Spain: popular areas for the average UK property price

Spain popular areas: What can you get in Spain’s most popular areas for the average UK property price?

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the average property in the UK cost £285,000 as at December 2023. But what does that translate to when buying a property overseas?

In Spain, analysis by the Colegio de Registradores* shows that there are four provinces where foreign buyers account for at least 30% of home purchases (double the national average of 14.9%). Two of those provinces are Alicante and Malaga, where foreign buyers – many of them from the UK – seek second homes that provide easy access to Spain’s beautiful Mediterranean coastline and the world-class golf courses that dot the area.

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is showcasing the kinds of properties that buyers with a budget of £285,000 can purchase in Alicante and Malaga. That equates to just shy of €334,000 at the time of writing.

In Denia (Alicante), just 100 metres from the beach, a two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment at Bella Beach costs from €310,000 plus VAT. With spacious terraces from which to enjoy the sea views, the apartments are set in a peaceful residential area. The development features communal pools for adults and children, along with beautifully landscaped gardens. Open-plan kitchen and living spaces provide direct terrace access for seamless indoor/outdoor living.

Over in Malaga, bright, spacious homes at Green Golf in Estepona are priced from €340,000 plus VAT. The key-ready, three-bedroom townhouses overlook the fairways of Estepona Golf, with panoramic views that extend to the sea. The private, gated community comes with communal gardens and pools. The townhouses’ large, south-facing terraces are ideal for enjoying the spectacular natural scenery of the golf course and sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

Spain’s golf courses and beaches make it the world’s second most visited country, with only France attracting more tourists each year. A record 84 million visitors flocked to Spain in 2023, with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announcing record revenue of €108 billion for the year.

For visitors from the UK, Spain’s affordability is a major draw. The Property Guides 2024 Cost of Living Overseas Index flagged it as the cheapest country to live in – something that benefits all those visiting Spain, as well as those making a permanent move there.

“Spain’s affordability is the icing on the cake. Not only does it provide an outstanding climate, superb gastronomy, a wealth of leisure facilities and so much more, those who come here from the UK can enjoy the best of the Spanish lifestyle for less than they would pay back home. Add to that the impressive real estate offering in popular areas such as Alicante and Malaga and there’s a compelling case for UK property buyers to consider purchasing a home in Spain.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

 

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Brits can buy incredible property in Spain

Buy property Spain: Brits can buy incredible property in Spain’s most popular area for average cost of UK home

A building company has shared how retirees thinking about a change of scenery could get a luxury apartment in one of Spain’s most beautiful locations.

When retiring, many UK residents decide to set off and spend their newly-found free time in another, warmer climate.

Whilst many are happy to downsize, often going from a full-sized house to a smaller flat, a new study by the home builder Taylor Wimpey Espana has shared that expats can get a beautiful place for the price of an average house in the UK.

The Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey Espana noted that moving to a Spanish villa can help retirees experience everything the country has to offer.

He said: “Spain’s affordability is the icing on the cake. Not only does it provide an outstanding climate, superb gastronomy, a wealth of leisure facilities and so much more, those who come here from the UK can enjoy the best of the Spanish lifestyle for less than they would pay back home.

“Add to that the impressive real estate offering in popular areas such as Alicante and Malaga and there’s a compelling case for UK property buyers to consider purchasing a home in Spain.”

According to the study, the typical cost of a house in the UK during December 2023 was £285,000, which is enough to buy a new apartment in Denia, Alicante.

Located just 100 metres away from Bella Beach, each flat has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with an open-plan kitchen and living room to maximise the amount of space available.

In addition, the apartment features a shared garden area and swimming pool, giving Britons the opportunity to spend even more time in the Spanish sun.

If you are looking to buy a property in Spain, contact Taylor Wimpey Spain.

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Gran Alacant Key to UK Business Growth

Gran Alacant Key to UK Business Growth

Whilst boasting that “We are one of the UK’s largest residential developers”, Taylor Wimpey is doing well outside the island borders, with Spain one of their key markets, in which, Gran Alacant has become a jewel in their crown.

The Costa Blanca real estate market has started 2024 with stability and notable foreign demand. In this context, the Spanish branch of the company, Taylor Wimpey España, has sold a total of 165 homes in Gran Alacant in just two years, through two of its developments.

These off-plan sales have attracted buyers of 25 different nationalities, with the European influence key, as top of the buyer list includes Poles, Scandinavians, Belgians, Dutch, Germans, Ukrainians and Spaniards.

The profile of the buyer of these homes is European, middle class and with an average age of 50 years. This customer segment seeks a quiet, quality lifestyle, away from big cities. Their interest is focused on apartments that offer comfort and modernity, with proximity to essential services and the beach.

The Iconic residential complex, located in Gran Alacant, presents a total of 170 apartments with sea views and direct access to the prestigious El Carabassi beach. The homes consist of two and three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The developer has begun marketing the second phase of Amara. This new stage includes 42 two- and three-bedroom apartments, with delivery scheduled for April 2025.

The data reveals the potential of the real estate sector on the Costa Blanca, with constant interest from international buyers, according to the Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey. Along these lines, he has expressed the company’s firm intention to continue investing in the Costa Blanca.

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Spain shines as Europe’s ideal second home destination

Spain shines as Europe’s ideal sustainable travel and second home destination

  • Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2024 highlighted Spain’s sustainability credentials
  • Taylor Wimpey España selling a range of A-rated new properties
  • Flight free travel and working from home supporting new sustainability patterns

Lonely Planet has just ranked Spain as among the top ten destinations in the world for sustainable travel, as part of its Best in Travel 2024. The country’s commitment to biodiversity and the fact that “new cycle paths, electric buses and train routes offer flight-free ways to see the country” contributed to Spain’s status as a leading destination for eco-conscious travellers.

Sustainability is an increasingly important issue for second home buyers in Spain, as well as holidaymakers. According to Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, energy efficiency is increasingly top of mind for buyers. When asked to predict trends for the Spanish second homes market in 2024, he commented:

“Buyers are increasingly seeking modern homes built with sustainability in mind. They are asking about energy certifications and seeking out A- and B-rated properties with features such as aerothermal heating pumps, installation for electric cars, energy-efficient appliances and energy-saving measures in communal areas. This is going to be a key trend in 2024 and beyond, with buyers increasingly turning away from older properties in favour of new, more sustainable homes.”

Taylor Wimpey España already provides virtual show home visits for buyers looking to reduce their carbon footprint by minimising travel. The company has seen travel patterns change too, with many owners using their properties for fewer, longer breaks, often blending leisure time with working from home.

“We expect to see further growth in executive nomads using their second homes in Spain in 2024. Those who have established effective, long-term working from home arrangements now have the freedom to change their travel patterns and enjoy greater lifestyle benefits as a result. Instead of travelling to the office daily, sitting in traffic and adding to the fumes, they can step onto the terrace and enjoy an early morning coffee in the near-year-round sunshine, drinking in the stunning view as motivation for the day’s work.”

https://www.theeconews.co.uk/spain-shines-as-europes-ideal-sustainable-travel-and-second-home-destination/

Costa Blanca sees increase in domestic property buyers

Costa Blanca sees increase in domestic property buyers

The Spanish coast is experiencing a notable increase in demand for properties from national buyers. A significant change in a market dominated, in recent times, by international interest. This phenomenon has become especially evident at the beginning of this year, as demonstrated by the data recorded by the promoter Taylor Wimpey Spain in several of its beachfront promotions.

In Dénia, with the Bella Beach apartments, Taylor Wimpey Spain has witnessed this change in trend, with 50% of its buyers coming from the national market. This data is indicative of a growing desire on the part of Spaniards for coastal properties. In this one, specifically, 40% of the units have already been sold and delivery of the first phase is expected in June of this year. The show apartment is now available, both for in-person and virtual visits.

n the case of Bella Beach, an investment of 15 million euro is planned for the development of a residential complex located a few meters from Almadraba beach. This urbanization, made up of 62 four-story homes, offers 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, all of them with sea views and built with high quality materials.

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey Spain, has shared his optimism regarding the beginning of the year, confirming that “the pace of sales and construction of our developments on the Spanish coast is going according to plan. We are witnessing “robust demand.” In addition, Pritchard has also announced that the company will soon announce “the launch of new developments that will continue to enrich our offer in privileged locations.”

Continuing with this notable interest in the coastal real estate market, the Breeze development, with apartments and townhouses located in Finestrat, also reflects the national and international preference for living near the sea. So far, almost 30% of the first phase has been sold and the second phase is expected to go on sale in early March of this year.

The delivery of the first phase of Breeze is scheduled for March 2025, with an estimated investment of 27 million euro for both phases. The project has stood out mainly among Dutch and Belgian buyers, in addition to local interest.

On the other hand, on the island of Mallorca, the Es Balcó apartments, located in the charming town of Ses Salines, have already sold 40% of their units. The main nationality of the buyers has been German. The delivery of the first phase is also scheduled for June of this year, with a projected investment of 9 million euro.

https://theleader.info/2024/02/07/costa-blanca-sees-increase-in-domestic-property-buyers/

Costa del Sol showcases health and wellbeing benefits

Costa del Sol showcases health and wellbeing benefits of golf course living

Playing golf can deliver physical and mental health improvements, with players of all ages able to benefit. Home to more than 70 courses, the Costa del Sol is the ideal place to play. With a selection of new properties available, it’s also an excellent choice for those looking to fully experience the benefits of living on a golf course.

Golf can keep you fit and healthy, so what better way to embrace the advantages than by purchasing a home on a golf course? Being surrounded by nature, with the opportunity to head out onto the fairways whenever you’re in the mood, can deliver a wonderful lifestyle for family members of all ages.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

According to Better Health, an average round of golf involves walking between five and seven kilometres. Doing so three to five times per week provides an optimal amount of endurance exercise, which is key to heart health. Bonus calorie burning for those who carry their clubs.

Golf can be good for mental wellbeing, as well. The sociable nature of the game means it supports players to maintain and grow their friendships, while spending time in greenery comes with its own rewards. Lincoln Larson and Aaron Hipp, associate professors of parks, recreation and tourism management at NC State University, explain:

“People who spend more time in nature enjoy enhanced cognitive functioning and attention and reduced stress. They are also less likely to display anxiety disorders and depression and more likely to report high levels of happiness and well-being.”

Larson and Hipp also observe that spending time in nature can enhance positive youth development, thus providing benefits for younger family members living on golf courses, as well as older golfers.

In the Costa del Sol, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is providing a selection of frontline golf properties at the prestigious La Cala Golf Resort, nestled between the sea and the mountains between Marbella and Fuengirola. From key-ready homes available for immediate use to off-plan apartments, duplexes, penthouses and townhouses, the builder is providing homes to suit all family sizes and budgets.

“Whether buyers are looking for a permanent residence or a holiday home to enjoy with family and friends, we have the ideal properties at La Cala. All are set in the wonderful greenery of the resort, with generously sized outdoor spaces and huge windows that fill the homes with light. It’s a very serene and tranquil location.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

At Natura, which sits in a frontline position at the Europa golf course, close to La Cala’s spa and restaurants, the final key-ready townhouse is currently available for sale. The spacious three-storey, three-bedroom property comes with a large solarium measuring over 50 m2 and a pretty garden. Having been used as the show home for the development, the property comes with all furniture included in the purchase price, meaning buyers can start enjoying their new home the moment they collect the keys.

Also located in a frontline position by the Europa course, the townhouses at Belaria – like those at Natura – come with a lovely communal pool and gardens. A private, gated community of just 21 homes, the townhouses provide light and airy accommodation spread over three levels. They are currently under construction, being built in accordance with Spain’s latest building regulations, which will deliver grade A energy certification.

Buyers seeking apartments, duplexes and penthouses will find everything they need at Solana Village East and Solana Village South, so-named due to the orientation of the homes. The sites provide an excellent selection of properties with large terraces or private gardens. Views range from the communal pool and resort gardens to the fairways of La Cala’s Europa course and the sparkling sea beyond.

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More homes and higher value sales in Spain

More homes and higher value sales in Spain, reports British building giant

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has shared its end of year results. During 2023, the firm completed 410 homes – up from 381 in 2022. There was also a notable uptick in the average selling price, which increased from 383,000 euros in 2022 to 400,000 euros in 2023.

Over the course of 2023, Taylor Wimpey España sold homes in Spain to buyers of 50 different nationalities. Out of the total number of homes reserved during the year, 12 percent were snapped up by British buyers.

As at 31 December 2023, the total Taylor Wimpey España order book stood at 490 properties. That figure is a jump from 448 as at 31 December 2022.

“Second home sales in Spain showed strength and resilience in 2023, as buyers continue to evolve their balance between holidaying and remote working. We anticipate another positive year ahead in 2024 and have exciting plans to launch a selection of developments in the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca, encompassing hundreds of high-quality new homes,” said Javier Ballester, General Manager, Taylor Wimpey España.

Taylor Wimpey España has already launched the first of its 2024 developments – Es Voltor, in Mallorca. The €7 million investment will deliver 13 two-storey townhouses in the picturesque town of Esporles, nestled in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains. With large, southwest-facing terraces, private gardens and communal pool, the three-bedroom homes will provide an escape from daily life for discerning second home buyers. Prices start from €750,000 plus VAT.

“The townhouses at Es Voltor will blend modern convenience with access to an abundance of nature. The location is just stunning. It is a privilege to start 2024 with such an impressive setting. We anticipate keen interest in these townhouses and with only 13 available, I recommend that anyone seeking an idyllic natural escape on Mallorca gets in touch sooner rather than later,” said Javier Ballester.

New Year, New Holiday Home, New Travel Plans

New Year, New Holiday Home, New Travel Plans

  • Knight Frank hails “dramatic effect” of hybrid working on holiday home usage
  • Taylor Wimpey España launches new homes for the New Year in Mallorca
  • Spain tops list of best countries for digital nomads in 2024

 

With 2024 now in full swing, holiday home buyers are putting their plans into action after the Christmas/New Year hiatus. But holiday home usage isn’t what it once was. According to Knight Frank, the old model of only using a second home for short periods of leisure is firmly in the history books:

 

“The rise of hybrid working has had a dramatic effect on how owners use their holiday homes. Historically somewhere to visit for short periods, these properties are increasingly becoming far more important year-round bases, used almost as much as the primary family home. This means purchasers are thinking more carefully about both the location and property type they choose before taking the plunge.”

 

It’s a trend that leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has seen evolve first-hand. The company has had a busy 2023, selling a selection of beach, golf and urban homes in mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands to buyers of 50 different nationalities. British reservations grew by 6% during the year, with many buyers purchasing second homes with hybrid leisure/work use firmly in mind.

 

The increasingly embedded acceptance of hybrid working means that many buyers can now achieve far greater value from a second home. Extended stays that combine work with leisure deliver a richer, deeper experience of the location in question.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

 

Spain is already a popular location with those who are free from the ties of the office. Visa Guide World recently ranked it as the best country in the world for digital nomads. Sunshine, world-class cuisine, an incredible natural landscape and a practical approach to visas – including a year-long residency visa launched in 2023 for remote workers and their families – are all part of the appeal.

 

Having a swimming pool on hand for a quick dip before work, or to wash the working day away after closing the laptop, can deliver a very different quality of life to commuting during rush hour. At Taylor Wimpey’s new development in Mallorca – called Es Voltor – owners can do precisely that. The three-bedroom townhouses, which have an A-rating for their energy efficiency, feature large, southwest-facing terraces and private gardens, along with a generously sized communal pool.

 

The properties are located in Esporles, at the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range, providing owners with stunning natural views, as well as the chance to spy one of the rare black vultures that live in the mountains. The impressive birds can grow to have a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres. In recent years they have been brought back from near-extinction thanks to a range of conservation measures, meaning they are no longer classified as ‘endangered’. The black vultures, which were the inspiration for the name of Taylor Wimpey España’s latest development (‘voltor’ means ‘vulture’ in Catalan) are one of several protected species in the Tramuntana mountains. Others include the osprey, the Egyptian vulture, Bonelli’s eagle, the booted eagle and Eleonora’s falcons.

 

Hiking through the mountains can be an enriching experience at any time of year – one which second home owners at Es Voltor can use to balance out the stresses of the working week. Esporles is a charming, peaceful town with a lively weekly market, packed not just with local produce but with handicrafts, plants, flowers and more.

 

With 555 km of coastline, Mallorca is also a superb choice for families looking to spend time on the water and Es Voltor is just 8 km from the nearest beach. Mallorca’s capital city of Palma, meanwhile, is only 13 km away, making Es Voltor ideal for second home buyers seeking an idyllic rural location combined with easy access to all that urban life has to offer.

 

Es Voltor is one of several new developments that Taylor Wimpey España is launching in early 2024, as the company experiences strong demand from second home buyers from around the world. A waiting list is already open for buyers interested in two- and three-bedroom apartments at Allure at Alenda Golf in Alicante, as well as for apartments at Altura 160 in Benahavis, near Marbella in the Costa del Sol.

 

 

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

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Spending Christmas in Spain

Spending Christmas in Spain – from sweet treats to second homes

Spending Christmas overseas is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in another country’s festive traditions. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, explains:

“Many of our buyers delight in decamping to Spain for the festive season, arriving in plenty of time to enjoy local traditions and soak up the joyous atmosphere. Spain has a varied mix of national and regional traditions, meaning there is plenty to discover when you spend the Christmas period here.”

Colourful Three Kings processions dishing out sweets to cheering children, nativity displays (‘Belén’) made up of hundreds of tiny figures, live re-enactments of the nativity (‘Belénes Vivientes’), music descended from medieval times (‘villancico’) and so much more awaits those who spend Christmas in Spain. The festivities carry through until 6th January, which is the main day for exchanging gifts in Spain, providing plenty of time to relax and enjoy the celebrations.

Christmas markets lit up by twinkling lights are perfect for wintry strolls, usually minus the near-ceaseless drizzle and freezing temperatures associated with such events in the UK. They are a great place to pick up handmade gifts, decorations, Belén figurines and edible treats while getting into the Christmas spirit. All while snacking on warm chestnuts, as the scent of them roasting fills the air.

For those with a rather larger purchase in mind, Taylor Wimpey España will be offering appointments throughout the festive season at its show homes in the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca. The company recommends booking appointments early, to be sure that they tie in with visitors’ travel plans over the Christmas holidays.

Families looking for an all-in-one Christmas in Spain experience can find everything they need at La Cala Golf Resort. With a hotel, five restaurants, three outstanding 18-hole golf courses, tennis and padel courts, a gym, an outdoor running circuit and a luxurious spa, the resort enables families to have as active or as relaxed a break as they wish.

Holidaymakers looking to view show homes while in Spain for Christmas are spoiled for choice at La Cala. Taylor Wimpey España is offering a range of properties at the resort, including spacious townhouses at Belaria, priced from €585,000 plus VAT. Each of the homes in the private gated community is spread over three storeys, with a generously sized solarium and a private garden. There are also communal gardens for owners to enjoy, as well as a communal pool.

Buyers seeking apartments are well-served by Solana Village at La Cala. The resort is divided into Solana Village East and Solana Village South, named after the orientation of the properties . Home to apartments and penthouses, Solana Village provides a variety of layouts, with properties of two or more bedrooms. Overlooking the Europa Golf Course and providing panoramic views all the way to the sea from some apartments, Solana Village provides easy access to La Cala’s welcoming clubhouse, as well as the hotel and spa. Taylor Wimpey España property buyers enjoy a range of benefits and discounts at La Cala, courtesy of a ‘Privilege Card’ that comes with their new home.

Those who already own a second home in Spain will likely be familiar with the joys of filling the cupboards with Christmas treats. Nutty ‘turrón,’ filled ‘ensaimada’ pastries, sugar-covered ‘polvorones’ and buttery, shortbread-esque ‘mantecados’ biscuits are all festive essentials for those with a sweet tooth. Local wines and cheeses are also a must, along with a leg of serrano ham on a stand, for carving paper-thin slices off whenever the mood takes, or a sobrassada cured sausage in the Balearic Islands. Families with their own kitchen in Spain can also enjoy whipping up a selection of traditional dishes, from suckling pig and sea bass to a fruit-topped king cake to be enjoyed on 5th or 6th January.

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HOMES IN SPAIN

85% OF HOMES IN SPAIN WILL BE UNSELLABLE AND UNRENTABLE BY 2033

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España points out the difference that buying a newly built home can make. Its beautiful new apartments at Solemar in Casares Beach (Malaga) are rated A for their energy efficiency, thanks to careful consideration of sustainability features during their design and construction. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey España, explains:
“Newly built properties are built using modern methods of construction that encompass a range of techniques that weren’t used for older homes. Our homes at Solemar, for example, feature aerothermal heating to draw energy from the outside air and reduce CO2 emissions. We’ve reduced thermal bridges as part of the homes’ design too, to improve energy efficiency throughout the lifecycle of the building. Older properties don’t benefit from recent advances in technology and construction such as these.”

The need for an energy efficient home is particularly relevant to British buyers in Spain, as Britons buy more homes there than any other foreign nationality. Figures from the Spanish Colegio Registradores for Q3 2023 show that 10.11% of all purchases by foreigners are made by Britons, with the number of Britons buying up by 8.7% (compared to a rise of 1.3% across all foreign buyers).

Taylor Wimpey España’s 65+ years of building homes in Spain has seen a long-term trend of British buyers favouring homes in the Costa del Sol, over and above other areas. With stunning beaches, pristine golf courses and more than 300 sunny days per year, it’s easy to see why.

Buyers in the Costa del Sol can choose from a range of homes, including urban properties in vibrant towns, beachfront apartments, golf homes and country properties with land. Taylor Wimpey España’s new, energy efficient homes are spread across the area, with a range of beachfront and golf properties currently available. At Solemar, select apartments enjoy spectacular sea views, while the two- and three-bedroom homes also benefit from lovely outdoor terraces or gardens and a generously sized communal pool.

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It’s Time To Discover Cádiz

It’s Time To Discover Cádiz

Taylor Wimpey España takes us on a regional tour, from windswept beaches to sherry bodegas.

Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Andalusia, Cádiz province is home to abundant sunshine, superb local cuisine and stunning natural landscapes. The region is also the perfect antidote to the crowds of Costa del Sol, delivering a serene yet captivating experience that visitors find hard to forget.

One of the many charming aspects of the province is the huge variety it provides. Each town and city has its own distinctive vibe, while the landscapes range from stunning coastal scenes to the rich biodiversity of the protected Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park – one of the rainiest places in Spain.

Cádiz City

Cádiz the city is a delight. From the moment you drive onto La Pepa Bridge (officially titled La Constitución de 1812 Bridge); you can appreciate the city’s unique setting. The bridge – the longest in Spain and one of the highest in Europe – provides a tantalising view of the province’s capital, set against the sparkling backdrop of the sea.

As you explore Cádiz, the sea is an ever-present vista, with the city surrounded on all four sides and only connected to the rest of mainland Spain by a narrow strip of land to the south. The city is home to ancient architecture, winding cobbled streets that create a sense of discovery around every corner and some fabulous tapas bars.

During the day, Cádiz is the perfect place to enjoy a long, lazy relaxation on the white sands, letting the gentle lapping of the waves soothe you. At night, it’s time to head to the old town, where the locals come out en masse to enjoy outstanding cuisine in the city’s many tapas bars. The buzz of the atmosphere is enough to carry you through until the small
hours as you explore Cádiz’s gastronomic treats.

Jerez de la Frontera

The province of Cádiz is the heart of Spain’s sherry wine industry and nowhere can you feel this more than in Jerez de la Frontera – the town that lent its name to the fortified wine. The laid-back location with its grand architecture is home to several bodegas whose sherry-making traditions date back centuries (the Phoenicians first brought vines to the Jerez region around 1100 BC).

Tasting your way around the sherries of Jerez de la Frontera under the heat of the Spanish sun is certainly a pleasure to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

Tarifa

Another must-visit town in Cádiz is Tarifa, where you can visit the historic castle and view the coast of Morocco across the water from its towers. If you like ancient architecture, exploring the castle, which dates back to 960, is a must, as is visiting the Iglesia de San Mateo (St Matthew’s Church) that was built in 1506.

Tarifa is known as the windiest city in Spain, so while it might not be the ideal sunbathing spot; it’s a mecca for windsurfers and kite surfers. In fact, it’s one of the most popular destinations in Europe for wind sports.

One of the other delights to be experienced while in town is the ability to put your feet in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea within seconds of each other. Tarifa is the point at which the two bodies of water meet, with a narrow strip of rock dividing the two. A quick clamber across and you can go from being in the Atlantic Ocean to being in the Mediterranean Sea in under a minute!

Properties in Cádiz

While Cádiz province retains a relatively undiscovered feel compared to Spain’s Costa del Sol, it is certainly not without a selection of charming resorts offering second homes with superb on-site golf facilities. At the prestigious San Roque Club in southeastern Cádiz, for example, Taylor Wimpey España’s lovely homes at Emerald Greens overlook the fairways and the sea.

https://www.the-luxuryreport.com/its-time-to-discover-cadiz/

Spanish Property Market News: November 2023

Spanish Property News: November 2023

This month we chatted to seven of our top estate agents to find out what’s new in the ever-evolving world of Spanish real estate. From shifting buyer demographics, and the success of AI and virtual viewings, to unprecedented demand for properties and the eternal allure of Marbella, these are the subjects that have gotten our agents talking this month.

Evolving buyer demographics

In Málaga, Alicante, and Murcia, our estate agents have reported a significant shift in the nationalities of their buyers since Brexit and Covid. Patrick Flynn from Murcia Resorts and Sofia Sanchez Watson from Barclays Properties and Watsons Real Estate in La Marina, Alicante say they have seen a “noticeable decrease in British buyers.” However, this decline has been balanced by a surge in interest from other parts of Europe. Now they’re seeing clients from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Poland and even Canada and the United States.

Jeremy Webster from Space Real Estate in Marbella highlights the growing allure of the Costa del Sol to the American market, while Taylor Wimpey Spain made sales to an astonishing 42 different nationalities in the first half of 2023. It is still generally agreed that British buyers continue to lead the pack, but their market share has reduced significantly, our agents estimate UK buyer interest has dropped from 50-55% to 25-30%. And it’s not just nationalities that are changing, Keith Spitalnick from Target Property Spain, based in Mijas Costa says “the age bracket of buyers has shifted, with younger families and new money entering the market” since the pandemic.

Demand for properties outstripping supply 

“Properties are entering the market only to be snapped up quickly, leaving potential buyers vying for the limited options available,” says Ryan Hough, Director at Crystal Shore Properties on the Costa del Sol. A significant proportion of properties are being sold before they even make it to the market, underlining the urgency in which buyers are seeking to secure their Spanish dream home. But Sofia in La Marina remains optimistic about the future, foreseeing a potential increase in property supply with the completion of new developments and hopes for a more balanced market. With new properties becoming available for resale and La Marina’s ongoing expansion, opportunities are expected to abound. Spain, and especially Murcia, according to Patrick at Murcia resorts, is witnessing a surge in new developments; golf resorts and leisure opportunities are booming.

Technological advancements in the Spanish property market

The impact of artificial intelligence, automation, and virtual tools is starting to have a positive effect on the real estate industry in Spain. Sofia says “virtual viewings, drones, and interactive presentations have ushered in a new era of property marketing,” bringing a breath of fresh air and presenting new ways to interact with clients. In recent times, remote viewings have become increasingly popular among property buyers. Many American clients in particular, opt for buying properties over the phone. “We provide all the necessary information, legal support, and even conduct virtual property tours,” says Daniel from Spanish Property Expert. This trend is indicative of the changing dynamics in the real estate market. Keith confirmed that while the number of leads coming in has decreased somewhat, the leads they do receive are stronger and more qualified; virtual tours and Google Street View have made clients more informed and discerning, and therefore more confident to make a purchase without a traditional viewing trip.

Exciting trends in property development

Ryan from Crystal Shore Properties, located in Estepona, is excited by the visionary approach of developers on the Costa del Sol. Many are taking on properties in need of renovation, displaying remarkable vision in their transformations. The outcomes are nothing short of spectacular. These properties are being refurbished into ultra-modern, aesthetically pleasing residences, often adopting unique styles such as introducing a Balinese theme. The before-and-after transformations are awe-inspiring and are setting a new trend in the market.

Also on the Costa del Sol, branded residences are having a moment, which may or may not be inspired by the increase in American property buyers. Dolce & Gabbana, Lamborghini, Karl Lagerfeld, Missoni, Fendi Casa and Ellie Saab have all launched branded residences in the last couple of years. Think design-led luxury properties in gated communities with 24/7 concierge and hospitality staff on hand to cater to your every whim.

Another exciting development in the Spanish real estate market highlighted by Marc at Taylor Wimpey is the growing emphasis on energy efficiency. “Taylor Wimpey Spain is actively working to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. Solar panels, energy-efficient insulation, and effective ventilation systems are all being integrated into our new builds.” This focus on sustainability and energy efficiency represents a promising new direction for the industry.

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Spain shines as Europe’s ideal sustainable travel

Spain shines as Europe’s ideal sustainable travel and second home destination

Lonely Planet has just ranked Spain as among the top ten destinations in the world for sustainable travel, as part of its Best in Travel 2024. The country’s commitment to biodiversity and the fact that “new cycle paths, electric buses and train routes offer flight-free ways to see the country” contributed to Spain’s status as a leading destination for eco-conscious travellers.

Sustainability is an increasingly important issue for second home buyers in Spain, as well as holidaymakers. According to the Sales and Marketing Director at leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, energy efficiency is increasingly top of mind for buyers. When asked to predict trends for the Spanish second homes market in 2024, he commented:

“Buyers are increasingly seeking modern homes built with sustainability in mind. They are asking about energy certifications and seeking out A- and B-rated properties with features such as aerothermal heating pumps, installation for electric cars, energy-efficient appliances and energy-saving measures in communal areas. This is going to be a key trend in 2024 and beyond, with buyers increasingly turning away from older properties in favour of new, more sustainable homes.”

Taylor Wimpey España already provides virtual show home visits for buyers looking to reduce their carbon footprint by minimising travel. The company has seen travel patterns change too, with many owners using their properties for fewer, longer breaks, often blending leisure time with working from home.

“We expect to see further growth in executive nomads using their second homes in Spain in 2024. Those who have established effective, long-term working from home arrangements now have the freedom to change their travel patterns and enjoy greater lifestyle benefits as a result. Instead of travelling to the office daily, sitting in traffic and adding to the fumes, they can step onto the terrace and enjoy an early morning coffee in the near-year-round sunshine, drinking in the stunning view as motivation for the day’s work.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

With “new train routes making flight-free travel a breeze,” according to Lonely Planet, Spain is immensely accessible by rail. London to Malaga and London to Alicante by train are both achievable in less than 23 hours. Travellers can make the journey part of the adventure – with the right connection times, they can catch a sleeper train from Paris and stop for a relaxed breakfast in the sunshine of the south of France before carrying on to Spain.

Second homes in Spain come in a wide range of styles, sizes and locations, meaning that buyers can find the perfect balance to meet their individual needs when it comes to balancing work and leisure time. At Bella Beach in Dénia (in Alicante in the Costa Blanca) buyers can choose between ground floor homes with private gardens, two- and three-bedroom apartments with spacious terraces and luxurious penthouses with private solarium terraces. The A-rated homes overlook the sea and provide easy access to a wide range of facilities, with supermarkets, a market, cafes, restaurants, banks, a gym, a medical centre and a golf course all dotted about the local area.

While the Costa Blanca typically provides greater value for money than the neighbouring Costa del Sol, it is the latter where demand for properties has really flourished over the past year. According to Taylor Wimpey España, homes in the Costa del Sol represent 50% of its total reservations so far in 2023, with demand still growing.

British buyers, who accounted for 12% of Taylor Wimpey España’s total reservations between January and October 2023, have shown a particular preference for properties with stunning golf views this year. Homes at Solana Village, at La Cala Golf Resort in Mijas, have proven a hit, with British buyers snapping up properties at both Solana Village East and Solana Village South. Part of the same development, the two sites offer exceptional golf views, along with communal facilities that include an adult pool, infant splash pool and pretty landscaped gardens overlooking the valley. The difference, as reflected in the names, relates to the orientation of the two- and three-bedroom apartments.

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British demand for Costa del Sol second homes jumps 40%

British demand for Costa del Sol second homes jumps 40%

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has revealed a 40% jump in British reservations for its properties in the Costa del Sol (year-to-date September figures). A strong appetite for golf properties is driving the growth, with homes at both La Cala Golf Resort and Estepona Golf selling well.

“The British love of golf is alive and well, with many golfers looking to Spain for year-round enjoyment of the sport. So far in 2023, we have sold homes to buyers of 44 different nationalities. In the Costa del Sol, Britons have reserved more properties than any other nationality, showcasing a huge appetite for golf properties in the region,” says Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España.

British buyers also remain keen on properties in Mallorca and the Costa Blanca, according to Taylor Wimpey España, with growth of 8% in British reservations across all of the home builder’s developments (September year-to-date). Yet it is the Costa del Sol that Britons are particularly enamoured with.

“The Costa del Sol has it all – world-class golf courses, fabulous beaches, outstanding cuisine, an affordable lifestyle and a family-friendly atmosphere. It’s very affordable in property terms too, particularly compared to prices in the UK,” Marc Pritchard continues.

Buyers can get plenty of property for their pounds in the Costa del Sol. Elegant, three-storey townhouses at Green Golf in Estepona, for example, cost from €335,000 plus VAT. The bright, spacious homes overlook the beautiful greenery of the course at Estepona Golf, with panoramic views extending down to the sea. The properties face south or southwest and have large terraces, as well as a communal pool. They will be key-ready at the end of October 2023. Potential buyers can already book an appointment to visit the show home, either online or in-person.

To understand the strength of international demand for golf properties, Top End Sports undertook analysis of online search traffic for the word “golf”. It found that the United Kingdom ranked third globally, with only Ireland and Canada generating more searches. It’s an appetite with which the Taylor Wimpey España team is certainly familiar. The firm has been happily helping golfers from around the world to discover their ideal second homes in Spain for the past 65 years.

At present, buyers are seeking a mix of off-plan and key-ready golf homes, according to Marc Pritchard who comments: “We are working with buyers with a diverse range of needs right now. Some are keen to buy a property and be using it by Christmas. Others are enacting longer-term plans, looking ahead to 2024 or 2025 and reserving a property off-plan. Whatever the buyer’s timescale, the Costa del Sol has plenty to offer.”

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Why playing golf is good for your health

Why playing golf is good for your health

Exercise is great for your health and golf, as it turns out, is one of the best exercises you can do. Here’s why golf is great for your health.
We live in an age of sedentary lifestyles and ultra-processed foods, which are hardly the foundations for good physical health and longevity. Yet a change as simple as taking up golf can make a huge difference.
Dr Andrew Murray, R&A Health Consultant, has stated that: “Golf helps you live longer and be healthier and happier.” Here, Marc Pritchard, Director of Sales and Marketing at Taylor Wimpey España, explains why golf is so good for your health.

The physical benefits of hitting the fairways

The R&A’s research has shown that, on average, golfers live five years longer than non-golfers. Golf not only improves strength and balance but enables players to burn up to 2,000 calories when they complete 18 holes. In addition, golf has been shown to help prevent and treat as many as 40 major chronic diseases.

Enhancing mental wellbeing

In addition to physical health benefits, golf can deliver a range of mental wellbeing benefits—as can many forms of outdoor exercise. The National Institutes of Health report that exercise reduces depression and anxiety. It can also improve both self-esteem and cognitive function.
The fact that golfers are spending time in nature is another bonus. The Mental Health Foundation reports that connecting with nature has been found to elevate levels of happiness, joy, creativity and concentration.
Seeing the bigger picture
Golfers aren’t the only ones who benefit from the sport’s popularity. Areas in which there are golf courses benefit as well. An obvious case in point is the Costa del Sol, which is visited by so many golfers each year that it is affectionately known as the Costa del Golf.
With more than 70 courses, it draws in international visitors from around the world. In 2023, Andalucian President Juanma Moreno is hopeful that the region will attract a record-breaking 33 million visitors. Many will be there specifically to play golf.
Tourists on golf holidays don’t only spend money on green fees. Airlines, hotels, restaurants, shops, car hire businesses, travel insurers and more all reap the economic rewards when golfers come to town.

Staying on-site

Many golfers want access to their favourite courses throughout the year, so buying a second home in the local area makes a lot of sense.
Many leading golf resorts have homes available on-site. The prestigious La Cala Golf Resort in Malaga, for example, has both apartments and townhouses available for purchase. Examples of the former include Solana Village East and Solana Village South, where first-line golf properties with generous terraces sit close to La Cala’s clubhouse and spa, overlooking the Europa golf course. Three-storey townhouses at Belaria, meanwhile, provide panoramic views of La Cala, the sea and Mijas valley.
Golfers and those who travel with them often seek out a range of non-golfing activities to enjoy, as well as spending time on the fairways. At La Cala, in addition to the three golf courses, the resort’s tennis, padel, football, swimming and spa facilities are all popular, while the resort also provides four on-site restaurants and a poolside bar.

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The secret to a long and healthy life is… golf!

The secret to a long, happy and healthy life is… golf!

In our age of sedentary lifestyles and ultra-processed foods, it can be easy to lose sight of how simple changes can make a big difference to your health. Taking up golf, for example, can help prevent and treat as many as 40 major chronic diseases, according to research by The R&A. It can improve strength and balance and burn up to 2,000 calories for players completing 18 holes. On average, The R&A has found, golfers live five years longer than non-golfers.

Golf, like all exercise, can also deliver a range of mental health benefits. The National Institutes of Health report that exercise reduces depression and anxiety and improves self-esteem and cognitive function. In addition, spending time in nature can elevate happiness, joy, creativity and concentration levels, according to the Mental Health Foundation. This means that golfers enjoy a dual benefit, from the exercise itself and from the surrounding scenery.

Nor is it just individuals who benefit from playing golf. For areas that are home to golf courses, there are significant economic rewards to reap. The Costa del Sol – nicknamed the Costa del Golf due to its 70+ courses – draws in tourists from around the world. According to Andalucian President Juanma Moreno, the region hopes to attract a record-breaking 33 million visitors during 2023. Many will be there specifically to spend time on the fairways.

The economic benefits of golf spread beyond the direct income received from players. Airlines, hotels, restaurants, shops, car hire businesses, travel insurers and many more all benefit from golfers who travel. Entire industries are designed around delivering amazing holiday experiences to them.

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España provides a prime example of how golfers’ needs are prioritised. The company is building a selection of spacious townhouses and apartments at the prestigious La Cala Golf Resort in Malaga. La Cala is home to three golf courses, plus tennis, padel, football, swimming and spa facilities, making it a popular choice with golfers seeking a luxurious retreat for themselves and their families.

Golf resorts such as La Cala are about much more than playing golf. They provide stunning scenery, tranquility and a deep connection with nature that both golfers and non-golfers can enjoy. At La Cala, there’s also the benefit of four on-site restaurants and a poolside bar, providing plenty of ways to enjoy Malaga’s superb regional cuisine.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España is currently building homes at Belaria at La Cala Golf Resort. The development consists of 21 three-storey townhouses, with panoramic views of the resort, the sea and Mijas valley. The private, gated community has a communal pool and gardens for owners to enjoy, while each light-filled home also comes with over 90m2 of outdoor terrace space. Prices for the townhouses, which have an A-rating for their energy efficiency, start from €585,000 plus VAT.

Apartments and penthouses are also available at La Cala Golf, at Taylor Wimpey España’s Solana Village development. Split between Solana Village East and Solana Village South (so-named due to the differing orientations of the homes), the first-line golf properties sit close to the clubhouse and spa, overlooking the Europa golf course. The homes feature large terraces with glass balcony enclosures, while ground-floor apartments also have private gardens. The open plan interiors are fully equipped, with fitted wardrobes, air conditioning, fitted kitchen with appliances, LED lighting package and fully fitted bathrooms with unit, mirror and shower screen. An extras package is also available for buyers seeking to personalise their home before moving in. Prices start from €325,000 plus VAT at Solana Village East and from €370,000 at Solana Village South.

“There are many benefits to owning a well-located golf home. Not only does it provide easy access to an active, healthy lifestyle and stunning natural scenery, but there’s also a lovely social element. Owning a property at La Cala Golf provides the chance to connect with a community of like-minded golf enthusiasts and to participate in both social and sporting events. Many of our buyers form meaningful friendships through owning a second home here in Spain.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

 

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

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“Sea” Development Launched

“Sea” Development Launched

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has launched a new development – called Mare – just a four-minute stroll from the seafront in Marbella. The launch comes as the firm reveals that all but seven homes at its nearby development Terra have sold out within nine months.

Andalusia’s sun-drenched blend of beaches, lively towns and cities, superb gastronomy, world-class golf courses and more has long been popular with both Spanish and foreign homebuyers. The region accounts for 20.46% of all Spanish property sales, according to Q2 2023 figures from the Colegio de Registradores (the Spanish property registrars), with foreigners accounting for 14.19% of those purchases.

The new Mare development (“mare” meaning “sea” in Latin) is in San Pedro de Alcántara, close to the beach and minutes from the glitz and glamour of Puerto Banus and all the delights of Marbella. The development, which represents an investment of €52 million into the area by Taylor Wimpey España, will provide spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments, along with substantial four-bedroom penthouses. The homes are just a four-minute walk from the seafront promenade and three minutes from the ancient part of San Pedro de Alcántara.

Properties at Mare will be constructed in compliance with the regulations contained in the new Technical Building Code (CTE), positioning the homes are at the forefront of the market and providing the highest levels of energy efficiency. In addition to the apartments, the development will include a large communal pool and gardens for owners to relax in.

The new launch follows a successful first half of 2023 for Taylor Wimpey España. The firm completed 228 homes during the year’s first half, compared with 203 during the first half of 2022, with an average selling price of €374,000.

Andalusia is certainly a hit with British second home buyers, consistently coming in as the most popular region for Britons buying with Taylor Wimpey España. The firm is anticipating a busy second half of 2023 in terms of demand for its homes in this region, along with its properties in the Costa Blanca and Mallorca.

Nor is Taylor Wimpey España alone in its positive outlook. According to the latest Real Estate Barometer carried out by UCI and SIRA, 55% of real estate agents in Spain expect to see a moderate increase in the volume of second home purchases during the coming months.

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Taylor Wimpey España launches new Marbella development

Taylor Wimpey España launches new Marbella development in response to strong demand

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has launched Mare, a new development close to the seafront in Marbella.

The new Mare development (“mare” meaning “sea” in Latin) is in San Pedro de Alcántara, close to the beach and minutes from Puerto Banus and Marbella. The development, which represents an investment of €52 million into the area by Taylor Wimpey España, will provide spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments, along with substantial four-bedroom penthouses.

Properties at Mare will be constructed in compliance with the regulations contained in the new Technical Building Code (CTE), positioning the homes are at the forefront of the market and providing the highest levels of energy efficiency. In addition to the apartments, the development will include a large communal pool and gardens for owners to relax in.

The new launch follows a successful first half of 2023 for Taylor Wimpey España. The firm completed 228 homes during the first half of the year, compared with 203 during the first half of 2022, with an average selling price of €374,000.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España, commented, “British demand for homes in Spain – along with demand from domestic and other foreign buyers – certainly remains strong. Following the success of properties at Terra selling so fast, we are delighted to introduce Mare to the market, providing high-quality, sustainably designed homes for all those who have fallen for the charms of Andalusia.”

The launch comes as the firm reveals that all but seven homes at its nearby development Terra have sold out within nine months.

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September sunshine in Spain

September sunshine in Spain: second home owners hit the fairways

Spain welcomed a record-breaking 10.1 million visitors in July 2023, according to the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE). Visitor numbers were up 11.4% compared with July 2022, while tourist spending was up by 16.4%. The figures mean that 47.6 million foreign tourists have now visited Spain so far in 2023, with combined spending of nearly €60 billion.

Now, as September rolls around, the end of the school summer holidays doesn’t mean the end of tourism in Spain for the year – but it does mean that visitors can enjoy the country minus the summer crowds. According to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, this year-round access to Spain is one of the key benefits of owning a second home there.

Spain is a wonderful country to enjoy throughout the year. September is particularly popular with golfers looking to enjoy the country’s world-class fairways with more space and serenity than over the summer months. Spain’s beaches are also lovely in September, with fewer visitors than during July and August but with the sea still delightfully warm. As such, many second home owners particular enjoy spending time in the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca at this time of year.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Spain’s year-round appeal means that visitors can enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle there regardless of the season. Homeowners at Taylor Wimpey España’s Sunny Golf and Emerald Greens, for example, can reap the benefits of spending time on the golf course during September, when the weather is a little cooler and the crowds a little thinner.

At Sunny Golf, homes with panoramic views of the course at Estepona Golf are easily accessible from both Malaga and Gibraltar airports, the bright and airy properties face southwest to make the most of the sunshine on their large terraces. The private residential complex provides a communal pool and gardens for owners’ use year-round.

Emerald Greens also delivers golf-front homes, at the popular San Roque Club in Cadiz. The apartments surround three communal pools, with a mix of two- and three-bedroom homes providing views of the golf course and coast.

A wide range of water-based activities are available for those seeking an active break in Spain during September. Surfing, sailing and diving are all popular, while the average sea temperature of 25°C in Mallorca will ensure swimmers are happy too.

Finding a suitable property close to the sea can be something of a challenge in Mallorca, but Senses Cala Anguila fits the bill. There, the two-bedroom apartments with communal gardens and pool – and private gardens on the ground floor – sit just 200 metres from the beach, with open plan living space that flows beautifully from indoors to out. Homes are located on Mallorca’s peaceful eastern coast close to Porto Cristo, Porto Colom and the stunning coves at Cala Mandía and Cala Romántica.

For many regular visitors to Spain, spending time there in September provides a chance to catch up with friends in the local community. Many areas have diverse communities with a mix of native Spaniards, British second home owners and property owners from around the world. The international diversity is such that Taylor Wimpey España has already sold homes in Spain to buyers of 44 different nationalities so far in 2023 (year-to-date August).

The Costa Blanca is one area with a thriving expat community, with regular visitors connecting over their shared love of the area’s golf courses, beaches, cuisine and more. Homes there offer excellent value for money compared with many Spanish coastal regions (and the UK); prices for townhouses at Breeze in Balcón de Finestrat near Benidorm and the Puig Campana golf course, for example, start from €367,000 plus VAT. The spacious, three-bedroom houses with generous terraces and private gardens are ideal for family visits or for sharing holidays with friends. The townhouses face southeast, with accommodation spread over four floors, including a lovely roof terrace. Owners enjoy use of Breeze’s communal pool and gardens.

For year-round enjoyment, the Costa Blanca also provides hiking and cycling routes through the picturesque Serra Gelada natural park and an impressive 21 golf courses dotted across the region.

“The Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol and Mallorca all provide an enticing range of year-round activities, meaning that homeowners in these areas have a wealth of choice when it comes to how to spend their time. In September, the clement weather also means that visitors can simply relax on the terrace with their thoughts or dive into a good book while they enjoy the sunshine – relaxation in Spain takes many forms!”

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A touch of Spanish luxury. Polish buyers

Spanish luxury – ADRIAN KOŁODZIEJ OF LUXURY BOUTIQUE INTERVIEWS MARC PRITCHARD OF TAYLOR WIMPEY ESPAÑA

Since the war in Ukraine began, Poles have been among the top nationalities investing in Spain. Marc Pritchard, Director of Sales and Marketing at Taylor Wimpey España, explains what it is about Spain that holds such appeal.

Have you had many Polish buyers in the past couple of years?

Absolutely – Poles were our top nationality of buyers in 2022, accounting for 17% of our total reservations here in Spain. So far in 2023 (year-to-date March), Poles have accounted for 11% of total reservations, second only to buyers from Germany.

Which areas of Spain do Polish buyers favour?

Polish buyers show a definite preference for the Costa Blanca. 87% of our Polish buyers in 2022 and 75% so far in 2023 have reserved properties in this area. With 200 kilometres of coastline, including many stunning white sandy beaches, it’s easy to see the appeal.

