Spring Sunshine


There's nothing like the impending arrival of spring to get buyers excited about buying a second home overseas. And this year, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, buyers are thinking creatively about how they can use their new pad in the sun.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, explained: “Being able to work remotely has opened up the idea of buying a second home to new demographics, with families now looking to spend longer breaks in the sunshine by blending work and leisure. Properties in areas such as the Costa del Sol are certainly benefitting from this.”

At this time of year, key-ready homes hold particular appeal, with buyers keen to debunk from the UK to warmer climes. Spain and Portugal both attract plenty of interest thanks to their proximity to the UK, abundant sunshine, affordability and outdoor lifestyle. Towards the end of 2021, Portugal's Algarve gained the added cachet of having been crowned 'Europe's leading beach destination' by the World Travel Awards, for the third year in a row. Turismo de Portugal was also voted 'Europe's Leading Tourist Board 2021' – another positive indication that visitors are going to enjoy their time in the Iberian country.

Chris White, Chairman & Founder, Ideal Homes Portugal commented: “Portugal is the perfect antidote as another cold, grey winter in the UK draws to a close. The Algarve has an average of seven hours of glorious sunshine per day in March and nine in April, creating plenty of opportunities for spending time on the fairways, taking long walks along the beach and enjoying lunch al fresco. We have a lot of buyers enquiring about everything from beachfront apartments to golf villas at present, with this lifestyle very much in mind.”

The Iberian spring property roundup

What's available to buyers looking for a key-ready Iberian second home? In Portugal's Algarve, buyers are seeking everything from ocean-view apartments to ultra-modern golf villas. According to the Ideal Homes Portugal team, buyers are prioritising peace, space and making the most of the outdoor lifestyle when it comes to what they want from a property. The Algarve is the go-to location for many buyers, thanks to its 100+ beaches, championship-quality golf courses, waterparks, bustling towns, quaint villages and so much more.

In Spain, the Costa del Sol is a firm favourite when it comes to enjoying some early spring sunshine. Key-ready homes at Green Golf at Estepona Golf cost from €310,000 plus VAT for a three-bedroom home with lovely communal pools and landscaped gardens. The homes have large, south-facing terraces for soaking up the spring sun and open plan living spaces for enjoying relaxed family life.

Another superb option for golfers drawn to the Costa del Sol is Emerald Greens, where key-ready two- and three-bedroom apartments are available from €298,000 plus VAT. Located at the heart of the famous San Roque Club resort, the spacious homes deliver impressive views over the fairways and down to the sea. Created around open plan and 'total living' concepts, the generously sized living spaces open out onto luxurious terraces. Corn and oak meadows laced with footpaths and dotted with seating surround the apartments, which come complete with a communal pool and large leisure area.

Marc added: “Families who buy now can look forward to enjoying plenty of sun this spring. We experienced some of the busiest months for property sales in over 60 years last year, and buyers are all about key-ready properties right now – demand is exceptional. I would certainly urge anyone looking for a key-ready home not to delay for too long if they want a decent choice of properties.”



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