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Buying in las Filipinas

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 5:59am
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Billy 35

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Location: Playa Flamenca

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We are looking to purchase a property in the las Filipinas area and we were wondering what the area was like we are approaching retirement age and the houses look nice in the area but we were not sure if it was suitable for us Like amenities , is the nightlife quiet or busy are there facilities for young grandchildren that sort of thing any feedback would be greatly appreciated , many thanks billy

Cheryl

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 10:42am

Cheryl

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Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 10:42am

Good morning Billy. Would you mind giving us a bit of insight into how much you already know about Las Filipinas and the southern Costa Blanca as a whole please?
You say the houses look nice, is this from personal visits or the internet?
I only ask because we didn't know much about the area at all and spent many, many hours trawling through property on the internet and made a long list, most of which we didn't even bother going through the door to when we actually came to view. The villa we bought we had actually looked at online and written off but it is our dream house.
Have you thought about how you and your guests would get to the property? It is a fair way from both Murcia and Alicante airports and taxis will not be cheap.

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Alicante-Airport-ALC/03189-Res-Las-Filipinas-Alicante-Spain 

There is a company called Benniconnect who do transfers and are often recommended on here but I have no personal experience of them.

It seems to be a fair way from the beach but there may be buses, I don't know.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Playa+La+Zenia,+Orihuela/Filipinas,+03189,+Alicante/@37.9340453,-0.7645555,4697m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0xd6306508e3f99b9:0x901c1a85e48eaac4!2m2!1d-0.7222545!2d37.9238056!1m5!1m1!1s0xd63086693624573:0xae38569e7db4b702!2m2!1d-0.7685455!2d37.9400135!3e2

For a holiday home the same as a permanent home I would recommend coming over for some longer stays and really getting to know the areas because in school holidays things can change significantly. Once you have whittled down the area only then start looking for a particular property because buying and selling in Spain is expensive, doubly so if you get it wrong first time.

A few things I have picked up from the forum to be watchful for:
Solariums that are too hot to be on in the summer months and leak in the rain.
Paper thin walls where you can have a conversation with your neighbours without raising your voice.
Inconsiderate neighbours (as everywhere).
Dogs left for days on end, barking 24/7.
Heating in the colder months.
Damp and mould in properties closed up for long periods.
Not having a key holder when something goes wrong.
Parking at property and near the beach.
Keeping a car in Spain with annual parking contracts at the airport.
Lack of buses.
Problems with the community (Rules, regs, getting problems sorted etc)
High standing charges for water and electric.
Spanish bank charges.
Non resident tax (not high but could be increasing post-Brexit).
High cost of second hand cars here.
Flash flooding.

I hope forum members living in or close to Las Filipinas will give you their viewpoints over the next few days.


Mary1961

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 5:49pm

Posts: 210

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Location: Villamartin

Joined: 2 Jan 2017

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 5:49pm

Perhaps come and stay in the areas when you are able and experience first hand. Sometimes in reality it may not be as you imagined.we visited an area for three years , thought it was the bees knees, then we stayed near las Filipinas and we were hooked.

Jimmy Mack

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 6:03pm

Posts: 35

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Location: Villamartin

Joined: 30 Dec 2019

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 6:03pm

We brought property in Las Filipinas in February this year. We only stayed 5 nights because of work commitments in Scotland but our initial thoughts was that it was a lovely area with friendly residents/visitors and the surrounding bars we’re good. We can’t wait to return when overseas travelling is allowed.

Stay safe everybody.

Regards

  Jim

Billy 35

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 11:01pm

Billy 35

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Posts: 14

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Location: Playa Flamenca

Joined: 18 Nov 2017

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 11:01pm

Many thanks everyone for getting back to me so quickly we’ve been going back and forward to the la zenia/ playa flamenca area for a few years now  and know quite a lot about the coastal areas but we have been looking for a detached property and saw a couple around the Ashoka restaurant and were looking for some local knowledge about the surrounding area as we’re planning to make the move permanent shortly and Some the properties around the las Filipinas area have the outside space we’re looking for but we know it’s not all about the house you choose ,the area and amenities need to be what your looking for like a good selection of entertainment and restaurants and also facilities for the grandchildren when there over Thanks for 

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