MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE APR 2016
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Team news: The Costa Difference team in Spain grew in numbers in March with three new team members. We welcomed on board Eduardo Abenoza as the coordinator for Paradise Park as well as being our project manager for the brand new Park Lodge Homes “The County” range. (more details below).
We also welcomed Hilary Lees and Wendy Ham who take on the role of Paradise Park ambassadors. Their role is to look after the one day visitors to the park as well as conduct the four day/three night dedicated visits to the park and area.
With three new team members in place we can now offer two types of four day visits. One flying into Malaga to see Park La Posada and one flying into Alicante to see Paradise Park. All four day visits only cost £79 per person and include airport transfers and three nights’ hotel accommodation. Telephone 0800 772 3980 for more details.
>>> The Costa Difference team are in place to show the lifestyle <<<
More exciting news. March is also the month when we at Costa Difference Ltd resumed designing Park Lodge Homes again. Our last Park Lodge Home was designed and custom built back in 2008.
The new range of Park Lodges will be based on a brand new 38 x 14 chassis design and there will be 25 different models based on how clients want their homes built. The new range will be called “The County Range” named after chosen counties in the UK
This is very exciting for us because we can now offer clients the full range of Mobile Homes built by Willerby Homes in the UK starting at only £33,237, as well as a new range of custom built Park Lodge Homes built in Spain starting at only £45,000
Our in-house design team will now be working with Eduardo, who in turn as the project manager, will be working with the clients as they decide exactly how they want their new Park Lodge Home built.
To see the Park Lodge Homes concept in more detail visit www.costaparklodge.com
>>> We are offering a perfect combination, mobile and park lodge homes <<<
What is a Park Lodge Home? The easiest answer is that it is a mobile version of a custom built timber Villa. It is designed and built from the floor up. The chassis is simply there so that it can be transported and installed on any park or location easily. Once installed it is there for life. It becomes a Lodge.
The Park Lodge Homes are really special. For the flooring inside there are 24 different wood laminate designs to choose from. The doors within the home are full size normal wooden doors and the UPVC double glazed windows are also full size made by Gealan and can be with or without shutters.
Inside the Park Lodge Home there are even more choices. There are 30 different wall unit and wardrobe timber colours, there are 10 types of marble kitchen worktops, plus 7 different colour slate tiles for the bathrooms.
For the internal walls there are 30 different colours and a whopping 120 colours for the outside walls. The Park Lodge Home can also be built to any design thanks to the team we have in place. You can choose between a one bed, two bed or three bed. It can have one bathroom with an en-suite in the master, or two full size bathrooms. It can have an end lounge with French Doors or a centre lounge with a bedroom each end.
Because of all the choices you have it was important that we had an experienced project manager to guide clients through the design process as well as keeping them informed as their home is being built. The experience Eduardo has in working with our design team and clients means we have that role covered completely.
>>> Park Lodge Homes offer choice as well as quality <<<
The two parks visit: As regular newsletter readers know last month we had our first ever two parks visit (La Posada and Paradise Park) and what fun it was for those who endured the full on five-day visit to Spain. The actual visits to the parks and area went exactly as planned, although the journey between the two parks will need to be split up with overnight stays if we ever do a second one. The journey between the parks takes four and a half hours.
We say the actual visits went as planned for a reason. They did. However, not everything went exactly to plan it seems. First Martin went down with a heavy cold on day one (having just returned from the UK) and spent the whole five days sneezing.
The next thing to go wrong it seems was all down to “Doris” the SatNav being used for the journey. Having taken the group off the E15 motorway at the wrong turning for the town of Albatera, she gave the instruction “make a U turn”.
With nothing coming in either direction Martin did as he was told and soon they were once again on the right road and just moments away from entering the town of Albatera itself. Paradise Park, their destination, is situated at the far end of the town. Peace and quiet however was soon shattered with short burst of the siren from a Guardia Civil traffic car behind.
Martin did as instructed and pulled over. It turned out that the reason they were stopped was because when Martin did the U turn he crossed over a faded solid white line in the middle of the road. No one saw it of course except the two Policemen who were parked up nearby. Needless to say Martin played the “I am very sorry” card in English (in the hope he is let off as a tourist) but soon saw that he was not going to get so much as a flicker of sympathy. The result? A 100 Euro fine (no points) and one more item to add to this month’s newsletter.
As for the overall response to the 5 day two park visit as a whole, everyone who came have said how much they enjoyed themselves and how informative it was. Seeing both parks at the same time they felt was well worth doing. For us that means the visit itself was a huge success. As for Martin’s opinion on how the 2 park visit went, he now has one hundred reasons why he should never listen to Doris again.
Retirement park news: The news from Park La Posada is that they only have 3 plots left for new homesnow. This comes on the back of 6 plots being reserved within the last month. Coming soon to Park La Posada will be a two Willerby Aspens, a Willerby Linear and a Willerby Brockenhurst. In the pipeline after that will be a Willerby Granada and a Willerby Skyline. The Victory Cordial is also sold on a chosen plot.
On Paradise Park there is also great excitement. The launch of their new full size residents swimming pool on phase two is to be the feature on their open day on Saturday 16th of April. The open day celebrations are where residents and visitors all get to enjoy each other’s’ company as well as all the food and drink that Manuel the owner lays on. Paella is his speciality and cooking for 50+ is very easy for him. In the past the open days have been great fun for everyone.
To come and take part in the Paradise Park open day simply let us know and we will make the arrangements. It can be as part of a holiday in the area or on a dedicated £79 4-day visit. If looking for flights, you will need to arrive in Alicante in Spain before the 16th of April. Martin and Steve will also be attending so please bring all your questions with you.
