Thursday, September 15, 2016

Living and Loving golf in Spain

Well lets face it the sun does shine a lot
More and more couples are looking to take advantage of low cost air travel and play golf in Spain and Portugal with regular trips to their favorite locations. Our golf club see's its fair share of extremely good competitive golfers who have been coming and playing in Spain for many years and finally want to commit to more golf in their favorite location not to mention a wonderful championship course.
There have been so many people inquiring in the last 12 months that this year that the Golf Club have created a more user friendly International Membership to entice them to join the club and many are doing just that. I look back fondly at my golf days in Dorset getting up at 6.30am just to get a tee time and making sure I had my woolen beanie and the single fur lined glove just to keep your hands warm. Not any more, these days on this western fringe of the Costa del Golf if it looks like a few spits of rain we delay until tomorrow when we know that the sun will shine again. The new members under their 6 month membership come and go with the seasons and many take a month at a time before the draw of family takes them back to the Country of origin.
As people become familiar with the club and its members friendships are formed and people suddenly start to book their golf trips in line with club events when they know the rest of the gang are more likely to be there. Some great rivalries materialize and tournaments then provides some great social aspects including the 'after golf' when that couple of drinks on the terrace turns to a few more and a few more. What about when you return home to rain and wind can you forget what you have just left behind. Its hard with all this social media particularly if you are constantly reminded that life in the sun goes on
In Spain we are also seeing quite a few families with talented golf children who look to take a gap year after GCSE's or A levels so that they can practice golf with very little weather interruption. The whole family are often involved and once again find club golf life very enjoyable. So enjoyable that they start to look at the options to continue the golfing lifestyle once the gap year ends.
Club golf in the sun becomes very addictive. I love my coffee and bacon roll in the sun on the terrace pre-warmup followed by 18 holes on well manicured golf course wearing shorts. Our club always runs 2 roll up competitions per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and fortnightly there is either the monthly medal or the club Ranking competition, throw in a main club event maybe once a month and there is plenty of competitive golf to play. I should also mention the inter-club events as we play all over the coast.
For myself I have not retired yet and need to work. Having said that estate agents in Spain are not the busiest of people in these economic times but we do work very flexible hours so taking a morning off for golf in the week is always a possibility and maybe knocking off at 3pm for some social golf. Very often we like to play the course with a client who maybe seeking a golf front villa or apartment. No point trying to sell an apartment until the client decides the course is good enough.
In our area we have 7 courses all within 7 minutes drive of each other and once you get involved with golf locally you will meet members from other local clubs who will sign you in to play their course at a fraction of the wrack rate. Of the 7 courses 5 are in Spains top 10 so we are very spoilt for choice here. These include Valderrama, La Resrva, Real Club Sotogrande, San Roque New Course & San Roque Old course. Other local courses include Almenara's 27 holes, Alcaidesa beachfront course and La Canada golf. The wonderful Finca Cortesin is within 15 minutes drive.
This morning I met a client at the golf club and whilst there introduced him to a number of members some who had just arrived back in Spain and a few that were departing having spent most of the summer here. These people were all members who had taken the 6 month option but some were already looking to maybe upgrade their membership to full time and spend more time here than back in their country of origin.
My golf club is the San Roque golf club and whilst the majority of members are Brits and Irish there is also a great mix of other Europeans and a few Spanish. The atmosphere is always friendly and very few play and dash off immediately as there is always a drink while waiting the results of the match.
I am happy to chat to anyone thinking about Spain Golf and the logistics of a second home in the sun. One thing I do know if you make the commitment you will not regret it and I still say 10 years on that moving here was the best decision I have ever made.
Isnt it time you discovered the stunning western fringe of the Costa del Sol
article by Francis Payne
Tailor Made estate agents of Sotogrande
Golf in Sotogrande Southern Spain

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

I am a Brit in Spain should I be worried about Brexit

Brexit what does it mean for Brits in Spain
As an estate agent working in Spain its a question that I am regularly asked as people try and decide what will happen to them when UK does exit the EU. On a vist to Sotogrande's KE bar recently a friend introduced me to Spanish politician from Malaga. I took the opportunity to raise the subject of Brits in Spain. His response was that there would be no problems for those that already owned property here as long as they conformed with Spanish obligations. The suggestion was that if you are living here then you must make sure that you apply for residency now and get your status in order before Brexit. For those that have second homes here and come for holidays nothing much will change, after all, he points out English people bought holiday homes here without any issues long before they joined the EU.
The other interesting piece of advice was his view on those thinking of purchasing here in Spain, he indicated that people thinking about buying should do so sooner rather than later because the process for buying as a none EU resident was complex with buyers ending up with heavy legal bill by lawyers sorting out the red tape involved in obtaining a golden visa.
Prices are still low in Spain particular when you consider values in a wealth haven such as Sotogrande where waterside apartments can be bought for around 400.000,00 euros or Golf front home for 350.000,00. Biggest issue for agents is that very few can afford to keep property vacant for long and it results in most owners abandoning the idea of a sale and renting out the property long term. This in turn has left a shortage of long term rentals in the area as people are reticent to move with very little choice of rentals.
So Brexit for Brits abroad as far as Spain is concerned means getting your house in order. Living here already then apply for the residencia. If you do not want to then be prepared for scrutiny by the authorities once Exit starts to kick in.
For those that have been dreaming about a home in the sun and retiring to Spain then now is the time to find a property buy now with prices still low and whilst you are a member of the EU. To delay could end up becoming a frustrating and costly process and as an agent i have seen many a sale collapse because none EU people who want to buy are still trying to sort out a Golden Visa 9 months after getting an offer accepted.
Lets face it for those of us who know Spain is a wonderful place to live or have a second home and since the British referendum its been the Belgium French Dutch German and Scandinavians who have been the prevalent buyers all looking for that superb sunshine and lifestyle. Contact us on 0034 956 790 320

Monday, September 5, 2016

amusant Golf famille et la retraite, vous trouverez le mode de vie sur la Costa del Sol frange ouest de l'Espagne

Comme un agent travaillant à Sotogrande Je trouve merveilleux de voir les grands-parents qui se déplacent dans la zone de la planification d'une vie au soleil et prévoyant la famille élargie pour profiter de la vie. Récemment, un client a vendu leur Waterside appartement penthouse simplement pour acheter une villa avec jardin pour que les petits-enfants pourraient venir profiter de la situation avec eux.
Il semble que Joseph & Tanya Kettle réalisé peu de temps après en mouvement ici qu'il était plus facile pour eux de voler la famille ici pour Sotogrande et passer du temps en plein air sous le soleil amusant au lieu de voyager vers Royaume-Uni et le temps coincé à l'intérieur en regardant la pluie passant souvent.
Sa belle que depuis maintenant ils ont acheté la villa ils voient plus de la famille que jamais auparavant. Où une fois qu'il a été la visite étrange pour leur maison dans le Surrey pour un week-end souvent annulé en raison des modes de vie sociaux occupés, maintenant la famille planifie ses voyages annuels pour passer du temps à Pâques, Noël et bien sûr l'été. Les petits-enfants adolescents aiment Sotogrande avoir fait de nouveaux amis l'année dernière. Josephs fils se faufile aussi sur son propre pendant plusieurs longs week-ends pour jouer au golf avec son père et ses pères golf freinds à son club de golf.
«Acheter la Villa a été le meilleur coup que nous ayons jamais fait», dit Joseph. «Nous avions commencé à penser que notre famille allait dans des directions différentes et nous avons été les voir de moins en moins. Maintenant, ici en Espagne, nous mangeons jouer et rire ensemble et je crois que nous sommes tous beaucoup plus proche en raison du mouvement. Son meilleur départ à la retraite nous aurions pu souhaiter.
Si vous cherchez une maison de famille et votre amateur de golf, puis cette belle maison est sur le terrain de golf Almenara et à quelques minutes en voiture à l'école Sotogrande International. La propriété est une très grande villa de luxe avec une vue magnifique sur Sotogrande. La route est appelé Formentera où 2 joueurs de football internationaux ont de vacances. Pour plus d'informations sur cette belle villa cliquer sur ce lien Luxury Golf Villa Sotogrande Sotogrande est le plus grand domaine résidentiel privé en Europe considéré comme le meilleur endroit en Espagne pour le golf, le tennis, le polo et les sports équestres
More information Contact Francis Payne

Golf Family fun and Retirement you will find the Lifestyle on Costa del Sols western fringe Spain

As an agent working in Sotogrande I find it wonderful to see Grandparents who move to the area planning a life in the sun and making provision for the extended family to enjoy the lifestyle. Recently a client sold their waterside penthouse apartment simply to buy a villa with garden so that the grandchildren could come and enjoy the location with them.
It seems that Joseph & Tanya Kettle realized soon after moving here that it was easier for them to fly the family here to Sotogrande and spend time outdoors in the sunshine having fun instead of traveling back to UK and often spending time stuck indoors watching the rain.
Its nice that since now they bought the villa they see more of the family than ever before. Where once it was the odd visit for to their home in Surrey for a weekend often cancelled due to busy social lifestyles, now the family plans its yearly trips to spend time at Easter, Christmas and of course the Summer. The teenage grandchildren love Sotogrande having made new friends last year. Josephs son also sneaks over on his own for several long weekends to play golf with his father and his fathers golfing freinds at his golf club.
'Buying the Villa has been the best move we have ever made' says Joseph. 'We had started to think our family was going in different directions and we were seeing them less and less. Now here in Spain we eat play and laugh together and I believe we are all a lot closer as a result of moving. Its the best retirement we could have wished for.'
If your looking for a family home and your a lover of golf then this beautiful home is on the Almenara golf Course and a few minutes drive to Sotogrande International school. The property is a very large luxury Villa with wonderful Sotogrande views. The Road is called Formentera where 2 International football players have holiday homes.
To see more information about this beautiful villa click this link Luxury Golf Villa Sotogrande Sotogrande is the largest private residential estate in Europe considered the best location in Spain for golf,tennis, polo and equestrian sports
Francis Payne Tailor Made estate agents

Friday, July 29, 2016

Isnt it time you discovered the stunning western fringe of the Costa del Sol

A stunning villa For Sale in beautiful Sotogrande Spain. An area unspoilt uncongested and not far west of Marbella. This is Europes largest private residential estate a playground for outdoor pursuits with a great European and worldwide community.

When the television promote Marbella for its glamour Sotogrande is frustrated at the fact that much of the stunning film shots are filmed in and around Sotogrande including the Polo

Here you will find 7 golf courses within 7 minutes of eachother 5 of them ranked amongst Spains top 10.

Sotogrande has Beaches , a marina Port, an International School for children ages 3 to 18 yrs. International tennis Academy, Superb equestrian facilities and no high rise development.

Just take a look at the country side surrounding this very stylish elegant top end  Villa then vist our website to find out more

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Luxus-Wohnungen zum Verkauf in Sotogrande Südspanien

Luxus-Wohnungen zum Verkauf in Sotogrande Südspanien
Besuchen Sie unsere Makler-Büro in Sotogrande Hafen
Ist es nicht Zeit, entdeckt man die beeindruckende westlichen Rand der Costa del Sol
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Wenn Sie für ein Haus am Strand oder neben dem Yachthafen oder vielleicht auf dem Golfplatz suchen, können wir diesen Prozess einfacher für Sie machen.
Bitte lassen Sie uns wissen genau, was Sie suchen und
1. wir werden Auswahl der Häuser zu finden, 2. wir werden Termine mit allen lokalen Agenten arrangieren 3. wir werden Sie auf den vists begleiten 4. wir den Preis verhandeln
Die Sotogrande internationale Schule hat Schüler ab dem Alter von 3 bis 18 aus der ganzen Welt