gamazo. Here Marie shares her favourite places to eat, drink and hang out in their sunny, starry corner of Andalucía

Read full article here: What to Do in Marbella: The Best Restaurants, Bars, Beach Clubs and Hang-outs in Andalucía’s Glittering Beach Town

Spectacular Ultra Modern Design Villa in Marbella with Infinity Pool and Rare Sea Views. Offered for sale by Marlo Property.

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The New York Times on Why the Rich Are Now Parking Money in Luxury Homes
19 Nov

The New York Times on Why the Rich Are Now Parking Money in Luxury Homes

While owning residential real estate is typically part of a diversified investment portfolio, what is different in the last year or two is the role the uncertain economy is playing in making purchasing decisions.

The middle-market buyers are spending $250,000 to $500,000 on single properties, but high-net-worth individuals are spending $1 million or more in many markets, including the Caribbean and Europe, said Ms. Peddicord, the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. “We’re seeing increased interest in Panama and countries where the U.S. dollar is strong,” she said. These include France, Spain and Portugal.

Read full article in The New York Times

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How is Costa del Sol really like?
01 Sep

How is Costa del Sol really like?

If you already know Costa del Sol well, the odds are you might agree: the place makes you say “however” less than any other does. This is the simple and not-so-often stated reason why this area enjoys an ever-growing appeal for an eclectic mix of international residents, eager to make it their home base and enjoy the sun-kissed lifestyle.

So it has the all year bliss of a heart-warming subtropical Mediterranean climate, with more than 320 sunny days per year (with averages of 28.7 C in Summer and 17 C in winter). Never ending golf greens – more than 70 golf courses on 150 km. Chic crowds and beaches. The perfect wind for your main sail. Too many parings of gourmet dishes and wines to bother counting. More palm-trees and oleanders per square meter than people or cars.

If you know your way around, you can easily enjoy a sunny afternoon stroll on the narrow streets of a stunningly white Andalucian pueblo and – in just 20 minutes’ drive time on a scenic mountain road – to head towards the Sea and sip a glass of Cava in a posh beach club, rubbing shoulders with a beautiful crowd. And that’s a January afternoon…

This is the point when “however” might have come.

It doesn’t. Because one can enjoy all the above in a safe and stable European country, with one of the best infrastructures available: easily accessible and very well-connected International airport, toll-free highways to everywhere, plenty of organized parking facilities, International Schools at short driving distance and a well-established Public and Private network of hospitals and health-care units.

Let’s just say you already live here. What might be your plan for the next Saturday? Hard to decide! On a 2 hours drive radius you can be either in a magnificent, irresistibly Spanish town – Seville, Granada or Ronda, in the colorful market of Tangier, Morocco, skiing on the majestic slopes of the Sierra Nevada resort, windsurfing in Tarifa, or doing a wineries tour in Jerez. Your new dream home on Costa del Sol is also your perfect base for exploring the beauty and the treasures of Andalucia!

Moreover, the property choice in the area is amazingly diverse: from beach front apartments and villas, to mountain view town houses or golf properties, or the ever-charming country estates – traditional fincas with olive trees gardens and even winery estates. The market features constantly 100 square meters apartments with beautiful beach, mountain or golf-course views, along with 200+ square meters town houses or detached villas plus the high-end segment of exclusive million-euros mansions. Costa del Sol clearly rises up to the challenge of meeting almost anyone’s taste.

That being the case, the main reason why to live here transcends the fantastic weather, the luxuriant vegetation, the golf, the food, the welcoming Mediterranean sea, the laid back Andalucian lifestyle or the allure of luxury in all shapes and forms – from stunning residences and yachts to deluxe sunbathing beach clubs and fantastic Michelin star dining. (more to read after the property search bar)

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What makes Costa del Sol unique it’s the mix of all the “yes” ticks in the “want” or “need” boxes, however their priority on ones’ list may be.

