Taylor Wimpey España spreads festive joy with superb second homes in Spain

Taylor Wimpey España spreads festive joy with superb second homes in Spain

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  • 42% of Brits would consider spending Christmas overseas (Bolsover)
  • Just 33% of Britons prefer Christmas at home
  • Spain in top 3 global destinations for Christmas overseas

It seems that the old Christmas tradition of staying home with family for the festive period is fading fast. A Bolsover Cruise Club survey has found that just 33% of Britons want to spend Christmas at home. 25% want to spend it elsewhere in the UK, but the majority – an impressive 42% – would be willing to go abroad for their Christmas celebrations.

The USA, Spain and the Caribbean top the list of countries that Brits would like to spend Christmas in, with sunshine clearly a priority for many. For leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, the survey results make sense. The company has been building sun-kissed holiday homes across the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca for 60 years and has seen many British owners – along with those from other countries – enjoy spending their Christmas holidays in Spain in that time.

“Christmas in Spain has many similarities with Christmas in the UK, but also some notable differences. It’s a less commercialized holiday here in Spain, with more emphasis on spending time with family and enjoying each other’s company. Food is a hugely important part of Christmas here too, from Turkey stuffed with truffles on Christmas Eve, before Midnight Mass, to regional favourites like seafood feasts in Galicia to picadillo soup and stuffed eggs in Andalusia.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Of course, Christmas in Spain comes with the added benefit of superb weather for those in the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. While braving the icy waters of the North Sea or the Atlantic Ocean is a Boxing Day tradition for some of those in the UK, a more relaxed dip in the communal pool of a site like La Floresta Sur is likely to hold greater appeal to many. Located in Elviria, Marbella, the site is surrounded by natural beauty, from oak and pine forests to the ever-shifting splendour of the Mediterranean Sea. Key-ready homes are available from €228,000 plus VAT, with apartments providing spacious surroundings with plenty of outdoor space for making the most of the Spanish sun.

“So many of those who’ve bought homes here in Spain find that spending Christmas in them is one of their most magical holiday experiences. Picture-postcard Christmas scenes in the UK – of snow carpeting the country while children laugh and play while wrapped up against the cold – don’t often pan out. In fact, the UK has only seen widespread snow on Christmas Day four times in the past half-century. As such, those looking to dodge Christmas in the rain are increasingly looking to Spain to provide them with a more enjoyable festive experience.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

From Dia de los Santos Inocentes (the Spanish version of April Fool’s Day) on 28 December, to super-sweet turrón and polvorón, Spain has a wealth of Christmas tastes and traditions waiting to be discovered, making it the ideal holiday destination for the festive period.

 

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

Is moving to Spain the secret to longer life?

Is moving to Spain the secret to longer life?

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  • Spain on track to achieve world’s highest longevity rate (IHME)
  • Diet, weather and outdoor lifestyle all contributing factors to healthy Spanish lifestyle (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • House prices up 7.2% in past year (INE), with 5-7% rise projected for 2019 (Tinsa)

Spain is on target to become the country with the world’s highest life expectancy, according to the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The average Spanish lifespan is projected to hit 85.8 years by 2040, just surpassing Japan’s 85.7 years.

The researchers believe that one of the key factors behind the longevity of those in Spain is their UNESCO-recognised Mediterranean diet. Spain’s climate allows its people to grow an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year, while its extensive coastline and superb arable land means that the country also has plenty of locally sourced fish and meat.

Spain’s balmy climate is associated with a range of health benefits too, with sunshine proven to do everything from lower high blood pressure and protect against inflammation to improve brain function and combat depression. Sunlight can even help to stave off conditions such as dementia, prostate cancer and heart disease, where low levels of vitamin D are a contributing factor.

Spain has the perfect balance of good weather, outstanding cuisine, friendly people and stunning scenery. It’s clear to see why it enjoys one of the highest rates of longevity in the world. With sport so important here too, there’s plenty of scope for keeping fit, which is undoubtedly another contributing factor. The outdoor lifestyle also brings its own benefits for health and happiness.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

There is much to gain by moving to Spain and it seems Brits are well aware of the fact, according to the recently published AnyVan International Dream Moves survey. A full 13% of respondents picked Spain as their number one choice of destination when dreaming of a move overseas, making it the top pick of any country.