The Costa Blanca also offers superb value for money compared to many other parts of the Spanish coast. Our homes at Amara in Gran Alacant cost from €220,000 plus VAT. They come with on-site communal pools, gardens and a playpark, all close to the local shops and beach. You get a lot for your money in the Costa Blanca.

Is there more to do in the Costa Blanca than simply lie on the beach?

So much more! There are all sorts of water sports to try out along the coast and some beautiful golf courses for those who like to spend time on the fairways. There are Spanish luxury spas, fine dining restaurants and plenty of opportunities for retail therapy in high-end boutiques and malls stocked with international brands.

The Costa Blanca has a rich architectural heritage and some stunning national parks. You can ride horses, visit castles, explore caverns and caves and so much more. There’s also a wonderful local culinary scene, so visitors can experience Spanish luxury gastronomy at its best.

Which towns in the Costa Blanca are most worth visiting?

It depends on what you’re looking for from your time in Spain. Alicante is a great city to explore, while Dénia, Xàbia (Jávea) and Gran Alacant are well worth a visit if you’re looking for charm on a smaller scale. And there are countless pretty villages to discover.

Is there plenty of choice when it comes to holiday homes in the Costa Blanca?

Certainly. Buyers can choose between frontline golf apartments and homes close to the beach, as well as properties in more urban locations. There are holiday homes here to suit a wide range of needs.

In terms of property style, many homes feature open plan kitchen and living areas, as well as outdoor space in the form of terraces, gardens and top floor solariums.

Since the pandemic, many buyers have been seeking homes which encompass working space too, as an increase in working from home arrangements have afforded people more freedom about where they work. That’s something we’ve factored into the design of all the latest homes we’re building in Spain – we create spaces that can be used flexibly.

Are Polish buyers interested in any other areas of Spain?

Some of our Polish buyers have been drawn to the Costa del Sol, with its winning combination of beach life and sunshine. Marbella is a city that holds plentiful international appeal, as do locations like Mijas, Estepona, Nueva Andalucia and Istán. Casares Beach is also proving to be a popular area with property buyers from a range of international locations.

What are your top tips for Poles considering buying property in Spain?

I think it’s important to be clear on your expectations in terms of location and property type. Spain has a lot to offer and the different regions are very diverse, so it’s worth researching thoroughly which areas most appeal to you. A checklist of essential amenities (such as an on-site pool) is also helpful, as is a list of any other requirements (such as being within walking distance of a beach). That way, you can stay focused during your property search and ensure that the home you choose ticks all the right boxes.

Think about how you plan to access the property too. Will you be flying or minimising your carbon footprint by taking the train? Those kinds of decisions can impact the locations in which you might want to buy, so need upfront consideration.

I would advise visiting Spain at different times of year during your research too, to experience the location(s) you like off-season, when they are quieter.

Also, be firm about your budget. Work out what you can afford before you fall in love with a particular property. Plenty of homes in Spain will capture your heart, but it’s important to buy using your head as well, and that means sticking to your budget.

Finally, make sure you have a helpful, responsive lawyer who can guide you through the legal requirements of the purchase and ensure that all the paperwork is in order. And if you’re buying off-plan, chose a reputable developer with a long history of building homes in Spain.

Any final advice?

Try to enjoy the purchase experience. Buying a home abroad can feel stressful at times, particularly if it’s the first time you’ve done it. But it’s also an adventure with plenty of discoveries to be made along the way. So try to enjoy the journey as well as the end result!

https://luxuryboutiquemagazine.com/2023/09/06/a-touch-of-spanish-luxury-adrian-kolodziej-of-luxury-boutique-interviews-marc-pritchard-of-taylor-wimpey-espana/

Magical Mallorca set to charm visitors this autumn

Magical Mallorca set to charm visitors this autumn as the summer crowds recede

From peaceful streets in Palma to beaches with barely anyone on them, Mallorca takes on a magical serenity as autumn unfolds. For second homeowners, it can be the ideal time to enjoy the island’s sunshine and scenery, minus the frenetic buzz of tourists that the school summer holidays bring. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España and decades-long Mallorca resident, comments:

“There is a wonderful, vibrant energy that arrives with the summer visitors to Mallorca each year. Yet their departure at the end of the season is equally exciting – that is when calm descends over the island once more. It’s the perfect time to enjoy long walks and cycle rides through Mallorca’s idyllic scenery, relax on quiet beaches and linger over lunches as you gaze out to sea.”

Mallorca in the autumn can be truly magical. It can also be much cheaper than visiting in the summer. According to Cheapflights (at the time of writing), the cheapest direct flight from London to Palma is £223 if you fly out on 19th August 2023 for a week. Fly out on 9th September 2023 for a week instead and the price more than halves to £111.

For visitors who aren’t tied to only experiencing Mallorca during school holidays, there is much to enjoy as summer turns to autumn. Holiday Weather reports that the island enjoys an average temperature of 22°C during September, with eight average daily sunshine hours. The average sea temperature in September is a very welcoming 25°C.

Mallorca’s shops and restaurants are blissfully peaceful during autumn, compared with the summer season, so visitors can enjoy everything from souvenir shopping to long lunches and dinners with an air of relaxation. There’s even the chance to pick up a few bargains as stores aim to offload their summer ranges. Mallorca’s bustling local markets also offer plenty to enjoy in autumn, particularly as the island’s bountiful harvest time rolls around.

For visitors keen to enjoy Mallorca throughout the year, autumn provides a great opportunity for viewing second homes on the island at a leisurely pace. The Taylor Wimpey España team provides both digital and in-person viewings of its show homes on the island.

Homes at Taylor Wimpey España’s Compass apartments cost from €310,000 plus VAT for a two-bedroom/two-bathroom property with an open plan kitchen and living space. All homes come with good-sized terraces, while the development has two communal pools for owners to enjoy. The final home for sale in Compass’ second phase is ready to move into and comes complete with kitchen appliances included, while off-plan homes in the third phase have just been launched for sale. Buyers can choose between southeast and southwest orientations, with construction due for completion in September 2024.

Buyers with a slightly higher budget have the option of a home at Senses Cala Anguila, located a little further up Mallorca’s eastern coast than Compass, at Porto Cristo. Just 200m from the sea, the light-filled homes are distributed over two three-storey buildings, with generous terraces and private gardens on the ground floor. Prices start from €410,000 plus VAT, which includes the use of the communal gardens and pool. There is a new show home open for anyone who would like to find out more about the development.

We are excited to welcome visitors to our new show home at Senses Cala Anguila, and share insights into life in this lovely part of Mallorca. From the gorgeous coves at Cala Mandía and Cala Romántica, to the famous Caves of Drach and the equally impressive Caves of Hams, this is a wonderful stretch of coastline to explore.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

 

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

 

https://www.londondaily.news/magical-mallorca-set-to-charm-visitors-this-autumn-as-the-summer-crowds-recede/

Visit the Costa del Sol in September

Why you should visit the Costa del Sol in September

The Costa del Sol is a great holiday destination at any time of the year, but here’s why autumn may be the best time to see its sunny beaches

The end of the school summer holidays means travellers can once more enjoy cheaper flights to a range of sun-kissed destinations—and peace and quiet once they get there. Here’s why autumn is the perfect time to visit the Costa Del Sol.

Beating the crowds

The Costa del Sol is a hugely popular holiday destination. According to the area’s tourist board, it welcomed over 12.4 million visitors during 2022. British visitors account for 30 per cent of all international tourists to the region (as per data from INE, Spain’s National Statistics Institute). They are drawn to its stunning beaches, world-class golf courses and charming, white-washed towns, as well as its rich gastronomy.

Visiting during the shoulder season, when the frenetic summer pace dials down dramatically but there’s still plenty of warm sunshine to enjoy, is the perfect way to beat the crowds while enjoying the very best that the Costa del Sol has to offer.

 

Let’s talk temperatures

Holiday Weather reports that the average temperature in the Costa del Sol in September is 23°C, dropping to a still-very-pleasant 19°C in October (even in the depths of winter, the average only dips as low as 12°C). September visitors to the region can enjoy eight hours of sunshine per day on average, while those taking a dip in the sea can look forward to an enjoyable average water temperature of 22°C.

While we’re on the subject of weather, it’s worth noting that the municipality of Torrox, in the eastern part of the Costa del Sol, is reputed to have the best climate in Europe. If you’re looking for mountainous scenery, blue flag beaches and a subtropical landscape, this could be the perfect spot.

Beaches at their best

As well as the ‘sol’ that gives the area its name (“sol” is the Spanish word for ‘sun’), the Costa del Sol is famous for its glorious sandy beaches. The coastline of Malaga province stretches for 161 km from Nerja to Manilva, providing plenty of space for visitors to enjoy, particularly once the summer tourists have headed home.

You can find everything from stunning serenity to exciting nightlife when exploring beaches along the Costa del Sol. Artola—Cabopino Beach in the town of Marbella is one of the best if you’re after peace and quiet, as it’s surrounded by the beautiful Dunas de Artola nature reserve. If fashionable beach clubs are more your thing, head to Los Álamos Beach in Torremolinos for some of the best.

What’s so wonderful about the Costa del Sol is that it has a beach for everyone. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for scuba diving or a city beach on which to top up your tan before hitting the shops, the Costa del Sol has what you need (try the beaches of Maro for the former and Malagueta Beach in Malaga city for the latter).

Gorgeous golf courses

It’s no coincidence that the Costa del Sol is nicknamed the “Costa del Golf”. The area is home to more than 70 golf courses, including fairways graced by some of the world’s top players. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy them, with plentiful sunshine but far fewer players than during the peak of the summer season.

Estepona Golf, near Marbella, is a lovely course for visitors looking for breath-taking views while they play. La Cala Golf Resort is another popular choice and has lovely spa facilities for those looking to ease weary muscles and soak away the stresses of everyday life.

Hot property

Summer’s gentle segue into autumn is also a great time to explore the Costa del Sol’s property market. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, explains:

 

“Summer is always developers’ busiest season for viewings in the Costa del Sol, with tourists charmed by their holidays here keen to discover how affordable life in the area is. As visitor numbers decrease, property viewings take on a more relaxed pace. It’s a great time for buyers to discover more of the local area as well.”

 

Second homes in the Costa del Sol encompass everything from golf-front apartments and penthouses (properties at Sunny Golf in Estepona cost from €245,000 plus VAT, if this is your cup of tea), to homes with privileged sea views. At Solemar at Casares Beach in Malaga, for example, the light-filled apartments provide stunning, unobstructed views of the Mediterranean from their impressive terraces.

https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/places-to-visit/why-you-should-visit-the-costa-del-sol-in-september

British appetite for second homes in Spain

British appetite for second homes in Spain grows over the summer months

From holiday searches to second homes, Spain is winning big right now when it comes to courting Britons’ favour. Visitor numbers are soaring, with Spain’s national statistics institute (INE) recording more than 1.82 million British visitors in May 2023 (compared to 1.65 million in May 2022).

This positions Brits as Spain’s leading international visitor group, well ahead of French visitors (1.1 million in May), Germans (1.06 million) and the many other nationalities who choose to holiday in Spain.

Nor is it just holidays in the sunshine that Britons are seeking on Spanish shores. According to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, the number of Brits reserving second homes in Spain for purchase has jumped during the past two months. In particular, British buyers are focusing on the Costa del Sol and Mallorca.

Research by Premier Inn, meanwhile, has shown that Malaga isn’t simply Briton’s favourite city in Spain – it’s their top choice globally, based on annual Google searches for holiday destinations.

“The British love for Spain remains unabated. Climate, cuisine, beaches, golf, proximity to the UK… Spain ticks all the right boxes for the perfect holiday destination, which is why it is so popular with British second home buyers.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España said, “In Malaga province, La Cala Golf Resort is home to several property developments that are proving popular with British buyers. A range of price points is available, from sunny apartments and penthouses that cost from €310,000 plus VAT at Solana Village East to spacious townhouses at Belaria priced from €585,000 plus VAT. Both developments come with communal swimming pools. Buyers also enjoy a range of benefits at La Cala, including discounts on green fees at its three 18-hole championship golf courses and in its spa, bars, restaurants and padel, tennis and squash courts.

Over in Mallorca, Senses Cala Anguila is one of a number of resorts that are also attracting keen interest from holiday home-seeking Brits. Located on the island’s eastern coast, which is home to a string of stunning beaches, the development offers homes priced from €380,000 plus VAT.

https://londonlovesproperty.com/british-appetite-for-second-homes-in-spain-grows-over-the-summer-months/

https://londonlovesproperty.com/steady-stream-of-holidaymakers-viewing-show-homes-in-spain-this-summer/

https://euroweeklynews.com/2023/08/15/british-appetite-for-second-homes-in-spain-grows-over-the-summer-months/

Why you should visit Majorca

Majorca (next to Menorca) has been revealed as the top European destination for British travellers this summer, based on Expedia’s hotel search data. What is it about this majestic island that makes it so enduringly popular with holidaymakers?

Nature—in every form

Mountains, valleys, beautiful beaches… if you like feeling at one with nature, Majorca is the place to do it. You can explore on foot or on two wheels, thanks to Majorca’s wealth of excellent walking and cycling routes, enjoying the sunshine and the stunning vistas across the island.

“Majorca is aiming for the island to become a leader in global sustainable tourism”

 

Despite being the most visited of the Balearic Islands and welcoming more than 10 million visitors per year, Majorca is managing to preserve its natural environment and heritage, with an active programme in place that is aiming for the island to become a leader in global sustainable tourism.

Beaches to suit every visitor

Being an island, Majorca is home to an impressive array of beachscapes. Whether you’re looking for gently lapping azure waters, tucked away coves to discover by boat or huge rollers that cry out to be surfed, Majorca delivers.

Local gastronomy to love

The local cuisine is another of Majorca’s many charms. From rich vegetable dishes (trying tumbet is a must) to hearty meat flavours (the spreadable cured sausage known as sobrassada stands out), Majorca is home to unique and distinctive flavours.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to try a slice of ensaimada—a local pastry made with pork fat (which tastes infinitely better than it sounds!). If you’re more of a savoury person, try working your way through the incredible wealth of local cheeses, breads and olive oils.

Stay in style

Majorca also offers an impressive range of holiday properties to purchase for families who want to visit the island regularly. Apartments are the most cost-effective form of second homes on the island. At Compass from Taylor Wimpey España, for example, apartments with good-sized terraces and a communal pool cost from €310,000 plus VAT. For those with more cash to splash, The Village at Es Capdella offers semi-detached houses with private pools in a picturesque village setting from €820,000 plus VAT. Detached villas are also available – at Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rapita in Campos, detached homes with private pools cost from €740,000 plus VAT.

https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/places-to-visit/why-you-should-visit-majorca

Holidaymakers viewing show homes in Spain

Show homes in Spain: “Steady stream” of holidaymakers viewing this summer

For some holidaymakers, a trip to Spain is the start of a more long-term relationship with the country. Sales and Marketing Director at leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España observes:

“Many of our buyers combine their first viewing of a show home with a holiday in Spain, which means that summer is a particularly busy time of year for second home sales. Families want to holiday here while also enjoying their own space, the flexibility to visit at whatever time of year they choose and the freedom to invite friends and extended family to stay. A second home ticks all of those boxes and more.”

Official figures reflect international buyers’ increasing appetite for property in Spain. The Spanish Association of Registrars (Registradores de España) reported that foreigners were responsible for 14.52% of total sales in Spain during the first quarter of 2023, compared to 13.17% during the same period in 2022. Many of these buyers are purchasing properties of €500,000 or more, which means they are eligible for Spain’s residency-based Golden Visa. In 2022, more than 9,000 international transactions were above this threshold.

Climate and lifestyle are top of many buyers’ priority lists when it comes to purchasing a second home overseas. Spain’s beaches and golf courses provide plenty of scope for an active outdoor lifestyle, while the 300+ days of sunshine in regions such as the Costa del Sol appeal to many buyers in rainier and colder countries. So far this year, Taylor Wimpey España has sold homes to buyers of 42 different nationalities, many of them keen to enjoy the Spanish sunshine.

This outdoor, sun-kissed lifestyle is a core part of the experience of owning a home at resorts such as Taylor Wimpey España’s Sunny Golf in Estepona, Malaga. The bright, spacious homes overlook the gently undulating fairways of Estepona Golf. There are communal gardens and a communal pool for spending time outdoors, while apartments also have large terraces that are perfect for relaxing in the sun. In addition, ground floor homes have private gardens, while penthouses have roomy solariums.

Attractive property prices (compared to many other European countries) add to Spain’s appeal as a second home destination. However, prices can vary significantly depending on where you buy.

Prices in southern Spain range from superb value to rather eye-watering, depending on what you buy and where. When making the most of your budget is a priority, the Costa Blanca is an excellent choice. It’s home to both golf and beach properties, so buyers have plenty of choice.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

The apartments at Amara, in Gran Alacant, Alicante, showcase the value for money that the Costa Blanca can provide. The two- and three-bedroom homes surround two large communal pools, garden areas and a children’s playpark, set against the stunning backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

Mallorca has a reputation for being pricier than some of Spain’s mainland locations. However, the island also delivers surprising pockets of value for budget-conscious buyers, while also providing all the benefits of coastal living. Apartments at Compass in Cala D’Or on Mallorca’s southeastern coast, for example, are just 45 km from Palma airport and 1 km from the beach. The two-bedroom homes, which come with ample terraces (private gardens on the ground floor) and a communal pool.

Domestic appetite for property in Spain is strong at present, alongside international demand. This has led to prices for new build homes rising by 2.8% during the first six months of 2023. Meanwhile, Tinsa reports that property in Spain is 4.8% more expensive than it was a year ago. In some regions, the increase has been much higher – Malaga, for example, has seen price rises of 10.1% over the past year.

“Demand for property in Spain is certainly lively at the moment. And with the value of properties rising, it’s a good time to make a purchase. As a result, we’re seeing a steady stream of buyers enjoying summer  and visiting our show homes in Spain while they are here.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Sustainable approach to second homes in Spain

A more sustainable approach to second homes in Spain

Spanish housebuilder focuses on choosing natural materials and prioritising products from local suppliers, following an increased demand for sustainable second homes.

Sustainability is a big concern for an increasing number of holiday homebuyers, according to Spanish housebuilder Taylor Wimpey España. With this in mind, the firm is showcasing its take on building second homes sustainably with villas located across southern Spain.

Sales and marketing director, explained: “There are concepts which apply as standard when building homes sustainably, such as choosing natural materials and prioritising goods from local sources. It’s also important to understand the context of each site and how best to harness natural energy sources.

“Using aerothermal energy systems, for example, can extract up to 75% of energy from outside air, which can then be used to heat homes. That can deliver significant energy and cost savings for second home buyers.”

According to the team, since half of Europe’s energy consumption relates to heating and cooling buildings, switching to aerothermal heating can make a significant difference.

The villas include thermal insulation of exterior walls, roofs and windows, the provision of LED lighting, double glazing and low-consumption appliances, and pre-installation for charging electric vehicles.

Other benefits are site-specific. Breeze, in Balcón de Finestrat in Alicante, for example, is well located for accessing the local public transport network, providing homebuyers with a range of alternatives to using cars.

“We often think about energy efficiency and natural materials in terms of reducing properties’ impact on the planet. However, there are other benefits too. More energy-efficient properties can save owners money on their gas and electricity bills. Internal air quality can benefit too, which can deliver wellbeing benefits for owners,” added .

The firm’s detached homes at Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rapita in Mallorca showcase the team’s ideas in action.

The three-bedroom villas each have a large terrace with a private garden and swimming pool. Keen cyclists are also well served, with Sa Rapita providing an excellent starting point for various exploratory routes across the island.

The kitchen features a worktop and oven front panel made from compact quartz and is equipped with an oven, induction hob, integrated refrigerator and dishwasher by Siemens. The extractor hood, manufactured by Pando, is integrated into the ceiling and the single sink is in stainless steel with taps by Tres.

 

https://www.bdonline.co.uk/buildings-design-and-specification/a-more-sustainable-approach-to-second-homes-in-spain/5123886.article

Live On Costa del Sol

House Buyers Desperate To Live On Costa del Sol

The desire to live in Spain’s Costa del Sol appears to have reached new heights with a surge in off-plan sales.

According to information from developer Taylor Wimpey Spain on Wednesday, July 19, more than 30 nationalities, including Spaniards, have acquired a home, writes La Opinión de Málaga.

 

What Are Off-Plan Sales?

Off-plan sales are the acquisition of an apartment or house based on a plan, that is, before construction has even begun. The popularity of the Costa del Sol area coupled with the limited availability of finished new constructions has seen a massive surge in off-plan sales.

Despite British developer, Taylor Wimpey Spain, currently having several projects under construction, it has completely sold out of its stock of finished homes. At the moment it reports that off-plan sales account for 100 per cent of its operations.

Statistics from Taylor Wimpey Spain indicate that the Costa del Sol is the area with the highest growth in the country in terms of increased new contacts. So far this year has seen a 68 per cent increase in potential buyers

Which Nationalities Are Buying?

Taylor Wimpey Spain’s customers in Malaga are made up of 89 per cent foreigners compared to 11 per cent of Spanish buyers. They also pointed out that off-plan sales were a feature among Spanish nationals, not just foreign buyers.

Although no comparative figures were made available, the developer did point out that some of the most prominent buyers came from the UK, Belgium, Iran, Russia and Poland.

The areas within the Costa del Sol region that rank the highest in terms of desirability are, San Pedro de Alcantara, Casares Costa, Estepona and Marbella, on the western coast of Malaga.

 

https://euroweeklynews.com/2023/07/19/house-buyers-desperate-to-live-on-costa-del-sol/

Holidaymakers viewing show homes

“Steady stream” of holidaymakers viewing show homes in Spain this summer

For some holidaymakers, a trip to Spain is the start of a more long-term relationship with the country.

Sales and Marketing Director at leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España observes:

“Many of our buyers combine their first viewing of a show home with a holiday in Spain, which means that summer is a particularly busy time of year for second home sales. Families want to holiday here while also enjoying their own space, the flexibility to visit at whatever time of year they choose and the freedom to invite friends and extended family to stay. A second home ticks all of those boxes and more.”

Official figures reflect international buyers’ increasing appetite for property in Spain. The Spanish Association of Registrars (Registradores de España) reported that foreigners were responsible for 14.52% of total sales in Spain during the first quarter of 2023, compared to 13.17% during the same period in 2022. Many of these buyers are purchasing properties of €500,000 or more, which means they are eligible for Spain’s residency-based Golden Visa. In 2022, more than 9,000 international transactions were above this threshold.

Climate and lifestyle are top of many buyers’ priority lists when it comes to purchasing a second home overseas. Spain’s beaches and golf courses provide plenty of scope for an active outdoor lifestyle, while the 300+ days of sunshine in regions such as the Costa del Sol appeal to many buyers in rainier and colder countries. So far this year, Taylor Wimpey España has sold homes to buyers of 42 different nationalities, many of them keen to enjoy the Spanish sunshine.

This outdoor, sun-kissed lifestyle is a core part of the experience of owning a home at resorts such as Taylor Wimpey España’s Sunny Golf in Estepona, Malaga. The bright, spacious homes overlook the gently undulating fairways of Estepona Golf. There are communal gardens and a communal pool for spending time outdoors, while apartments also have large terraces that are perfect for relaxing in the sun. In addition, ground floor homes have private gardens, while penthouses have roomy solariums. Prices start from €245,000 plus VAT.

Attractive property prices (compared to many other European countries) add to Spain’s appeal as a second home destination. However, prices can vary significantly depending on where you buy.

“Prices in southern Spain range from superb value to rather eye-watering, depending on what you buy and where. When making the most of your budget is a priority, the Costa Blanca is an excellent choice. It’s home to both golf and beach properties, so buyers have plenty of choice.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

The apartments at Amara, in Gran Alacant, Alicante, showcase the value for money that the Costa Blanca can provide. The two- and three-bedroom homes surround two large communal pools, garden areas and a children’s playpark, set against the stunning backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

Mallorca has a reputation for being pricier than some of Spain’s mainland locations. However, the island also delivers surprising pockets of value for budget-conscious buyers, while also providing all the benefits of coastal living. Apartments at Compass in Cala D’Or on Mallorca’s southeastern coast, for example, are just 45 km from Palma airport and 1 km from the beach. The two-bedroom homes, which come with ample terraces (private gardens on the ground floor) and a communal pool.