>>> Both parks are very special. Visits are recommended and easy to arrange <<<
Spanish you will hear: Living in real Spain is one huge part of the retirement lifestyle (it is not all about park life), so why not let us help you in advance to understand a few words that the residents hear all the time when they venture into real Spain, which as you already know begins as soon as they leave the park.
The phrase this month is ¿Estas abierto? Are you open? pronounced “ES STAS ABI AIR TOE”
This comes in handy if you enter a bar or shop that looks like it is about to close. If it is about to close, they will reply “no” and you will know it is time to leave. If it is not about to close however, they will reply “si” and welcome you with open arms. Two simple words will remove all doubt.
>>> The lifestyle is great so why not try and say a few words in Spanish <<<
Finally: Last month we offered 5 free tickets to the Lawns Caravan show in September. To enter the draw, you had to answer the following question. Q/ If you put the name of a US state capital before a certain Willerby mobile home model you will get the name of a music album released in 1969. What is the name of the artist who recorded it?
The answer was Bob Dylan with the April 1969 album Nashville Skyline. Congratulations to all the winners (Tony, Kay, Anthony, and Ian) who have now been informed. They will be sent their free tickets nearer the time.
This month we will once again be giving away 5 more free tickets to the Lawns Caravan Show near Hull on the 3rd and 4th of September. To enter the draw, you will need to answer the following question.
Q/ If you put the name of a Willerby model mobile home in front of “a low area of land between hills or mountains, typically with a river or stream flowing through it” you will find it is the location for a golf course, a ski resort and a spa resort, all in the same place. What country would you be in?
Good luck. The answer will be in next month’s newsletter
>>> For residents our questions are as tough as life gets <<<
To plan your park lifestyle visit, why not call us using our **free phone** Inspection Visit hotline number 0800 772 3980. Derick, Steve and Martin are here to take your call from 9am to 10pm UK time 7 days a week.
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As always, many thanks for taking the time to read all this. We hope you have found the information worthwhile.
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BUYING A RESALE MOBILE HOME
The process is very easy. First choose from the homes on sale on our website, the homes you would like to view on a visit.
If a home ticks all the boxes during your visit you simply make a purchase request.
If the seller agrees to the sale we then arrange for a legal sales agreement to be drawn up and signed by all parties. This service costs just 200 Euros and it also includes a home check of the boiler, air-conditioning, cooker, fridge and freezer by the park engineers just prior to completion. Paying for this service takes the home off sale straight away.
A 10% deposit is then paid into a "Client Account" within 14 days and remains there until the completion date which will be on or before three months after an offer has been accepted. .
Just prior to the completion date the home is checked, we take possession of the home, and you will be advised to make the final payment to the seller. Once it is confirmed that the payment has been made the home is then yours.
No wonder resale mobile homes are so popular.
BUYING A NEW HOME
Buying a new mobile home or a custom-built Park Lodge Home is just as easy. It simply involves different processes. For UK manufactured mobile homes we recommend Willerby/BK Bluebird and Regal Leisure Homes.
Both manufacturers display show homes at various mobile home shows throughout the year, so you can always get to see the latest models. Regal Leisure also have the big advantage in that they are not far from Yeovil our UK base, which means we can easily arrange factory visits.
For Park Lodge Homes designed and built in Alicante it is a different process. Once a plot has been reserved you can start designing a home best suited to where it will be going. Where to put a French Door? Where the lounge should go? What view from the kitchen window?
To help you design your home we allocate a project manager to you. He will arrange a visit to the factory in Alicante so you can see for yourself all the choices you have. You can even start with a model already designed such as “The Windsor” and alter it to suit you.
No two Park Lodge Homes will look the same which means you can make the home into something special to you. You will also not be paying so much money to transport the home to the park as it will already be in Spain. This means more can be spent on the home itself.
New UK mobile home or custom built Park Lodge Home? The choice is yours after you have reserved your plot on either park. New homes require a 35% deposit and the balance paid once the home is ready to be transported.
WHY COSTA DIFFERENCE?
The name Costa Difference was chosen for a reason back in 2005. Costa as in Costa del Sol or Costa Blanca, and Difference because we want to show the difference between dedicated genuine residential mobile home parks and tourist camping sites that also allow mobile homes.
Making a difference is all down to being passionate in what we do. We are also working with park owners who share our passion. The result? We are showing two wonderful residential mobile home parks that are without doubt the best retirement parks that Spain has to offer.
Having chosen to represent residential parks only we are now tasked by the park owners to help people see for themselves if living in Spain is really for them. Spain does not suit everyone which is why that aspect of what we do is so important.
So where does our service start? We think that perhaps it has already started with you reading this and all the other information we have provided online. Maybe you now have some questions for us? If so please feel free to contact us and ask them.
Once you feel that you have found all the answers the next stage is to seriously think about coming on a visit to see a residential park and the lifestyle the residents enjoy.
On a short-dedicated visit you will have a golden opportunity to talk to residents you meet whilst on the park. Asking them questions at the time is a great idea because you will be hearing about their genuine experiences.
The Costa Difference way is very different. Our testimonials come from the residents themselves face to face. They have all gone through the same experiences. Started by asking questions, then came on a visit. After that it is back to the UK with plenty to think about.
If you do the same and moving to Spain becomes your dream, then we are going to be with you all the way.
There are many “Costa” companies on the internet selling everything to do with Spain but there is only ONE Costa Difference Mobile Homes in Spain. To find us again easily why not bookmark this page. We are at your service.
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