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Lets talk about Costa Blanca South – From Alicante to Los Alcazares which is about one hours drive south on the modern motorway which is the AP7 . The coast road is the N332 and takes a little longer to drive as you might expect.

First up is Alicante City itself – With a very cosmopolitan feeling. Walk along the promenade at the marina and find restuarants and bars . Or walk through the old town to soak up some culture. Lots to do as you would expect from a vibrant city by the sea.

Just a 15 minute bus ride  from the City Centre is Arenals Del Sol – a wonderful seaside resort town with long promenade walks and beaches which stretch as far as the eye can see! Both Euromarina and TM Grupo have fantastic front line developments here.

Travelling further south , through the salt lakes, with flamingos seemingly at every turn, we have the towns of La Marina, Guardamar and Quesada before we reach Torrievieja City. The golden sandy beaches at Guardamar with its crystal clear seas are simply stunning and 4 miles away , the facilities and peaceful surrounds offered at Quesada , beside the nature reserve, attract many ex-pats to settle.

Euromarina have many developments to consider in these areas- Check out the map below. Marjal offer detached beach villas in Guardamar and Trivee have Golf Villas on La Finca Golf & Spa Resort.

Take a look at the map below provided by Euromarina – who have built more than 30,000 properties in the area since 1972.

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Beyond Torrievieja, a traditional touristic city , where Alegria are based and have apartments, townhouses and villas on offer , we have La Zenia – with its modern  boulevard. A very impressive outdoor shopping mall with many cafes, bars and restaurants. Entertainment throughout the day and night ensures this is a shopping trip with a difference!

In this same area , which is around 40 mins south of Alicante airport , there is Los Dolses and Villamartin – a haven for golfers and home to developer Trivee.  In the same locality there is also Punta Prima,  Playa Flamenca, Cabo Roig, and Campoamor – all small coastal villages with lots to offer!

A final 15 minutes drive south and we are in Los Alcazares on the Mar Menor –  Los Alcazares  enjoys a real buzz during the summer months. The 525 plaza offering a dozen or so  bars and restaurants providing a relaxed family oriented atmosphere for evening dining. The Mar Menor is an inland sea and gives rise to a micro climate in the area – meaning a more temperate climate all year round.

Thats all for today!

See you in the next blog , when we’l be taking a look at Costa Blanca North!

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Thinking about a Costa Blanca Villa ? Or how about a 2 bed apartment by the sea in Alicante ?

 

Download our ‘ Ultimate Guide to Buying on the Costa Blanca ‘ here !

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We have created this Guide to help those who are considering buying on the Costa Blanca .

Included in the guide is our ‘ Safe and Simple Purchasing Process ‘ with a simple but complete worked example of all the purchasing costs to consider when buying a property on Costa Blanca.

We found that other guides made things over complicated when explaining every detail – A worked example of a purchase really helps makes things clear !

Our next blog will be introducing some interesting locations on the Costa Blanca – see you then!

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Bank Repossessions are still available – although arguably the lowest prices were already seen in 2012/13. But it is definitely still possible to pick up bargain – with 1 bed apartments on luxury golf resorts available from only E40k and 2 beds from around E50k. Buying direct from the bank is definitely possible – Spain’s largest banks effectively became Spains largest Real Estate agents after the bust  – but be careful – use an agent with experience who you can trust to guide you through the buying process.

You should still use your own local spanish speaking solicitor to take care of the conveyancing – we never advise to save costs and just use the banks solicitors – we know the banks are happy for clients to complete in this way – but once the deal is concluded you could be left with debt which is left attached to the property and other issues which you may not be aware of ! Take care to avoid a painful and costly situation!

Alba Property Overseas will guide you through the buying process – we always help our clients open up bank accounts, apply for an NIE  and switch utilities once property purchase is complete . There will always be something you havent thought of – and we will be with you every step of the way to help out.

Be aware that there are monthly running costs of approx E100 – but this seems like a good deal to keep the resort in tip top shape. No need to worry about additional pool cleaning expenses or grounds maintenance – its all taken care of . You should find out exactly whats included in the monthly charge though – different resorts have different plans. For example the buildings may have to be painted every 5-7 years – this cost is sometimes included – but other times it is not !