Domestic appetite for property in Spain is strong at present, alongside international demand. This has led to prices for new build homes rising by 2.8% during the first six months of 2023. Meanwhile, Tinsa reports that property in Spain is 4.8% more expensive than it was a year ago. In some regions, the increase has been much higher – Malaga, for example, has seen price rises of 10.1% over the past year.

“Demand for property in Spain is certainly lively at the moment. And with the value of properties rising, it’s a good time to make a purchase. As a result, we’re seeing a steady stream of buyers enjoying summer in Spain and visiting our show homes while they are here.”

https://internationalbusinessnews.co.uk/steady-stream-of-holidaymakers-viewing-show-homes-in-spain-this-summer/

Explore Spain’s Costa Blanca coastline

Why you need to explore Spain’s Costa Blanca coastline

From the bustling Alicante and the luxurious villas of Gran Alacant to the stunning beach of Jávea, here’s why you need to experience Spain’s Costa Blanca coastline

From Gandia in the north of the region to Torrevieja in the south, the Costa Blanca is awash with stunning beaches, charming towns and a whole host of leisure activities. If you’re looking for an affordable holiday destination or even somewhere to buy an affordable, sun-kissed second home, it’s time to explore this attractive stretch of Spanish coastline.

 

A region to fall in love with

The Costa Blanca coastline stretches for almost 125 miles along the southeastern edge of Spain. The local climate provides around 325 sunny days per year, with white sandy beaches set against the sparkling blue backdrop of the Mediterranean and the even bluer sky.

“The climate provides around 325 sunny days per year, with white beaches set against the sparkling blue of the Mediterranean”.

“It’s a very easy region to fall in love with,” observes Marc Pritchard of Taylor Wimpey España, the home builder that has been delivering second homes in Spain for the past 65 years. “From the climate and lifestyle to the beauty of the natural environment, the Costa Blanca cannot help but delight. The area offers exceptional value for money, as well—something that is particularly relevant in modern times.”

 

Sunshine minus the price tag

Local property prices certainly reflect the Costa Blanca’s affordability. Two-bedroom apartments at Amara in Gran Alacant, for example, cost from €205,000 (around £176,000) plus VAT—a price tag that would be unimaginable on a resort with communal pool and sea views in the UK.

This affordability extends to many aspects of local life. Eating out in the Costa Blanca means enjoying a wide choice of restaurants celebrating the seafood and other fresh, seasonal flavours associated with the region. Paella, sweet almondy turrón, thinly sliced bluefin tuna (mojama) and the many varieties of arroz a banda are all guaranteed to delight the palate without breaking the bank.

“Eating out in the Costa Blanca means enjoying a wide choice of restaurants celebrating the seafood and other fresh, seasonal flavours”

According to Numbeo’s July 2023 data, a meal in an inexpensive restaurant in Spain costs an average of €12.00 (£10.30), while a three-course meal for two in a mid-range eatery comes in at €45.00 (£38.64). Comparable meals in the UK cost an average of £15 and £60 respectively.

This cost saving is reflected in a wide range of areas of daily life, with the cost-of-living in Spain 21.8 per cent lower than in the UK, according to Numbeo.

A touch of luxury

Touring the Costa Blanca’s towns

Hole in one

Soaking in the spas

Welcome to Spain

https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/places-to-visit/why-you-need-to-explore-spains-costa-blanca-coastline

Showcases A-rated second homes in Spain

A-rated second homes

  • The homebuilder reports increasing demand for sustainable properties
  • Aerothermal energy, water-saving measures and local, natural materials all playing key roles
  • Energy certificate A-rated homes delivered in tune with local settings and contexts

Sustainability and eco-friendliness are top concerns for an increasing number of holiday home buyers, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España. With this in mind, the firm is showcasing three different takes on building second homes sustainably, in the Costa del Sol, Mallorca and Costa Blanca. Sales and Marketing Director explains:

“There are concepts which apply as standard when building homes sustainably, such as choosing natural materials and prioritising goods from local sources. It’s also important to understand the context of each site and how best to harness natural energy sources. Using aerothermal energy systems, for example, can extract up to 75% of energy from outside air, which can then be used to heat homes. That can deliver significant energy and cost savings for second home buyers.”

Aerothermal energy systems are used as standard in Taylor Wimpey España’s energy certificate A-rated homes. Given that half of Europe’s energy consumption relates to heating and cooling buildings, the switch to aerothermal heating can make a significant difference.

Other features resulting in energy savings across Taylor Wimpey España’s most sustainable homes include thermal insulation of exterior walls, rooves and windows and the provision of LED lighting, double glazing and low-consumption appliances. Properties also include pre-installation for charging electric vehicles. Other benefits are site-specific. Breeze, in Balcón de Finestrat in Alicante, for example, is well located for accessing the local public transport network, which includes bus, train and tram routes, providing homebuyers with a range of alternatives to using cars.

We often think about energy efficiency and natural materials in terms of reducing properties’ impact on the planet. However, there are other benefits too. More energy efficient properties can save owners money on their gas and electricity bills. Internal air quality can benefit too, which can deliver wellbeing benefits for owners. As more and more buyers focus on sustainable homes, these types of properties are also likely to hold their value more than older, less eco-friendly buildings.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s detached homes at Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rapita in Mallorca showcase all of this in action. Particularly popular with British buyers, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom villas provide spacious accommodation with large terraces and private gardens and pools. The local area provides a variety of restaurants overlooking the sea, a promenade for strolling along the beach at Sa Rapita and bucolic spots to delight in the magical sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea.

Keen cyclists are also well served by the villas, which are priced from €740,000 plus VAT, with Sa Rapita providing an excellent starting point for various exploratory routes across the island. The villas hold an energy certification of A, thanks to their aerothermal heating, double glazing, LED lighting and numerous other sustainability-focused features.

Also A-rated as a result of these features, along with water- and energy-saving measures in communal areas, are the apartments of Almazara Hills, near Istán in the Costa del Sol. Surrounded by ancient olive trees and on the doorstep of the stunning La Concepción Reservoir and Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), the homes provide easy access to nearly a dozen hiking trails and six mountain bike routes. Other activities available in the area include fishing, canoeing, climbing and canyoning, while visitors to the reservoir, where motorboats are banned, have a chance to spot the Costa del Sol’s rare and elusive otters.

https://www.theeconews.co.uk/taylor-wimpey-espana-showcases-a-rated-second-homes-in-spain/

What does half a million pounds buy you in Spain?

What does half a million pounds buy you in Spain?

Summer is a busy time of year for companies that sell holiday homes overseas. As holidaymakers spend time abroad during July and August, many consider purchasing a property in their favourite destination. Of those foreign buyers who go ahead and buy a home in Spain, one in ten spends more than €500,000, according to Colegio Registradores. That compares to just one in twenty buyers back in 2013.

So, what can you pick up with half a million to spend in Spain these days? Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España reveals all…

 

A budget of that size provides you with plenty of choice in Spain. Whether you want sea views, a resort home with a golf course on-site or a mountainside property tucked away from everyday life, you can find what you need here. The Costa del Sol is certainly easily affordable with half a million to spend, meaning that everything from the bright lights of Marbella and Puerto Banús to family-friendly locations such as Mijas are within budget.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

 

Taylor Wimpey España has shared details of two very different properties that would suit buyers with a budget of £500,000. The first is Belaria, located at La Cala Golf Resort in Mijas. The development features 21 frontline golf townhouses with panoramic views of the resort, the sea and Mijas valley. Each spacious three-storey home includes a large solarium and garden. Rated ‘A’ for their energy efficiency, the properties cost from €585,000 plus VAT (€585,000 equates to £501,959 at the time of writing, according to xe.com).

With a communal swimming pool at Belaria, plus three 18-hole golf courses, tennis and padel courts and a spa with a selection of wellness activities at La Cala Golf, the homes are ideal for families looking to enjoy a fitness-focused lifestyle. Mijas is also home to the beautiful Sierra de Mijas Natural Park, providing easy access to nature. Marbella, Fuengirola and Puerto Banús are all just a few minutes away by car, providing plenty of options for shopping, dining and nightlife.

An alternative to Belaria is Almazara Views, a collection of townhouses nestled on a mountainside with spectacular views of the Concepción reservoir and the coast of Marbella. The stunning setting on the slopes of La Concha is ideal for exacting homebuyers looking for a property surrounded by nature, with the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park and the surrounding area providing opportunities for fishing, canoeing, climbing and canyoning, as well as a dozen hiking routes and six mountain bike trails.

The properties at Almazara Views are priced from €540,000 plus VAT (xe.com advises that €540,000 equates to £463,379 at the time of writing). The three-bedroom townhouses are light and airy, with private terraces providing unrestricted views towards Marbella Bay and Gibraltar, as well as underground parking and storerooms, communal gardens and a communal pool.

Not only can buyers get more property for their money in Spain, but newly compiled data from Numbeo shows that the cost of living locally is also far lower than it is in the UK. The July 2023 figures show that the cost of living in Spain is, on average, 22.1% lower than it is in the UK, with everything from groceries to meals out costing less in Spain.

https://www.londondaily.news/what-does-half-a-million-pounds-buy-you-in-spain/

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/property/what-500000-can-buy-you-27319524

https://londonlovesproperty.com/what-does-half-a-million-pounds-buy-you-in-spain/

Where to buy your dream Spanish holiday home

Where to buy your dream Spanish holiday home

The British love affair with Spain endures, despite Brexit.

Its sun-drenched coastlines remain our go-to escape for an outdoor lifestyle, whether you seek to slow down a gear or party long into the balmy night.

British buyers bought nearly 10,000 properties during 2022, according to the Registrars (the Spanish land registry), and in the first quarter of 2023 they remained the biggest national group in Spain.

Where are we aspiring to buy? Beaches and popular holiday resorts dominate the list of the 15 most searched-for locations in Spain this month on the portal Rightmove, and amid high inflation and rising interest rates here in the UK, affordable locations feature strongly.

Here, we take a closer look at look at the most desired second Spanish home.

Marbella
Marbella’s old town offers a slower pace than the glitz and glam of the nearby port – Manfred Gottschalk
The Costa del Sol’s glitzy hub is home to around 45,000 foreign residents and the British dominate the recent arrivals, according to the town hall.

From the shaded squares of the charming old town to the shops of Puerto Banus, the beaches or the golf courses, it remains top of many wish lists. Expect to pay around €400,000 (£342,000) for a good two-bedroom apartment, says Sean Cannon, of agent Panorama Properties.

Estepona
Green Golf townhouses Estepona
Homes in Estepona sell at roughly a 40pc discount compared to those in nearby Marbella
Around half an hour west of Marbella on the Costa del Sol, Estepona has been growing in popularity as an affordable alternative. Its smartened-up beach promenade is awash with new bars and restaurants, and there’s the cultural pull of art galleries, museums and theatres.

“Estepona appeals to the UK market as Gibraltar airport is an alternative to Malaga airport, both an hour away,” says Taylor Wimpey España.

Javea
Javea’s old town is full of picturesque streets that play host to a cosmopolitan culture
Sitting between two capes on the northern Costa Blanca, this verdant peninsula of olive groves, secluded coves and crystalline waters is a cosmopolitan town popular with holiday-home ­owners and expats.

Tony Holmes moved from Ashford in Kent two years ago with his wife and two children. He’s extending their four-bedroom villa while his wife teaches at a local school.

“The quality of life here is great. The children are mixing with children from all over the world and we enjoy a very active, sporty life outside,” says Holmes.

“You might pick up a villa with a pool for €450,000 but most are nearer €800,000,”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/where-to-buy-your-dream-spanish-holiday-home/ar-AA1dAXM0

https://enews.com.ng/2023/07/where-to-buy-your-dream-spanish-holiday-home/

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The benefits of buying second homes sustainably

The benefits of buying second homes sustainably on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol welcomed more than 12.4 million visitors in 2022, as tourists flocked to the region to enjoy its beaches, golf courses, rich cultural life and, of course, plentiful sunshine. Many of those who visit regularly purchase holiday homes in the region. Now, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is presenting them with a host of sustainability-focused property choices along the coast.

 

There are multiple benefits to buying a second home with sustainability in mind. The planet benefits, for one, with eco-friendlier second homes delivering superior energy efficiency, using natural materials during construction and cutting down on delivery miles. Buyers also benefit, not just from knowing they are purchasing responsibly but from reduced energy bills.

 

Taylor Wimpey España Sales and Marketing Director Marc Pritchard comments:

 

“As developers increasingly focus on building more sustainably, second home buyers have more choice than ever when it comes to eco-friendly properties. There are multiple benefits to choosing such a property, on top of all the usual advantages that come with owning a holiday home overseas.”

 

The homes at Terra in Marbella, which are available from €625,000 plus VAT, show how this can be achieved. The properties use aerothermal energy, which draws heat from the surrounding outside air for use indoors. This system can deliver notable energy bill savings for owners.

 

In addition to aerothermal energy, other features that support more sustainable second home creation include LED spotlights, double-glazed windows, water-saving and electricity-saving measures in common areas and pre-installation for electric vehicle charging. \

 

Taylor Wimpey España’s homes at Solemar provide all of this and more. Located close to the long sweep of golden sand at Malaga’s Casares Beach, the collection of apartments and penthouses has an A-rated energy certification. The southeast-facing homes are priced from €268,000 plus VAT, which includes use of a generously proportioned communal pool, as well as large, landscaped areas for families to enjoy.

 

Sustainability and nature often go hand-in-hand, meaning that there can be wellbeing benefits associated with buying sustainably as well. At Almazara Hills in Istán in Malaga, for example, buyers have a wealth of nature surrounding them. The unique setting is dominated by outstanding panoramic views of the Concepción reservoir and the coast of Marbella, with buyers at the first phase benefitting from the highest elevation – and thus the most impressive views. There are nearly a dozen hiking routes around the Istán area in Sierra de las Nieves (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) as well as six mountain bike routes. Property prices at Almazara Hills start from €355,000 plus VAT for a two-bedroom apartment.

 

A further bonus with sustainability-focused new homes is their potential to hold their value. As buyers increasingly seek out more eco-friendly properties, and the range of A-rated properties increases, older, less energy efficient homes are likely to become a less attractive purchase option.

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2023/07/03/the-benefits-of-buying-second-homes-sustainably-on-the-costa-del-sol/

Beach: lifelong mental wellbeing benefits

Beach mental benefits:

  • Time by the sea during childhood = better mental health in adulthood (ECEHH)
  • Lakes, rivers and other blue spaces also contribute to health and wellbeing
  • Taylor Wimpey España buyers benefit from sunshine as well as blue spaces

Every parent wants to do the best for their children, including for their health and wellbeing. According to a recent survey coordinated by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) at the University of Exeter, that means spending more time by the water.

The survey of 15,000 people across 14 countries found that those who spent more time near blue spaces during their childhood had improved mental health during adulthood. Blue spaces include the sea, inland waterways, lakes and rivers.

“In the context of an increasingly technological and industrialised world, it’s important to understand how childhood nature experiences relate to wellbeing in later life. Our findings suggest that building familiarity and confidence in and around blue spaces during childhood may stimulate an inherent joy of nature and encourage people to seek out recreational nature experiences, with beneficial consequences for adult mental health.”

Valeria Vitale, PhD candidate at Sapienza University of Rome and lead author of the study

Dr Leanne Martin from the University of Exeter also said that the research revealed that, “developing skills such as swimming at an early age can have previously unrecognised life-long benefits.”

The survey’s findings add to the recognised physical health benefits of spending time by the sea, which can support a healthy immune system, help regulate sleep and blood pressure and improve mood, circulation and heart rate.

Those who spend time near blue spaces in Spain can enjoy the added benefit of a climate that supports increased opportunities for exercising outdoors. This can further enhance the benefits already delivered by spending time by the sea, such as stress reduction and greater relaxation, as well as increasing vitamin D levels. According to the ECEHH, it takes just minutes for some of those positive effects to be felt.

“We’ve always known that happy childhood days by the seaside are something to look back on fondly. Now, the latest research shows just how long-lasting the benefits of such days by the water can be. It’s humbling to think that the coastal and lakeside properties we provide are creating not just happy family moments at the time of use, but underpinning mental wellbeing that can last for decades.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has spent the past 65 years building homes in coastal locations. Some of its most popular seaside developments at present include Amara and Iconic in Gran Alacant and Bella Beach in Denia, where apartments are selling fast.

Amara is a collection of 120 apartments laid out around two large communal pools, a children’s playground and pretty communal gardens. Every home comes with generously sized terraces or balconies, with some of the penthouse apartments offering exceptional views across the beach at El Carabassí and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Prices start from just €220,000 plus VAT for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment.

Also located in Gran Alacant, which is just 20 minutes from Alicante, is Iconic, where a new phase of two- and three-bedroom homes has just been launched. Home to 170 apartments, and with impressive views of the Med, the development also provides a communal pool, private underground parking, garden areas, outdoor fitness equipment, bicycle parking and a children’s play area. All just a 15-minute walk from the beach. Apartments cost from €294,000 plus VAT.

The homes at Bella Beach offer even quicker access to the sea, with direct pedestrian access to Dénia’s Almadraba beach. The 62 apartments surround communal pools and gardens. Each home has a balcony or terrace, while penthouse apartments come with private solariums. Prices for the homes start from €275,000 plus VAT. Perfect for maximising family time spent on the beach or by the pool.

https://www.londondaily.news/how-days-on-the-beach-can-deliver-lifelong-mental-wellbeing-benefits/

Is it time to discover Mallorca?

Discover Mallorca:

Mallorca has been in the spotlight recently, with Nicole Kidman posting a series of images on her Instagram, showcasing the island’s beauty. Fellow celebs Michelle Pfeiffer and Reese Witherspoon were quick to comment on how “beautiful” and “amazing” the island looked.

Now, budget travel company Jet2 has opened up Mallorca to those without a Hollywood-sized holiday budget, as part of an extra 11,000 seats to Palma de Mallorca (along with Tenerife) from a range of UK airports.

Additional flights to Mallorca will operate from Birmingham and East Midlands airports in April, and from those two airports plus Glasgow and Leeds Bradford in May. Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy has advised that the increased flights are part of Jet2’s “biggest ever summer programme”. Prices are as low as £91 for a return (Birmingham BHX to Palma PMI, departing 4th May 2023, at the time of writing).

As a family holiday destination, there is certainly much to love about Mallorca. TripAdvisor just ranked the island as the seventh best place for nature on the planet. It was the only location in Europe to make it into the top ten ranking. Stunning beaches are obviously a key part of the attraction, but not the whole story. Mallorca is home to a spectacular mountain range, as well as rolling countryside that delivers greenery and birdsong in abundance.

For families who prefer the bright lights of city life, Palma is a stunning coastal city that combines the best of an urban break with easy access to golden sands and gently lapping waves.

Sports lovers quickly find that Mallorca ticks all the right boxes too. The island provides outstanding terrain for cyclists, a huge range of water-based sports and some superb tennis and golf facilities.

Accommodation-wise, Mallorca is home to a range of hotels, from budget-friendly to ultra-luxurious. Families looking to return regularly also have access to a range of second home options. Prices for homes at Compass, in Cala D’Or on the southeast of the island, start from €313,000 plus VAT for a two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment with terrace and communal pool. Families looking for something more substantial can find two-storey, semi-detached houses with private pools at The Village, in Es Capdella, available from €790,000 plus VAT (both properties available through Taylor Wimpey España).

Mallorca also has a stellar reputation amongst foodies, thanks to its wealth of local flavours, seasonal produce and fresh seafood. Eateries range from upscale beach clubs and Michelin star restaurants to cosy cafés and humble bistros serving delicious dishes that the locals have dined on for generations.

The vast range of amenities to be found across Mallorca means that families can visit the island with anything from a modest budget to one that allows them to seriously splash out.

Either way, Mallorca’s beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and fabulous local cuisine can contribute to a relaxing break. One that even more families can enjoy thanks to the additional seats from Jet2 over the coming months.

https://www.portfolionorth.co.uk/lifestyle/is-it-time-to-discover-mallorca/

Exploring sustainable homes on the Costa Blanca

Sustainable homes

The issue of sustainability is weighing increasingly on second home buyers’ minds, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España. Always ahead of the curve when it comes to anticipating clients’ demands, the company has implemented a range of energy-saving and other eco-friendly measures across the developments it is building.

 

Focusing on energy consumption and keeping rooms at the right temperature are key to producing more sustainable homes. Repsol reports that half of electricity consumption in Europe is used for heating and cooling. This means that implementing new ways to maintain comfortable temperatures indoors can deliver significant benefits for the planet – as well as reducing owners’ energy bill costs.

 

Taylor Wimpey España is tackling this by using aerothermal energy systems as standard in its new homes. Using aerothermal energy involves extracting heat from the outside air and transferring it to indoor spaces. Such systems can extract up to 75% of energy from outside air, and this is one reason why Taylor Wimpey España’s new homes in the Costa Blanca are earning ‘A’ ratings for their energy certifications.

 

Other sustainability features include thermal insulation of exterior walls, roofs and windows and the provision of LED lighting, double glazing and low-consumption appliances in individual homes, along with water- and energy-saving measures in communal areas. Properties also include pre-installation for charging electric vehicles. Taylor Wimpey España also focuses on using natural materials during the construction process and sourcing as much as possible locally. Sales and Marketing Director Marc Pritchard comments:

 

“Building more sustainably is about joined up thinking – it’s about committing to deliver homes that perform better in environmental terms, not seeing sustainability as a tick-box exercise. That means every element of the design and construction process is up to be challenged. Even where we’re already performing really well in sustainability terms, it doesn’t mean we’re not striving to do even better.”

 

The Costa Blanca coastline is home to two superb examples of sustainable second homes. The first is Breeze, in Balcón de Finestrat in Alicante. Well located for accessing the local public transport network, which includes bus, train and tram routes, thus giving homebuyers a range of alternatives to using cars, the properties include apartments, terraced houses and detached villas. Sited less than 8 km from Finestrat Cove and the beaches of Benidorm, the homes are not only A-rated as a result of their sustainability credentials, they also deliver everything that owners could wish for, from spacious outdoor terraces to a communal pool and landscaped gardens. Prices start from €242,000 plus VAT.

 

A little further along the coast, at Bella Beach in Dénia, A-rated homes are available from €295,000 plus VAT. The two- and three-bedroom apartments feature aerothermal heating, double glazing, preinstallation for electric vehicles and more, all just metres from Dénia’s Almadraba beach, with direct pedestrian access from the development. Already under construction, the apartments, on-site adults’ and children’s pools and lush gardens are due for completion by June 2024, meaning buyers can start enjoying their sustainable second homes within the year.

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2023/06/29/exploring-sustainable-homes-on-the-costa-blanca/

Taylor Wimpey: A-rated sustainable homes

Sustainable homes

Sustainability and eco-friendliness are top concerns for an increasing number of holiday home buyers, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España. With this in mind, the firm is showcasing three different takes on building second homes sustainably, in the Costa del Sol, Mallorca and Costa Blanca. Sales and Marketing Director Marc Pritchard explains:

 

“There are concepts which apply as standard when building homes sustainably, such as choosing natural materials and prioritising goods from local sources. It’s also important to understand the context of each site and how best to harness natural energy sources. Using aerothermal energy systems, for example, can extract up to 75% of energy from outside air, which can then be used to heat homes. That can deliver significant energy and cost savings for second home buyers.”

 

Aerothermal energy systems are used as standard in Taylor Wimpey España’s energy certificate A-rated homes. Given that half of Europe’s energy consumption relates to heating and cooling buildings, the switch to aerothermal heating can make a significant difference.

