Increasing numbers of Brits seek sun-kissed second homes in Spain

Increasing numbers of Brits seek sun-kissed second homes in Spain

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  • British and Spanish website visitors leading interest in holiday homes (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Leads up 55% across May to August, compared with 2019
  • Digital viewings and video tours helping to fuel demand

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has reported significant growth in the number of enquiries it is receiving for its properties in Spain, Mallorca and Ibiza. Leads were up by 21% year to date for August 2020 versus August 2019, while the May to August 2020 period saw a leap of 55% compared to the same months the year before.

When it comes to web visitors, it is British and Spanish interest that is growing most rapidly.

We’re seeing a notable increase in pent-up demand for second homes in Spain. Uncertainty and quarantine restrictions are doing nothing to curb Britons’ interest in owning a sun-kissed Spanish retreat. Indeed, the pandemic has caused many people to think long and hard about what’s important to them and where they want to spend their time.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

In response to the surge in demands, Taylor Wimpey España is offering digital viewings and newly released video tours of its second homes.

At Green Golf in Estepona (Malaga), for example, buyers can now explore the bright, spacious frontline golf properties via an online drone tour, while listening to Taylor Wimpey España share details of the development over the phone. The digital tour of the three-bedroom/three-bathroom townhouses, which are available from €299,000 plus VAT, allows buyers to see everything from the on-site pool and stunning golf course views to the beautifully presented show home.

While the tourism industry in Spain, along with that of most of the rest of the world, has been hit hard by the global health crisis, British families are clearly not giving up on their dreams of owning property there.

The impressive rise in interest is a good indication of what’s to come, post-pandemic. As such, we are not only launching new developments – such as the lovely Harmony apartments, penthouses and duplexes at La Cala Golf – but also searching for new sites along the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, as well as in Mallorca and Ibiza.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Until travel restrictions are lifted, the Taylor Wimpey España team will continue to deliver digital viewings to the growing number of Britons who are requesting them.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Taylor Wimpey España reveals what makes a holiday home perfect for the whole family

Taylor Wimpey España reveals what makes a holiday home perfect for the whole family

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  • Families are seeking flexibility in how they use their space
  • Views of nature are important for relaxation
  • Buyers want homes for now and for ‘after’  

The COVID-19 pandemic has done much to change the way we think about our homes, both in terms of how we use them and in relation to the facilities that we want nearby. Nor does this only apply to main residences, as leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España reveals.

There’s a clear distinction between the kinds of questions potential buyers would ask before the pandemic and those they ask now. Buyers are now much more focused on the flexibility of the space within the home and how many open-air restaurants and sports facilities are available in the open area. There’s a COVID-related twist to their requirements now.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Flexibility is key to these requirements. Buyers are looking for homes that serve the whole family, with accommodation that is arranged in such a way as to facilitate multiple generations enjoying the property together. From the number of bathrooms to the placement of terraces and range of dining options, everything is being scrutinised through a slightly different lens.

In terms of the local area, beaches and golf courses, which southern Spain has in abundance, are still incredibly popular. But buyers now want to know much more about other open-air options. From water sports to outdoor dining, they are keen to understand what their options are when it comes to avoiding being indoors too much.

Spain’s climate certainly helps in this respect. While homeowners in the UK are preparing for the cold and rain of the winter months with a certain sense of trepidation, those in Andalusia can look forward to average temperatures of 15°C in November and 12°C in December.

Sun Valley at La Cala Golf in Malaga epitomises the kind of homes that suit buyers during the COVID-era. Situated on the top of a hill overlooking La Cala’s famous Europa golf course, the homes have fresh air in abundance. Large terraces with glass enclosures are perfect for outdoor dining, while the ground floor homes have lovely private gardens. Owners at La Cala also enjoy a range of discounts and benefits thanks to the resort’s Privilege Card. Prices start from €241,000 plus VAT.

“Buyers are thinking about their second homes in two ways now – how they’re going to use them while the pandemic continues and how they’re going to use them ‘after.’ Developers need to respond to this by being flexible in their approach and building homes that will allow families to create cherished memories both now and in the future. At the same time, established attractions such as the pools and communal gardens that feature in every Taylor Wimpey España development continue to be essential for maximising the enjoyment of family leisure time.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

One important aspect of this, according to Taylor Wimpey España, is the view that those family homes provide. A nature-packed vista can do much to promote feelings of relaxation, whether it’s of the sparkling sea or the greenery of a golf course.