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España works with clients who are turning their fantasy of a move overseas into a reality. With developments dotted along the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, along with a smattering of locations in Mallorca, the company is well placed to serve those looking for their dream home in Spain.

Green Golf, for example, combines the best elements of all that the Costa del Sol has to offer. Located at Estepona Golf, the development lies just 3 km from the nearest beach, while on-site pools and beautifully landscaped communal gardens ensure that there is plenty of space for residents to relax and enjoy their leisure time. Individual properties benefit from generously proportioned terraces. Interiors, meanwhile, are spacious and stylish. Prices start from €280,000 plus VAT.

House prices are another plus point for those contemplating a move to Spain. The market offers a healthy, stable environment in which to buy. Annual house price rises now stand at 7.2%, according to Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), while Tinsa has projected a rise of between 5% and 7% for the year ahead.

“From longer life to the potential for impressive capital gains, home buyers in Spain have much to look forward to. For buyers from the UK who plan to move to Spain, there is the added benefit of a vastly improved climate – something that is particularly appealing at this time of year!”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

 

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

Taylor Wimpey España shares 6 Spanish property predictions for 2019

Taylor Wimpey España shares 6 Spanish property predictions for 2019

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  • German and French buyers will lead hunt for Spanish second homes
  • House prices to increase by 5-7% in 2019 (Tinsa)
  • Sotogrande will be key 2019 hotspot

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has shared some insights into what we can expect from the Spanish property market in 2019. The predictions come off the back of Tinsa’s forecast that Spanish homes will enjoy an average price rise of between 5% and 7% over the course of 2019.

2019 looks set to be a busy year for the Spanish housing market, with strong demand from both domestic and overseas buyers for the right properties in the right locations. For second home buyers, both beach and golf properties will continue to be top of the priority list.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The three key regions that are like to continue to capture holiday home buyers’ attention in 2019 will be the perennially popular locations of Mallorca/Ibiza, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol. In response to keen buyer demand, Taylor Wimpey España will be investing substantially in all three regions over the course of 2019.

In particular, the Taylor Wimpey España team has highlighted the Costa del Sol’s Sotogrande as a top 2019 hotspot. The company’s brand new Pier development there was already 30% sold by the time construction commenced, highlighting how popular the high end two and three-bedroom apartments are likely to be in 2019. For those looking for something larger, Pier offers the option to purchase two homes prior to construction in order to convert them into a single, spacious four or five-bedroom home.

Offering marvellous views of La Marina de Sotogrande, Pier is a private, gated community that comes complete with pools and garden areas. Green Golf, further along the Costa del Sol at Estepona, also benefits from on-site pools and pretty landscaped gardens. Taylor Wimpey España expects that golf properties such as Green Golf, with its stylish houses with large terraces, will be big news in the coming year.

Looking ahead to the market in 2019 isn’t just about predicting where people will be buying, but who will be buying. We anticipate a lot of interest in Spanish second homes from German and French buyers over the course of 2019 – these two groups are likely to be buying in big numbers, along with keen interest from buyers in Scandinavia. It will be interesting to see what impact Brexit has on British buyers next year too. At present they remain the leading nationality in terms of foreigners buying homes in Spain, though whether that will remain the case is something that nobody can predict with any certainty!”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España believes that Spain will certainly do what it can to continue attracting British buyers, as well as courting British tourists in the post-Brexit era. Quite how that will work is, at present, anyone’s guess. However, even without British buyers in the equation, Spain is looking forward to a healthy, successful 2019, at least as far as its property market is concerned.

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

Old school Spain is back in fashion as Brits eye up beautiful new homes in Sotogrande

Old school Spain is back in fashion as Brits eye up beautiful new homes in Sotogrande

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  • Taylor Wimpey España’s Pier is breathing new life into Sotogrande
  • 60-year history gives Taylor Wimpey España unique insight into buyer trends
  • 30% of homes at the €23 million development have already been reserved

Just like foods, clothes, brands and more, holiday destinations go in and out of fashion with the passing of the years. Spain has been the favourite country for Brits to visit almost every year since the 1960s, but within Spain, different areas have gained and lost in the popularity stakes over the years. This is true not just for those holidaying in Spain, but for those buying second homes there as well.