A 2 bed apartment on Roda Golf Resort will sell now for around E145k – and the prices were around E200k when Polaris World were selling their’s at the height of the property boom – so you can see why these Repos are selling well . Work has already started on new apartments – although those prices can start at +50% !

Currently we are promoting Las Terrazas De La Torre Golf Resort – you can find full details of the apartment specifications in our Downloads section. This resort only has apartments – all with elevators although no building is higher than 3 levels. There are other resorts closeby which offer villas – ask us about what is available.

 

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The resorts are all well maintained with 24 hour security – your investment is literally in safe hands! Las Terrazas De La Torre Golf Resort offers a club house and super market facilities but other resorts offer hotels and schools – again , tell us as much as possible about your requirements and we will point you in the right direction.

Call us , or why not comment in the comment section below – leave your contact details and we will get back to you !

 

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Only a few miles south of the city of Torrevieja is Los Alcazeres.

 

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A typical spanish village – with a modern hotel and boulevard complex which lights up at night! With somewhere near a dozen restaurants and a couple of pubs – its hardly a metropolis – and nothing like the typical tourist trap – but it is enough of an attraction to keep you going back for ‘ those special occasions ”

 

 

 

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The long promenade stretches along the beautiful beach of the Mar Menor – This area has its own micro climate and is popular all year round – though considerably quieter in the winter months.

 

There are a number of golf style resorts in the surrounding areas. Closest , and within walking distance is the Roda Resort , but the Mar Menor Resort is only a couple of miles out. Polaris World promoted and built 7 luxury resorts in the area at the housing peak – but sadly went bust. Those developments are now operational , although some incomplete. We have access to a fair amount of Bank Repo Stock in these developments – with prices for 1 beds appartments starting at only E40k – Ask us  for details of what is currently available!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Property Market in Spain operates differently from that in the UK . We are more used to checking out Rightmove or Zoopla , choosing the property the property we are interested in , phoning up the Estate agent and taking it from there!

 

When searching for spanish property – there are literally thousands of properties being sold by thousands of agents – and because of the Multi Listing System – Most agents can sell most properties ! This can be very confusing until you understand how to make the system work for you .

 

Let the Estate Agents at Alba Property Overseas guide you through your property buying process . Check out our Downloads section for complete and detailed guides which explain the Buying process.

 

The best news is that the exchange rate is favorable , but prices are on the way up – not as high as their pre-crash peaks – but still rising. Its a good time to buy!

 

With ‘000s of properties to consider , how exactly do you ‘ cut the wheat from the chaff ‘ ? We recommend the following :

 

  1. Take your time..
  2. Think about what you want from the property – How will you use it ? How long will you stay in it, and at which times of the year ? How big does it have to be ? What is your budget ? Make sure you understand the buying costs which can be 12-15%  – and of course the annual running costs!
  3. Throughout the process, keep in mind why you are buying – The climate , all those warm sunny days, the health benefits , the lifestyle or culture, allowing friends and family to enjoy your property or perhaps the potential rental income!

Call us to discuss how we can help you find your dream property!

 

 

 

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Do a quick search on our site – and find a huge variety of property on Costa Blanca South. This area is hugely popular with UK buyers – for all the right reasons…

 

There is a good variety of property styles available – New build , Resale – even bank stock comes up now and again – But be prepared to act quickly to secure the best deals when they become available!

Check out the beach at La Zenia , then walk up to the modern shopping boulevard or have a few beers in the bars en-route.  The casino which is part of the complex doesnt shut till late – so there is always plenty to do !

 

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Use the map facility on our home page to find out that this area is only 45 mins drive south of Alicante Airport .

The surrounding areas of Villamartin, Los Dolces or Campoamar are firm favorites for UK buyers with access to all the facilities you will need. A 2 or 3  bed semi-detached will sell for around E130k while a 3 or 4 bed detached villa with a pool can be picked up for around the E200k mark. There are also plenty smaller properties for under E100k – so lots of opportunities for every budget.

Whether its winter sun , or family holidays in summer – these areas have proved popular due to the beautiful beach, the modern shopping boulevard , the quiet local bars- its your choice really!

Call us to discuss which type of property in which area you are thinking of .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whether its a holiday home , retirement home, investment purchase or your new residential address – Call or email us to find out more!