 

Other features resulting in energy savings across Taylor Wimpey España’s most sustainable homes include thermal insulation of exterior walls, rooves and windows and the provision of LED lighting, double glazing and low-consumption appliances. Properties also include pre-installation for charging electric vehicles. Other benefits are site-specific. Breeze, in Balcón de Finestrat in Alicante, for example, is well located for accessing the local public transport network, which includes bus, train and tram routes, providing homebuyers with a range of alternatives to using cars.

 

We often think about energy efficiency and natural materials in terms of reducing properties’ impact on the planet. However, there are other benefits too. More energy efficient properties can save owners money on their gas and electricity bills. Internal air quality can benefit too, which can deliver wellbeing benefits for owners. As more and more buyers focus on sustainable homes, these types of properties are also likely to hold their value more than older, less eco-friendly buildings.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s detached homes at Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rapita in Mallorca showcase all of this in action. Particularly popular with British buyers, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom villas provide spacious accommodation with large terraces and private gardens and pools. The local area provides a variety of restaurants overlooking the sea, a promenade for strolling along the beach at Sa Rapita and bucolic spots to delight in the magical sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Keen cyclists are also well served by the villas, which are priced from €740,000 plus VAT, with Sa Rapita providing an excellent starting point for various exploratory routes across the island. The villas hold an energy certification of A, thanks to their aerothermal heating, double glazing, LED lighting and numerous other sustainability-focused features.

 

Also A-rated as a result of these features, along with water- and energy-saving measures in communal areas, are the apartments of Almazara Hills, near Istán in the Costa del Sol. Surrounded by ancient olive trees and on the doorstep of the stunning La Concepción Reservoir and Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), the homes provide easy access to nearly a dozen hiking trails and six mountain bike routes. Other activities available in the area include fishing, canoeing, climbing and canyoning, while visitors to the reservoir, where motorboats are banned, have a chance to spot the Costa del Sol’s rare and elusive otters.

 

https://www.londondaily.news/taylor-wimpey-espana-showcases-a-rated-second-homes-in-spain/

https://londonlovesproperty.com/taylor-wimpey-espana-showcases-a-rated-second-homes-in-spain/

View a show home while on holiday

View Show Home: How to get the best out of viewing a show home while on holiday.

With many holidaymakers planning to view show homes when they travel overseas this summer, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has shared some top tips on how to get the best out of such viewings.

Viewing a show home while on holiday should be an exciting and enjoyable experience – not a stressful one. As such, we would encourage holidaymakers to be clear on what is involved and what the opportunity presents, so that they can get the most out of the experience.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

With a string of newly opened show homes available to visitors for the summer and 65 years of experience selling property in Spain, Taylor Wimpey España has a good basis from which to provide tips to viewers.

 

Five top tips for viewing a show home while on holiday

Tip 1: Immerse yourself in the local area

Viewing a show home is about more than the property alone. It’s important to get a feel for the resort and the local area and to consider it from a practical perspective. That means scoping out local furniture stores, thinking about the distance to the supermarket or post office… things that holidaymakers don’t tend to worry about but that homeowners need to consider.

Tip 2: Be clear on what you want

The clearer you can be with the real estate agent about what you want, the better they can focus on your needs when recommending show homes to visit. If you want a private pool, rather than a communal pool, be explicit about that. If you want a detached villa rather than a townhouse, likewise. Be clear about your budget too, so that you don’t end up viewing properties you can’t afford.

Tip 3: Establish what’s included

Many show homes feature all possible extras and top-end finishes, so have a conversation with the developer so you know what your budget will cover. Ask about appliances, furnishings and finishes, so that you know what you will have to budget for and what you won’t.

Tip 4: Ensure the property fits your use case

Whether you’re seeking a holiday home, somewhere to spend your retirement, a property to use for working holidays or anything else, view the show home with that firmly in mind. Will the property’s layout accommodate an office and is the setting quiet enough for you to work? Are there facilities nearby for keeping fit and active? Is there a beach to spend time with your young children or grandchildren? Being laser-focused on what you need from a property will help you quickly establish whether the show home you’re viewing ticks all the right boxes.

Tip 5: Ask questions – then ask more questions

Visiting a show home provides the opportunity to take advantage of the developer’s expertise. They can provide valuable guidance on a huge range of matters, so ask as many questions as you can think of during the viewing. Making a list of questions beforehand is a great way to ensure you don’t forget anything.

 

“Show homes let you get a feel for a development’s potential. You can see the layout, design and material choices first-hand. A well-presented show home can help you envision whether such a property would be right for you or not, so take your time and be sure to factor these tips into your approach to viewings.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Buying Property In Spain, Viewing Show Homes

Buying Property In Spain: Taylor Wimpey España, offering top tips for holidaymakers seeking second homes overseas.

‘With many holidaymakers planning to view show homes when they travel overseas this summer, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has shared some top tips on how to get the best out of such viewings. Viewing a show home while on holiday should be an exciting and enjoyable experience – not a stressful one. As such, we would encourage holidaymakers to be clear on what is involved and what the opportunity presents, so that they can get the most out of the experience.’

‘Immerse yourself in the local area. Viewing a show home is about more than the property alone. It’s important to get a feel for the resort and the local area and to consider it from a practical perspective. That means scoping out local furniture stores, thinking about the distance to the supermarket or post office… things that holidaymakers don’t tend to worry about but that homeowners need to consider.

‘Property example: The apartments of Almazara Hills in Malaga are located in a picturesque setting in the Sierra de las Nieves, on the slopes of La Concha. The homes are in an area of exceptional natural beauty, with hundred-year-old forests and panoramic views of Marbella Bay and the great Istán reservoir. .’

‘Be clear on what you want. The clearer you can be with the real estate agent about what you want, the better they can focus on your needs when recommending show homes to visit. If you want a private pool, rather than a communal pool, be explicit about that. If you want a detached villa rather than a townhouse, likewise. Be clear about your budget too, so that you don’t end up viewing properties you can’t afford.’

‘Property example: The show home at Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rapita in Campos, Mallorca, encapsulates the charm of owning a detached villa with private pool and garden. The open plan kitchen and living spaces flow beautifully to the large terrace and garden, providing plenty of opportunity for blended indoor/outdoor living.

‘Establish what’s included. Many show homes feature all possible extras and top-end finishes, so have a conversation with the developer so you know what your budget will cover. Ask about appliances, furnishings and finishes, so that you know what you will have to budget for and what you won’t.’

‘Property example: The two-storey, semi-detached houses at The Village in Es Capdella, Mallorca, have been designed for maximum comfort. As shown by the newly opened show home, each property comes with a private garden with pool. The homes include designer brands and fixtures and finishes of the highest standard, including Tres taps, Saloni porcelain tiles and Siemens induction hobs and ovens. Optional extras include the provision of fridges, dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers, with various options available to suit a range of needs and budgets.’

‘Ensure the property fits your use case. Whether you’re seeking a holiday home, somewhere to spend your retirement, a property to use for working holidays or anything else, view the show home with that firmly in mind. Will the property’s layout accommodate an office and is the setting quiet enough for you to work? Are there facilities nearby for keeping fit and active? Is there a beach to spend time with your young children or grandchildren? Being laser focused on what you need from a property will help you quickly establish whether the show home you’re viewing ticks all the right boxes.’

‘Property example: Green Golf at Estepona Golf in Malaga has been designed with a wide variety of use cases in mind. The townhouses, which are priced from €348,000 plus VAT, include south-facing terraces for enjoying the sun, space for working from home and leisure use, a communal pool and on-site golf for keeping fit and a serene setting between the fairways, coast and mountains. Visitors are encouraged to take their time when viewing the show home and the resort, to ascertain whether the homes and the local environment are aligned with their needs.’

‘Ask questions – then ask more questions. Visiting a show home provides the opportunity to take advantage of the developer’s expertise. They can provide valuable guidance on a huge range of matters, so ask as many questions as you can think of during the viewing. Making a list of questions beforehand is a great way to ensure you don’t forget anything.’

‘In terms of the property, be sure to ask about features, amenities, customisation options, what time of day the terraces/gardens get the sun… everything you can think of that will support you to buy with confidence. The developer is a hugely valuable resource when it comes to making an informed purchasing decision, so grill them thoroughly!’

‘Show homes let you get a feel for a development’s potential. You can see the layout, design and material choices first-hand. A well-presented show home can help you envision whether such a property would be right for you or not, so take your time and be sure to factor these tips into your approach to viewings.’

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/.

If you reside outside of the UK, you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

TWE celebrates selling homes on the Costa del Sol

Taylor Wimpey España celebrates selling more than 2,500 second homes on the Costa del Sol

As Spain’s Costa del Sol prepares to welcome another influx of tourists over the summer season, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has revealed that it has sold more than 2,500 homes in the region since the company was founded in 1958. With properties ranging from frontline golf townhouses to seafront apartments with spectacular views, the company has been delighting customers with its wide range of second homes for the past 65 years.

According to Sales and Marketing Director, while British buyers can be found in every area of Spain, it is the Costa del Sol that has been the most popular area with Brits for decades. He explains:

“The charms of the Costa del Sol certainly strike a chord with British second home buyers. It’s not just about sunshine, sand and world-class golf facilities. There is a plethora of activities here to appeal to holidaymakers of all ages. From families looking for a property to enjoy with their children or grandchildren, to retirees, to investors looking to build their international property portfolio – and everyone in between – the Costa del Sol delivers everything that British buyers need.”

Proximity to beaches is, of course, high on many buyers’ list of second home prerequisites. The Costa del Sol has 39 blue flag beaches in 2023 (up from 36 in 2022) and is one of the most popular areas of Spain for spending time by the water. It’s also famous for its golf courses, which are popular with everyone from amateur players to those competing in prestigious international tournaments.

The 300+ days of sunshine per year in the Costa del Sol mean that an active outdoor lifestyle can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Whether it is keeping fit outdoors or enjoying long, relaxed meals on a terrace looking out over the sparkling sea, the abundant sunshine means it is a pleasure to spend time outside year-round.

While sunshine, beaches and golf are the headline items on many holiday homebuyers’ wish-lists, they are certainly not the extent of the Costa del Sol’s offering. The area is also known for its varied architecture, ranging from Malaga Cathedral, Casa del Rey Moro and Iglesia del Espiritu Santo to more modern offerings such as Estación de Tren Malaga-Maria Zambrano and CAC Malaga. The latter is home to an impressive collection of contemporary works by both international and emerging Spanish artists.

Art is also something that runs deep in the lifeblood of the Costa del Sol. Malaga was the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, who is celebrated as one of the most famous artists of all time. The Picasso Museum in the city honours his work and life and is a must for all those seeking to soak up the culture and history of the area. Marbella and Benalmadena also have lively art scenes. From galleries to art cafés to painting groups, the region’s cities are packed with ways to appreciate and engage with art.

In addition to its thriving urban areas, the Costa del Sol also offers a range of quieter retreats that are ideally suited to those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. One example is Casares Beach, which is nestled in between the imposing Crestellina mountains with their pretty white villages of Casares, Gaucín and Genalguacil, and the beautiful beaches at Playa Chica and Playa Ancha.

For second home buyers looking for serenity and sea, Casares Beach is the ideal spot. It is home to Solemar, a collection of two- and three-bedroom apartments from Taylor Wimpey España, with prices starting from €278,000 plus VAT. With large, landscaped garden areas and a communal pool, plus individual homes with private gardens (ground floor) and generously sized terraces with sea views (first and second floors), Solemar is perfect for unwinding and forgetting the cares of modern life.

World-class golf resorts drive home ownership

Golf resorts and new homes in Spain 

A study by IE University and the Spanish Golf Courses Association has shown that golf tourists have invested €4.2 billion in Spanish property, purchasing more than 280,000 homes. Britons top the list of foreigners taking to the fairways in Spain, while Irish golfers are the ones who spend most per day while holidaying here.

In total, the study found that over a quarter of all of Europe’s 4.2 million registered golfers choose to play in Spain, with Andalusia being both the main area for golf tourism and for associated property ownership.

Andalusia’s stunning golf resorts, beautiful beachscapes and sun-kissed climate all contribute to the area’s popularity with golf tourists. The region is also home to an impressive range of golf properties, meaning that buyers have plenty of choice when it comes to property type, price and location. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey España, comments:

“Buyers are seeking a range of golf properties, from light and airy apartments to townhouses with plenty of room for family and/or guests. Many of our buyers these days also want to use their space flexibly – some breaks are purely for leisure but others combine time on the fairways and enjoying the local area with time spent working from home. So properties need to serve a range of needs.”

A total of 102,439 foreign golfers own homes in Andalusia, according to the IE University study. Resort living is a popular choice for those seeking to have everything nearby. Resorts provide not just exceptional golf facilities, but a range of other amenities. La Cala Golf Resort, for example, is home to five restaurants, a large outdoor pool, a hotel and a spa and wellness centre, in addition to its three golf courses and golf academy.

La Cala also provides a range of property types for golfers wanting a second home on-site. Taylor Wimpey España’s Belaria is located there, offering brand new townhouses, with accommodation split across three levels. Each of the three-bedroom homes features a large solarium, garden and a basement with the potential for flexible use. The 21 properties offer panoramic views of the resort, the sea and Mijas valley and come with a communal pool. Built with the environment in mind, they also offer an energy rating of A.

Taylor Wimpey España also offers various styles of apartments at La Cala. At Solana Village South, the south- and southwest-facing frontline golf properties cost from €370,000 plus VAT. The light-filled hilltop apartments have large terraces with glass balcony enclosures for enjoying the spectacular views, while ground-floor apartments have private gardens with views of the communal pool, resort gardens and golf course. Solana Village is located close to the spa, clubhouse and sport area, for maximum convenience. As with homes at Belaria, all owners at Solana Village are entitled to a Privilege Card that provides numerous benefits and discounts at the La Cala Golf Resort in Spain.

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The mental health benefits of beachside living

The mental health benefits of beachside living

We have long associated spending time by the water with the healing of ailments. For wealthy Victorians, seaside convalescence homes and time spent in spa towns was considered an appropriate way to recover from illness or injury. And the science certainly stacks up when it comes to sea air – spending time by the sea can improve mood, circulation and heart rate, support a healthy immune system, help regulate sleep and blood pressure and more.

 

What we have only come to understand more recently, though, is how beneficial spending time at the seaside can be for mental wellbeing, as well as physical health. A research team at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) at the University of Exeter looked into this in depth, surveying 15,000 people spread across 14 countries. They found a direct connection linking respondents who had spent more time by blue spaces as children to better mental health during adulthood. Lead author of the study, Valeria Vitale, comments:

 

“Our findings suggest that building familiarity and confidence in and around blue spaces during childhood may stimulate an inherent joy of nature and encourage people to seek out recreational nature experiences, with beneficial consequences for adult mental health.”

 

When it comes to providing opportunities for recreation by the sea, Spain has plenty to offer. The Costa del Sol alone boasts a coastline that stretches for 150 km along the southern edge of the country. That provides plenty of space for exercising outdoors, whether swimming in the sea, playing a round of golf with stunning coastal views, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, jogging along promenades or any one of dozens of activities.

 

New quality homes – beachside living

Between the high percentage of ions in sea air and the abundance of vitamin D generated by spending time in the sun, the mental and physical health benefits of life by the sea can be extensive. There’s also the fact that long, lazy days on the beach with a good book can do wonders when it comes to reducing stress levels. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey España, comments:

 

“People enjoy their time at and near the beach in myriad different ways. For some, it’s about creating magical family memories while the children are young. For others, the beach is all about long, solitary walks off-season as the breeze blows in from the sea. Coastal areas are very versatile in this respect – there’s something for everyone, with mental and physical wellbeing benefits being a key part of the package.”

 

This variety of purpose when it comes to spending time by the sea is something in which the Taylor Wimpey España team is well versed, having built waterfront properties in Spain for the past 65 years. One of their latest developments – Solemar at Casares Beach in Malaga – delivers stunning sea views from its location just 750 m from the shore. The two- and three-bedroom apartments face southeast, with spacious terraces that are ideal for making the most of the views and the natural light. Large, landscaped areas and a communal pool encourage owners to enjoy their time outdoors, as does having the nearest golf course just 300 m away.

 

THE LURE OF THE COSTA DEL SOL

THE LURE OF THE COSTA DEL SOL

Spain is home to huge regional variety. In this recent interview, Marc Pritchard, Director of Sales and Marketing at Taylor Wimpey España, shares his insights into one of the country’s most popular destinations – the Costa del Sol.

Which areas of Spain are particularly attractive to Polish second home buyers?

The Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol are both very popular areas that have attracted an increasing number of Polish buyers in the past couple of years. While the Costa Blanca is the cheaper of the two areas, the Costa del Sol is the better known. It is home to cities such as Malaga and Marbella, world-class golf facilities, a superb local gastronomy and a welcoming community.

Spain’s long, sandy beaches are another reason that the area is so popular with second home buyers. Spain has more Blue Flag beaches than any other country, demonstrating the cleanliness of the beaches, seawater and facilities. The Costa del Sol is home to 56 Blue Flags in 2023, 47 of them located in the Malaga area.

Within the Costa del Sol, we have seen Polish buyers drawn to the Malaga area. We well both golf-front homes and properties by the beach there, so buyers have a choice of locations. All homes are designed to make the most of their locations, of course, with large outdoor areas, such as terraces, private gardens on the ground floor and solariums for townhouses and penthouses. On-site facilities such as lovely communal swimming pools and landscaped grounds complete the appeal.

What range of property types is available in the Costa del Sol?

There is a huge variety of homes available, making the area an ideal choice for buyers with a wide range of needs. From beachfront apartments to frontline golf townhouses, buyers can find the property that suits their budget and their preferences in terms of location, views, layout, number of bedrooms, nearby amenities and more.

Our townhouses at Green Golf in Estepona, for example, provide panoramic views over the course at Estepona Golf. Some of the homes have lovely sea views, as well, as they are just 3 km from the beach. Buyers at Solemar, meanwhile, have the beach practically on their doorstep! The homes all face southeast to make the most of the abundant natural light and plentiful sea views.

What does the Costa del Sol have to offer for eco-conscious buyers?

There are plenty of homes in the Costa del Sol that have been built with sustainability in mind. I mentioned Solemar just now. Those apartments have an A rating energy certificate. They come with double glazed windows, aerothermal technology for heating and cooling, pre-installation for electric vehicles, water-saving and electricity-saving measures in communal areas and more.

As a country, Spain is also very committed to sustainability. It is setting the standard when it comes to embracing renewable energy and is largely viewed as one of Europe’s best eco-friendly tourism destinations.

Are most of your buyers purchasing homes to use for holidays or as an investment?

It tends to be a mix of both. After all, the two are not mutually exclusive: if you purchase a property to use for family holidays, you still enjoy the potential to see it go up in value while you own it, even if making a profit wasn’t your main goal.

On the other hand, we do have buyers who purchased their property with investment firmly in mind. Others still have their eyes set on retirement, with plans either to move to the property fulltime or perhaps just spend their winters in the warmth of the Spanish sun. Second home ownership in Spain meets a range of needs.

Is the Costa del Sol an area in which to enjoy luxury, escapes, or more budget-friendly breaks?

The region is home to such versatility that it provides both. At the more luxurious end of the scale, there are places such as Puerto Banús, which is known around the world for its beautiful beach, superyacht-filled marina and upscale spas and boutiques. It’s a hotspot for the international jet set every summer. And while you obviously get concentrations of luxury amenities in locations such as this, the Costa del Sol generally is home to some outstanding high-end restaurants, prestigious golf clubs, exclusive beach clubs and much more.

That said, there are also plenty of ways to enjoy a very budget-friendly holiday here. The cost of living is much lower in Spain than it is in many other European countries. The latest figures from Numbeo, for example, show that the cost of living in Spain is 21.3% lower than it is in the UK. Long, lazy days out on the beach with a picnic and a swim in the warm sea, meanders around beautiful old cities, hiking in the serenity of the Montes de Malaga Natural Park, lunch in local cafés… it’s easy to enjoy an amazing break on a budget in the Costa del Sol.

Which areas of the Costa del Sol would you particularly recommend to holiday home buyers?

Estepona is great for easy access to both excellent golf facilities and the coast. If you’re looking for somewhere more tucked away then Istán is just beautiful – it’s tucked away in the mountains – the Sierra de las Nieves – so you get incredible views, but it’s also just a 25-minute drive from the bright lights of Puerto Banús, so buyers can enjoy the best of both worlds. There’s definitely something for everyone in the Costa del Sol.

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Going off the beaten track … to residences Istán

Residences Istán: Going off the beaten track … to Istán

Foreigners’ appetite for property in Spain shot back up in 2022, hitting 13.75% of all home purchases in the country, according to the Colegio Registradores. The figure marks an increase of 2.95% over 2021 and breaks a five-year trend of foreigners making up a falling share in Spanish property purchases.

 

Leading the field when it comes to foreign buyers are Britons, who accounted for 11.07% of property sales to foreigners in 2022. They are followed by German, French and Belgian buyers. Overall, British buyers accounted for 1.52% of all property purchases in Spain during the year.

 

In terms of property types, British buyers are seeking a wide range of properties. Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey España, comments:

 

“There is elevated appetite from British buyers for a wide range of properties in Spain of late. Beachfront and frontline golf properties remain perennially popular, of course, but we’re also seeing strong demand for everything from urban residences with everything on their doorstep to homes that are off the beaten track.”

 

Almazara Boutique Residences exemplify the kind of homes that those looking for something tucked away are seeking. Nestled in the midst of 100-year-old olive groves and fruit trees, on the site of a dilapidated farmhouse and old oil press – the “almazara” that gives the development its name – the homes overlook the reservoir at La Concepción. With motorboats and jet skis not allowed on the water, the reservoir is a stunningly serene location, popular with walkers, picnickers and those hoping for a glimpse of Marbella’s extremely rare otters.

 

Nearby, the centuries-old village of Istán nestles at the head of the Rio Verde valley, one of the access points to the beautiful Sierra de las Nieves natural park. The narrow streets of the Moorish village were designed for mules and packhorses, meaning that motorists need to leave their vehicles behind and explore on foot. Istán is home to an impressive 15th century Arab tower surrounded by gardens, the 16th century Church of San Miguel and a charming old wash house surrounded by traditional houses covered with climbing roses and bougainvillaea. Just outside the village, visitors stop to catch pure, crystal clear mountain spring water as it cascades down the rocks.

 

Enjoying panoramic views of Marbella Bay and Gibraltar, the homes at Almazara Boutique Residences, in Istán,  feature a sympathetic rustic appearance that feels at one with the natural surroundings. Within the development, the properties are split between apartments at Almazara Hills (priced from €345,000 plus VAT) and townhouses at Almazara Views (costing from €540,000 plus VAT). This mix of property types is again well suited to current buyer demand, as Taylor Wimpey España’s Marc Pritchard explains:

 

“There’s a lot of variety in terms of property type when it comes to buyer demand. We have a lot of buyers wanting apartments and plenty seeking houses, particularly with space they can use flexibly to mix up leisure time with some periods of working from home. Spain is meeting a wide range of foreign buyers’ needs right now.”

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2023/05/15/going-off-the-beaten-track-to-istan/

Spain, country with top award-winning beaches

Spain award beaches: the country with the most award-winning beaches in Europe

THE EUROPEAN country with the highest number of Blue Flag beaches has been revealed.

It’s good news for Brits, as it’s one of the closest countries to the UK and one of our favourite holiday destinations.

Spain has kept its title as the world-leading award beaches hotspot – continuing its 30-year winning streak.

It has 627 Blue Flag beaches, which is more than any other country in the world.

Blue Flag beaches have been awarded based on factors like accessibility, biodiversity, safety, and water quality.

If a beach does have the coveted status, you’re likely to find pure water, a clean coastline, access for all, and top-class safety features.

The Valencian Community has 153 Blue Flag beaches – more than any other region in Spain.

In second place is Andalusia, with 148 Blue Flags, followed by Galicia with 125 and Catalonia with 120.

Examples of Blue Flag beaches include Playa de Muro in Majorca and Puerto Banus in Marbella.

As well as beaches, Spain also has 97 Blue Flag marinas and five Blue Flag tourist boats.

The shortest flight to Spain from the UK is London to Oviedo, coming in at 1 hour and 55 minutes in the air.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director from Taylor Wimpey España, said: “Spain’s reputation as a world leader in terms of the quality of its beaches is a major tourism draw.

