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For many Brits aiming to purchase a second property in 2018, the idea of owning a sun-drenched home within a short distance of the sea is the dream. But with the price of the average house in England now £243,339 (HM Land Registry, November 2017), turning this dream into reality is unlikely.

More and more Brits therefore are heading abroad to Spain to get their dream beach house with the holiday hotspot of the Costa Blanca on Spain’s south-eastern coast, also a favourite second home destination.

The Costa Blanca, or ‘White Coast’, has seen its popularity rise once again with a record 6.3 million foreign visitors in 2017 according to the Valencian Tourism Agency.

“The Costa Blanca remains very much at the top of the list for British second home buyers. British citizens are looking for quality homes that offer great value. Spacious, beachfront homes are the biggest winners and when you can buy the same house for half the price overseas, it makes you think twice.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Indeed, official figures reveal that foreigners were the biggest buyers on the Costa Blanca with 4,906 homes sold in Q3 2017, a 7.5% rise in sales to foreigners compared to the same period in 2016, recorded the Ministry of Development.

With data from Kyero.com revealing that the average property price in Alicante province is just €225,000 (£200,000) and properties in hotspots such as Torrevieja and La Marina costing just €132,000 (£117,000) and €148,000 (£130,000) respectively, it’s not hard to see why Brits are flocking to the Costa Blanca.

Always conscious of buyers’ budgets, leading housebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España, operational in Spain for 60 years,is answering this rising demand for second homes in the area with a selection of seaside properties, far more affordable than those in England.

La Villa Paradis is a large development in a wonderful seafront location in Villajoyosa. Available from just €269,000 + VAT, its 2 bedroom apartments boast a well-designed layout, each with a private terrace with owners able to enjoy beautiful views over the Mediterranean Sea, swimming pool and private gardens of the development. Its great location – 20 minutes from central Alicante – make apartments at La Villa Paradis one of the best options when buying a home in Costa Blanca.

Arenal Dream is a 47-unit development comprised of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments built and finished with the highest quality materials. For just €239,000 + VAT, owners can enjoy a property that offers ample space, gardens or terraces, communal swimming pool, underground parking, air con and storage – better value than the average UK home! Located in Javea, known as the Pearl of Costa Blanca, Arenal Dream also boasts panoramic sea views and is only 300 meters from Blue Flag beaches.

Arenal Dream – Javea (Alicante)

  • 2 & 3 bedroom apartments
  • 2 minutes from the beach
  • Terraces, communal pool and gardens
  • Parking and storage room included
  • Air conditioning
  • All amenities in walking distance
  • High quality finishes and built in accordance to the latest European building standards
From only 239.000€
VAT not included
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La Vila Paradis, apartments and townhouses for sale in Villajoyosa

La Vila Paradis – Villajoyosa

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  • 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and 3 bed townhouses
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  • Amazing sea view apartments
  • Front line townhouses next to the promenade
  • Direct access to Paraiso beach
  • Terraces, communal pool and gardens. Private parking
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Golfers heading to Mallorca’s number-one golf destination, Son Gual, this summer, will welcome news that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has increased its capacity to the holiday island.
The leading leisure airline and package-holiday specialist, which serves Mallorca from nine of its UK airports, has more than one million seats on sale this summer – an increase in capacity of 13 per cent. And, with golf club carriage fixed at £25 each way, the route is sure to prove popular.

What’s more, within 30 minutes of leaving the arrivals hall, visitors could be teeing off at Son Gual – the closest course to Palma de Mallorca Airport and the best the island has to offer.  Son Gual’s general manager, Andreas Pamer, welcomed the news that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has increased capacity to Mallorca.

He said: “A lot of our UK visitors flew with Monarch as the company was golfer-friendly and many may have feared they might struggle to find a suitable flight. So, Jet2.com’s recent announcement will soften the blow, not only for UK golfers travelling to Mallorca, but also for those of us working in the tourism sector here.”

Son Gual’s €30m Thomas Himmel-designed 7,240-yard, par-72 course celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and is the number-one course in Mallorca, according to the benchmark Golf World ranking, which lists it as the 46th best course in Europe. It features large lakes, 66 bunkers, 800 olive trees – some more than a thousand years old – wild flowers in the rough and vineyards in several areas around the course.

It includes several outstanding, memorable holes, including a closing hole described by one reviewer as a “serious contender for Europe’s best par-five and Spain’s most dramatic 18th”, plus one of the best collections of par-three holes in Spain.

