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On-trend penthouses in Spain with free sports and spa

Penthouses in Spain sell quickly, especially any topping an exciting upmarket resort and urbanisation that is setting the new standards for innovative design and build quality along the Costa del Sol.

True to form, penthouses in different sectors of the avant-garde Reserva del Higuerón have sold quickly offplan as they were announced. Any remaining unsold during the construction period have been subsequently ear-marked by international buyers arriving late to the party. Contract signed, deposit made, await keys in Q4 2018.

It is rare that penthouses are still available at the key ready stage of the construction cycle and this can be due to a variety of causes:

  • The buyer, having made the reservation deposits, has had a change of mind – or circumstances.
  • A professional relocation to a distant part of the planet would curtail a buyer’s use of the penthouse;
  • A dip in income negates that generous mortgage offer from the Spanish lender;
  • The proposed penthouse sharing partner has run off with a Strictly Come Dancing contestant?

For whatever reason, there are two absolute gem penthouses available at Reserva del Higuerón, a fully landscaped resort that links verdant hillside to the beach and marina at Benalmádena. One of them is at the top of the resort and the other is halfway down, an easy walk to the beach or a free ride on the resort’s own road train.

The first penthouse on offer is at Altos de Higuerón, located at the upper level of Reserva del Higuerón, and provides stunning views of sunsets and the Med. It provides a generous 150m2 of living space with a large solarium terrace. Brand-new duplex 3-bed, 3-bath and key ready €537,000 with all required paperwork in place.

Midway to the beach is the best selling Hill Collection condominium, where the other penthouse shares the same vistas. It offers 3-bed, 3-bath, 2-terrace configuration and 141.57m2 of living space – plus 171.65m2 for the rooftop terrace. Key ready price is €949,000 and all paperwork ready for quick purchase.

Each penthouse offers huge amounts of space, including terraces for pampering essentials like hot tubs, BBQs. There’s garaging for two cars, storage for jet ski and golf buggy and the household is fully automated – air-con, lights, hot tub and coffee pot controlled from a smartphone.

On-trend apartments at Altos de Higuerón

“An entirely avant-garde urban development with innovative architectural design woven into a natural environment, on-trend apartments and bespoke villas offer a unique blend of privacy and state of the art service, not to mention ample parks, green zones, beauty and health facilities, sports complexes and 24-hour security.”

Reviewed in Daily Telegraph, London

International brokers, Walker Property Spain are offering the last of the penthouses with optional fixed interest mortgages and first year free membership of the onsite sports club and spa where La Liga soccer stars arrive to be recharged and repampered.

More :: Buy before Brexit to beat Spanish residency lock-out  | Image :: Sunset from the Hill Collection, Reserva del Higuerón

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New homes where eagles fly – €45,000 in Sierra Escalona

New homes where eagles fly – €45,000 in Spain’s Sierra Escalona :: Brand new apartments with communal pool for only €45,000 in a key Spanish location. Between golden beaches and verdant mountain forests where eagles fly and wildcats roam. Released by Spain’s Sareb bank for international buyers.

Fixed at one third of the original construction cost, the prices are designed to attract international buyers to Torremendo, a “Real Spain” town in Alicante province. It is 20 minutes south of historic Orihuela City and only five minutes longer to the sandy beach holiday resorts of Orihuela Costa. International airports at Alicante and Murcia are 30 minutes’ drive.

Torremendo is a timeless village where already 39% of dwellings are second homes and 18% of residents are ex-pats, mainly German and British. They have been attracted because of the tranquil location that includes large lakes and forests of the Sierra Escalona. They like the fishin’, huntin’ and relaxin’ outdoors ambiance.

International brokers, Walker Property Spain have a good selection of the 2-bed, 2-bath apartments, including penthouses with rooftop solarium, shower and barbeque. Prices from €45,000 to €52,500. Local property professionals say the prices are 70% lower than those intended by the original developers. They equate to €371 per square metre.

Spain’s latest nature park designation

The development, Residential Mirador 1, has been built high above the lush Vega Baja plains. Home owners share a gated communal area with swimming pools, an ideal base for outdoor activities in what is expected to become Spain’s latest national nature park.

 The area is acclaimed for its wildlife, including rare migrating birds and Spain’s greatest concentration of wild cats.

The Sierra de Escalona is considered one of the most valuable ecological spaces in the region of Valencia. It has had international recognition for the many different species of birds of prey. Among them are buzzards and Northern goshawks as well as over a hundred pairs of eagle owls – one of the biggest communities in the whole of Europe, providing many sightings. There are breeding pairs of Bonelli’s Eagle and Golden Eagle.

Image: New homes at Torremendo | Eagle in flight, Sierra Escalona

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Shopping spree for buyers at Los Flamingos Golf

Shopping spree for buyers at Los Flamingos Golf : : A EUR 1,000 El Corte Inglés shopping spree is on offer for buyers at the latest sector of Los Flamingos Golf, Costa del Sol where luxury apartments are available at €199,000 to €420,000.

A store voucher for €1,000 has been added to their Q4 2018 promotion at Los Flamingos by international brokers, Walker Property Spain. This is alongside a two percent cut in sales tax on the current apartment releases. This, and high quality specfication and ambiance, is encouraging international buy to let investors. The apartments went on sale during the summer with discounts of up to €100,000.