  • Warm Weather all year: subtropical Mediterranean climate, with more than 320 sunny days per year (with averages of 28.7 C in Summer and 17 C in winter).
  • Developed Infrastructure: 40 minutes drive away from Malaga International Airport, on the Autovía (CN340 or A7) a toll-free dual carriageway following the coastline. Enough organized parking spaces to keep up even with the two main yearly tourist invasions – July and August. Easily reachable State hospitals and big private clinics with 24h emergency, ambulance and helicopter services, and many private practices all over. English speaking doctors are pretty common. Wherever you might choose to live in this area, a good International School is a short driving distance away.
  • Traditional Charm + Fancy Lifestyle: Rich, exotic history. The Moors ruled the coast for nearly 800 years, the Romans also thrived here and the coast’ reach history is leaving proof. Expect to see a perfect piece of true Andalucian architecture next to a moorish castle or light house or even some roman enclaves. Double that by the lovely contrast with some of the world famous posh beach-clubs, gourmet restaurants and exclusive hotels.
  • Golf: ever wondered where the “costa del Golf” nickname comes from? 70 golf courses on 150 km, some of them famous – like Valderrama in Sotogrande.
  • Outdoor activities: Yes, this is clearly a heaven for golf aficionados, but what if you fancy more sweat that it takes to make the perfect swing? Scenic tracking routes, safari tours, horse back riding, bicycle ridding, parasailing and all the water sports your back can handle.
  • Nature & Beach life: Striking luxurious nature all around. Palm-trees everywhere, colorful oleanders, Almond trees, Avocado trees, Fig Trees and Junipers, Intense Purple Jacarandas – the Coast is a huge garden of exotic Mediterranean vegetation. As for beach time options? From sipping a cocktail in a posh beach club to savoring an “espeto” local fish in a quaint chiringuito and… everything in between.

Luxury Apartments and Penthouses with amazing sea views!

Luxury Apartments with stunning views of the Mediterranean, the Rock of Gibraltar and Africa!

Marbella – Andalucian ambience with glamour on top
01 Jun

Marbella – Andalucian ambience with glamour on top

Marbella is the perfect combination of typically Andalucian ambience with glamour on top. Lots of glamour. In the city, the houses are sparkling white and the streets of the Old Town (Casco Antiguo) are romantically narrow and dressed in colorful flowers and orange trees. There are also antique masterpieces of Moorish, Roman and Spanish architecture and at least 3 Art Museums to challenge the perspective of someone who would believe this place it’s not steeped in history. It sure is.

But it’s allure comes from the mix of this ‘true Spain’ charm with all the things that brought it the reputation of “The millionaire’s playground”. The top notch boutiques and restaurants nested in these charming white buildings, the smell of raw see food or truffle floating in the air, the stylish people walking next to you on the streets, the marble newer constructions, the cars with exotic names and futuristic designs joy-ridding across the city – all these signal at a glance that Marbella effortlessly combines authenticity and panache.

The exclusive Golden Mile area –  beginning at the western edge of Marbella city and stretching to Puerto Banus – is home to some of the area’s most impressive villas and estates, five-star hotels and gourmet restaurants, business centers and golf courses. The beachside of the motorway is fully developed, while the mountain side is still undergoing development, so if investment opportunities are on the agenda, this premium area includes spectacular views of mountain and sea and a comfortable proximity to Marbella Center, Puerto Banus and many beaches. As a plus, the development of this area was carefully planned, without any high-rise constructions and respecting the environment – nothing was built too close to the shore – thus making it a sought after area to buy property. (more to read after the property search)

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Puerto Banus is Marbella’s world-famous port – even though Marbella has one more port of its own, close to the city center and hosting many restaurants and bars. But the reputation of Puerto Banus outshines it by a mile, due to it’s beach clubs, super-yachts moored in the marina and the long strip of bars, clubs and designer boutiques along the water. The focal point of the place is clearly the Marina, where locals and visitors alike are crowding the streets, holding loud and cheerful conversations over lunches or dinners, drinking cocktails in one of the significantly named bars or clubs – like Sinatra or Great Gatsby – or shopping for designer wear in one of the many famous brands shops.

A great option of enjoying Marbella’s panorama from the water is via a boat cruise between Marbella and Puerto Banus. Trips regularly depart from both Marbella and Puerto Banus, giving the opportunity to see both ports at a distance. If you want to experience the sea shore up close however, you can either walk, jog or ride a bicycle along Marbella’s Paseo Maritimo – which follows the city’s beautiful coast line for six kilometers – 2 of them in marble and surrounded by majestic palm trees.