We saw a major influx of expats back in the 1970s and many of those moving to Spain from the UK chose to settle in the upscale Sotogrande area. Over the years, Sotogrande slowly fell out of fashion, but now it’s back with a vengeance! There are some beautiful new homes springing up in this area, with demand driving the development of a new wave of luxury dwellings.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is one of those focusing on Sotogrande – already famous for its hosting of the Ryder Cup and numerous polo tournaments – and its appeal to a new generation of expats. The company has just announced the beginning of construction work on Pier – a €23 million development that will include as first phase of 56 apartments. Sited around the stunning marina (hence the development’s name), the homes will offer superb views, as well as spacious, stylish interiors.

The fact that 30% of the Pier homes have been reserved in the four months that it has taken for the Spanish authorities to approve the development’s building licence says much about Sotogrande’s resurgence. British buyers are leading the charge, accounting for 50% of the Pier reservations. Tinsa’s recent IMIE local markets report also flagged up San Roque, where Sotogrande is located, as one of the most favoured municipalities in the region.

Taylor Wimpey España has been building in Spain for 60 years, so we are well positioned to understand what buyers are looking for when it comes to Spanish homes. We’ve poured all of that expertise into the design of Pier, which is going to be one of our most impressive developments to date.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Pier will offer two- and three-bedroom apartments, with the option for buyers to purchase two and transform them into ultra-luxurious four- or five-bedrooms homes. The building of this first phase should take just under two years, with apartments delivered to owners in Q3 2020. The homes are priced from €398,000 plus VAT.

 

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

Buy in Spain for a better life in the sun!

Buy in Spain for a better life in the sun!

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  • Spain comes 2nd globally for experiential parts of living overseas (HSBC)
  • Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca perfect for meeting Brits’ needs (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Andalusia property transactions up 15.3% in year to September 2018 (INE)

Spain has some of the best beaches in the world and ranks second globally for quality of life in terms of the experience of living there. Pair that with a booming property market, with values increasing faster than those in the UK, and it’s easy to see why so many foreigners are keen to buy homes in Spain.

Despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, British buyers still make up the largest group of foreigners buying homes in Spain, albeit at a more cautious pace these days. Areas like the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca have that winning combination of sun, sea and sand that so many of those in more northern European nations are currently pining for. Add in welcoming locals and superb cuisine and you begin to see just why Spain’s quality of life is rated so highly.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The HSBC Expat Explorer Survey quizzed a staggering 22,000 expats on their experiences of working and living abroad. A total of 27 areas were considered, split into three categories: experience, family and economics. It was in the experience category, which includes factors such as health, security, integration and culture, that Spain ranked second globally.

In terms of its beaches, Spain has more Blue Flags than any other country, with 696 in total, as a result of the quality, safety, management and environmental credentials of its sandy shores.

Spain’s beaches do much to draw tourists to the country, along with its fantastic cities and Mediterranean diet, which UNESCO has recognised as part of the region’s intangible cultural heritage. Visitor numbers for the 2018/19 winter season are already looking promising, with NOVASOL reporting a 15% increase in bookings compared to last year, making Spain the most popular self-catering holiday destination of the season.

For those who want more of a Spanish connection than just a week or two, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has some beautiful, key-ready properties on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca.

On the Costa del Sol, Green Golf provides the perfect setting for relaxation. The views of Estepona golf course and the coastline just 3 km away are absolutely stunning. The smart townhouses offer spacious, homely living environments, with plenty of private outdoor space for enjoying the sunshine. There are also lush communal gardens and swimming pools on the site. Prices start from €280,000 plus VAT.

Meanwhile, a little along the coast at Villajoyosa, Costa Blanca, the lovely La Vila Paradis development is home to frontline beach properties that provide direct access to Paraíso beach. Communal pools and pretty grounds complement the stylish homes of this gated development. Prices start at €285,000 plus VAT.

