More than 7,000 people, all searching for an overseas home, flocked to the A Place in the Sun Live expo in Birmingham this month. Spain was by far the most popular destination, in particular the southern Costa Blanca.
Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to attend the exhibition, don’t worry, how about visiting Your Overseas Home instead? In the meantime, here is a reminder of the five key reasons the southern Costa Blanca is such an attractive place to own a home. We’ve also picked some great properties for sale there that might take your fancy…
1) Ease of getting there
Reaching the Costa Blanca from the UK and wider Europe is simple thanks to the huge choice of flights into Alicante Airport, the gateway to the region. Flights from the UK are just two-and-a-half hours and transfer time to the most popular resorts is only 30-45 minutes. Another option is to fly into Murcia-San Javier, which offers a similar transfer time. Travelling up and down the Costa Blanca is a breeze thanks to the AP-7 motorway.
2) Choice of bargain property
The most developed and popular stretch of the entire Costa Blanca is the Orihuela Costa, which starts at Torrevieja and ends just before the regional border with Murcia. As well as urbanisations around Torrevieja, popular resorts and residential communities there include Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Villamartín, Los Dolses and Dehesa de Campoamor. North of Torrevieja, Quesada is rapidly growing community where most homeowners are British and European.
The best selection of property is in the €100,000 to €200,000 bracket, for which you can purchase a large apartment, townhouse or even detached bungalow.
Property can range in price from as low as €50,000 for a small apartment into the millions of euros for a luxury villa. However, the best selection of property is in the €100,000-€200,000 bracket, for which you can purchase a large apartment, townhouse or even detached bungalow, depending on location, type of community, proximity to the beach and condition.
3) Golf and beaches
Golfers won’t be disappointed by the southern Costa Blanca. In Orihuela Costa alone there are four courses all within 10-15 minutes, namely at Villamartín, Las Colinas, Campoamor and Las Ramblas. Others north of Torrevieja include La Finca, Vistabella and La Marquesa.
Beaches and the promenades that run alongside them are a highlight of the southern Costa Blanca too. Alicante, home to the Costa Blanca, has 78 Blue Flag beaches – this is more than any other province in Spain, with most concentrated in the Orihuela Costa.
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4) Established expat community
British people make up the largest group of foreign buyers in the Costa Blanca, but are especially dominant in the Orihuela Costa and around Quesada. Other nationalities that buy there include French, Belgians, Scandinavians, Germans and, of course, plenty of Spanish too. Even so, English is typically the common language and widely spoken in most communities. Equally reassuring for UK buyers, many restaurants, bars and other local businesses are run by British people.
5) Affordable lifestyle
Living in the Costa Blanca, and for that matter most of Spain, is noticeably cheaper than in the UK. It’s not only property that is great value for money, but council tax in Spain is significantly less too. The lifestyle and climate also mean you’ll spend less on heating and travel – why get in a car when you can catch a bus or walk to the beach or local market – while grocery shopping and eating out compare favourably to UK prices too. It’s not unusual to be get a three-course menú del dia for €10!
Bearing in mind all of the above, could you be tempted by one of these? Just click the image for the property details.
Torrevieja for under €200,000
This three-bedroom bungalow is on an urbanisation on the edge of Torrevieja. With a private pool, solarium and off-road parking, it’s on the market for less than €200,000. Click the image to find out more.
Near the Punta Prima prom
This three-bedroom apartment in Punta Prima comes with lovely views to the sea and is a short walk from the beach. Click on the image to find out what it offers for less than €100,000!
Dehesa de Campoamor
This cosy and beautifully maintained two-bedroom, semi-detached villa comes with access to fantastic communal facilities, including an Olympic-sized pool, landscaped gardens, tennis courts and canteen. Click the image for more info, including the price.
In a fantastic location, this two-bedroom quad villa is within walking distance of the popular La Zenia and landmark La Zenia Boulevard shopping centre. Asking price? Less than €150,000. Click for more info.
If you are ready to buy a home on the Costa Blanca in the next few months, Property Guides will be at Your Overseas Home. It’s a new style of overseas property show, where those serious about buying can get detailed information and introductions to trusted lawyers, agents and currency providers. Click here to apply for FREE tickets.
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