Photo credit: Nick Kenrick

Luxury Apartments and Penthouses with amazing sea views!

Luxury Apartments with stunning views of the Mediterranean, the Rock of Gibraltar and Africa!

Spectacular Apartments and Penthouses in Marbella – great location, amazing views!

 

Dazzling white and authentically Spanish: Mijas and Benalmadena Pueblo
15 Apr

Dazzling white and authentically Spanish: Mijas and Benalmadena Pueblo

Mijas is a scenic trio of neighborhoods, each with its very distinct personality, but all particularly picturesque, dazzling white and truly Spanish. Mijas Pueblo  – carrefully preserved Andalucian White village – steeped in the old Andalucian traditions and customs , is layered in the heart of the mountains, with spectacular sea views, narrow streets between white walls with blue flower pots and local boutiques,  cozy little restaurants and bodegas, a main square with regular flamenco shows, its very own plaza de torros and even a chocolate factory. Las Lagunas de Mijas is half distance between mountain and sea, an extensive, more commercial area, with some local industry and shopping centers, but still white, close to the Andalucian spirit and architecture and covered in green, purple red flowers and palm trees. Mijas Costa – with its central point La Cala de Mijas – covers 12 km along the coast, joining (from East to West) El Chaparral, La Cala, El Combo and Calahonda and takes in the two major urbanizations, Riviera del Sol and Sitio de Calahonda.

 La Cala de Mijas is one of the original fishing villages on the Costa del Sol, a charming place with a restored Moorish tower, a friendly atmosphere and lots of appeal. From its small “fishing village” roots, La Cala flourished into a beautiful beach resort, with a population of 10,000 – mostly British. All the amenities for family life are here: schools, a health center, public library, post office, shops, a cultural center, as well as many excellent bars and restaurants. In the hot summer months of July and August, every Saturday night the promenade of La Cala turns into a fairytale: classical music, flamenco dancing, with the Tower bathed in light and the moon reflecting into the sea.

The area of Benalmadena – Costa and Pueblo – is equally reach in beaches and chirrinquitos, as it is in historical landmarks and unique pieces of architecture. It is home to the Colomares Castle, the 33 meters tall Buddhist Benalmadena Stupa – the biggest Buddhist temple in Europe, the famous Moorish-style Benalmádena Marina, the stunning La Paloma Park – a themed garden with exotic birds and Selwo Marina – a sealife park modeled around different locations in South America. The original village is Benalmadena Pueblo – still with a traditional Spanish appearance – where one can enjoy fine dining in picturesque squares and awe-inspiring views of the coast and across the sea. Having a lot of activities and housing options to offer to families with children, golf-lovers and people in their golden years alike, Benalmadena and Mijas are usually high up on the list of preferred locations for permanent or second home buyers.

 

Scenic Estepona, Stunning Sotogrande, Unspoiled La Duquesa
24 Feb

Scenic Estepona, Stunning Sotogrande, Unspoiled La Duquesa

Big enough so you can enjoy other people’s company, but well preserved in its spirit so it’s still traditionally Spanish, Estepona is one of the few coastal towns that has maintained its character while all the facilities for tourism, culture, leisure and enjoying life are here: hotels, restaurants, cafes and tapas bars, bodegas, bars and nightclubs, a wonderful marina, a 3 km long promenade, 17 beaches and 8 golf courses. The spirit of the town is friendly and casual, the prices are affordable – with some luxury exceptions, which are nice from time to time, even just for the sake of variety. Estepona has the sea at her feet and the mountains all around, a fine-sandy beach with clear, shallow water, sheltered from the wind (it faces west) and offering amazing sunsets over the rock of Gibraltar, a horse-riding center and its very own impressive Safari Park – Selwo Aventura – where as many as 2,000 animals from all five continents live in semi-captive environments. No wonder its so popular, mostly with families. And whilst it doesn’t have the glitz and glam of Puerto Banus, you will not go to bed at 22.00 out of boredom either: it’s nightlife has enough options to keep you out of the house, from late dinners with Flamenco shows (ore even Celtic music!) to bars and discos (well, yes, karaoke included). The housing options here are practically limitless: detached houses, town houses, apartments in gated communities, all vary in location, price and looks, so one’s tastes must be really particular in order not to be met.