At Botanic, for example, buyers can enjoy both beautiful greenery and spectacular sea views. Priced from €430,000 plus VAT, the homes have been built with a focus on sustainability, ecology and bioclimatic architecture. The buildings are constructed on different ground levels in order to optimise the views and provide an exceptional panorama of the surrounding area, which includes gardens packed with a variety of species and indigenous trees. Meanwhile, vertical gardens and green corridors link each phase of the development, creating a unique natural environment to delight family members of all ages.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

A new look for the new normal – why lockdown caused so many companies to rebrand

A new look for the new normal – why lockdown caused so many companies to rebrand

United Kingdom
  • Housing Hand launches a new brand and new services in midst of COVID crisis
  • Move reflects trend for brands to look inward during lockdown and focus on their core values
  • Emphasis on creating something positive out of coronavirus pandemic
  • Housing Hand still able to operate during the COVID crisis, continuing to offer guarantees and help

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused companies up and down the UK (and elsewhere) to look inward like never before. With staff working from home or furloughed, many management teams have taken the opportunity to review their internal processes, customer engagement strategies, services offerings and more.

UK rent guarantor service Housing Hand is one business that continued to operate during the crisis and used the lockdown time productively. The company has rebranded and launched a new website packed with additional features, in a move displaying determination to create something positive out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re living through extremely worrying times right now, with both health and financial concerns weighing heavily on many individuals, families and businesses. For companies, the need to adapt to the new normal has been intense. At Housing Hand, we’ve used the lockdown to focus on our brand, our values and make some exciting improvements to the services that we offer through our website.

Jeremy Robinson, Group Managing Director, Housing Hand

Housing Hand’s fresh website includes a new pricing guide to enable students and working professionals to get a free quote prior to applying for a rent guarantor, along with a booking system for arranging meetings and calls with the company’s helpful team via their website. Not only that, but the enhanced House Finder service sends out thousands of free leads to Housing Hand’s partners.

Housing Hand’s new look for the new normal sees ‘Percy the pigeon’ walking applicants through the site’s contents in pursuit of their new ‘nest,’ whether that’s student accommodation or a private rental property.

“We were able to continue operating during COVID, using the time to re-strategise and realign to our core company values. We’re so happy that we’ve launched a fully rebranded website that enhances the user experience and makes it even easier for individuals from around the world to access the information that they need on how to apply for a UK rent guarantor.”

Jeremy Robinson, Group Managing Director, Housing Hand

News of the rebrand comes hot on the heels of Housing Hand’s acquisition of the UK Guarantor website, further cementing its position as the country’s leading rent guarantor firm. A referral partnership between Housing Hand and property platform Accommodation for Students has also just been revealed.

For more information please contact Housing Hand today on +44 (0) 207 205 2625 or visit https://www.housinghand.co.uk/

Spanish second home buyers to live in Harmony with nature at new Taylor Wimpey España development

Spanish second home buyers to live in Harmony with nature at new Taylor Wimpey España development

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  • €13.5 million Harmony apartments launched at La Cala Golf Resort
  • 56 luxury apartments to provide panoramic golf, sea and mountain views
  • Over 320 homes already built by Taylor Wimpey España at La Cala

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has revealed its latest development – the stunning Harmony apartments at La Cala Golf Resort on the Costa del Sol. The development enjoys the highest location at La Cala, meaning the homes will deliver panoramic golf, sea and mountain views.

Harmony will provide 56 luxury homes spread across six buildings, including two- and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom penthouses and duplexes. It is the latest development resulting from the €120 million joint venture between Taylor Wimpey España and FBD Leisure (owners of La Cala), which has already delivered over 320 homes.

We are delighted to reveal details of Harmony, which has been designed to make the most of its incredible natural setting. We’ve included particularly large terraces for outdoor dining and relaxation, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra de Mijas, with the Mediterranean Sea sparkling in the distance.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Available from €295,000 plus VAT, the bright, airy homes will offer open plan interiors that are filled with light. The site will also feature a large communal pool and pretty communal gardens. Ground floor homes will have private gardens, as well as terraces, and every property will have its own underground parking space and storage room.

