In the early years of this century there
was a surge in building across Southern Europe. There was a
craze for buying tourist properties, usually off plan at
vastly inflated prices. I wrote a book about it to warn people
against getting involved. The Little Off-Plan Book
still available from the Unique Property site: http://www.property.org.uk/unique/book/index2.html
A cut-down version of the contents is available as part of my
revised book on real estate: The Ultimate Real Estate Guide
available from the same page.
As a result of this boom in building, the regional authorities
decided to heavily advertise the south-western coastal area of
Spain, that area known as the Costa de la Luz
areas were identified as ripe for development, and that
included a large, then derelict area north of Ayamonte and
bordering the Guadiana estuary. The area to the south of the
town was also identified as an area suitable for development,
and planning consent was given for the building of tens of
thousands of houses and apartments.
This new tourist area was to be served by a newly built
airport, originally centred on the town of Lepe. Plans were
drawn up, and the airport was to be operational by 2012.
Sadly, the financial crash of 2008 and the subsequent property
crash put a stop to the building, and plans for the new
airport were put on hold.
One of these development sites was called Esuri. It is a
development rather in the style of Welwyn Garden City, with
small satellite developments all separated by natural areas,
but with the distinct difference that the properties, once
sold, have mostly not been occupied. Half the area is for
sale, and many of the properties are listed as either for rent
or for sale, and because there are so many of them the prices
are low. It is a buyer’s market.
Please note this: IT IS A BUYER’S MARKET. That means that
asking prices are not indicative of what the vender will
accept. They are tentative suggestions of a price that the
vender is hoping will tempt a buyer. Substantial reductions
can be bargained. If you don’t succeed in knocking down the
price of one property, try another.
Alternatively, try renting. Just for fun I am renting a four
bedroomed detached home with a large garden here. If you want
to know what I’m paying, just look up some of the long term
rental prices on the agency websites.
If you search back through my blogs you will see I predicted
that the average two bed apartment around here would drop to
€60,000. At the time, the prices were more like €160,000.
Those who don’t understand real estate markets scoffed at my
predictions. They have, of course, come true.
Here is a link to a back issue of my property blog:
Here’s another link that many interest you: