In other countries when you say you live in the suburbs there is an immediate impression of a sense of something very different from city life. In the UK it's all to do with middle class aspiration and keeping up with the Joneses, curtain twitching, needing the car for everything but most especially for getting to the golf club and an impending sense of quiet boredom and doom stretching from mid life into your dotage. In the USA it's white picket fences, needing the car for everything but needing to travel much further, overbearing home owners associations, every house identical and a longing to return to main street USA where everything was to hand before the 'Burbs existed. In Spain the suburbs are different because the concept of the commute was alien to Spanish life until quite recently and most of them weren't built by a developer to a template.
In these pages we have talked before about the, let's say, quirky nature of property owners in Valencia and Spain as a whole but until today we haven't had to talk about the threat of our next consultation call being from behind bars. So today we are going to talk about an ultra quirky owner and why you might have a zoom call or whatsapp conversation with me from Carabanchel (Spain's equivalent of Alcatraz, Wormwood Scrubs or the Salt Mines of Siberia.) Strangeways Here We Come In order to work with our clients, buyers, we sometimes have to work with these quirky owners. You can see some of our other articles about owners and what we put up with in the related posts below, just click on the images. Sometimes though quirky becomes absolutely hatstand crazy and that is what has happened this week.
We have now fully launched our new project Stepping Stone Rentals where we offer three month rentals for people coming into Valencia as a first step before finding their long term rental, purchase or even as a Schengen Stopover for Digital Nomads. We have written about the new company before here and will continue to mention how it's going in this blog as we move forward. We may also incorporate the rentals into the Valencia Property homepage in the near future. However there is one thing we need to satisfy the demand we are seeing and that is more properties.
What if I told you that you can maybe have it all? What if I told you that something else is possible? That you could live in or near a great city without feeling overwhelmed where people still put their own family and leisure time first and you don't have to stay in the office to impress the boss on pain of losing your job and your health insurance. What if I just talked to you about living in Spain and more precisely, living in Valencia? And finally what if I told you that everyone can have it? I'd be talking total rubbish of course. A simple move to live in another place is not going to perform miracles for anyone, never mind everyone. However, another life is possible and Valencia is one of those places where your work life balance just may become much more manageable.
Let's not make any bones about it but townhouses are an enigma. Here at Valencia Property we love them. They offer loads of space, great locations, plenty of potential and community (Being in a town and surrounded by others) and they are usually great value when you look at the price per square metre. However, they often require a lot of modernisation, and the bigger they are the more that modernisation will cost, they need more upkeep than an apartment and they usually don't have the kerb appeal as what lies behind that townhouse door is often very well disguised.
There's so much to write about this week that it's difficult to know where to start. Should we go with the weather and the hottest ever temperature in Valencia? Should we start with the Instagram interview we did last week? The new websites and projects? The official launch of Stepping Stone Rentals and the first reserves made? The agreed sales? New listings? ... There's so much. But first it's still holiday time isn't it...?
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If you have been in touch with us before you will know that we always ask for one thing above all others, if you haven’t then below is what you need to do. Whether we start our contacts with an email, a Whatsapp message, a video call or even an old fashioned phone call we always ask clients “Tell us your wish list“.
We keep getting more and more requests to help people with their purchase of Valencia Property. There has been a large uptick in requests in the last few weeks since we published our articles about the rental crisis in Valencia and the new digital nomad visa in Spain. It's really gratifying to see so many people trusting us with their most important purchase in Spain.