“Property prices in Spain are rising at a steady rate, which means that the market offers excellent potential for capital gains right now. Strong demand from both Spanish buyers and foreigners is fuelling a buoyant market.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The latest housing market figures from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) certainly bear that out. In September 2018, properties registered in the Spanish land registers were up 7.7% compared with the year before. In the Andalusia region, the increase stood at 15.3% for the same period.

The takeaway from all this? It’s simple: buy in Spain for a better life in the sun!

 

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

Homes near Christmas markets – at home and overseas

Homes near Christmas markets – at home and overseas

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  • Regional Christmas markets pulling in shoppers from far and wide
  • Arras French Christmas market drawing shoppers across the Channel
  • Twinkling festive lights and beach sunsets a winning combination in Spain

Each year, towns and cities around the world hang up their twinkly lights and roll out the market stalls, ready for the magic of Christmas to come alive once more. From traditional toys to quirky gifts, Christmas markets provide a wonderfully atmospheric way to do your Christmas shopping, with plenty of tasty treats thrown in to keep you going.

According to the Nabma ROI team, Christmas markets generate more than £250 million in visitor spending. Deloitte, meanwhile, are projecting a rise of 1% in our Christmas spending this year, with an average spend of £567 per person over the festive season. The figure is 42% higher than the European average. The majority of the expenditure (£299) will be on gifts, though food and drink and socialising will account for a fair amount, at £151 and £66 respectively.

Those shopping for properties at this time of year can enjoy the delights of local Christmas markets as they analyse the area(s) they’re interested in. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best festive markets and the best local properties, to give them a head start.

Birmingham

Birmingham is known for hosting the largest German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria. From craft beers and artisan edibles to toys and crafts, this is a great place to do your Christmas shopping while indulging in some incredible gingerbread.

In terms of property market opportunities, Birmingham is home to the exceptional Westminster Works. Nestled in the city’s hip and happening Digbeth area, the 220 elegant apartments are available from £168,000 through Surrenden Invest.

Manchester

Manchester’s Christmas market attracts millions of visitors each year, with a wide variety of gifts, toys and gourmet treats, alongside an ice rink to burn off all those extra Christmas calories.

For property investors, Ancoats Gardens is the obvious choice. The latest of Surrenden Invest’s investment opportunities, the world-class apartments are one of the city’s most exciting developments. Prices start from £229,714.

France

Of course, it’s not just the UK that has jumped on the Christmas market trend. Shoppers looking to head across the Channel will find one of France’s most beautiful Christmas markets just an hour’s drive from Calais. The market is set in the midst of the splendid, Flemish-style architecture of Arras, some of which is UNESCO World Heritage listed. The Village de Noël includes more than 130 chalets, surrounded by richly decorated Christmas trees and fairy lights. Toys, gifts and gourmet treats abound, along with an action-packed funfair with everything from an ice rink and toboggan slide to a merry-go-round and big wheel.

Properties in the local area are as diverse as the gifts for sale at the market. One of the most interesting currently on the market is a three-storey water mill with beautiful grounds, which spans the River Ternoise. Ripe for conversion, the property is on the market for €309,000.

Spain

A short plane ride away, Spain also hosts some superb Christmas markets each year. In the Costa del Sol, visitors can enjoy sunshine and beachscapes during the day, then head for the gently twinkling lights of the Nordic-style stalls in Estepona of an evening. Traditional teddy bears, clothing, craft items, festive Spanish treats and much more await eager shoppers, while an ice rink and children’s playground ensure little ones (and not so little ones) will be entertained too.

On the property front, Taylor Wimpey España’s picturesque Green Golf development is home to 48 spacious houses with large terraces and spectacular golf course views. Prices for these three-bedroom, three-bathroom home start from €280,000 plus VAT, with residents enjoying lush communal gardens and pools as part of their purchase.

 

For more information:

Surrenden Invest: visit www.surrendeninvest.com or call 0203 3726 499 

FrenchEntrée: visit www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/ or call +44 (0)1225 463752.

Taylor Wimpey España: visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com or call 08000 121 020 (or 00 34 971 706 972 from outside the UK).

Spanish property market in show of strength, as Britons remain top foreign buyers

Spanish property market in show of strength, as Britons remain top foreign buyers

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  • Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca remain firm favourites with foreign buyers (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Spanish property prices rising faster than UK values (TINSA)
  • Britons still buying almost double number of properties of any other nationality (Association of Spanish Land Registrars)
  • Plans in place for Spain to continue courting Brits post-Brexit (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism)

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España reports that the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca remain firm favourites with foreign buyers, as figures from the Association of Spanish Land Registrars show that foreigners now account for almost 13% of Spanish property purchases. Overall, the Spanish property market continues to perform strongly, with local demand and foreign demand almost neck and neck.

“Foreign buyers play an important role in the Spanish property market. Right now, we’re seeing both local demand and foreign buyer demand increase, which is excellent news for the health of the overall market. In terms of foreign buyers, new build homes in sunny, well-established coastal areas are some of the most sought after properties.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

In total, foreigners purchased some 17,338 properties in Spain in Q2 2018. Of those, 2,590 purchases were by British buyers. The next largest group of overseas buyers were the French, who purchased 1,315 Spanish homes. The figures show the importance of British buyers to the Spanish market – something which Spain is considering carefully in light of the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, both from a property perspective and a tourism one.

Tourism numbers and foreigners buying Spanish property tend to be interlinked. After all, the more people who visit Spain and fall in love with its culture, cuisine, beaches and more, the more there are who yearn to own property there. In the first nine months of 2018, data from the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) shows that 66.2 million foreign tourists visited Spain, spending 2.5% more than in the same period of 2017.

In order to ensure that Spain continues to benefit from British interest, Minister for Trade, Industry and Tourism Reyes Maroto has been meeting with top travel companies in order to ensure Britons can continue visiting Spain, regardless of the final terms of Brexit.

It certainly seems as though British holidaymakers are unphased by the prospect of Brexit disrupting their travel plans. Toni Mayor, president of the Hosbec Costa Blanca hoteliers association, has reported stable bookings from British tourists for 2019, despite the current lack of certainty around travel arrangements after 29 March.

“For both tourists and property buyers, Spain has much to offer. House prices here have risen faster than in the UK according to the latest TINSA data, meaning that Brits buying in Spain can enjoy superior potential for capital growth at present when compared to those buying in the UK.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

TINSA’s figures show a 5.3% increase in property prices in the year to October 2018. Both major city locations and the Mediterranean coastline are faring well, according to TINSA, with rises of 8.5% and 6.0% respectively.

With 60 years of experience in building and selling property in Spain, Taylor Wimpey España is enabling foreigners to buy with confidence. The quality of homes such as those at La Vila Paradis, at Villajoyosa (Costa Blanca), speaks volumes. With beautiful sea views and on-site swimming pools, the apartments and townhouses are ideal for those looking to make the Spanish sunshine a regular fixture in their lives. Just two key-ready apartments and one townhouse remain available at the development, as a result of strong demand for the high spec homes. Prices start from €285,000 plus VAT.

Over on the Costa del Sol, at Elviria, Marbella, Taylor Wimpey España’s La Floresta Sur development is also offering key-ready homes to those with an eye for quality. The spacious apartments offer luxurious surroundings with large terraces, complemented by two communal pools, all from just €228,000 plus VAT.

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

Holiday essentials: why sun, sea and sand will always win big at this time of year

Holiday essentials: why sun, sea and sand will always win big at this time of year

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  • Darker evenings prompt push for sunshine holidays (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Costa del Sol offers perfect combination of beaches, golf and great weather
  • Jet2 adding 100,000 extra winter sun seats to routes from UK to mainland Spain

British summer time is officially over. The clocks have gone back and our evenings have been plunged into darkness for another year. It is no wonder, then, that the attraction of sun-kissed beach holidays suddenly seems so much more powerful. According to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, the end of the summer is always a key driver for British buyers to seek out second homes in the sun.