Son Gual is also a regular celebrity haunt – visitors have included German FIFA World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthäus; German national football manager Joachim Löw; the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg; tennis’ 15-time grand-slam event winner Rafael Nadal; and any number of instantly recognisable faces from the worlds of TV and entertainment.

And there’s plenty to see and do away from the fairways too. Nearby Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the Balearic Islands and the old town offers a maze of narrow, quiet streets from where visitors can experience impressive architecture, including La Seu – Palma Cathedral – a Gothic structure built atop a former mosque, as well as quirky cafes and boutique shopping.

 

2017 was an excellent year for leading Spanish housebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, stating that the Spanish market remains ‘strong’ in their trading statement for the year ended 31 December 2017.

The company has seen continued growth in the Spanish housing market with a total order book standing at 329 homes at the end of the year.

This represents a 12.3% increase on the equivalent period in 2016 (293 homes) with the housebuilder, which celebrates its 60th year of operation in 2018, expecting the business to report a significant improved operating profit* in 2017 (FY 2016: £20.6 million operating profit*).

“We achieved a strong operational performance in 2017 with healthy figures. The order book increase shows that even in challenging environments, the right property in Spain is still very much in demand. We believe that the business is well positioned for further growth in 2018”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Spain has long been a preferred second home destination for buyers from across the world. In fact, Taylor Wimpey España sold properties to buyers of 32 different nationalities in 2017 with German buyers leading the way

Despite Brexit uncertainty, demand from British buyers grew with December 2017 seeing the sixth consecutive month of growth in sales to Brits.

“Spain really does offer everything that a second homeowner wishes for: sunshine, spacious properties in traditional Mediterranean styles, affordable flights, beautiful beaches – it’s all here. With record levels of tourists coming to Spain last year, we expect even greater demand for our homes in 2018.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Many second home enquiries made in 2017 were for the holiday hotspot of the Costa Blanca on Spain’s south-eastern coast. Taylor Wimpey España recorded a significant increase of 50% in reservations made for houses in the area last year and interest for this market is set to continue with Tinsa forecasting a prosperous 2018 for the property markets in coastal locations.

In line with last year’s figures and these expectations, the ‘White Coast’ will be key to the Spanish homebuilder’s year ahead. Taylor Wimpey España is ready to provide a range of new homes across the Costa Blanca, starting with new development Arenal Dream.

The development Is comprised of 47 apartments built and finished with the highest quality materials and available from €239,000 + VAT. Located in Javea, on the northern coastline of the province of Alicante, the development is only 300 meters from Blue Flag beaches and just 1 hour drive from either Alicante international airport or Valencia international airport.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972

*Operating profit is defined as profit on ordinary activities before net finance costs, exceptional items and tax, after share of results of joint ventures.

British Airways stepping its operations at Gatwick, with summer 2018 is set to see the airline’s biggest schedule there in almost a decade.

In summer 2017 the airline operated around 1,000 flights a week at its peak.

More than 150 additional weekly flights will take to the skies this summer following the airline’s successful acquisition of Monarch’s take-off and landing slots.

Weekly flights to Malaga will be boosted from 27 to 35, Alicante from 14 to 22 and Faro from 17 to 21, while the airline’s summer flights to Tenerife will increase from six per week to 13, Madeira will be bolstered from six to nine per week and Lanzarote will rise from three to five flights per week at the Sussex based hub.

Alex Cruz, British Airways chairman, said: “We are delighted to be able to further grow our presence at Gatwick by adding extra frequencies and improving our timetable.

“We are also introducing several new destinations to the Gatwick programme, including Palma (Majorca), Mahon (Menorca) and Gibraltar.

“These exciting new routes give our customers even more choice of destinations at competitively low prices.

“Over the last five years our operation at Gatwick has seen 40 per cent more customers travelling, with passenger numbers increasing from 4.4 million to 6.2 million.”

Cruz added: “According to CAA figures we are the most punctual of the three big short-haul carriers flying from London: at the 15-minute level and at Gatwick we outperformed easyJet’s punctuality by 13 percentage points and Ryanair’s by nine percentage points in 2017.

“We’ve also increased the number of routes we serve by more than 50 per cent; in 2012 we flew to 48 different destinations, whereas now we serve 74.

“This undoubtedly highlights our commitment and focus to growing our Gatwick operation.”

Those looking to beat the back to work blues sooner and hit the slopes or chase the sun this winter will now have even more choice, as over the Christmas period the airline added more than 40,000 further seats to the schedule for February and March.

An additional 400 flights will operate between February 9th and March 24th meaning more departures are available, even around peak periods.