The Taylor Wimpey España and FBD Leisure partnership will see a total of 1,000 homes built at La Cala over the course of the next decade. The resort, which TripAdvisor ranks as one of the ten best golf resorts in Spain for 2020, is a favourite with golfers across Europe, including a significant number of players from the UK.

“The announcement of the Harmony Development is hugely significant. While these are extraordinarily challenging times for the local economy, we remain as determined as ever to invest in the future, and cement La Cala’s position as a bucket-list destination for golfers across Europe.”

Sean Corte-Real, Director of La Cala Resort

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Taylor Wimpey España reveals 3 unexpected ways COVID has impacted second homes

Taylor Wimpey España reveals 3 unexpected ways COVID has impacted second homes

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  • Healthcare and solo sports now both more relevant to second home buyers
  • Potential as longer-term lockdown bolthole not far from buyers’ minds
  • 25% of people more likely to move home due to pandemic, with Spain one of most popular destinations (Knight Frank)

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has spent more than 60 years satisfying clients’ wishes when it comes to what they want out of a second home. However, it seems that the COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to some unusual requirements.  

“It’s a given that COVID-19 has caused buyers to want more spacious properties and decent WiFi connections, when they are looking at potential second homes, but we’ve seen buyer requirements and behaviour shift in other ways too. It’s as though the lines between second homes and main residences have begun to blur.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Buyers are now looking at second homes in a different light, analysing their potential for use as a lockdown bolthole for months at a time at very short notice. That includes the potential to work fulltime from their holiday home for several months, should they need to. This means that everything from the stability of the WiFi connection to the size of the fridge and wardrobes is being considered from a new perspective.

Key-ready homes at Grand View, on the Costa del Sol’s well-known La Cala Golf resort, are ideal for buyers looking through this lens. Available from €290,000 plus VAT, the apartments provide a quality lifestyle in peaceful surroundings with stunning views – perfect for those looking for a semi-permanent residence in which to wait out a lockdown.

The second unexpected buyer focus is healthcare. No longer is it only those who buy a second home when approaching retirement who take an interest in the quality of the local medical facilities. Instead, buyers of all ages are now having to factor this into their analysis of potential properties.

Spain certainly fares well in this respect. Not only did the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index rank Spain as the world’s healthiest nation, but the country is also renowned for the quality of its public and private healthcare facilities. Not usually something that second home buyers paid much attention to, this requirement has understandably increased in importance in recent months.

Indeed, this and Spain’s other attractions have singled the country out not just as a second home bolthole but also as a destination of choice for those seeking a more permanent relocation. According to Knight Frank’s latest research, based on a survey of 44 countries, 25% of people are more likely to move home in the next year as a result of the pandemic, with 34% of those individuals looking at moving abroad. For those who were more inclined to move abroad, 17% chose Spain as their ideal location (only the UK scored more highly, at 30%).

“Spain has so much to offer not just second home buyers but also those looking to settle fulltime. The weather, cuisine, scenery and cost of living are all extremely attractive – and in many cases more so as a direct result of the pandemic.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

This brings us round to the third requirement that buyers now want from their second homes – socially distanced sporting options. While Spain’s golf courses have always attracted second home buyers from the UK and a range of other countries, there’s now also plenty of interest in everything from tennis to nautical sports, as buyers seek out the ideal combination of keeping fit while also avoiding other people.

This is where Pier 1 fits the bill. The exclusive apartments, which boast private pools for the ground floor and penthouse homes, are situated on the doorstep of La Marina de Sotogrande. The frontline marina properties therefore provide easy access to sailing, surfing, kayaking and other nautical pursuits, as well as on-site golf. Prices start from €1,365,000 plus VAT for a four-bedroom apartment.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Housing Hand acquires UK Guarantor website and secures partnership with Accommodation for Students

Housing Hand acquires UK Guarantor website and secures partnership with Accommodation for Students

United Kingdom
  • UK’s leading rent guarantor firm acquires the website of the country’s second largest service
  • Housing Hand has covered more than £646 million in rent since 2013
  • Accommodation for Students partnership to support students across UK

The COVID-19 lockdown has been an exceptionally busy time for the team at Housing Hand. The UK’s largest rent guarantor firm has just announced that it has acquired ukguarantor.com. Student Marketing Agency Ltd, who previously operated the website will no longer process guarantor applications but will continue to manage existing guarantor commitments and support Housing Hand in the smooth transition of new applicants.  The move means that Housing Hand will be taking over all of UK Guarantor’s new and renewal applications (previous matters will still be dealt with by Student Marketing Agency Ltd).