Throughout September and even much of October, the UK usually has enough sunshine left to keep people going. However, the end of British summer time means that dark evenings and cold weather are suddenly stretching out ahead for months on end. As such, searching for a sunshine-filled holiday, or indeed a second home somewhere warm, suddenly takes on a renewed sense of importance.” 

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For those seeking the sun, the Costa del Sol is ideal. With beaches aplenty, as well as world-class golf courses, it not only makes for a wonderful holiday destination, but also has excellent potential as a place to retire to.

Nor is it just British holiday makers and second home buyers who are focusing on the Costa del Sol at this time of year. 1 November (All Saints’ Day) is a holiday in 14 European countries and the Taylor Wimpey España team is expecting a regular seasonal increase in the number of visitors and enquiries over the course of the long weekend. The allure of the Spanish lifestyle appeals to many of those living in Scandinavia, Germany and other European countries, as well as those in the UK.

Cultural activities and Spain’s superb gastronomic offering are part of the attraction, as is the country’s easy accessibility. For those in the UK, Jet2 has recently announced the addition of an extra 235,000 seats on its routes between the Midlands and Spain, with up to four services per week into Malaga as part of its Winter Sun 2019/20 schedule.

“The fact that the Costa del Sol is so quick and easy to reach is really the icing on the cake. It’s a holiday destination with it all, and it’s just a short hop from the UK. These fundamental characteristics are the reason that the area has earned such immense popularity with British holiday home buyers – it’s the perfect sun-kissed getaway location.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Those looking for the perfect second home in Spain would do well to consider Green Golf. Just 3 km from the beach (and with some spectacular sea views), Green Golf is part of the lush Estepona Golf course. The private residential development boasts pretty communal gardens and outdoor pools, while individual homes feature large, south facing terraces for making the most of the abundant sunshine. Prices start from €280,000 plus VAT.

 

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

Evidence mounts that sunshine and Mediterranean diet are key to avoiding depression

Evidence mounts that sunshine and Mediterranean diet are key to avoiding depression

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  • Mediterranean diet reduces risk of depression by up to 33% (UCL)
  • Gastronomic experience highlighted as key Spanish attraction by visitors (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Local, seasonal produce makes for unique culinary experiences in every region

The link between sunshine (or rather, lack of it) and depression has long been established. However, there is now growing evidence to show that diet can also play a key role in our mental health. A recent study led by UCL’s department of epidemiology and public health has found that people who stick most closely to a traditional Mediterranean diet have a 33% lower risk of developing depression in the next eight to 12 years (when compared to those whose diets least resembled the Mediterranean diet).

“There is compelling evidence to show that there is a relationship between the quality of your diet and your mental health. This relationship goes beyond the effect of diet on your body size or other aspects of health that can in turn affect your mood. We aggregated results from a large number of studies and there is a clear pattern that following a healthier, plant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet can help in the prevention of depression.”

Dr Camille Lassale, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL

The Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts and fish and low in saturated fat, sugar and processed food. Seasonal and often locally sourced, it makes for a delicious and nutritious culinary experience, as well as one that brings notable mental health benefits. In fact, it is often highlighted as a key attraction by those holidaying and buying second homes in countries such as Spain, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España.

Spain’s gastronomic offering is a real strong point for visitors. With a temperate climate year-round, the Costa del Sol is blessed with plenty of fresh, local food throughout the year, while the coastal location introduces plenty of options in terms of sparklingly fresh sea food.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

When it comes to food, it’s hard to decide whether Spain is most well-known for its national dish, paella, or for its style of eating: tapas. Adapted to each season, tapas excite the sense with a wide range of typically Spanish scents and flavours, including fried fish with olive oil, garlic prawns, anchovies in vinegar, slivers of unimaginably delicious ham from acorn-fed pigs, vegetable dishes such as aubergine with honey, potato omelette, patatas bravas and plenty more.

Each area of Spain also has its own regional tastes. Valencians are fiercely protective of their ‘official’ recipe for paella. Those visiting Andalusia, meanwhile, can enjoy the simple, salty richness of salmorejo – a tomato/bread soup garnished with chopped, hard-boiled egg and ham. Gazpacho, of course, is also a must. In the winter months, bowls of thick, rich stew are the perfect way to keep warm as the evenings close in.