In a totally different register form the casual Estepona, Sotogrande is the largest privately owned residential development in Andalusia, and it is where some of the richest and most powerful families of Spain have summer homes. What was originally a gated community in the municipality of San Roque, turned into one of the most luxurious urbanizations – in 2006 it was featured in The Times, as having the most expensive homes in Europe. Layout-wise its a 20 square kilometers stretch from the Mediterranean Sea, back into the foothills of Sierra Almenara mountain range, providing contrasting views of sea, hills, cork forests, the Rock of Gibraltar and Morocco. Built like a port – or more like a city on the water – Sotogrande is a wide display of up-market houses and apartments with mooring places under the windows and it is well-known for its architectural diversity: with styles varying from the traditional Andalucian to mid century modern, all the way through 21st century design and even more unusual designs, including moorish/mudejar style homes and even a Swiss chalet. If that wasn’t enough, it has a river – Guardiarro – an Estuary, artificial lakes, a Natural reserve wild park with wildlife, a top class Marina, a Polo club, incredible beach bars and restaurants and 5 golf courses, including the world famous Valderrama. A true magnet for the jet-set families – with their children usually enlisted in Sotogrande Internaitonal School –  Sotogrande is an unique experience for residents and visitors alike.

To say that La Duquesa is low profile would not be at all far from the truth, since people who only visited the coast never heard of it, and this applies to some of the permanent residents as well. But in fact, it has one of Costa del Sol’s best marinas – Puerto de la Duquesa –  vast amounts of unspoiled natural scenery and authentic local character, while sharing the fantastic climate and all the excellent services and infrastructure of the rest of the Costa del Sol. Easily reachable in just an hour drive form Malaga airport, La Duquesa feels like miles away from the busy resorts packed with noisy holiday makers. Closer to the Ocean, it benefits from a more dramatic landscape with Mediterranean vegetation mixed with the oceanic one and its practically surrounded by wide beaches, fully equipped with fine sand, sun beds and many chiringuitos. Less traffic than in the rest of the areas, attractive promenades surrounding the port with a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes, an extensive range of spacious apartments, residential complexes with shared pools and gardens, modern villas, highly rated international schools and the charming La Duquesa Golf and Country Club. Add the bonus of still being able to find half-deserted beaches in proximity – a rare treat considering all the touristic hype, and maybe La Duquesa deserves a second look (and thought) when looking for a place to reside, be it permanently or part-time.

Antequera – “the heart of Andalucia”
10 Feb

Antequera – “the heart of Andalucia”

When you hear the words “Costa del Sol” the mind instantly projects one single thing: Beach. But what if you can buy or rent a charming traditional Finca, with a generous plot of land, maybe even with an orchard of olive trees or avocados, at 45 minutes drive from the nearest beach and airport? More and more people decide this is a desirable alternative, as they can benefit of more house for their money, plus they get to leave in a truly Spanish community.

In the Malaga area, up in the mountains, a chain of beautiful historic villages, each with its own character, are welcoming new residents every year.

Like the famous Antequera – known as “the heart of Andalusia” (el corazón de Andalucía) because of its central location among Malaga, Granada, Cordoba and Seville. Antequera has two claims to fame, historically and from a tourist point of view. The first consists of three fine prehistoric dolmens barely outside the town itself. The second is the Torcal de Antequera, a mountain top covered with huge and wonderfully shaped limestone, formed millions of years ago when the whole area was underwater. Another usual choice is Pizarra, a tiny town lying 30 kilometres upriver in the Guadalhorce valley at the foot of the 350 metre high Sierra del Hacho. Still a largely farming community, it has so far managed to avoid the threat of absorption by the spreading metropolis of Málaga in spite of the recent appearance of the two commuter settlements of Zalea and Cerralba on its western face.

Once you jump in a car and take a joy-ride into the mountains, you soon discover village after village and get to know many communities to pick one from, as your heart desires.

Photo credit: Antonio Martinez https://www.flickr.com/photos/poper/