The new arrangements will build on the foundation that Housing Hand has already built. The company has helped and processed 87,764 applicants since 2013, working with more than 3,500 accommodation providers. The total rent covered in that time has topped £646 million.

We are delighted to have acquired the UK Guarantor website to serve even more tenants and students across the UK. Through this and the new partnership with Accommodation for Students, we will offer an enhanced, UK-wide service that enables individuals to rent the properties of their choice without needing to find thousands of pounds for a deposit.

Jeremy Robinson, Group Managing Director, Housing Hand

We’re living in unprecedented times and the need for guarantor services has never been more acute. We will be working closely with Housing Hand to ensure a smooth transition for new applicants. Housing Hand provide an invaluable resource for many of those who are already facing additional pressures in their lives.

Nick Emms, UK Guarantor

Housing Hand acts as a guarantor for students and other renters who otherwise would not have one. Housing Hand liaises with the potential landlord, letting agent or university in order to make the necessary arrangements. Renters who would otherwise be asked to stump up six to 12 months’ rent in advance are thus spared the difficulty of having to do so. The service costs from as little as £295, with payment by instalments also available.

In order to streamline the guarantor process, Housing Hand is built into many accommodation providers’ booking forms. This is where the new partnership with Accommodation for Students comes in. A property platform for students, Accommodation for Students acts as a referral partner for UK Guarantor – and now for Housing Hand. The arrangement means that students in need of a guarantor are provided with an established, trustworthy service that can enable them to access the accommodation they desire.

“As the UK’s number one student accommodation website, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with Housing Hand. Together, we aim to ensure that those studying at the UK’s world-renowned universities are able to access appropriate accommodation throughout their higher education.”

Simon Thompson, Managing Director, Accommodation for Students

Finding a way forward as part of the ‘new normal’ has seen many organisations innovate and form new alliances in order to adapt. Housing Hand has used the experience to take the next step in its history, enabling it to support the ongoing stability of the UK rental sector.

For more information please contact Housing Hand today on +44 (0) 207 205 2625 or visit https://www.housinghand.co.uk/

Burrough Court launches Zoom Rooms as part of ‘new normal’ business package

Burrough Court launches Zoom Rooms as part of ‘new normal’ business package

United Kingdom

Rural business premises and office accommodation provider Burrough Court has revealed it is launching new ‘Zoom Rooms’ for its clients to use free of charge. The launch is part of a raft of measures designed to adapt the new normal that office life requires as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Zoom Rooms at the family-run business provide private, professional spaces for clients to use to host virtual meetings that they would otherwise have held face-to-face. The spaces undergo regular deep cleaning and comply with site-wide usage of hand sanitiser, sanitising wipes and other safety measures.

“We’re looking to embrace the changes that are resulting from COVID-19 as an opportunity, rather than a challenge. From working in partnership with one of our tenants to produce ‘corona hinges’ that hold external doors open for touch-free access to setting up the Zoom Rooms to enable our clients to host professional meetings, we are doing all we can to turn challenges into chances to innovate.”

Fred Wilson, Director, Burrough Court

For more information, call 01664 454 690, email info@burroughcourt.com or visit www.burroughcourt.com

COVID-conscious buyers opting for new build homes in exclusive Spanish enclaves

COVID-conscious buyers opting for new build homes in exclusive Spanish enclaves

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  • New build property prices up 6.1% year-on-year in Q1 2020 (INE)
  • British buyers focussing on upscale resorts and premium properties (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Ability to customise seen as one of key attractions

The second home market is alive and well in Spain, albeit in a more subdued fashion than before the COVID-19 outbreak, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España. The company reports that buyers are prioritising new build apartments as they seek a share of the Spanish sunshine, with newly built homes delivering a range of advantages that particularly suit the new wave of COVID-conscious buyers.

“Right now, we’re seeing buyers looking for generously sized new builds with multiple private outdoor areas and spacious communal grounds. They’re also interested in nearby open-air activities, from golf to yachting, as well as easy access to Spain’s fabulous beaches. For COVID-conscious buyers, the ability to personalise their new home by buying off plan is also important – the pandemic has made many families focus intently on internal layout and the way that they use their home.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s findings were echoed by those of Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE). It reported a rise in the country’s property price index of 3.2% for the first quarter of 2020, when compared with Q1 2019. For new build homes, however, that figure jumped to 6.1% year-on-year. Second-hand properties, meanwhile, saw a year-on-year rise of just 2.7% for the same period.