“Spanish beaches attract holidaymakers from across the globe, as well as second homeowners seeking to live by the sea.”

https://www.the-sun.com/travel/8074391/european-country-spain-most-best-beaches/

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https://essex-tv.co.uk/spain-celebrates-30-years-as-world-leading-blue-flag-beach-destination/

https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/22295848/european-country-spain-most-best-beaches/

https://centralrecorder.com/under-two-hours-away-from-the-uk-is-the-country-that-has-the-best-beaches-in-europe/

Cost of living in Spain draws in British golfers

Spain’s low cost of living, compared with the UK, is attracting both holidaymakers and fulltime residents, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España. Figures from Numbeo show that the cost of living in Spain is 18.3% lower than it is in the UK. The annual consumer price inflation rate in Spain, meanwhile, stood at 4.1% in April 2023, compared to an eye-watering 10.1% in the UK.

 

The Numbeo figures show that major costs like property are cheaper in Spain than in the UK. A non-city centre apartment in Spain, for example, costs an average of €1,979.98 per square metre. In the UK, the equivalent property costs an average of £3,261.29 (€3,724.75) per square metre.

 

Many daily life costs are also lower. A meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, for example, costs €50 in Spain compared to £55 (€62.55 at time of writing) in the UK. Savings on incidental expenses like this can quickly add up.

 

There’s no escaping the fact that life is expensive these days, but Spain offers significantly better value than the UK right now. This is encouraging many families to turn to Spain for their summer breaks, while some are also looking at the country as a more permanent place of residence.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

 

Spain has long been popular as a location for second home owners. Many families purchase a property there to use for holidays with their children, as well as for a potential place to live during their later years. As retirement and golf often go hand-in-hand, Spain’s wealth of golf properties attracts plenty of interest.

 

Golf is a key driver of tourism in Spain. According to research by the IE University from Segovia, golf tourism generates nearly €11.2 billion per year for the country. The courses dotted along Spain’s southernmost coast draw in visitors from around the world – and there are plenty of properties to suit their varying needs when it comes to second homes.

 

Taylor Wimpey España has a string of developments offering golf properties dotted along the Costa del Sol. Some of the best value can be found at Sunny Golf, where prices start from €245,000 plus VAT. The bright, spacious apartments overlook the course at Estepona Golf, with some homes also enjoying sea views. Large terraces provide plenty of room for outdoor living, with communal gardens and pool available for owners’ exclusive use.

 

Another option at Estepona Golf are the lovely, light-filled townhouses of Green Golf. Priced from €348,000 plus VAT, the homes all face south or southwest, enjoying panoramic views over the golf course and down to the sea. The private gated community is home to 48 houses, all with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, open plan living spaces and terraces with plenty of room for outdoor dining and relaxation. Communal gardens and on-site pools complete the offering. The first two phases of the development are already sold out, while the final phase is due for completion in October 2023.

 

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2023/05/09/cost-of-living-in-spain-draws-in-british-golfers/

Latest holiday home trends

Taylor Wimpey España reveals latest holiday home trends, as buyers seek more than property alone

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has revealed insights into holiday home buyers’ top priorities when it comes to their international property purchasing decisions.

“With 65 years’ experience of building holiday homes in Spain, we have seen plenty of changes to buyers’ preferences and priorities. Right now, buyers are demanding a flexible choice of property types and layouts, to enable a range of different holiday styles.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

As a result of this varied buyer demand, Taylor Wimpey España is building a wide range of property types, from spacious apartments to airy townhouses, serving a variety of price points. Apartments at Solana Village South at La Cala Golf Resort, for example, are priced from €370,000 plus VAT. The south-facing apartments have large terraces with glass balcony enclosures to maximise the delightful views of the golf course. Ground floor homes also have private gardens with views of the pool, resort gardens and golf course.

Meanwhile, another of Taylor Wimpey España’s developments at La Cala, which is located in Mijas, Malaga, is providing three-storey townhouses with large solariums and pretty gardens. The homes at Belaria are priced from €572,000 plus VAT, and come with three bedrooms, open plan kitchen and living spaces and a basement that can be used flexibly as a home office, games room or whatever best suits owners’ needs.

While needs vary in terms of property type and layout, some features are popular with all buyers. Terraces with panoramic views are one such example, as is proximity to a pretty, family-friendly beach.

Many buyers are also prioritising on-site relaxation and fitness amenities at present – a trend which has been prominent since the pandemic, according to the Taylor Wimpey España team.

“Spending time outdoors and keeping fit and healthy – both physically and mentally – took on a new importance during the pandemic. That trend continues to this day, with buyers seeking access to facilities that support their wellbeing goals.”

https://internationalbusinessnews.co.uk/taylor-wimpey-espana-reveals-latest-holiday-home-trends-as-buyers-seek-more-than-property-alone/

Spain golf holiday destination

Spain stars as Europe’s budget-friendly golf holiday destination

Families seeking a budget-friendly golf holiday destination to enjoy this year are setting their sights on Spain. Tourist arrivals in February were up by 35.9% year-on-year, with 4.32 arrivals during the month, according to the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE). Arrivals from the UK were up by 35.6%, with 784,000 visitors travelling to Spain from there during February.

Golf is an important driver of tourism in Spain, particularly in the country’s southernmost regions, where the sun-kissed fairways attract an international crowd seeking to enjoy some of the best golf in Europe. Research by the IE University from Segovia shows that golf tourism generates an income of nearly €11.2 billion per year for Spain.

In addition to its wealth of stunning golf courses, Spain’s affordability is also a major draw for holidaymakers. According to Numbeo, the cost of living there is 18.3% lower than it is in the UK. Everything from eating out to buying a property is cheaper in Spain. A three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant, for example, costs €50 in Spain compared to £55 (€62.82 at time of writing) in the UK.

Property provides an even more impressive saving. In Spain, a non-city centre apartment costs an average of €1,979.98 per square meter, while the equivalent property in the UK costs an average of £3,261.29 (€3,724.75) per square meter.

“Spain is the perfect affordable holiday destination. Few places offer such an enticing combination of beaches, golf courses, charming towns, delightful restaurants and more. Property, in particular, provides excellent value compared to the UK, which is why Spain is the second home destination of choice for so many families.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has a string of developments offering golf properties dotted along the Costa del Sol. Some of the best value can be found at Sunny Golf, where prices start from €245,000 plus VAT. The bright, spacious apartments overlook the course at Estepona Golf, with some homes also enjoying sea views. Large terraces provide plenty of room for outdoor living, with communal gardens and pool available for owners’ exclusive use.

Further along the coast, Solana Village South and Solana Village East offer apartments from €370,000 plus VAT and €395,000 plus VAT respectively. Situated at the prestigious La Cala Resort, the first line golf apartments have private gardens on the ground floor and large terraces on the first and second storeys. The residential, gated community is ideal for families, with an adult pool, infant splash pool and communal gardens overlooking the beautiful valley.

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

https://internationalbusinessnews.co.uk/spain-stars-as-europes-budget-friendly-golf-holiday-destination/

Stunning Spanish property with views

Stunning Spanish property with views of world famous beach same price as three-bed house in Ireland

Here‘s what a €300,000 property looks like in Alicante versus in Galway.

With the cost-of-living crisis continuing to cause concern and house prices going through the roof in Ireland, have you ever dreamed of upping and moving to a sunny destination?

For those looking to chase that dream, an apartment right next to the beach in Spain might not be as out of reach as it seems.

There are many different types of accommodation you can buy in Spain and €300,000 can go a lot farther and secure much higher quality accommodation than in Ireland.

According to Galway Beo, a stunning Spanish apartment with views of a world famous beach is the same price as a three-bed house in Ireland.

Here’s what a €300,000 property looks like in Alicante versus in Galway.

Alicante, Spain

Alicante has long been a favourite destination for Irish tourists looking to get some much needed vitamin D, whether that’s tourists there for just a week, or those willing to fork out to buy an apartment in the area.

In Alicante, you could live the life of luxury in a two-bed apartment overlooking Almadraba beach that comes with two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, and a living/dining room.

Each apartment also includes an underground parking spot and a store room. The Bella Beach apartments include air conditioning and heating and a fitted kitchen with oven and microwave, vitro-ceramic hob, and extractor fan.

Prices for this size apartment start at €290,000 and they are estimated to be completed in June 2024. You can find more information about the development here.

 

 

https://www.irishmirror.ie/lifestyle/homes-and-property/stunning-spanish-property-views-world-29747565

https://www.galwaybeo.ie/news/property/fabulous-spanish-mansion-looking-onto-8364677

 

Golf Property News

Golf property News: Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Resort celebrate joint venture renewal

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Golf Resort are celebrating the renewal of their joint venture, which has already led to the construction of more than 400 homes in Spain’s Costa del Sol region.

La Cala Resort hosted a cocktail reception on March 31 to celebrate the enduring partnership, with the Mayor of Mijas and other local dignitaries in attendance, along with more than 80 agents in the Taylor Wimpey España network.

The joint venture between Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Resort has been running for nearly a decade. During that time Taylor Wimpey España has generated over €150 million in sales revenue at the resort. Under the renewed agreement, plans are in place for more than 600 additional homes at La Cala.

The latest homes under development at the resort are at Solana Village, where 197 two- and three-bedroom homes overlook the picturesque Europa Golf Course.

Located close to the luxurious spa, clubhouse and hotel at La Cala, the gated Solana Village development comes with an adult pool, infant splash pool and communal gardens overlooking the valley. Individual apartments have large terraces, private gardens on the ground floor and light-filled open plan living spaces, perfect for family holidays.

Nestled between the Sierra de Mijas Natural Park in Mijas and the Mediterranean Sea, the homes are just a 10-minute drive from the fabulous beaches of Mijas and Fuengirola and just 20-minutes from Marbella and Puerto Banús.

The reception also marked the pre-launch of another new development – Belaria – consisting of just 21 three-bedroom townhouses. With accommodation split over three levels, Belaria will occupy an exceptional position with both golf and sea views. Built in accordance with the latest building regulations and with a grade A energy certificate, the homes are due for completion in April 2025. Belaria will feature communal gardens and a shared pool, while each townhouse will include a spacious solarium.

In addition to the strength and longevity of its joint venture with La Cala Golf, Taylor Wimpey España is also celebrating its 65-year anniversary of building homes in Spain this year.

 

https://golfbusinessnews.com/news/property/taylor-wimpey-espana-and-la-cala-resort-celebrate-joint-venture-renewal/

Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Resort celebrate joint venture renewal

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Golf Resort are celebrating the renewal of their joint venture, which has already led to the construction of more than 400 homes in Spain’s Costa del Sol region.
La Cala Resort hosted a cocktail reception on March 31 to celebrate the enduring partnership, with the Mayor of Mijas and other local dignitaries in attendance, along with more than 80 agents in the Taylor Wimpey España network.The joint venture between Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Resort has been running for nearly a decade. During that time Taylor Wimpey España has generated over €150 million in sales revenue at the resort. Under the renewed agreement, plans are in place for more than 600 additional homes at La Cala.

The latest homes under development at the resort are at Solana Village, where 197 two- and three-bedroom homes overlook the picturesque Europa Golf Course. Prices for the south- and southwest-facing homes at Solana Village South start from €370,000 plus VAT, while the south- and east-facing apartments at Solana Village East start from €395,000 plus VAT.

Located close to the luxurious spa, clubhouse and hotel at La Cala, the gated Solana Village development comes with an adult pool, infant splash pool and communal gardens overlooking the valley. Individual apartments have large terraces, private gardens on the ground floor and light-filled open plan living spaces, perfect for family holidays.

Nestled between the Sierra de Mijas Natural Park in Mijas and the Mediterranean Sea, the homes are just a 10-minute drive from the fabulous beaches of Mijas and Fuengirola and just 20-minutes from Marbella and Puerto Banús.

The reception also marked the pre-launch of another new development – Belaria – consisting of just 21 three-bedroom townhouses. With accommodation split over three levels, Belaria will occupy an exceptional position with both golf and sea views. Built in accordance with the latest building regulations and with a grade A energy certificate, the homes are due for completion in April 2025. Belaria will feature communal gardens and a shared pool, while each townhouse will include a spacious solarium.

In addition to the strength and longevity of its joint venture with La Cala Golf, Taylor Wimpey España is also celebrating its 65-year anniversary of building homes in Spain this year.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España, said: “We are thrilled to continue working so closely with the team at La Cala to provide sought-after residences at this stunning and perennially popular resort. And we look forward to continuing our investment in the local area over the coming years, creating holiday homes for families to cherish.”

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Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Resort celebrate joint venture renewal

  • Plans in place for more than 600 additional homes at La Cala
  • Mayor of Mijas to attend a reception to celebrate the renewed partnership
  • Taylor Wimpey España has already generated sales revenue of over €150 million at La Cala

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España and the prestigious La Cala Golf Resort are celebrating the renewal of their joint venture, which has already led to the construction of more than 400 homes in the Costa del Sol. La Cala Resort will host a cocktail reception on 31st March 2023 to celebrate the enduring partnership, with the Mayor of Mijas and other local dignitaries in attendance, along with 80+ agents in the Taylor Wimpey España network.

The joint venture between Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Resort has been running for nearly a decade. During that time Taylor Wimpey España has generated over €150 million in sales revenue at the resort. Under the renewed agreement, plans are in place for more than 600 additional homes at La Cala.

The latest homes under development at the resort are at Solana Village, where 197 two- and three-bedroom homes overlook the picturesque Europa Golf Course. Prices for the south- and southwest-facing homes at Solana Village South start from €370,000 plus VAT, while the south- and east-facing apartments at Solana Village East start from €395,000 plus VAT. Located close to the luxurious spa, clubhouse and hotel at La Cala, the gated Solana Village development comes with an adult pool, infant splash pool and communal gardens overlooking the valley. Individual apartments have large terraces, private gardens on the ground floor and light-filled open-plan living spaces, perfect for family holidays. Nestled between the Sierra de Mijas Natural Park in Mijas and the Mediterranean Sea, the homes are just a 10-minute drive from the fabulous beaches of Mijas and Fuengirola and just 20 minutes from Marbella and Puerto Banús.

The reception at La Cala Resort on 31st March will also celebrate the pre-launch of another new development – Belaria – consisting of just 21 three-bedroom townhouses. With accommodation split over three levels, Belaria will occupy an exceptional position with both golf and sea views. Built in accordance with the latest building regulations and with a grade A energy certificate, the homes are due for completion in April 2025. Belaria will feature communal gardens and a shared pool, while each townhouse will include a spacious solarium.

In addition to the strength and longevity of its joint venture with La Cala Golf, Taylor Wimpey España is also celebrating its 65-year anniversary of building homes in Spain this year.

“We are thrilled to continue working so closely with the team at La Cala to provide sought-after residences at this stunning and perennially popular resort. And we look forward to continuing our investment in the local area over the coming years, creating holiday homes for families to cherish.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

https://www.londondaily.news/taylor-wimpey-espana-and-la-cala-resort-celebrate-joint-venture-renewal/

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Taylor Wimpey and La Cala Resort celebration

Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Resort celebration: joint venture renewal

  • Plans in place for more than 600 additional homes at La Cala
  • Mayor of Mijas to attend a reception to celebrate the renewed partnership
  • Taylor Wimpey España has already generated sales revenue of over €150 million at La Cala

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España and the prestigious La Cala Golf Resort are celebrating the renewal of their joint venture, which has already led to the construction of more than 400 homes in the Costa del Sol. La Cala Resort will host a cocktail reception on 31st March 2023 to celebrate the enduring partnership, with the Mayor of Mijas and other local dignitaries in attendance, along with 80+ agents in the Taylor Wimpey España network.

The joint venture between Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Resort has been running for nearly a decade. During that time Taylor Wimpey España has generated over €150 million in sales revenue at the resort. Under the renewed agreement, plans are in place for more than 600 additional homes at La Cala.

The latest homes under development at the resort are at Solana Village, where 197 two- and three-bedroom homes overlook the picturesque Europa Golf Course. Prices for the south- and southwest-facing homes at Solana Village South start from €370,000 plus VAT, while the south- and east-facing apartments at Solana Village East. Located close to the luxurious spa, clubhouse and hotel at La Cala, the gated Solana Village development comes with an adult pool, infant splash pool and communal gardens overlooking the valley. Individual apartments have large terraces, private gardens on the ground floor and light-filled open-plan living spaces, perfect for family holidays. Nestled between the Sierra de Mijas Natural Park in Mijas and the Mediterranean Sea, the homes are just a 10-minute drive from the fabulous beaches of Mijas and Fuengirola and just 20 minutes from Marbella and Puerto Banús.

The celebration at La Cala Resort on 31st March will also celebrate the pre-launch of another new development – Belaria – consisting of just 21 three-bedroom townhouses. With accommodation split over three levels, Belaria will occupy an exceptional position with both golf and sea views. Built in accordance with the latest building regulations and with a grade A energy certificate, the homes are due for completion in April 2025. Belaria will feature communal gardens and a shared pool, while each townhouse will include a spacious solarium.

In addition to the strength and longevity of its joint venture with La Cala Golf, Taylor Wimpey España is also celebrating its 65-year anniversary of building homes in Spain this year.

https://www.londondaily.news/taylor-wimpey-espana-and-la-cala-resort-celebrate-joint-venture-renewal/

 

Costa Blanca or the Costa del Sol this Summer?

Battle of the Costas… Should You Head to the Costa Blanca or the Costa del Sol this Summer?

The Spanish Costas deliver sunshine, beaches and relaxation aplenty. But if you’re heading to Spain this summer, should you set your sights on the Costa Blanca or the Costa del Sol.

The Spanish Costas deliver sunshine, beaches and relaxation aplenty. But if you’re heading to Spain this summer, should you set your sights on the Costa Blanca or the Costa del Sol?

Both of these sun-kissed regions are easily accessible from the UK, with flights from a wide range of airports. Ryanair has recently confirmed that its new summer 2023 schedule will include a Teesside to Alicante route, while Jet2.com has added a new route from Bristol to Malaga.

According to Jet2.com CEO Steve Heapy, it’s going to be a busy year, as “the forecasts for this summer in Spain are for additional growth of 4% compared to 2022.”

Flying to Alicante opens up the beauty of the Costa Blanca (meaning “white coast”), including the 200 kilometres of white, sandy beaches to which the region owes its name.

From picturesque villages and pretty towns (check out Calpe for one of the most beautiful) to buzzing cities like Alicante and Torrevieja, the Costa Blanca is a versatile, family-focused holiday hotspot.

Walking tours, nature trails, wine tasting and culinary tours, off-road Jeep tours, kayaking, sailing, waterfall tours, mountain biking and a myriad of other activities await those looking for an active break in the Costa Blanca. And if you simply want to sit on a beach? Between Playa de La Mata, Playa del Arenal and Playa La Grandella, you’ll be hard pressed to decide which is the most beautiful spot to sun yourself!

https://www.portfolionorth.co.uk/lifestyle/battle-of-the-costas-should-you-head-to-the-costa-blanca-or-the-costa-del-sol-this-summer/

Celebrities fall in love with Mallorca

Why do so many celebrities fall in love with Mallorca?

Prime among Mallorca’s myriad charms is its breath-taking scenery. For an island that is only about twice the size of London, it delivers a huge range of vistas, from mountain terrain to rolling hills to its incredible coastline.
In addition to sandy beaches, the island boasts rocky sea pools and watery caves, as well as natural springs and waterfalls further inland.

Mallorca’s weather, of course, plays a big part in its attraction. The island enjoys mild winters and hot summers with long, sun-filled days, meaning it’s perfect for spending time outdoors year-round. The sea temperature hits an average of 25°C in some parts of the island during July, August and September, and only drops just below 15°C between January and March, so there’s a really long season for enjoying time in the water.

Another reason that Mallorca is such a hit with celebrities is its wealth of upscale dining options and its lively nightlife. The local cuisine features plenty of fish (as you would expect of an island!), along with pork, vegetables, local cheeses, olive oils and a selection of super-sweet desserts. Whether you’re after a sophisticated evening meal at one of Mallorca’s five Michelin star restaurants or simply a casual, flavour-packed lunch in an idyllic waterside setting, the island can provide everything you wish for.

As the sun goes down, Palma comes alive to the sound of music, providing plenty of options for those looking to dance the night away, as well as quieter spots to stop for cocktails.
There’s also the casino and dancing shows for those looking for an alternative night out.
With many of Mallorca’s most delicious and delicate desserts featuring a generous dollop of lard in their recipes, many celebs are keen to stay active during their time on the island.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to do so. Mallorca is famous for its challenging cycling conditions, though the spectacular scenery is well worth the effort. Mallorca is also home to world-class tennis facilities, thanks in large part to Rafael Nadal, who was born on the island, along with a huge range of water sports, from scuba diving to parasailing.
Mallorca also delivers plenty of variety on the property front. From light-filled apartments in picturesque villages (check out Es Balcò), to detached villas with private pools (Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rapita, there’s something to suit every taste.

https://boujeemag.co.uk/2023/03/15/why-do-so-many-celebrities-fall-in-love-with-mallorca-2/

Spain 2nd most attractive property destination

Spain named 2nd most attractive property destination in world for international investors

  • Knight Frank Wealth Report highlights Spain’s international appeal
  • The report coincides with Taylor Wimpey España’s investment of €35 million in 2 new developments
  • Homes at La Mar and Breeze are due for completion in 2025

The latest Knight Frank Wealth Report has named Spain the second most attractive property destination for international capital in the world for 2023, as wealthy investors seek markets offering not just healthy returns but lifestyle benefits and stable political governance. In terms of its prime residential market, Knight Frank’s analysis confirms Spain as the second most international prime residential marketplace in the world, with buyers from across the globe seeking out investment opportunities in the Spanish property sector.

The release of the report coincides with the announcement from leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España that it will be launching two new coastal developments, representing a total investment of €35 million.

Located in the idyllic setting of Cala D’Or, Mallorca, La Mar is a collection of 36 apartments sited around a communal pool and gardens. The avant-garde architecture and energy rating of ‘A’ are ideal for buyers looking to balance visual appeal with consideration for the planet. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with open-plan living space that opens onto a generously sized terrace.

Taylor Wimpey España’s second new development is Breeze, located in Balcón de Finestrat in Alicante. The first phase of the launch will include 30 apartments and 14 terraced houses, less than 8 km from Finestrat Cove and the beaches of Benidorm. With two- and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom houses available, the properties will suit a wide range of buyers seeking to enjoy the sunshine, beaches, golf and other amenities close to the development’s quiet residential location. Views include the site’s communal areas, swimming pool and private gardens, with sea views available with select homes. Option to add a private pool for the houses.

The newly launched developments follow a busy year for Taylor Wimpey España. The firm completed 381 homes in 2022 – a 77% increase on 2021 – with an average selling price of €383,000 across the areas in which it operates (the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Mallorca and Ibiza). The company now has 65 years’ experience of developing homes along the Spanish coast, with 2023 set to be another busy one; the total order book as at 31st December 2022 stood at 448 homes, up 38% compared to a year earlier.

https://www.londondaily.news/spain-named-2nd-most-attractive-property-destination-in-world-for-international-investors/

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Beach can deliver lifelong mental benefits

How days on the beach can deliver lifelong mental wellbeing benefits

  • Time by the sea during childhood = better mental health in adulthood (ECEHH)
  • Lakes, rivers and other blue spaces also contribute to health and wellbeing
  • Taylor Wimpey España buyers benefit from sunshine as well as blue spaces

Every parent wants to do the best for their children, including for their health and wellbeing. According to a recent survey coordinated by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) at the University of Exeter, that means spending more time by the water.

The survey of 15,000 people across 14 countries found that those who spent more time near blue spaces during their childhood had improved mental health during adulthood. Blue spaces include the sea, inland waterways, lakes and rivers.

“In the context of an increasingly technological and industrialised world, it’s important to understand how childhood nature experiences relate to wellbeing in later life. Our findings suggest that building familiarity and confidence in and around blue spaces during childhood may stimulate an inherent joy of nature and encourage people to seek out recreational nature experiences, with beneficial consequences for adult mental health.”

