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Hello - new to the forum and looking for advice in buying a holiday home :)

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Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:49am
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KB

KB

Posts: 2

Location: La Marina

Hello, great to find this forum and hoping I can get some advice on buying a holiday home in Spain.

We've been looking at doing this for a few years and have been deliberating between coming permanently or buying a holiday home and I think we have decided to buy a holiday home in the next 2 years. We are in our 40s so we still have to work unfortunately :( so expect we will get out around 6 times a year and then family could come over a few times too. Then we expect to retire in around 10 years and we can then come for much longer periods or even full time. We wouldn't want to let it out so it would be empty quite a lot in the first 10 years.

My main concerns would be leaving a holiday home for long periods and I would appreciate any advice from anyone who already does this. We do want a pool but I don't know if this would cause any issues. 

We have looked at a few urbanisations and have visited Camposol but we weren't that keen on the location. We haven't been to La Marina yet but are visiting Moraira next year so will be able to come and visit then. 

My main questions would be if anyone can help please:

How easy is it to get the beach - can you walk/cycle/is there a bus and how long does this take from the urbanisation

How easy/safe is it to have a lock up and leave with a pool (or without a pool) if we can only come over 6 times a year

Is there a bus from the airport to the urbanisation (we can drive so could buy or hire a car if that's easier)

Anything else that might be useful.

Thank you in advance 

KB :)

Shell

Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:34pm

Posts: 9

Location: Alicante City

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Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:34pm

 I recommend Santa Pola, La Marina village area, but handiest is Gran Alacant it´s close to airport, beautifull beaches, got all shops needed specially the lower part around Shopping center; but don´t make the mistake of buying Masa houses (houses are not well finished and documentation always something missing, best built ones are Mediterráneos they all have pools for the urbanizations, some Mediterraneos are closed in urbanizations and others (shopping center area) are open urbs, they have differnet type of  homes, apts. detached, etc. and prices are within low-medium but beach is near, there are all types of transport, schools, clubs, pubs, restaurants, then Albufereta or Playa San Juan  are mostly apartments with big urbanizations incl. pool, tennis courts but prices in these areas are higher.  I recommend you be carefull with agents are not always so honest and seem to charge a lot, make sure you get the property -report from REGISTRO where it specifies if the house owes something to any govt. dept or if it´s mortgaged, then once you are ready to buy, do your own search for Notaries, not all of them do things right for  buyers sometimes they follow real estate agents instructions nor all of them charge the same, ask all those you can find handy, there are 2-3 in Santa Pola and loads in Alicante city.  hope this gives you some ideas and helps a bit.

Golandrina

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Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:00pm

Posts: 183

Location: Almoradí

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Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:00pm

La Marina urbanisation, under the control of San Fulgencio, is not on the beach side of the N332 coast road.   However, La Marina village, under the control of Elche is on the beach side of the N332 coast road.    I would suggest that you have a look at Jim’s Guides on this site for anything to do with rules and regulations in the area, and the Citizens Advice Bureau Spain site, but bear in mind that many things may change a lot after 31st October.   For anything to do with driving in Spain look at the N332 site.   The latter is run in collaboration with officers of the Guardia Civil for English speaking people and includes an English version of the Spanish equivalent of the Highway Code.

KB

KB

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Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:20am

Posts: 2

Location: La Marina

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:20am

Thank you for your replies. It's great to be able to ask for advice from people who know what they are talking about :) 

LeoMac7

Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:11am

Posts: 6

Location: La Marina

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Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:11am

Hi,

We have had a holiday villa in El Pinet La Marina for 15 years. It is a special place with a nature reserve on your doorstep leading down to a beautiful beach with fabulous restaurants. There is very little crime in La Marina and the village has everything you need with 2 banks, chemist, supermarket and Lidl and Mercadona just along the road. There are a number of fine restaurants in the village too. From the village it is 25 minute walk down to the sea but if you are cyclists it's only a short ride. I cannot recommend La Marina strongly enough. It's wonderful.

Bencr85

Bencr85

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Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:54pm

Posts: 54

Location: Villamartin

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Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:54pm

Hi we brought in villamartin  last year as a holiday home and to rent it out , looked all over for right location,  just fell in love with villamartin,  had 3 holidays there to make sure , great for shopping beaches bars and restaurants,  local expats and residents nice some are remainers ,lol, when you buy ad 13 percent for tax's etc , 

Neil626

Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:03pm

Posts: 9

Location: Los Balcones

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Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:03pm

Hi there,

My advice regarding having your own pool would be to wait until you are going to live in the house. Having owned our house for 30+ years during which time we have had to leave the house empty during long periods. We have tried shutting the pool down during the colder months, using hibernation pool chemicals and weekly/fortnightly pool maintenance service. The best option for us has been to have the pool maintained all year. At a cost of 600€ per year. Maybe others can comment on their experiences. I would suggest buying a property with a shared pool. You can find some developments of 4 or more houses around a pool. This way the pool costs can be shared.

Regards

Neil

McCallum Karen

Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:27am

Posts: 42

Location: La Marina

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Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:27am

Your right this place is so nice just bought a holiday home (Gama) last september. Would recommend this area 😁

Tony5468

Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:28pm

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:28pm

Hi,

Have you tried pinar de campoverde. Just near pilar de la Horadada. South of torrevieja. I have an apartment there. Beautiful urbanization. My community bosed 2 communal pools. Try Pinar properties. Manager Chrissie Rasmussen. +34 966 265752; [email protected]

Tell Chrissie Tony recommended her.

She found my apartment and the area is the best around.

My community charge for upkeep of the surroundings and the 2 pools is €275

Pools are maintained and usable 365 days a year and are well looked after. Amenities in campoverde is excellent including an english supermarket. However I don't use it as the area has excellent local supermarkets including aldi and lidl. Several beaches within 10 to 15 drive. Pubs and great restaurants within 5 minute walk. Sorry about going on but I've been away from it for 3 months and am missing it much!

Emma628

Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:24pm

Posts: 14

Location: La Marina

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Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:24pm

Hi 

We are late 30s and have a holiday home on la marina urb. We have walked to the beach but do not recommend in the heat & the road isn’t great so we have bought bikes and it’s great. Has everything we need. We get on fine with 

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