New build homes come with a range of advantages. Those buying off plan have more time and greater financial flexibility, due to the staged nature of the payments, as well as the potential to personalise their home as part of the build. They also have the potential to benefit from better prices.

They can opt for the perfect property by choosing from a range of options, such as two- or three-bedrooms, ground floor or penthouse, and golf views or sea views.  They can also enjoy modern facilities, from communal pools and gardens to storerooms, lifts and garages, as well as integrated WiFi/fibre ADSL in the home as standard.

Buyers of newly built homes can buy with a clear conscience, thanks to the properties’ energy efficiency and certification, and with peace of mind, thanks to the guarantees that come with such properties. Knowing that they won’t have to undertake renovations and the sometimes-spiralling costs associated with them is also a bonus.

“There are so many reasons why new build homes trump second hand residences, from the financial side of the purchase process to the more emotional aspects of investing in a second home overseas.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

According to Taylor Wimpey España, it is premium properties in upscale areas that are particularly drawing attention from British buyers right now. The company’s Pier developments in Sotogrande are the subject of keen interest.

The newly launched Pier 1 offers luxury and privacy, in a gated development of just four marvellous frontline apartments at La Marina de Sotogrande, with private pools for the ground floor and penthouse homes. The four-bedroom apartments are priced from €1,365,000 plus VAT.

Pier 2, meanwhile, delivers stylish elegance across its two- and three-bedroom homes. The site, which is nearing completion, features pools and communal garden areas for relaxation, as well as the private outdoor space provided by each home. Prices start from €360,000 plus VAT for a two-bedroom apartment.

Pier’s local facilities are second to none. The next-door yacht club keeps the nautically minded happy, while the on-site golf and the beach just 400 metres away provide plenty of space for keeping fit and healthy outdoors.

Sotogrande is also known for its world-class Santa María Polo Club and this year, Taylor Wimpey España is one of the sponsors of the prestigious 49th International MANSION Polo Tournament, which runs from 25 July to 31 August.

“Polo is inextricably linked with the history of Sotogrande, so we are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s International Polo Tournament. Attracting interest from around the world, the Bronze, Silver and Gold Cups make up one of the main summer season events in Andalusia.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The other development that is striking a chord with British buyers in particular right now is Emerald Greens, at the heart of the nearby San Roque Club. With outstanding golf facilities on-site and superb views of the gently undulating landscape as it slopes down to the sea, these homes are ideal for buyers looking for fresh air and tranquillity in a stunning setting. Prices begin at €296,000 plus VAT.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

British developer Taylor Wimpey completes capital raise to purchase land for post-COVID build

British developer Taylor Wimpey completes capital raise to purchase land for post-COVID build

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  • British developer raises £522 million, with sights set on building in Spain
  • Spanish subsidiary Taylor Wimpey España has already launched two post-COVID developments
  • Further sites to come to market before end of 2020

“The real estate sector will be key to the economic recovery of our country after the effects of COVID-19.”

Javier Ballester, General Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Leading British developer Taylor Wimpey, which last year completed 15,719 homes, has carried out a capital raise in the UK worth £522 million (€578 million euros) for the purchase of new land. Subsidiary Taylor Wimpey Spain will lead a number of new operations as a result, with investments in key hotspots along the Spanish coast, where it has been building and selling new homes to national and international clients for the past 60 years.

“During the last years we have built a solid business and have invested in our people, with our own processes and resources, to add value to our clients, shareholders, employees and suppliers. We have made timely decisions to increase our liquidity, being flexible to face the effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we see an opportunity to invest in new land and businesses at attractive prices. These investments will help us continue to grow sustainably and provide long-term value for shareholders.”

Peter Redfern, CEO, Taylor Wimpey PLC

Taylor Wimpey España is one of Spain’s most respected and credible developers, having served over 7,000 satisfied customers from 40 different nationalities over the past six decades. The company’s area of operations stretches from the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol to Mallorca and Ibiza, serving both domestic Spanish homebuyers and international clients looking for second residences on the Spanish coast. During 2019, the developer delivered 323 homes in Spain, with a turnover of over €141 million.