Valeria Vitale, PhD candidate at Sapienza University of Rome and lead author of the study

Dr Leanne Martin from the University of Exeter also said that the research revealed that, “developing skills such as swimming at an early age can have previously unrecognised life-long benefits.”

The survey’s findings add to the recognised physical health benefits of spending time by the sea, which can support a healthy immune system, help regulate sleep and blood pressure and improve mood, circulation and heart rate.

Those who spend time near blue spaces in Spain can enjoy the added benefit of a climate that supports increased opportunities for exercising outdoors. This can further enhance the benefits already delivered by spending time by the sea, such as stress reduction and greater relaxation, as well as increasing vitamin D levels. According to the ECEHH, it takes just minutes for some of those positive effects to be felt.

“We’ve always known that happy childhood days by the seaside are something to look back on fondly. Now, the latest research shows just how long-lasting the benefits of such days by the water can be. It’s humbling to think that the coastal and lakeside properties we provide are creating not just happy family moments at the time of use, but underpinning mental wellbeing that can last for decades.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has spent the past 65 years building homes in coastal locations. Some of its most popular seaside developments at present include Amara and Iconic in Gran Alacant and Bella Beach in Denia, where apartments are selling fast.

Amara is a collection of 120 apartments laid out around two large communal pools, a children’s playground and pretty communal gardens. Every home comes with generously sized terraces or balconies, with some of the penthouse apartments offering exceptional views across the beach at El Carabassí and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

Also located in Gran Alacant, which is just 20 minutes from Alicante, is Iconic, where a new phase of two- and three-bedroom homes has just been launched. Home to 170 apartments, and with impressive views of the Med, the development also provides a communal pool, private underground parking, garden areas, outdoor fitness equipment, bicycle parking and a children’s play area. All just a 15-minute walk from the beach. A

The homes at Bella Beach offer even quicker access to the sea, with direct pedestrian access to Dénia’s Almadraba beach. The 62 apartments surround communal pools and gardens. Each home has a balcony or terrace, while penthouse apartments come with private solariums. Prices for the homes start from €275,000 plus VAT. Perfect for maximising family time spent on the beach or by the pool.

 

https://www.londondaily.news/how-days-on-the-beach-can-deliver-lifelong-mental-wellbeing-benefits/

Is it time to discover Mallorca?

Is it time to discover Mallorca?

By Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey España and decades-long Mallorca resident.

Mallorca has been in the spotlight recently, with Nicole Kidman posting a series of images on her Instagram, showcasing the island’s beauty. Fellow celebs Michelle Pfeiffer and Reese Witherspoon were quick to comment on how “beautiful” and “amazing” the island looked.

Now, budget travel company Jet2 has opened up Mallorca to those without a Hollywood-sized holiday budget, as part of an extra 11,000 seats to Palma de Mallorca (along with Tenerife) from a range of UK airports.

Additional flights to Mallorca will operate from Birmingham and East Midlands airports in April, and from those two airports plus Glasgow and Leeds Bradford in May. Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy has advised that the increased flights are part of Jet2’s “biggest ever summer programme”. Prices are as low as £91 for a return (Birmingham BHX to Palma PMI, departing 4th May 2023, at the time of writing).

As a family holiday destination, there is certainly much to love about Mallorca. TripAdvisor just ranked the island as the seventh best place for nature on the planet. It was the only location in Europe to make it into the top ten ranking. Stunning beaches are obviously a key part of the attraction, but not the whole story. Mallorca is home to a spectacular mountain range, as well as rolling countryside that delivers greenery and birdsong in abundance.

For families who prefer the bright lights of city life, Palma is a stunning coastal city that combines the best of an urban break with easy access to golden sands and gently lapping waves.

Sports lovers quickly find that Mallorca ticks all the right boxes too. The island provides outstanding terrain for cyclists, a huge range of water-based sports and some superb tennis and golf facilities.

Accommodation-wise, Mallorca is home to a range of hotels, from budget-friendly to ultra-luxurious. Families looking to return regularly also have access to a range of second home options. Prices for homes at Compass, in Cala D’Or on the southeast of the island, for a two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment with terrace and communal pool. Families looking for something more substantial can find two-storey, semi-detached houses with private pools at The Village, in Es Capdella (both properties available through Taylor Wimpey España).

Mallorca also has a stellar reputation amongst foodies, thanks to its wealth of local flavours, seasonal produce and fresh seafood. Eateries range from upscale beach clubs and Michelin star restaurants to cosy cafés and humble bistros serving delicious dishes that the locals have dined on for generations.

The vast range of amenities to be found across Mallorca means that families can visit the island with anything from a modest budget to one that allows them to seriously splash out.

Either way, Mallorca’s beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and fabulous local cuisine can contribute to a relaxing break. One that even more families can enjoy thanks to the additional seats from Jet2 over the coming months.

https://www.portfolionorth.co.uk/lifestyle/is-it-time-to-discover-mallorca/

‘Digital nomads’ can now live in Spain

‘Digital nomads’ can now live in Spain with their families — if they earn enough

Hopping between tapas bars in Madrid, gorging on art and culture in Barcelona or simply soaking up the sun in the Canary Islands.

For most people, those beat awkward conversations by the water cooler in a lonely suburban office park.

Remote workers looking for a change of scenery can now live and work in Spain if they meet the requirements of its new visa program.

The visa is aimed at “international teleworkers,” according to the Spanish government. The so-called “digital nomad” visa is open to a wide variety of remote workers and has already attracted considerable interest.

U.S. Google searches for “digital nomad visa Spain” spiked by 66% in late January, according to digital marketing specialists Semrush.

Who is eligible?

The new visa is for foreigners who carry out remote work or professional activities using computers or other forms of telecommunication, according to Spain’s Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration.

Applicants must:

  • be nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area — which includes European Union countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
  • be self-employed or employed by a company operating outside of Spain
  • Have no criminal record in Spain or anywhere else for five years prior to applying
  • Have health insurance with a company that operates in Spain
  • Be qualified to work in their field, as evidenced by a university degree or work experience

Another draw? The money

Prithwiraj Choudhury, an associate professor at Harvard Business School who studies future work trends, said Spain’s new remote worker visa is financially compelling for two reasons:

  • the tax rate for most workers is 15%, and
  • visa holders can earn up to 20% of their income from local Spanish companies.

But countries stand to benefit from remote worker programs too.

Not only do they spend money, remote workers can “act as catalysts for knowledge and resource flows between regions, benefitting themselves, their organizations and their host countries,” he said.

Digital nomads can affect real estate markets too, said the marketing director at real estate developer Taylor Wimpey Espana.

“We have already seen an increase in the number of people buying second homes in Spain and then using them for work,” he said. “Buyers are also staying in their properties for longer than they did pre-pandemic. We anticipate that this will increase as both digital nomads and energy nomads head to Spain to wait out the winter in the warm.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/02/19/spains-digital-nomad-visa-lets-remote-workers-bring-their-families.html

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MALLORCA’S CELEBRITY CONNECTIONS

MALLORCA’S CELEBRITY CONNECTIONS

Nicole Kidman’s Instagram feed was bursting with stunning pictures of Mallorca earlier this month, as the superstar enjoyed a break in the Balearics. Captioning her pics with “Loving Mallorca” and “Beautiful Mallorca,” Kidman was clearly wowed by the island’s charms. And she is far from the first celebrity to fall in love with this particular corner of paradise…

From celebrity who own homes on the island to those who simply visit whenever they can, Mallorca has attracted an impressive list of famous international afficionados. The island’s fans span the worlds of sport, acting, music, politics and more. Stephen Fry, Kate Moss, Noel Gallagher and Jamie Oliver have all frequented the island, as have Michelle Obama, Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Eva Longoria, Antonio Banderas, Sting, Harrison Ford and more.

As well as its famous international fans, Mallorca is also home to its own celebrity connections. Tennis legend Rafael Nadal was born on Mallorca, as were actor Alex Hernandez and actress Rossy de Palma. In recent years, the island has also produced a new generation of youthful TikTok and YouTube stars, who have between then attracted followers in the tens of millions.

For those looking to enjoy the celebrity lifestyle on Mallorca, these are some of the island’s top attractions.

Mallorca’s capital city of Palma is home to some outstanding restaurants. Marc Fosh, DINS Santi Taura, Zaranda and Adrián Quetglas all boast Michelin stars and are well worth a visit for their exquisite food. Quadrat, La Bodeguilla, Aromata, Stagier Bar and El Txoko de Martín are also must-visit eateries while you’re in the city. Elsewhere on the island, there’s another Michelin star restaurant in Palmanova (Es Fum), while Arrels by Marga Coll (in Ses Illetes), La Fortalez (Cala Blava) and Sa Clastra (Es Capedellà) will all give your tastebuds a treat to remember.

With soft sands, gently lapping waves, outstanding cocktails and superb cuisine, Mallorca’s beach clubs are the ideal way to while away your time on the island. If you’re in Palma, check out Anima Beach Club, just a quick stroll away from the cathedral, or Assaona Beach Club, about five minutes’ walk from the city centre. For a swim and a massage, head to Puro Palma Beach.

Capdepera in northeast Mallorca – home to the beautiful Cala Agulla – is a particularly lovely area of Mallorca and Canyamel is the jewel of Capedpera. In addition to Canyamel Beach, Canyamel Golf and the impressive Artés caves at Cap Vermell, there is the lovely Capdepera town, which is packed with cafés and restaurants. Properties at Canyamel Pins are ideally positioned for making the most of the area, with just one home remaining available for sale, at €650,000 plus VAT.Down on the southwest coast, meanwhile, Es Capdellà is an idyllic village that offers a taste of traditional Mallorca life, close to some of the island’s most prestigious golf clubs and the lively weekend market at Calvià. Spacious three-bedroom homes at The Village in Es Capdellà are available from €790,000 plus VAT. Each property comes with large, southwest- facing terraces and a private garden with a swimming pool.

https://www.billionsluxuryportal.com/post/mallorca-s-celebrity-connections

Marbella looks forward to a bumper 2023

Marbella looks forward to a bumper 2023, with visitors staying longer and spending more

From hoteliers to home builders to tourism professionals, there are plenty of people projecting a bumper summer for Marbella this year. The city, which is a popular destination for luxury breaks, has already recovered its hotel occupancy to 2019 levels. Now, the directors of El Fuerte de Marbella hotels have spoken out about their optimism in light of the demand for stays in 2023, with tourists planning to visit the city for conferences and conventions, as well as for leisure purposes. Looking ahead to the course of the year, the sense is that tourists will be booking fewer visits, but staying longer and spending more on the visits they do arrange.

This change in habits is something that developers in Spain are observing too. According to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, holidaymakers are factoring working from home into their plans to facilitate longer stays in Spain.

“We are seeing a sustained blending of working and leisure time, with owners taking longer breaks in their second homes as a result. We anticipate this trend will continue into 2023. In development terms, it means that we’re continuing to provide flexible accommodation spaces that ensure owners have the room and the peace to work from home productively.” Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Marbella is a firm favourite with international visitors. Nestled between the backdrop of the Sierra Blanca Mountains and the stunning sandy coastline of the Costa del Sol, the city provides access to top-notch golf courses, upscale shopping experiences and a wide range of fashionable bars, restaurants and clubs. To the west of the city lies the marina of Puerto Banús, where luxury yachts from around the world bob gently in the water, while upmarket boutiques and eateries line the waterfront.

This wealth of attractions has served Marbella’s second homes market well over the past few years, despite the disruptions to travel and tourism. At Taylor Wimpey España’s Marbella Lake development, 62% of homes have sold over the past 20 months. The last two-bedroom and remaining three-bedroom apartments, penthouses and duplexes provide the perfect location for enjoying Marbella and the surrounding area. Homes at Marbella Lake come with generously sized terraces for outdoor dining, while the four on-site pools and landscaped gardens provide a lovely setting for relaxing in the sun.

At the Almazara Hills development, properties are also selling well, with 35% of the apartments snapped up in the past eight months. The two- and three-bedroom homes are located on the mountainous slopes of La Concha, close to the Sierra Blanca Country Club resort, with breathtaking views of the huge Istán reservoir and Marbella Bay. The apartments, provide an idyllic escape from modern life, yet the bright lights of Puerto Banús and Marbella are just 20-30 minutes away by car.

Buyers at the two developments highlight the international nature of Marbella’s appeal. 23 nationalities have bought homes there so far, including buyers from the Middle East (19%), Britain (13%), Scandinavia (11%), Spain (11%), Germany (7%), Belgium (6%), France (6%) and numerous other countries.

For second home buyers looking out for a future Marbella base for work and leisure purposes, Taylor Wimpey España has recently begun construction of Almazara Views. Neighbouring Almazara Hills in the beautiful, mountainous Istán, Almazara Views is home to 23 three-bedroom townhouses. Located at the highest part of the development, the properties enjoy exceptional views of the surrounding hundred-year-old forests and the reservoir and sparkling sea beyond. Each property comes with premium brand fixtures and fittings, as well as an underground parking space and a storeroom. Construction is due to complete towards the end of the year, making an extended Christmas break in Marbella a possibility for those who reserve homes now.

https://www.londondaily.news/marbella-looks-forward-to-a-bumper-2023-with-visitors-staying-longer-and-spending-more/

https://www.eubusinessnews.com/marbella-looks-forward-to-a-bumper-2023-with-visitors-staying-longer-and-spending-more/

Costa del Sol: golf destination

Costa del Sol shines as Europe’s winning golf destination

Golfing hotspots don’t come much better than Spain’s Costa del Sol – or the Costa del Golf, as many players refer to it. Players have been flocking to the area’s sun-kissed fairways for nearly a century after the Real Club de Campo opened its doors in 1925.

These days, golfers visit Spain from around the globe, with golf tourism bringing the country an income of nearly €11.2 billion per year, according to research by the IE University from Segovia.

“Golf tourism is hugely important to the Costa del Sol and to Spain as a whole. From the jobs it creates to the non-golf spending by players and their families, it plays a key role in supporting both regional and national economic success.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

There are plenty of good reasons why the Costa del Sol is such a winning golf destination. Firstly, it has the greatest concentration of golf courses in Europe, with over 70 courses. This plethora of facilities means that there are courses for all abilities, from those just getting into golf to professional players. Between its golf academies, friendly local competitions and international championships, the Costa del Sol has something for everyone when it comes to playing golf.

The region is also welcoming to players of all ages, as well as all handicaps. There are over 350,000 registered junior golfers (those under the age of 18) in Europe, according to the European Golf Participation Report 2021. England is home to 45,304 of them (accounting for 7% of all English golfers) and Spain to 33,751 (accounting for 12% of all golfers in Spain). With an emphasis on training and practice facilities as well as courses, the Costa del Sol has plenty to offer younger players.

There is also a huge range of golf properties in the Costa del Sol, with leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España among those offering high-quality homes with outstanding access to some of the region’s most popular courses. Properties range from townhouses to light and airy apartments, many with spectacular views over the fairways and out to sea.

The homes at Green Golf are one such example. The south- and southwest-facing homes are flooded with natural light and look out over the course at Estepona Golf, with panoramic views also encompassing the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. The three-bedroom townhouses are split across three floors, with large terraces and a lovely on-site pool and communal gardens. Prices start from €348,000 plus VAT.

For buyers who prefer apartments, Sunny Golf has two-bedroom homes at Estepona Golf available from €245,000 plus VAT. In addition to spectacular views, the private gated community provides communal gardens and pool, surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Despite its reputation as a leading golf destination, the Costa del Sol also has plenty more to offer. The versatile destination is packed with beautiful beaches, bustling cities and shopping hubs, museums, art galleries and other cultural attractions, opportunities for other sports (on both land and water) and some outstanding eateries. It has a great family vibe, with entertainment that can keep family members of all ages happy, as well as the abundant sunshine that gives the area its name.

This versatility is reflected on the property side of things, as well. The apartments at Solemar at Casares Beach, for example, offer the best of both worlds in terms of golf and beach access, being just 0.75 km from the fine sands of Playa Ancha, while the renowned Finca Cortesín golf complex is less than 10 minutes away by car. The Casares, Estepona and La Duquesa golf courses, amongst others, are also within easy reach.

 

https://www.londondaily.news/costa-del-sol-shines-as-europes-winning-golf-destination/

Marc Pritchard: Director of Sales and Marketing at Taylor Wimpey España

We chat with Marc Pritchard, Director of Sales and Marketing at Taylor Wimpey España

  • How did you get into working in the property sector and what do you enjoy about it?

I spent many happy days of my childhood on Mallorca when we went there for family holidays. It gave me a deep-rooted love of the island, which ultimately led to my living here in the early 1990s.

I began working in marketing for Taylor Wimpey España in late 1993 to help others to do the same – to find their dream home, whether on Mallorca, another Spanish island or the mainland. I love working with different types of clients and discovering how I can help meet their needs.

The innovation side of the business really appeals to me as well – I enjoy seeing how homes are evolving and particularly how they are becoming more sustainable. Taylor Wimpey España has a real commitment to that.

  • Taylor Wimpey España sells homes in a range of Spanish locations. Which are the hotspots in terms of demand for your most luxurious properties in 2023?

The Marbella area of the Costa del Sol is going to be a key hotspot for us in 2023 when it comes to luxury holiday homes. There are so many high-end shops and upscale restaurants in the area, plus the nightlife is excellent. The surrounding scenery is stunning too, with picture-perfect beaches, pristine golf courses and ancient architecture dotted around.

  • Who is your typical buyer? 

We sold homes to over 40 nationalities last year, so our buyers are very diverse. The main groups of buyers were from the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Most are keen to enjoy the Spanish lifestyle and spend holidays outdoors in the sunshine.

The weather is certainly important to our buyers! Many also want the chance to practice sports year-round – many of our clients are enthusiastic golfers who want to spend more time on the fairways.

Generally, our buyers are between about 40 and 60 years old. They are split between families with children and older buyers who are planning to spend some or all of their retirement in Spain.

  • What do buyers look for in a luxury villa in Spain? 

Most of our buyers are looking for a serene, peaceful area that provides them with plenty of privacy – an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Panoramic sea/golf/mountain views are important to that.

At the same time, buyers are looking for convenience. They don’t want to be more than an hour’s drive from the nearest airport and they want amenities nearby, from shops to places to eat and socialise. Many of those who plan to spend long periods of time in Spain want to have the chance to meet other foreigners/expats too.

Quality finishes and homes that have been built sustainably are also top priorities for those buying luxury properties in Spain. They also need everything for year-round living – so air conditioning systems that heat, as well as cool.

For buyers seeking detached villas – such as those at Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rapita in Mallorca, where the first phase of construction is due to finish this summer – private pools are a particularly popular feature.

  • Who will be buying luxury properties in 2023 – is it mainly families for personal use or investors seeking the safety of real estate investment in an uncertain world?

Our clients are mainly families who want a second home in which to create magical holiday memories. Many also plan to use their property for retirement. They are certainly conscious of the value of property as a long-term investment, but that is not their key motivation in buying a home in Spain. Only around 10% of our clients are buying primarily as an investment property that they can rent out.

 

Marc Pritchard: Director of Sales and Marketing at Taylor Wimpey España

https://www.propertyshowplace.com/marc-pritchard-taylor-wimpey-espana/

Taylor Wimpey home completions jump 77%

  • Firm completed 381 homes in Spain in 2022 – up 77% from 2021
  • Average selling price for 2022 was €383k
  • Cost of living in Spain is now 17.3% cheaper than in UK (Numbeo)

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España completed 381 homes during 2022, across locations including the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Mallorca and Ibiza. The figure represents a jump of 77% from the 215 homes completed during 2021. The average selling price in 2022 stood at €383k.

As well as accelerating the pace of completions, Taylor Wimpey España also grew its total order book during the year, to 448 homes by 31st December 2022 – an increase of 38% compared to the previous year.

“We are delighted to have completed so many properties during 2022, to support buyers of 41 different nationalities to pursue their dreams of owning a second home in Spain. It is also gratifying to be able to report that 92.3% of our buyers would be confident to recommend us to their best friend, in terms of satisfaction with the Taylor Wimpey España service.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

As ever, British buyers favoured the Costa del Sol more than any other region during 2022. While Alicante and the wider Costa Blanca region provide greater value for money, it is the Costa del Sol’s unique blend of sunshine, beaches, golf, cuisine and extensive ex-pat community that tends to win British buyers’ hearts. The fact that the cost of living in Spain is, on average, 17.3% lower than in the UK (according to Numbeo’s 2023 figures) is also not lost on many buyers right now.

Overall, 2022 proved to be a record year for reservations for Taylor Wimpey España. Key themes in terms of buyer requirements included plentiful indoor and outdoor space and an abundance of natural light, along with sustainability and the potential for energy cost savings (something that is pushing many buyers to seek out new builds, rather than older properties).

Looking ahead, the Spanish real estate market is tipped to attract both families buying holiday homes for personal use and those buying as an investment in 2023. Real estate can serve as a solid hedge against inflation and Fitch projects that Spanish home price growth will be between 2% and 4% during 2023, meaning Spain would significantly outperform many other leading European property markets, including the UK, Germany, France, Denmark and the Netherlands.

For buyers in the Costa del Sol looking for an extra special second home (whether for personal use or as an investment), Taylor Wimpey España has a select number of penthouses available for sale. At the stunning Almazara Hills in the Sierra de las Nieves – an area of exceptional natural beauty – penthouse apartments look out over the hundred-year-old forests to panoramic views of Marbella Bay and the great Istán reservoir. The homes are beautifully designed for enjoying the relaxed pace of the local lifestyle, though with international schools, the Manolo Santana Tennis Academy, golf courses, shopping and leisure centres and the beaches of the Golden Mile all just 10-15 minutes away by car.

Penthouses are also available at Marbella Lake in Nueva Andalucia, where the glorious lakeside setting delivers a wonderful sense of serenity, just 5 km down the road from the bright lights and golden sands of Puerto Banús. Spacious and airy, the homes are awash with natural light, with terraces that are perfect for al fresco dining in the sunshine.

“2022 was a strong year for the Spanish property market. With buyers increasingly prioritising health and wellbeing, sustainability, cost of living and a more blended work/life balance, Spain has plenty to offer in 2023 as well.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

 

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España on 08000 121 020. If you reside outside of the UK, you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

https://www.londondaily.news/taylor-wimpey-espana-home-completions-jump-77/

 

New 2023 show homes revealed

Only 2 key-ready Taylor Wimpey España homes available, as new 2023 show homes revealed

  • Taylor Wimpey España follows bumper 2022 with new show homes for 2023
  • All developments will host personal and virtual visits
  • Britons remain top foreign buyers of Spanish property (Colegio Registradores)

Property sales in 2022 were so strong that leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is going into 2023 with only two key-ready homes in stock, meaning that buyers will have to move fast if they want a home they can start using straight away. The two remaining key-ready homes – located at Sunset Ibiza and Pier 2 – are expected to be snapped up quickly in 2023.

Taylor Wimpey España is launching new show homes for 2023. The launches come as figures from Colegio Registradores show that Britons remain the top foreign buyers of Spanish property, accounting for 9.3% of all purchases by foreigners in Q3 2022. Overall, international buyers accounted for 15.9% of property purchases in Spain during the quarter.

Taylor Wimpey España will this year celebrate 65 years of building property along the Mediterranean coast, meaning the firm has plenty of experience when it comes to the value of show homes.

A show home does much to improve the buying experience. It allows prospective buyers to see the dimensions of the property when furnished and to get a feel for its atmosphere and orientation. It allows buyers to visit and experience the property before the development is completed, while those browsing online can see photos and videos of it.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s show homes will be available for both personal and virtual visits during 2023. The firm plans to launch multiple new developments over the coming year, including in Mallorca, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol.

One of the show homes open to visitors keen on buying homes in the Costa del Sol is at Marbella Lake, a contemporary lakeside development at the heart of Golf Valley, in Nueva Andalucía, just 5 kilometres from Puerto Banús. The show home delivers a flavour of the three-bedroom apartments available for purchase at Marbella Lake, which will also be home to spacious penthouses and duplexes, along with prettily landscaped gardens and four communal pools.

2023 will also see show homes open at Compass and Es Llaut, located respectively at Cala D’Or and Cala Bona in Mallorca. Both developments offer outstanding value for the island. Compass provides two-bedroom apartments , while two-bedroom homes with large terraces (and gardens on the ground floor) at Es Llaut

“2022 was a very busy year for us, with many families buying key-ready homes in which to start creating wonderful holiday memories straight away. We anticipate demand will remain strong during 2023, as we complete a string of developments along with Spanish coast and begin work on nine further launches. Our show homes will play a pivotal role in supporting buyers to find the properties of their dreams over the coming year.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

 

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

https://propertynewsdesk.co.uk/2023/01/12/only-2-key-ready-taylor-wimpey-espana-homes-available-as-new-2023-show-homes-revealed/

https://leicester-tv.co.uk/2023/01/only-2-key-ready-taylor-wimpey-espana-homes-available-as-new-2023-show-homes-revealed/

Only 2 key-ready Taylor Wimpey homes available

Only 2 key-ready Taylor Wimpey España homes available, as new 2023 show homes revealed

  • Taylor Wimpey España follows bumper 2022 with new show homes for 2023
  • All developments will host personal and virtual visits
  • Britons remain top foreign buyers of Spanish property (Colegio Registradores) 

Property sales in 2022 were so strong that leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is going into 2023 with only two key-ready homes in stock, meaning that buyers will have to move fast if they want a home they can start using straight away. The two remaining key-ready homes – located at Sunset Ibiza  and Pier 2  – are expected to be snapped up quickly in 2023.

Taylor Wimpey España is launching new show homes for 2023. The launches come as figures from Colegio Registradores show that Britons remain the top foreign buyers of Spanish property, accounting for 9.3% of all purchases by foreigners in Q3 2022. Overall, international buyers accounted for 15.9% of property purchases in Spain during the quarter.

Taylor Wimpey España will this year celebrate 65 years of building property along the Mediterranean coast, meaning the firm has plenty of experience when it comes to the value of show homes.

“A show home does much to improve the buying experience. It allows prospective buyers to see the dimensions of the property when furnished and to get a feel for its atmosphere and orientation. It allows buyers to visit and experience the property before the development is completed, while those browsing online can see photos and videos of it.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s show homes will be available for both personal and virtual visits during 2023. The firm plans to launch multiple new developments over the coming year, including in Mallorca, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol.

One of the show homes open to visitors keen on buying homes in the Costa del Sol is at Marbella Lake, a contemporary lakeside development at the heart of Golf Valley, in Nueva Andalucía, just 5 kilometres from Puerto Banús. The show home delivers a flavour of the three-bedroom apartments available for purchase at Marbella Lake, which will also be home to spacious penthouses and duplexes, along with prettily landscaped gardens and four communal pools.

2023 will also see show homes open at Compass and Es Llaut, located respectively at Cala D’Or and Cala Bona in Mallorca. Both developments offer outstanding value for the island. Compass provides two-bedroom apartments , while two-bedroom homes with large terraces (and gardens on the ground floor) at Es Llaut.

“2022 was a very busy year for us, with many families buying key-ready homes in which to start creating wonderful holiday memories straight away. We anticipate demand will remain strong during 2023, as we complete a string of developments along with Spanish coast and begin work on nine further launches. Our show homes will play a pivotal role in supporting buyers to find the properties of their dreams over the coming year.”

https://www.londondaily.news/only-2-key-ready-taylor-wimpey-espana-homes-available-as-new-2023-show-homes-revealed/

Energy nomads start eyeing up the Costa Blanca

As digital nomads wait visa implementation energy nomads start eyeing up the Costa Blanca

Spain’s much-anticipated digital nomad visa, plans for which were first announced in January 2022, is rumoured to be introduced in early 2023.

 

The draft proposal provides non-EU citizens with the chance to live in Spain for up to five years while working freelance or as a contracted employee of a company outside Spain. It is also believed that the visa will offer a tax rate of 15 per cent for digital nomads, instead of the usual 24 per cent.

While digital nomads await confirmation of the visa’s implementation, energy nomads have also started eyeing up the Costa Blanca.

Between the cost of energy in the UK and the potential for supply problems over the winter, escaping to the warmth of the Costa Blanca is even more appealing than usual.

Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Espana, confirmed: “We have already seen an increase in the number of people buying second homes in Spain and then using them for work. Buyers are also staying in their properties for longer than they did pre-pandemic. We anticipate that this will increase as both digital nomads and energy nomads head to Spain to wait out the winter in the warm.”

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https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/12/28/as-digital-nomads-wait-visa-implementation-energy-nomads-start-eyeing-up-the-costa-blanca/

Taylor Wimpey launches 14 new developments

New homes: Taylor Wimpey España launches 14 new developments in 2022, with 9 more planned for 2023

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has reported growth in property reservations during 2022, after launching 14 new developments during the year, with a value of over €150 million. As the firm heads into 2023, when it will celebrate its 65th anniversary, having served buyers from around the globe with high quality holiday homes since 1958, it has another nine launches planned. The developments will span the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca.

But what lies behind the headlines? Buyers of 38 different nationalities purchased homes from Taylor Wimpey España during 2022. Many buyers choose to spend Christmas in Spain, immersing themselves in local traditions.

For second home owners with young children, the procession of the Three Kings on 5th January is a not-to-be-missed experience. The Three Kings and their helpers hand out sweets as they travel around town, while children who’ve been good open gifts that the Kings deliver the following day (this is the main gift-giving day in Spain). Children who have been naughty can expect a lump of coal!

One lovely tradition that second home owners can enjoy is the creation of a Belén in their home. This is a nativity scene made up from tiny figures, which can be purchased from Christmas markets and shops across Spain during the festive season. Schools and businesses often have a Belén of their own, with local families delighting in seeing the intricate scenes each year.

To kick off the Christmas season, many Spaniards take part in El Gordo (‘the fat one’) on 22nd December each year. Tickets cost an eye-watering €200 but can be purchased in tenths, meaning a family can take part for a much more reasonable €20, buying with friends and colleagues for a share in the 15,000 or so prizes on offer. The top prize, after which the lottery is named, will be €4,000,000 in 2022.

Visiting Christmas markets and enjoy the Christmas lights in towns and cities is another intrinsic part of the Christmas season. This year, for example, Malaga’s main Christmas shopping street will be home to 16 celestial angels, spread across 32 columns that create a stunning display along the entire length of the street. Malaga will also be hosting a drone display on several nights during December this year, providing a modern take on festive lighting fun.

For buyers looking to enjoy the Christmas lights in Malaga each year, Taylor Wimpey España’s lovely apartments and penthouses at Solemar are the ideal base. Located just 750m from Malaga’s Casares Beach and enjoying spectacular sea views, along with a large communal pool and landscaped gardens.

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España, says:

“Owning your own home in Spain allows you to engage with Christmas far more deeply than you can when staying in a hotel. Having your own kitchen means you can join in Spanish Christmas food traditions, which form such an important part of the holiday season here.”

Christmas feasting in Spain involves a huge variety of delicious foods. Iberian ham and a selection of fabulous local cheeses and wines are all staple items, along with sweet treats such as turrón, mantecados biscuits, sugar-covered polvorones and brightly coloured marzipan sweets. The Christmas table, meanwhile, is laden with dishes such as broths and stews to start, followed by suckling pig, lamb or oven-baked sea bass or bream. Epiphany cake, eaten on 5th or 6th January, is also a must. Tradition has it that the person who finds a small figure in their slice will have good luck.

Chestnuts also feature in the Spanish Christmas season, with street vendors selling them hot in little paper cones. Perfect for a sweet treat while browsing Christmas market stalls. Grapes should also be on the shopping list; it’s tradition to eat one with every chime of the clock at midnight as New Year’s Eve becomes New Year’s Day, for good luck for the year ahead.

 

https://businessinthenews.co.uk/2022/12/14/taylor-wimpey-espana-launches-14-new-developments-in-2022-with-9-more-planned-for-2023/

Taylor Wimpey continuing to invest in Mallorca and Spain

Taylor Wimpey investment: Nine new developments in 2023

In 2022, Taylor Wimpey España has invested 150 million euros in fourteen developments on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca and in the Balearic Islands. It has announced further investment of 80 million euros in nine new residential developments in these areas next year.

Despite uncertainty caused by inflation and interest rates, the Taylor Wimpey España director of sales and marketing, Marc Pritchard, says that “as we have always done, we try to find the best locations on the beach and golf front lines in order to satisfy the demand of our buyers”.

By nationality, Germans are the main buyers, followed by the British, Spanish, Belgians, Dutch, Scandinavians and Poles. Prominent among buyer profiles are ‘nomadic workers’ and couples over the age of 45 who are looking for a holiday home or thinking about future retirement.

There are also Spaniards over the age of 30 who are looking for homes in quiet and well-connected areas.

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2022/12/13/108653/mallorca-property-taylor-wimpey-continuing-invest.html

Second home: Spanish Christmas traditions

Second home ownership lets families enjoy Spanish Christmas traditions

  • Processions, nativity scenes, feasting and lucky grapes all essential during the festive season
  • Magical lighting displays draw visitors to cities across Spain
  • Taylor Wimpey España has sold homes to buyers of 38 nationalities during 2022

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has reported growth in property reservations during 2022, after launching 14 new developments during the year, with a value of over €150 million. As the firm heads into 2023, when it will celebrate its 65th anniversary, having served buyers from around the globe with high-quality holiday homes since 1958, it has another nine launches planned. The developments will span the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca.

But what lies behind the headlines? Buyers of 38 different nationalities purchased homes from Taylor Wimpey España during 2022. Many buyers choose to spend Christmas in Spain, immersing themselves in local traditions.

For second homeowners with young children, the procession of the Three Kings on 5th January is a not-to-be-missed experience. The Three Kings and their helpers hand out sweets as they travel around town, while children who’ve been good open gifts that the Kings deliver the following day (this is the main gift-giving day in Spain). Children who have been naughty can expect a lump of coal!

One lovely tradition that second homeowners can enjoy is the creation of a Belén in their home. This is a nativity scene made up from tiny figures, which can be purchased from Christmas markets and shops across Spain during the festive season. Schools and businesses often have a Belén of their own, with local families delighting in seeing the intricate scenes each year.

To kick off the Christmas season, many Spaniards take part in El Gordo (‘the fat one’) on 22nd December each year. Tickets cost an eye-watering €200 but can be purchased in tenths, meaning a family can take part for a much more reasonable €20, buying with friends and colleagues for a share in the 15,000 or so prizes on offer. The top prize, after which the lottery is named, will be €4,000,000 in 2022.

Visiting Christmas markets and enjoy the Christmas lights in towns and cities is another intrinsic part of the Christmas season. This year, for example, Malaga’s main Christmas shopping street will be home to 16 celestial angels, spread across 32 columns that create a stunning display along the entire length of the street. Malaga will also be hosting a drone display on several nights during December this year, providing a modern take on festive lighting fun.

For buyers looking to enjoy the Christmas lights in Malaga each year, Taylor Wimpey España’s lovely apartments and penthouses at Solemar are the ideal base. Located just 750m from Malaga’s Casares Beach and enjoying spectacular sea views, along with a large communal pool and landscaped gardens

https://www.londondaily.news/second-home-ownership-lets-families-enjoy-spanish-christmas-traditions/

SECOND HOME BUYERS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF ANDALUCIA

Second home buyers Spain:

The southernmost of peninsular Spain’s autonomous communities, Andalusia is a sun-drenched region that encompasses huge stretches of coastline, including the Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and Costa Tropical. It is a favourite holiday destination with travellers from around the world, many of whom have taken advantage of Spain’s relatively affordable property prices to purchase second homes there.

According to Colegio Registradores, Andalusia accounted for 20.61% of all housing sales in Spain during Q3 2022. That’s more than any other region (the next most popular area was Catalonia, with 16.06% of total sales).

Across Spain, home purchases by foreigners grew by 1.26% to reach 15.92% of all home purchases in Q3 2022. Within Andalusia, there are locations where the proportion of foreign owners is much higher. In Malaga, for example, Kyero reports that foreigners now account for 32.63% of all housing transactions. And demand continues to grow. According to Spain’s land registrars, the number of deeds inscribed in the land registry in Q3 2022 involving foreign buyers was up by 61% compared to 2021 and by 73% compared to 2019 (before the pandemic).

Britons represent the largest group of foreigners buying homes in Spain, according to Colegio Registradores’ Q3 2022 data. They make up 9.3% of all foreigners buying homes in Spain (the next largest group was Germans, at 8.04%, then French buyers, at 6.21%). And Spain is certainly doing all it can to welcome British buyers. At present, it is lobbying the EU to drop the 90-day limit for visitors from the UK, so that they can spend longer periods in the Spanish sunshine.

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has certainly noticed a strong appetite for second homes in Andalusia from international buyers. Reservations by foreigners across all of the regions in which the company operates were up by 22% in November (year to date, compared to the same period in 2021). In the Costa del Sol, however, reservations by foreigners were up by 27%.

“The Costa del Sol has long been our most popular area with British second home buyers, who love the lifestyle here in Andalusia. Beaches, golf, spas, luxury shopping, superb cuisine… the area has it all. Plus, Andalusia is extremely well connected, meaning that visitors can travel here with ease at any time of year and from a wide range of locations.”

https://essex-tv.co.uk/second-home-buyers-cant-get-enough-of-andalusia/

https://www.londondaily.news/second-home-buyers-cant-get-enough-of-andalusia/

La Cala unveils plans for new property development

Leading property developer Taylor Wimpey is to invest over €16 million into the first phase of a new 48-home property development at La Cala Resort in Andalusia, Spain.

Located next to the 9th hole of the resort’s America course, the Solana Village development will host a variety of two- and three-bedroom apartments, penthouses and duplexes.

The first phase of development will feature east-facing apartments, will feature outdoor parking with access to the community pool, while the south-facing properties will include underground parking and storage room, along with first line golf course views and additional extras.

Featuring an elegant and functional design, every apartment at Solana Village is flooded with light, designed with selected high-end materials that incorporates the latest renewable and sustainable energy technologies.

Solana Village offers stylish, modern amenities surrounded by communal gardens and a 600m2 swimming pool designed as a lagoon. Other community facilities include an outdoor gazebo and a children’s playground.

All of the apartments will utilise the latest environmentally-friendly engineering and design practices, including aerothermal heat pumps for the hot water system, while photovoltaic panels will produce cleaner energy from the absorbed sunlight all-year round. All underground garage space comes prepared with a pre-installation facility to charge electric vehicles.

The Solana Village project joins the joint venture development between Taylor Wimpey Spain and FBD Hotels & Resorts, which began seven years ago. The partnership has already resulted in more than 300 completed homes from a total of seven different projects within the resort. The development of these projects is part of a plan to build 1,000 homes at La Cala over the next decade.

Situated in the foothills of the beautiful Mijas Mountains with breath-taking views of the stunning Andalusian countryside, La Cala Resort offers an idyllic rural retreat for potential residents and hotel guests.

https://golfbusinessnews.com/news/property/la-cala-unveils-plans-for-new-property-development/

Feeling the cold? Time to set up shop in Spain

Buying second home Spain: Feeling the cold? Time to set up shop in southern Spain

Spain’s new digital nomad visa could see flood of Brits heading to warmer climes

 

As the temperatures start to plunge in the UK, agents might be forgiven for thinking about setting up a field office in southern Spain.

And there would be good reason – Spain’s much-anticipated digital nomad visa could be introduced in early 2023, triggering another flood of Brits to the country.

The draft proposal provides non-EU citizens with the chance to live in Spain for up to five years while working freelance or as a contracted employee of a company outside Spain.

It is also believed that the visa will deliver a tax rate of 15% for digital nomads, instead of the usual 24%.

While digital nomads await confirmation of the visa’s implementation, energy nomads are also eyeing up Spain. Between the cost of energy in the UK and the potential for supply problems over the winter, escaping to the warmth of Spain is even more appealing than usual.

“We have already seen an increase in the number of people buying second homes in Spain and then using them for work. Buyers are also staying in their properties for longer than they did pre-pandemic,” said Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España.

“We anticipate that this will increase as both digital nomads and energy nomads head to Spain to wait out the winter in the warm.”

AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURES OF 12ºC

The Costa del Sol enjoys average temperatures of 12-13°C between December and February, while the abundant sunshine (averaging five hours per day in December and January, before jumping to seven hours per day in February) provides plenty of scope for harnessing solar power.

Taylor Wimpey España has been installing solar thermal panels on its developments along the Costa del Sol for years. They harness the sun’s energy to provide hot water, lowering energy bills for homeowners and reducing reliance on supply from the grid.

The company’s latest resort is Solana Village, at La Cala Golf in Malaga. The first phase of the development will deliver a mix of apartments, penthouses and duplexes with different finishes, within a common architectural concept that slots beautifully into the gently rolling greenery of its surroundings.

East-facing homes, which are priced from €295,000 (£252,650) plus VAT, will deliver views of Solana Village’s communal gardens pools, as well as the golf course beyond. South-facing homes, meanwhile, will deliver front-line golf views, with prices starting from €370,000 (£316,922) plus VAT.

Demand is so strong that three-bedroom townhouses at another Taylor Wimpey España development – Natura – are now fully sold out. Details of a new development will be revealed early in 2023.

“The lifestyle of the Costa del Sol provides a wealth of opportunities for keeping physically fit, while the warm winter weather and stunning scenery can also do much for mental wellness. Combined with factors such as the increase in remote working and the ongoing energy crisis, we’re anticipating a busy winter here in southern Spain,” added.

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Energy and digital nomads both set sights on Spain

Energy nomads and digital nomads both set sights on southern Spain

  • High energy costs and looming supply disruption push people towards warmer climes
  • Spain’s digital nomad visa expected to include tax breaks
  • Taylor Wimpey España launches new Solana Village development

Spain’s much-anticipated digital nomad visa, plans for which were first announced in January 2022, is rumoured to be introduced in early 2023. The draft proposal provides non-EU citizens with the chance to live in Spain for up to five years while working freelance or as a contracted employee of a company outside Spain. It is also believed that the visa will deliver a tax rate of 15% for digital nomads, instead of the usual 24%.

While digital nomads await confirmation of the visa’s implementation, energy nomads are also eyeing up Spain. Between the cost of energy in the UK and the potential for supply problems over the winter, escaping to the warmth of southern Spain is even more appealing than usual.

We have already seen an increase in the number of people buying second homes in Spain and then using them for work. Buyers are also staying in their properties for longer than they did pre-pandemic. We anticipate that this will increase as both digital nomads and energy nomads head to Spain to wait out the winter in the warm.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

The Costa del Sol enjoys average temperatures of 12-13°C between December and February, while the abundant sunshine (averaging five hours per day in December and January, before jumping to seven hours per day in February) provides plenty of scope for harnessing solar power.

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has been installing solar thermal panels on its developments along the Costa del Sol for years. They harness the sun’s energy to provide hot water, lowering energy bills for homeowners and reducing reliance on supply from the grid.

Taylor Wimpey España’s latest Costa del Sol resort is Solana Village, at La Cala Golf in Malaga. The first phase of the development will deliver a mix of apartments, penthouses and duplexes with different finishes, within a common architectural concept that slots beautifully into the gently rolling greenery of its surroundings. East-facing homes, which are priced from €295,000 plus VAT, will deliver views of Solana Village’s communal gardens pools (including the largest pool within La Cala Golf), as well as the golf course beyond. South-facing homes, meanwhile, will deliver front-line golf views, with prices starting from €370,000 plus VAT.

Solana Village is ideally located for access to the clubhouse, sports area and spa facilities at La Cala. Sport and spa amenities underpin a rising trend in second homes and wellness, according to Savills, which flags up the Costa del Sol’s top-tier wellness offering as part of the area’s appeal in its recent Global Destinations for Second Homes publication:

“Spain is a key market for second homes for buyers from across Europe. Sotogrande, the wider Costa del Sol, and the Balearics are key destinations for buyers from Germany, other northern European nations, and as far afield as Dubai… These locations have the seaside, sunshine, and year-round outdoor sports amenities missing from many northern locations within a relatively short journey from most of Europe.”

The colder, blustery autumn weather in the UK is certainly playing its part in making the Costa del Sol seem even more attractive than usual at present. While homes at Solana will be ready for occupation in August 2024, Taylor Wimpey España has a few homes still available at La Cala Golf for immediate occupation. Located within Harmony and priced at €495,000 plus VAT, the apartment provides three bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with a 78.25m2 terrace that’s perfect for catching some winter sun. The development’s privileged position delivers exceptional views of La Cala’s golf course, as well as the mountains and sea.

Demand for homes at La Cala Golf has been so strong that the three-bedroom townhouses available in another Taylor Wimpey España development there – Natura – are now fully sold out. Details of a new development of townhouses will be revealed early in 2023.

“The lifestyle of the Costa del Sol provides a wealth of opportunities for keeping physically fit, while the warm winter weather and stunning scenery can also do much for mental wellness. Combined with factors such as the increase in remote working and the ongoing energy crisis, we’re anticipating a busy winter here in southern Spain.”

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España.

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Highlights top 2023 second home trends

Second home trends:

  • Energy efficiency is moving up the agenda for many buyers
  • Larger, flexible spaces will be in hot demand in 2023
  • Home-based workers and retirees all heading for the Spanish sunshine
  • 2023 will mark 65 years of successful property sales in Spain for Taylor Wimpey España

Next year will mark 65 years since leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España first began building holiday properties in Spain. In that time, the company has built up plentiful experience of identifying changing trends and meeting buyers’ needs. As we approach 2023, the team have flagged up a number of key trends that will define the second home trends landscape next year.

First is energy efficiency. Buyers have one eye on the environment and the other on their wallets and energy efficient homes satisfy both needs. Solar panels and aerothermal heating and cooling systems will therefore feature strongly in Taylor Wimpey España’s buildings during 2023, as the company seeks to deliver ‘A’ rated energy efficient properties.

The apartments at Bella Beach include a range of sustainability-focused features and have been given an ‘A’ rating as a result. Located in a quiet residential area just metres from Dénia’s Almadraba beach, with direct pedestrian access from the development, the apartments provide spacious terraces and lovely sea views, with prices starting from €250,000 plus VAT.

The peaceful residential setting that Bella Beach enjoys is another key trend for 2023. Many retirees are opting to spend their golden years in the warmth of the Spanish sunshine. In addition, demand continues to grow for holiday homes that people can work from for part of the year, blending work time with holiday time in new ways for a happier, more balanced lifestyle. Both retirees and home-based workers are seeking out areas that are both quiet and well-connected in terms of amenities.

Bella Beach encapsulates this demand. Its serene position just metres from the beach delivers plenty of peace and quiet, yet within just 5-10 minutes’ drive there are supermarkets, a market, banks, restaurants, cafés, bars a medical centre, a gym, a golf course, a bus station and a tourist information office. This meeting of quiet and convenience will shape the locations in which buyers seek holiday homes into 2023 and beyond, according to Taylor Wimpey España.

“Demand for holiday homes in Spain remains strong, with many families turning to property as a secure investment against inflation, rather than stocks and shares. For financial reasons, as well as the ways in which the property will be used, homes in peaceful but well-connected neighbourhoods will be in hot demand.”

Another 2023 trend will be the continuing push for larger, flexible spaces within the home. Again, home workers are a key driver of this trend, with families seeking spaces that can at times serve as an office and at other times provide additional living or sleeping space. It’s a trend that will impact both the design of holiday homes in 2023 and their interior décor. Show homes will need to demonstrate this flexibility as well. Naturally, buyers will still be seeking communal pools and gardens to enjoy as well.

Finally, in terms of regions, the Taylor Wimpey España team has flagged up the Mediterranean Coast as Spain’s top hotspot for buyers in 2023.

“Few areas can rival the pleasure of spending time on Spain’s Mediterranean Coast. We anticipate a busy year ahead for places such as Andalucía, Levante, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, as second home buyers seek out the outdoor lifestyle, plentiful leisure opportunities and excellent transport connections that these locations offer.” 

https://propertynewsdesk.co.uk/2022/11/17/taylor-wimpey-espana-highlights-top-2023-second-home-trends/

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