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Almost certain to buy in La Marina

Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:35pm
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Ian Italy

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Hello,  We are expats (English and USA) who will almost certainly be buying in La Marina shortly.  We have lived for 17 years in Italy so are well used to the expat life.  We are drawn by the better weather and the spanish lifestyle.  We enoy mixing with all nationalities and want to make friends and establish a lifestyle there.  Any advice would be most welcome!

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Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:19pm

La Marina is a massive conurbation with properties ranging from the near slum to the opulent and a range of people and nationalities to match. 

Presumably that suits a great many who have chosen to live there however it's certainly somewhere I wouldn't want to under any circumstance so I'm just saying be sure that it is for you before committing.

That advice stands for wherever you consider settling. 

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Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:19pm

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Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:19pm

Movingon wrote on Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:19pm:

La Marina is a massive conurbation with properties ranging from the near slum to the opulent and a range of people and nationalities to match. 

Presumably that suits a great many who have chosen to live there however it's certainly somewhere I wouldn't want to under any circumstance so I'm just saying be sure that it is for you before committing.

That advice stands for wherever you consider settling. 

"Near Slum to the opulent " I'd say is a bit harsh ! I take it you know the area well ?? Or are you living in the Roman era ?? 

RayD

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Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:23am

A lot of people confuse La Marina with the 'La Marina' urbanisation nearby. La Marina is a small Spanish town by the beach, and I believe comes under Elche. 'La Marina' urbanisation is a conurbation nearby and comes under San Fulgencio. It's renowned as being the largest council estate in Europe.

Having 'rescued' my wife from the La marina urbanisation when we got married, I can agree with Movingon's assessment, although I must admit I never came across anything which could be described as remotely 'opulent'.

I would estimate the population as 95% british with very small percentages of other nationalities. The very few Spanish live in a sector away from the brits.

What you won't find is any Spanish language spoken, or Spanish culture experienced. You need to get well away from the urbanisation for that.

Bob82

Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:29pm

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Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:29pm

I have a home on La Marina Urb and have done for 16 years and for somebody to call parts of it a slum and to say 95% are brits are way out of touch. There are some wonderful houses on the Urb and in the modest street in which I live we have 2 Dutch, 5 Spanish, 2 Brits, 2 Germans.....I think that’s a fair reflection. There is also an array of very good restaurants, especially the grey area which has a Spanish, French, Italian, Indian and other general food restaurants. There’s always free entertainment somewhere and quizzes available plus many community groups. I love it here.

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Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:30pm

Bob82 wrote on Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:29pm:

I have a home on La Marina Urb and have done for 16 years and for somebody to call parts of it a slum and to say 95% are brits are way out of touch. There are some wonderful houses on the Urb and in the modest street in which I live we have 2 Dutch, 5 Spanish, 2 Brits, 2 Germans.....I think that’s a fair reflection. There is also an array of very good restaurants, especially the grey area which has a Spanish, French, Italian, Indian and other general food restaurants. There’s always free entertainment somewhere and quizzes available plus many community groups. I love it here.

Good for you .. people forget that people have homes there and live there, always quick for a put down , I bet their area is far from perfect too 

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Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:15pm

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Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:15pm

The OP asked for opinions and advice.

My personal experience of La Marina is to not touch it with a barge pole. This is based on my wife having lived there for 13 years and our having a property there for a further 5 years.

Obviously others will have different opinions, depending on what sort of environment they are happy to live in. The OP will obviously take their opinions into account as well. They weren't asking for rose tinted glasses reviews, or comments by those who have never lived there.

If you want a life in an anonymous urbanisation, surrounded by brits, with poor quality restaurants and facilities, no Spanish language or culture, you would be happy there. Just as you would be in Milton Keynes with a bit more sun.

If you want the real Spain, mixing with real Spanish people, being part of a Spanish community and enjoying Spanish culture, language and food, then you would be better off in a Spanish town and La Marina urbanisación is not the place for you.

Ian Italy

Ian Italy

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Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:51pm

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Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:51pm

Thanks for the feedback.  Everybody has a different opinion so it is good to hear whatever that view is. We are building up a picture of the area and will be over next week to put some of our views together.

We are particularly looking at the Urb La Escuera which seems to be a separate area on the edge of the Urb La Marina.  Is there much difference?

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Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:00pm

Urbinización La Escuera is an older part of the La Marina urb and there are quite a few better class Spanish properties there.

It's not very big, and I don't think there are many brits around. It's certainly a more respectable area than the main La Marina urb. There's only one road in and out so it's fairly quiet.

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Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:48pm

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Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:48pm

Opinions are one thing but there is no need to be detrimental to other people, properties and the area they live in. We have to remember the less fortunate who have to make do with the funds and resources available to them.

Just think.

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