Javier Ballester, General Director of Taylor Wimpey España, has indicated that the real estate sector will be a major factor in Spain’s economic recovery from the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasising his company’s role in improving the economic situation as swiftly as possible.

Taylor Wimpey España has continued to build in recent months and has already launched two post-pandemic developments: the lovely Kiruna Hills at Alenda Golf in Alicante and an exclusive collection of four waterfront luxury apartments at Marina de Sotogrande, Pier 1.

“We have recently released two new real estate developments to the market, and we hope to release two more before the end of the year. After this capital increase operation carried out by the parent company, we will also be focusing on additional carefully chosen sites in highly prized locations.”

Javier Ballester, General Director, Taylor Wimpey España

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Taylor Wimpey España launches two new developments, as positivity returns to Spanish second homes market

Taylor Wimpey España launches two new developments, as positivity returns to Spanish second homes market

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  • Kiruna Hills and Pier 1 will provide buyers with an array of choice
  • Air bridge with Spain providing Britons with easy access to sunshine once more
  • Ryanair flights running at 67% full even before air bridges announced

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has announced the launch of two brand new developments, in the latest sign that Spain is returning to some kind of normal. Kiruna Hills, at Alenda Golf, Alicante, and Pier 1, at the prestigious Marina de Sotogrande on the Costa del Sol will provide second home buyers with plenty of choice as the Spanish property market gets back into the swing of things once more.

Summer holidays in Spain aren’t quite business as usual just yet, but they’re certainly looking a lot closer to it than many would have imagined a couple of months ago. With travel restrictions lifted by Spain and the UK exempting those flying in from there from having to enter quarantine for 14 days, the scene has been set for Britons to enjoy sun-kissed summer holidays once more.

Even before the Spanish air bridge was announced, Ryanair’s first wave of flights to numerous international destinations on 1 July were running two-thirds full, with 105,000 passengers jetting off for some much-needed rest and relaxation after months of being stuck in the UK.

Many airlines are ramping up their flights to Spain for the summer season in response to customer demand. Mallorca has proven to be of particular interest, according to Travelsupermarket, after the island acted as a testbed for safe travel prior to the rest of Spain opening up. The price comparison site reported a 96% increase in online searches for trips to Mallorca following the government in Spain bringing forward the date that it would reopen to international visitors.

“It’s certainly going to be an unusual summer in Spain in many ways, but the sunshine, stunning beaches and superb gastronomy are still here, meaning that those who do come to Spain for their holidays this year have plenty to look forward to. For second home owners, Spain offers a welcome relief from the stresses of daily life – as it has always done – with the outdoor lifestyle holding huge appeal. All of this contributed to our decision to launch two new developments this month, providing plenty of choice for those looking to buy a bolthole in Spain.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The two developments are substantially different, though both will encompass Taylor Wimpey España’s signature blend of stylish indoor/outdoor living, with communal pools and gardens and outstanding locations.

On the Costa Blanca, Kiruna Hills will be ideal for keen golfers, thanks to its prime position at the popular Alenda Golf Club. The 36 contemporary townhouses will feature landscaped gardens and spacious solariums with stunning views over the Sierra de las Aguilas. Prices start from €193,800 plus VAT.

Over on the Costa del Sol, meanwhile, Pier 1 will provide three premium apartments and one penthouse in a private gated community next door to Sotogrande’s yacht club. The frontline marina homes are ideal for buyers who are serious about luxury. The four bedroom/five bathroom layout is complemented by large terraces, with the ground floor and penthouse apartments each having private pools. Prices start from €1,365,000 plus VAT.

“We feel that it will be important to offer buyers a particularly wide range of choice when it comes to property size, type, facilities and location over the coming years. Many buyers are now looking at second homes from a different perspective. They still want a home that’s ideal for creating cherished family memories, but elements such as private outdoor space and nearby open-air sports and leisure facilities have taken on a particular importance.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For buyers looking for key-ready homes where they could potentially see out a second wave lockdown, Kiruna Hills’ neighbouring site, Kiruna Residencial, is ideal. Not only do residents have Alenda Golf on site, but a selection of stunning beaches are just 15 minutes away, as is Alicante Airport. The homes offer spacious living with access to a small supermarket, restaurant and bar, clubhouse, fitness centre and paddle tennis courts, as well as the outstanding golfing facilities. The final two three-bedroom townhouses are available from €189,000 plus VAT.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK, you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.