Sponsored by Bancaja Habitat
Bancaja Habitat, the real estate development arm of the Bancaja Group (Spain's third-largest savings bank), is offering one to four-bedroom homes in the exclusive neighbourhood of Pueblo Los Monteros, which is surrounded by three golf courses and five-star hotels. The homes are distributed over several floors with gardens, terraces or porches, and include complete air conditioning/heating installation, basic home automation and fully equipped kitchens. Prices are from EUR255,000. See www.bancajahabitat.co.uk for further information.
Santa Pola Life Resort, designed for the over-55s, is just 7km from Alicante airport and set along 11 beaches of fine golden sand. The development includes single-storey houses and apartments with garden and leisure areas, restaurants, shopping centre, club, library, assistance services, theatre, bar, spa and fitness centre. Prices from EUR149,000 (see www.bancajahabitat.co.uk for details).
Leggett Immobilier are seeking EUR450,000 for this lovely gite complex (currently two gites, with possibility for more), plus camping area 'a la ferme', splash pool and two artists' studios set in a peaceful area with excellent views. The gites have one bedroom, a shower room, a large, a open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining area and a covered terrace. The main house (shown) was converted from the old barn and maintains a light, airy feel with high ceillings. Another barn up the hill is used for campers; it features a games/eating area, WC and shower, all in good condition. See www.frenchestateagents.com for further details.
A fully restored and furnished chateau hotel with three additional annexes, swimming pool and 11 self-contained luxury gites, set on over 18 hectares in the scenic Dordogne valley region, offers an intriguing investment opportunity. On the market with Leggett Immobilier for EUR3,710,000 (see www.frenchestateagents.com).
The Adea Golf development is located within the Panoramica Golf & Country Club, and offers one to three-bedroom apartments with terraces and private gardens, and three and four-bedroom townhouses with terrace, solarium and private garden. Prices are from EUR112,500, and include complete air conditioning/heating and home automation (see www.bancajahabitat.co.uk).
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Mareazul, developed by Grand Coral (partners with Bancaja Habitat) is located in the heart of the Mexican Riviera, 40 minutes from Cancun International Airport. The development offers two to four-bedroom apartments, each with terraces overlooking the ocean and circular jacuzzis. The complex features a botanical garden filled with Mayan sculptures, a gourmet cafe, infinity-edge pool and 200m of private beach with a Just Cavalli-designed beach club. Prices are from £257,528 (see www.bancajahabitat.co.uk for further details).
Located between the majestic Rif Mountains and the Moroccan Mediterranean Coast, about 50km east of Tangier International Airport, The Views is a secure, gated development within the Alcudia Smir Beach Resort on Morocco's 'Golden Mile'. It is situated directly on the beach with amenities including landscaped gardens and a lagoon-shaped swimming pool. Property Showrooms are offering one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses from £96,120 to £132,168 (see www.propertyshowrooms.com for more information).
The Palm Beach Development will have three phases in total, offering 250 residences on a tropical white-sand beach. Phase I comprises 36 fully furnished, two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartments with terraces. Each building has three levels with six units, with one parking space per unit. The project completion date is the third quarter of 2009. Property Showrooms are seeking EUR76,000 per apartment, with a reservation fee of EUR1,000. See www.propertyshowrooms.com for further details.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Property Showrooms are offering four developments (Bermuda Views, Profile Residence, Stadium Point and Eagle Heights) of luxury studio, one and two-bedroom apartments overlooking the Ernie Els-designed 18-hole, 72-par championship golf course in Dubai's Sports City, a massive new sports complex only eight minutes from the coast and 20 minutes from Dubai's international airport. The apartments feature rooftop swimming pools, underground parking, fitness facilities and jacuzzis, and the sports complex also includes a huge shopping mall, 30,000-capacity international cricket stadium and facilities for the Manchester United Soccer Schools programme. The apartments are available as 100% freehold, and offer CGT-free and tax-free rental returns. See www.propertyshowrooms.com for further details.
Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Jacuma Beach Resort - 30 minutes from Natal's international airport on the east coast - is a development of five condominium buildings with 850 apartments and semi-detached bungalows, managed to five-star standards by the Sol Melia group. It offers a straightforward purchase process, with an expected completion date of Q4 2010. Property Showrooms is seeking EUR79,000 to EUR119,000 for one and two-bedroom apartments, with a reservation fee of EUR3,000 - see www.propertyshowrooms.com.
About Bancaja Habitat
Bancaja Habitat is the real estate developer arm of the Bancaja Group, the third-largest savings bank in Spain and the sixth largest financial institution in the country.
With over 1,000 offices throughout Spain, we benefit from a wealth of advantages, and being part of a banking group offers guarantees and transparency in all our transactions. Bancaja Group is considered one of the most prestigious business groups in Spain.
We are currently building over 20 developments along the Mediterranean coast of Spain, Mexico and Florida. Most of our developments are in their final stage of construction or completed, so key ready properties are available.
Bancaja Habitat has unparalleled experience in the management and development of senior resorts, exclusively for the over-55s.
The company's first agents' convention has just taken place at the end of April. We gathered 40 agents from our existing network in the UK and Germany for three days of activities in the beautiful Spanish town of Castellon, on the Costa Azahar.
The convention was a unique opportunity to enhance and consolidate our relationships with our network of partners. During these three days, Bancaja Habitat launched a new portal (BH-Space.com) dedicated to our agents, to simplify the working method with us. Here they can get access to our database of product as well as manage their contacts, order marketing material online, create new users, and so on.
The agents had an opportunity to view show flats, interact with other members of the network and exchange ideas, as well as visit places of interest, play golf and a fantastic flamenco dinner party to close the event until next year. Some of our agents said they thought it was the best conference they had ever attended.
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