When considering moving your family overseas to the Sunshine Coast, you will certainly have a lot of property options to choose from. The first things to consider are obvious: what your budget will stretch to, and which area appeals to you the most. It can be overwhelming to know where to start in terms of suitable areas, and knowing what to look for in the property itself to make sure it fully meets the needs of your family. You can find beautiful apartments in Costa del Sol and make your dream come true.
There are some beautiful areas on the Costa del Sol, with some of the most popular being Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis. If your family includes children of school age, this will be a major factor; the white villages can make very appealing destinations but your schooling options would be restricted.
If you do not know Spain or the Costa del Sol well, it makes sense to choose a reputable and experienced real estate agent to assist in your search. A good agent knows everything there is to know about legislation, paperwork and where to find things you need for your home. They will of course be able to narrow down the search to fit your exact requirements, reducing the possibility of stress or expensive mistakes.
Although it can be very tempting – and exciting – to sign on the dotted line for the first beautiful property you come across, it makes sense to exercise a little more caution and take a few important factors into consideration, such as:
Do you like city life, or peace and quiet?
Marbella is one of the major draws to the Costa del Sol; it is very busy here and difficult to get bored, even in lower season. Being situated in or near to Marbella is a good idea for those who want to immerse themselves in a lot of activities, visit a range of different restaurants regularly, shop til they drop or take part in a lot of sports.
However, some of the smaller towns on the Costa del Sol also have a lot of options for entertainment as well as all the main amenities you will need for a comfortable life without having to go too far. Areas such as… may be worth considering for those who are interested in something between hustle and bustle and total serenity.
Peace seekers may want to consider the quieter pueblos or white villages. Provided that you have personal transport and are prepared to travel a little for a variety of shopping or school runs, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Are you into nature and greenery, or do you prefer to be near to the coast?
If you like to see green views from your window, it may be better to choose an area located close to a golf course, or a property a little further inland where you may be able to get mountain or nature park views.
There are many beautiful beaches along the Costa del Sol’s coastline, if that’s your thing. From Elviria in Marbella to Cabopino area near Calahonda, you can choose a beach that suits your family’s needs and get to gaze out over the Mediterranean all year round.
How will you get around?
It is important to check on the local transport links, and make sure that the information has been updated recently. After all, train and bus timetables could have a big impact on your school runs or getting to work on time.
You may want to consider buying a car locally, if you’re planning to situate yourself outside of the busy areas. You can also consider car-sharing schemes like ‘bla bla car’ if you don’t want to take taxis regularly.
What are your schooling requirements?
The Costa del Sol certainly caters for families and there are a range of different schools to suit your education needs. Whether you have very young children or teenagers, you can find an appropriate school or nursery in the vicinity.
The same goes for international and language schools; however, the larger towns are better options for children who need primary or secondary schooling. It is still possible to reside in a more tranquil location provided that there is regular transport or school buses.
What family hobbies and interests can you find in the area?
What is going on in the area? If you can’t live without yoga, you might be better off locating yourself closer to Marbella. Some of the smaller towns have sporting facilities, from tennis clubs to horse-riding centres too. Spa and wellness lovers will want to situate themselves closer to Marbella which has an abundance of options, as will those into watersports, museums and sailing, for example.
It is worth browsing the internet for a while to find out what is happening in the area on a regular basis; you can also ask your real estate agent who is likely to be in the know.
Insulation and heating
It is easy to overlook this one, given that the Costa del Sol is famous for having year round sunshine. The truth is that it can still cool down considerably at certain times of year, and if you feel the cold you’ll want to make sure that you choose a property that is well insulated and/or has central heating installed. Central heating is not always commonplace inside properties located in the warmer regions of Spain, nor are double-glazed windows. Likewise, not all have carpets.
You may be happy to get by with plug-in heaters, but be prepared to pay for the electricity bills they bring. Finding a home with a fireplace is another option, if you want to be sure to stay warm throughout all seasons.
Neighbours, space and features
If you are not keen on being overlooked by neighbours, pay attention to the positioning of your neighbours and whether you have a tree-lined garden. The proximity of your neighbours may be a consideration if you require consistent peace and quiet. Check the thickness and material of your property walls if you’re not buying a detached property.
Making sure that everyone in the family has enough space to get some privacy when needed is also an important consideration. Choosing a big garden may be necessary if you have more than one child, or you like to sunbathe. Lovers of cooking may prefer a spacious kitchen with high-quality ‘white goods’ installed. Check these carefully when you view a property to make sure they meet your standards.
Paradise Marbella are used to covering these details for our clients. You’ll simply need to make a list of what is important to you and we will be able to suggest the best areas, styles of property and make sure you have access to the appropriate amenities. It’s what we do best, so let us know what you’re looking for now and we’ll help you locate your dream home in no time.