MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE DEC 2012
Dec 2012** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Team news: Malcolm and Sue Hewett joined us in November and becomes the new team members for Costa Difference Ltd representing Park La Vi a having transferred over from our sister company that has represented that park for the past 12 months.
What it means is that that once again we are able to re-introduce the two residential parks inspection visit once more.
Park La Posada and Park La Vi a are the top two dedicated residential mobile home parks on the Costa del Sol both offering a very high level of service to their residents. With both parks being quite close to each other it made a lot of sense the one company to be showing both parks at the same time. The lifestyle on both parks is very similar and both parks have a settled community having been established for over 7 years now. The differences between them will be the feel of the parks themselves as visitors walk around and of course the two villages which are very different to each other yet both very Spanish.
The new inspection visit: As before our dedicated 3 day 2 night visits will still include airport transfers, 2 night s hotel accommodation as well as seeing the parks and area. What will be new however is that now it will be Peter, Jean, Malcolm and Sue who will be showing the parks at different times during the short visit.
For visitors who wish to come on their own to take a look at the parks during their holiday here in Spain nothing has changed. Peter and Jean will entertain the visitors on Park La Posada and Malcolm and Sue will look after visitors whilst on Park La Vi a and we are happy to supply full directions from any resort location along the coast.
Website changes: We have always said that nothing beats coming to take a look in person but as a first step we recommend that the videos on the website are seen in the first instance so that you can have some idea what to expect when a visit is finally planned.
The homes for sale are also not listed in any park order because clearly there will always be the need to take a look at the two parks themselves before any home is considered. That is the beauty of Park La Posada and Park La Vi a along with the villages of Alameda and Mollina. All perfect in their own right and all so different. That said, both parks offer the perfect location to retire to and both villages have everything you could possibly want.
Active retirement: One thing we should make very clear at this point is that the parks are not simply residential parks. They are communities and residents ages range from 50 to 70 ish and the one thing everyone has in common is that they have come to Spain to enjoy life. There is a bowls club, fishing club, line dancing and many other activities as well as golf in Antequera. Residents arrange their own coach trips as well as party nights in the community centre.
The better weather means that a lot more outside activities can be done on a daily basis and for pet owners there are some great walks all around the parks. All the more enjoyable knowing they can go for a walk without dressing up as if they were going to the North Pole beforehand.
Lifestyle: Christmas is as always a time for families and thanks to Skype a lot of residents no longer feel the need to go back to the UK and freeze for two weeks. They can see the grandchildren open their presents, talk as if they were in the same room and enjoy a certain amount of Christmas spirit using the laptop with built in camera and Skype. When the parks were being built in 2004/2005 none of the first residents could of imagined being able to watch Christmas unfold in the UK whilst still being in Spain.
Advantages being inland: Everyone knows what it is like to be on holiday for two weeks in Spain but only the residents know what living in Spain is really like and can appreciate the differences.
We have mentioned Real Spain many times and for good reason. Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella are well known holiday resorts on the Costa del Sol and so it is obvious that anyone speaking English will probably be regarded as a tourist and only going to be there for a few weeks or in some cases the winter. As we all know only too well the world over, from London to New York, tourists are not treated the same as locals and in some cases the prices also reflect that. Tourist hot spots tend to be more expensive as well as busy during the months of July and August.
The town of Antequera on the other hand is not a known tourist resort. Although tourists who want to see real Spain do visit the town, the amenities on offer in the town are for the local population. That means the shops and bars accept English speaking persons as residents because there are so many now living in the area. Hundreds is not an exaggeration as there are at least 350 living on the two parks already. Integrating into the Spanish way of life is so easy and of course on the parks themselves everything is in English.
There is also one other big advantage in living slightly inland. No mosquitoes. Not one, and so there is no need to spray the bedroom at night before going to bed from May onwards.
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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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BRITTANY FERRIES are starting their direct ferry link between Spain and Ireland.
The company will offer two return sailings a week from Cork to Santander in northern Spain.
Onboard, passengers can expect a comfortable, no-frills service.
Although different to the cruise ferry experience associated with Brittany Ferries in Ireland, the ship will offer comfortable en-suite cabins, lounges, self-service dining, shopping and a café/bar
The MV Connemara, has been chartered for the new service, and will join Brittany Ferries other established services from the UK to France and Spain.
Crossings will take approximately 26 hours, with departures from Cork on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The 120 cabins on the ship will feature beds for up to four passengers, and some will be pet-friendly.
The Connemara will carry around 500 passengers with space for 195 cars, and the company expects a 50/50 split between passengers and freight carried.