Idyllic Rural Settings… and a Clean-Air Environment
With so many stunning mountain and other inland rural settings available, the Costa del Sol has always been a popular destination for home buyers seeking a bargain property in the country and renovating it to their individual requirements and tastes.
In recent years, that trend has become well consolidated, especially with the “crisis” market so favourable for buyers, but also as people continue to opt for a lifestyle change from the hustle and bustle of cities and large towns to the tranquil splendour of a charming rustic haven.
There are, however, perhaps even more important issues to take into account when deciding on a home in the country rather than purchasing a property in a coastal or urban area.
As Richard Spiegal, head of research at Kyero.com, noted in a recent interview with OPP, “Those feeling the strain of the UK’s overcrowded cities, daily routine and chilly winter weather may well yearn for a simpler life, breathing in air scented by hundreds of mature fruit trees under the Spanish sunshine while coaxing a ruin back to life. The dream is certainly achievable to those who approach it with a keen eye for detail.”
However, he stresses, “It’s essential when buying a finca to know what can and can’t be done with the property before you sign a contract. Find out whether there are any restrictions to building on the land, if water and electricity are already connected or could be connected in the future, if internet connectivity will be possible, and so forth.
“Think through what materials you will need, where you’ll get them from and whether you’ll do the work yourself or rely on local labour. Careful planning is essential with a project of this nature, but the rewards can be well worth the time it takes to find the perfect property.”
Just how popular Málaga’s inland areas are as a destination for holidaymakers, and regular visitors now keen to buy a home on the Costa del Sol, has been emphasised in a report by Turismo Costa del Sol. This showed that 1,014,000 tourists visited the province’s inland mountain and village settings in 2016, 11.9 per cent more than the previous year.
Meanwhile, another perhaps lesser-known attraction of living on the Costa del Sol – both bucolic inland and urban coastal – is its clean air.
As Madrid City Council has been imposing a series of strict traffic restriction measures in recent months to alleviate smog, it has been reported that the Costa del Sol has the lowest level of environmental contamination in Andalucía and one of the lowest in the whole of Spain.
According to the regional government’s environment ministry, this can be attributed to several factors, including the absence of heavy industry, low heating consumption by the general population, and the province’s proximity to the sea and its purifying winds.
One of the areas that perfectly captures the essence of the Costa del Sol’s picturesque hinterland is Istán, conveniently located just a few kilometres from Marbella yet offering a tranquil countryside lifestyle. The stunning villa featured here has been reduced in price from €2,500,000 to €1,800,000 – pure luxury with incomparable panoramic views.
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