“The voucher will help buyers provide some final touches to what are already luxurious apartments. Some designer terrace furniture or tableware or anything else from the nearest El Corte Inglés can be purchased – including food and drink for a house warming party.” said marketing chief, Terry Walker.

There are 138 apartments in four blocks in Hoya 19, a gated sector overlooking Los Flamingos Golf course. It has lush, tropical gardens, swimming pools and great sea views and ample open gardens. Situated near the world famous Villa Padierna Hotel & Spa.

Image: El Corte Inglés is Spain’s largest department store with branches in most cities and major resorts.

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Buy before Brexit to beat Spanish residency lock-out

Buy before Brexit safeguards residency rights if the UK leaves the EU with a hard Brexit

Buy before Brexit to beat Spanish residency lock-out :: Spanish property buyers are getting younger as families race to Buy before Brexit and beat the official window for EU residency. British buyers can lock-in their residency rights until the end of 2020 and safeguard them permanently in the event of a negative Brexit outcome.

The average age of Brit buyers in Spain has dropped since the Brexit referendum to 42, well below the traditional “pensioner” age group. This is partly due to entrepreneurs or executives, working remotely and conferring online. Another factor in the age drop is the Brexit political machinations. The uncertainties and current buoyant market are pushing buyers to that desired home or buy to let investment. Buying before the cut-off date should ensure British families benefit from the “preferential EU rules”. These safeguard residency, healthcare and payment of UK pensions and beneficial tax schemes on offer for retirees living in Spain

Buy before Brexit is a flying start

Buyers seeking to live in Spain need to build-up a residency  history of five years. If you have lived there for five years or more you are granted all rights for the future. The 27 months to the cut-off date can provide a flying start towards permanent residency. The UK Government made a unilateral declaration that EU citizens will retain their UK residency rights after Brexit. Although it is unlikely the EU will remove the rights of British property buyers in Spain, it could happen…

Buying before Brexit helps to avoid:

  • Property price increases fuelled by a returning strong market.
  • Additional relocation red tape applied after a hard Brexit.
  • Any foreigner taxes or penalties after a hard Brexit.
Removal firms report business is up by 50% compared with the first two years from the referendum. Forward bookings have surged in recent weeks amid downbeat media coverage of the Brexit negotiations. Ex-pats, trying to sell their properties in Spain are finding more interest this year than in the first two years since the  Leave referendum result. As a Plan B, they too have 27 months in which they can also be building towards five years continuous residency. Image: Costa del Sol condominium-style living remains popular with ex-pats Editorial: Kevin Barnett, international property writer
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Spanish property – Purchase Ready clinches the deal

Spanish property buyers be purchase ready and secure first choice home...

Spanish property – be Purchase Ready :: Property buyers are missing out on their Dream Home choices in Spain because their legally required documents are not available or up to date when needed. They are essential for viewing property, mortgage approval, putting in an offer to purchase and at the notary when registering the sale.

The property source – bank, developer or private seller – needs to know you are a serious contender with your finance in place and a strong completion date in mind. Recent legislation has added to the purchase paperwork. Typically, around 50 documents per couple have to be collated and ready to secure your chosen dream home.

The Spanish real estate market is returning to previous peak levels of activity and sales. It is obvious there are many properties to sell and plenty of international buyers hunting them down. It’s a fact the best properties go first and, generally, they are snapped-up – by the best prepared buyers.

“Your” dream home sold to a rival buyer

There are 1,000s of “miss buyers” who have failed to get their act together. Instead they have been locked in multiple paperwork deadlocks with banks’ property and departments, Spanish solicitors, developers or promoters. After a month or so of impasse, the seller sees an easier and quicker way to close a deal – and sells “Your” dream home to a rival buyer who has finance and paperwork organised.

Mis-selling in real estate has been around a long time, but “Miss buying” also leads to frustration, tears and heartache for buyers. It happens every day. It’s a sellers’ market…get over it and make sure you are in pole position next time.

From 2001, including the recessional decade from 2007, Walker Property Spain has helped buyers achieve outstanding deals on properties with timely advice and action. Launched in 2017, a FREE purchase management service for international buyers. Purchase Ready was hailed as a great new idea – help and advice when needed and improved sales progress to secure the desired property.

The firm’s Purchase Ready team helps buyers collate all the ID and status paperwork they would need for a speedy purchase; obtaining a mortgage and NIE, the Spanish document necessary to borrow and spend and have utilities in Spain. It was welcomed by stressed-out buyers, wrestling with mañana, mañana responses, tangled forms and their own busy lives back home.

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Image: Alcazaba Lagoon Casares, Costa del Sol where phase 2 apartments now offered offplan

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Second Garage FREE at golfside condo Valle Romano

Second garage space FREE with selected properties – worth €15,000 – at hilltop and golfside Valle Romano Golf & Resort, Estepona. Applies to mid level and penthouse apartments, all with golf and sea views.  There are 22 key ready apartments available from with 2-bed units from €125,000.

All have views of the adjacent golf course, mountains and the Mediterranean. Top quality build, whitewashed facade blocks of 2-bed, 2-bath apartments with private terrace and private parking – some include two car spaces – in a 24/7 gated environment. There are communal gardens, swimming pools and childrens’ play areas.