Brunch on the balcony overlooking the sea and dinner at a cosy little restaurant with our loved ones and friends is wonderful, and we simply cannot get enough! Spain is one of the most popular destinations, with around 82 million visitors each year, and each year the numbers swell. But, if I said that you don’t have to wait for the yearly jaunt for your two weeks of summer bliss, do you want me to tell you more? A hint to begin with is, beautiful villas for sale in Spain are just the beginning of your Spain search.
People wanting holiday homes are on the increase, two weeks holiday is simply not enough as our working lives get busier, our stress levels rise. We need more time out and more time away. This is the time we dream of searching for real estate in Spain for sale to use as a holiday home or permanent residence.
Why buy a villa in Spain?
Living the Mediterranean lifestyle, serves up a feeling of well-being in the sunshine, and if you invest in Spain villas you too can have this lifestyle. It will give you holidays when you choose at any time of the year and you can also let your family and friends use your overseas Spanish property. This property type will give you a profitable investment for your future, you can use it for holidays for now and if you desire, retire to it when the time is right. Start your Spain search for a villa today!
What are the villas in Spain like?
Villas in Spain start from two bedrooms upwards to as many as six bedrooms or possibly more. They can be semi-detached or detached, stand alone in their own grounds or be part of a complex the choice is yours. Designs can be modern, contemporary or traditional. They have a spacious living room and dining area with modern fitted kitchens. They have many different property types that you can choose from.
Semi-detached villas for sale in Spain can have their own private pool or they can share one. If you prefer privacy then choose a villa with its own private pool. If you decide to buy a villa with a shared pool it also means you will share the upkeep and running costs, so there are advantages to both options. Semi-detached villas can be in their own walled grounds or in a complex. If in their own grounds they will each have private garden or terrace areas and if part of a complex they will usually share a large communal swimming pool.
Detached villas for sale in Spain again, can be in their own landscaped gardens with or without a private swimming pool. If you buy in the early stages of construction sometimes you are given a choice. They will be private in a walled garden with private terrace areas. If you value your privacy it’s often better to invest in a detached stand-alone villa within its own grounds. You can buy a detached villa that is part of a complex with other villas. Sometimes they have private pools and usually there is also a large communal pool within the complex. If you like to mix with other owners and are sociable, this is a great way to buy on a complex and meet like-minded people. Homes for sale in Spain offers a diverse range of Spanish properties for sale and there will be a beautiful España villa with your name on it.
Spanish villas that are part of a complex, will pay yearly fees to go towards the maintenance costs. There will be the cost of lighting around the complex plus the upkeep of the pool including electric and pool chemicals plus any cleaning and gardening. The cost of this is spread out and all the owners will pay an equal sum each. Generally, there is a maintenance company who looks after this.
Spanish villas that are detached and in their own grounds, the owners look after it themselves and pay whatever bills are necessary. You are able to look after the pool yourself if you wish or during the summer months you can pay a company to visit and clean your swimming pool every few days. The advantage of buying a detached home in Spain in its own grounds is, you can do as please without having to consult other owners. For example, if you want to have a vegetable or herb garden, possibly a bbq area in your own grounds, you can.
Luxury villas in Spain
If we then look at luxury houses for sale in Spain, you simply can’t go wrong. These properties will take your breath away with the unadulterated luxury this real estate in Spain for sale offer. Stunning villas set close to the Mediterranean Sea with uninterrupted, sea views of the coast, which offer you privacy and space to relax and take time out. These properties usually start from three or four bedrooms upwards to maybe a six or eight bedroom villa. Traditional designs or contemporary with sleek lines, the choice is yours. Some are open plan offering a large living room and a spacious dining area that lead to fitted kitchens.
Some villas can have the following luxury features, Infinity pools, an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, cinema room, smart home technology, underfloor heating the list is endless. All of these beautiful homes are built to the highest quality with only the best materials as one would expect, in these types of luxury villas in Spain for sale.