Those seeking out Spain’s fabulous combination of sunshine and healthy diet will be delighted by the properties available at La Floresta Sur in Elviria, Marbella. Available from Taylor Wimpey España, the spacious apartments have two or three bedrooms and large terraces, which are perfect for enjoying long, relaxing meals on after a day spent working up an appetite in the site’s two large pools. Prices start from €228,000 plus VAT.

La Floresta Sur’s delightfully appointed terraces are also the ideal spot in which to enjoy a glass of local wine while enjoying the spectacular views. The Costa del Sol boasts plenty of superb wines at vastly affordable prices, particularly compared to how much those living in the UK have to fork out for a decent bottle. The delightfully dry ‘fino’ (‘refined’) sherry is also readily available from the nearby Jerez de la Frontera sherry-producing region.

“Spain offers a real culinary adventure for those who want to try the local delicacies. In the Marbella area, there are plenty of outstanding seafood dishes to try, but also classics like oxtail in red wine sauce. The deserts are also fabulous – be sure to try tarta malagueña and the deep fried, sugary borrachuelos.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

 

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

Will Sergio Garcia’s record-breaking success lead to a surge in Spanish golf property sales?

Will Sergio Garcia’s record-breaking success lead to a surge in Spanish golf property sales?

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  • Sergio Garcia named Europe’s all-time leading point scorer at Ryder Cup
  • Major golfing tournaments drive interest in golf homes (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Superb golf properties available at excellent prices  (Taylor Wimpey España)

The 2018 Ryder Cup was a resounding success for Europe. They won back golf’s most famous trophy, and had the honour of hosting the competition for what was only the second time ever in continental Europe. Individual European players also shone – in particular, Spain’s Sergio Garcia, who became Europe’s all-time leading point scorer as a result of the competition.

Spain and golf go hand in hand – so much so that the cluster of golf resorts around the Malaga area of the Costa del Sol are referred to as the ‘Costa del Golf.’ The country has the ideal landscape and climate to encourage the proliferation of the sport, with the result that it is home to around 350 courses. Their sun-kissed locations include Andalusia and the Balearic Islands.

Now, with so much media attention on Sergio Garcia, Spain’s golf resorts are in the spotlight once again.

Golfers from around the world look to Spain for high quality golf homes with outstanding course facilities that they can enjoy at any time of year. By specializing in golf properties, Taylor Wimpey España has worked with buyers from all over the world to find them their dream golf home in Spain over the past 60 years. In that time, we’ve noticed many a spike in interest when Spanish golfers have achieved something notable on the international stage – and we expect Sergio Garcia’s record-breaking success to trigger another wave of interest.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Would-be golf property buyers are spoilt for choice in the hands of leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España. In Marbella, for example, Le Caprice is at the Westin La Quinta Golf Resort, which features a 27-hole course designed by triple world champion and Ryder Cup winner Manuel Piñero. The 14 superb homes are available from €490,000 plus VAT. The development includes penthouses with private 100m2 solarium, duplexes with wonderful terraces and ground floor apartments with private gardens. All homes feature three bedrooms, and enjoy access to the development’s communal pool and gardens.

At Green Golf, at Estepona Golf in Malaga, owners enjoy panoramic views across the golf course to the sea. The three bedroom, three bathroom houses all feature large terraces, with homes facing south or southwest to make the most of the Spanish sunshine. The private, gated development also features beautifully designed communal gardens and pools. Prices start from €299,000 plus VAT.

In terms of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is a haven for golfers. On the island’s eastern coast, Cala Murada is a collection of four exquisite townhouses just 150 metres from the beach and perfectly located for access to the prestigious Vall d’Or Golf Club. The homes are perfect for those looking for a stunning location from which to enjoy some of the best golfing facilities on the island. Prices start at €379,500 plus VAT.

“Spain has some absolutely superb golf courses, and owning a property either on or next to one of them makes the ideal second home for keen golfers. With property prices still some 36% lower than their 2007 peak, according to the latest TINSA data, there are still some real bargains available as the pace of the housing market continues to pick up.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

 

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