Building your own villa in Spain
You then have the choice of buying land for sale in Spain and having your own Spanish villa built to your own specifications. This is ideal for those who want to live full time in Spain and want to build their forever home. This option gives you so many different choices and input as to how you want your villa to look, and if you want any special features. It allows you to choose how many bedrooms you want, where you place the pool if you choose to have one, and the layout of your grounds. It also allows you to pick what size of land you want, around 350 sqm is fairly compact it will give you a private garden but not much room for a pool. 500 to 750 sqm is a decent size for a private swimming pool and garden plus terrace areas with great sea views. Ideally if you choose a plot size of at least 1000sqm this will give you plenty of outside space for landscaped gardens, bbq and eating area, a large pool with sunbathing areas and a garage if you so wish. This is the plot size to choose, if you decide to relocate to Spain and live there full time.
What are the best areas in Spain to buy a villa?
There are so many areas in Spain to choose from, including areas on the Spanish mainland such as Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol and Costa Calida. There is also the beautiful Balearic Islands just off the coast of mainland Spain, Ibiza and Majorca which are both popular holiday destinations, located in the Mediterranean Sea. Traditional Los Montesinos is in Costa Blanca and if you want authentic Spain it’s here.
The most popular locations are Marbella and Sotogrande and these locations are exclusive indeed. Upmarket homes are in these areas and yes, you will pay more but they are so worth it. The range of amenities with a pretty la marine (marina) and chic bars and restaurants offer a unique lifestyle in a fabulous area, often close to fishing villages. If you want to live the dream, this is where you can do it. Here you will mix with the elite and the well-known celebrities and stars of stage and music, this is where they have their holiday homes and where they come to play.
Where are the golf courses in Spain?
Spain as we all know is famous for its many golf courses. They are dotted throughout Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Calida as well as the rest of coastal Spain. There are several championship golf courses that suit every handicap, all you need to do is find one best for you.
Sightseeing in Spain
For those who enjoy sightseeing and local history Alicante in Costa Blanca offers the best of all worlds, beaches and shopping for designer labels with amazing picturesque views. One of the oldest and most attractive cities in the world is in the Costa del Sol, in Malaga. Ideal of sightseers and those who don’t want to spend all day on the beach. If you are searching for a relaxing location you couldn’t pick better than Murcia in the Costa Calida region which is in the south east of Spain.
Ibiza lies in the Mediterranean and is a beautiful island most known for its lively nightlife. However, this is unfair because there are stunning resorts on the island which are ideal for families. One of the most visited locations in Spain is Majorca also known as Mallorca and this is the destination of most families with young children. They visit here because if it’s amazing beaches and children are welcomed with open arms. There are so many wonderful locations to visit and buy a villa in the Balearic Islands, it’s impossible to list them all.
What is the weather like in Spain?
As we know, Spain has a sunny Mediterranean climate on its south east coast in particular, and it’s not just in the main summer season that the sun shines. The temperatures start to rise as early as April and May which regularly sees temperatures hitting 20°C, with August topping sultry highs of 30°C plus. With this in mind imagine being able to visit Spain whenever you choose too and you can, with your own home in Spain. Real estate in Spain for sale offers excellent value for money.
How do you get to Spain?
Getting to Spain is easy as there are daily flights from the UK and other European countries. The beauty of them is, they are short haul flights which for families are perfect, especially if they have small children. From London to any of the main Spanish resorts on the south east coast of mainland Spain, takes only two hours and thirty minutes. The good news is if you fly to the Balearic Islands, your journey is ten minutes shorter. Transfers from the airport to your destination are usually within sixty minutes.
Buying a villa as an investment in Spain
If you are buying a villa in Spain for an investment, you can let this property out year round. The climate is mild in the winter months and hot in the summer. During the main peak months of the summer, houses in Spain bring in good returns, it will go towards the upkeep of the property and more besides. All through the summer the property will most likely be let out and it’s important to remember spring and autumn are delightful too.
Buying real estate in Spain will give you and your family, the chance to take more holidays at any time of the year. Purchasing a villa will offer you space, freedom and give you a lifestyle that most will certainly envy. No more thinking where to go for a vacation, all you need to do is book your flight and you are going to your home away from home. These villas are usually within walking distance to beaches serving up pretty sea views, and are close to shops, markets, bars and restaurants, plus a range of other facilities. Are you a holiday home hunter, looking for a permanent home or an investor? Take a look at villas in Spain this year!