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Dressing a property to wow potential buyers is a skilled art. Mirrors need to be strategically placed in order to maximise light while avoiding glare. Pictures need to complement the colour scheme while remaining neutral in order to suit a wide range of tastes. The sofa needs to have just the right number of cushions to show how delightfully comfortable it will be the moment the viewer sits down.


While it’s true that those viewing a property are buying it based on its location and other fixed attributes such as the number of rooms and the layout, the way that it is dressed can have a massive impact.

When it comes to dressing show properties for new developments, particularly those overseas that will be bought as second homes, the design becomes even more important. As Spain’s leading homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España is well aware of the importance of dressing a property for success. Sales and Marketing Director Marc Pritchard comments,

“For many of those interested in buying a second home in Spain, first impressions are everything. They need to walk through the door of the property and get ‘the feeling’ straight away; to know that the property is perfect for them.”

With construction beginning on the company’s new Miraval development this month, Taylor Wimpey España’s Costa del Sol designer, Ana García, will once more be hard at work. The first phase of the development consists of 27 two and three-bedroom apartments, along with a large communal swimming pool and prettily landscaped gardens. Prices start at €240,000.

As with all Taylor Wimpey España’s properties, Miraval has been designed with outdoor living very much in mind. For many purchasers, outdoor furniture is even more important than indoor furniture, as their intention is to spend as much time outdoors as possible. As plans for Miraval’s furniture begin to take shape, we pinned down the Taylor Wimpey España designer to find out her top tips for furnishing a second home overseas.

What are the three key points you keep in mind when furnishing a Taylor Wimpey España apartment?

Comfort, quality and the exquisite aesthetic. I ensure that there is an affinity between the interior and the exterior qualities of the individual apartments and the building as a whole, so that the furnishings complement the design of the development.

How important is the interior design of an apartment in attracting a buyer, compared with the build quality, communal areas and location?

The importance of the interior design is huge. The key to it is to make each apartment different, reflecting in each one the personal taste of each individual and granting them the comfort that they demand for their lifestyle.

Do holiday home owners and full-time residents differ in what they want when furnishing a new apartment?

Yes. The most common difference between them is that the long-stay resident usually demands more functional furniture, whereas holiday home owners may opt for something more stylish and exciting. This is because furniture in a home that is used all the time will undergo more stress than furniture in home that is used part-time, so it needs to be more durable while still looking fantastic.

Which is your favourite room to furnish in an apartment and why?

For me, each room is important as the others when we are furnishing and garnishing. However, I do make a point of taking special care of the areas where the purchasers are going to spend the most time, like the living room and the terrace.

Is there anything else we should know about the role that interior design plays in selling Taylor Wimpey España apartments?

Our experience of dealing with foreigners who are buying property in Spain has shown us that it takes some time for them to get to know an area, which can make it hard for them to find everything they might need to buy for their new home. We try to solve this problem by meeting as many of their needs in advance as possible. That way they can enjoy their holidays without having to worry about where they might be able to buy tablemats or pillow cases!

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.

New luxury homes in residential La Cala Golf Resort with sea and golf views. The complex is located in a quiet area between the beautiful Natural Park of the Sierra de Mijas and the Mediterranean Sea. Located just 10 minutes from the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol, 20 minutes from Marbella and 30 minutes from Malaga airport.


The apartments have 2 or 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. All overlook the golf course and sea, combining contemporary life, luxury and comfort. It is the idealplace for a holiday home, first home or an investment.

The first phase of 27 apartments of this gated community overlooks the entire valley. Penthouses now available!

Miraval, the new apartments for sale by Taylor Wimpey de España, face south, south east and south west, whilst overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the 9 hole par 3 golf course. The new homes are designed to offer comfort and are characterised by their modern high quality finishes, installed air conditioning, sliding doors, spacious rooms and wide terraces.

Miraval is a private and gated community with pool and community gardens, storage and private parking included in the price.

The homes meet the latest European regulations on home energy efficiency.

Construction of Phase 1 has started.

Handover of Phase 1: September 2016.

Your new home in La Cala Golf Resort

Taylor Wimpey de España, prestigious developer of the famous Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club resort, presents its new development, Miraval in Mijas, following the successful sale of Los Arqueros Beach in San Pedro de Alcantara and Horizon Beach in Estepona.

The area has three 18-hole golf courses, a hydrotherapy and spa centre, a 4 star hotel, a golf school (La Cala Golf Academy), 24 hour security and a large variety of sports facilities, all surrounded by a fantastic natural environment.

A few minutes’ drive away you can enjoy the charm of Mijas’ well cared for old town of narrow streets, go shopping in Marbella or Fuengirola and enjoy the nightlife in La Cala de Mijas and Puerto Banus.

In summary, this is a new residential development with the advantages of a high quality residential environment, strategically located in La Cala Golf Resort, for a really unique price.

The Foreign Office estimates that some 800,000 Brits live in Spain for all or part of each year. The number of those residing permanently is uncertain but best estimates put the figure as being somewhere between 250,000 and 400,000 people.


Spain’s attractions as a retirement destination are clear for all to see, as Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, observes,

“The Spanish lifestyle is hugely appealing to those who have lived and worked all their lives in the UK. The warmth of the Spanish sun, the beautiful beaches and the laidback way of life are a world away from the prospect of retirement in the UK.

“The low cost of living in Spain is also a draw. Quite simply, retirees can get more for their money here in Spain as their pensions stretch further. From food to property, pensioners can take advantage of lower prices in order to indulge in a level of luxury that retirement in the UK would preclude.”<

Spain’s proximity to the UK also makes it a popular destination for those looking to enjoy their retirement in the sunshine. Short flight times and cheap fares make it easy for family members to visit, meaning that retirees don’t need to feel isolated from their loved ones just because they have moved overseas.

Those retiring to Spain can even enjoy increased life expectancy, with World Health Organization data showing life expectancy in Spain as 82 years, as opposed to 81 in the United Kingdom.

The global economic downturn briefly impacted on Spain’s popularity as a retirement destination for Brits, but the latest MGM Advantage survey has shown that the Iberian country has regained the top spot, with 13% of the 2,000 Britons who were polled voting for sunny Spain as their retirement destination of choice.

It’s not just mainland Spain that is proving such an attractive destination for pensioners, but also the Spanish islands. Mallorca, where retirees can pick up stunning key-ready properties at Taylor Wimpey España’s Cala Magrana III development from just €230,000, is. With communal pool and lush gardens, the site offers buyers contemporary accommodation with easy access to both the beach and Mallorca’s excellent golfing facilities.

As a special offer, Taylor Wimpey España will apply a 5% cash discount to any buyer who completes their purchase at Cala Magrana III before 31 December 2014, giving those who dream of picking up the ultimate overseas retirement property this side of Christmas an added incentive.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.


Home sales in Spain increased again on an annual basis in September after dipping in August, according to the latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics.

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Sales went up 13% in September and excluding social housing, there were 24,096 sales registered, the highest level in four years and 14% up on a monthly basis.

In the 12 months to the end of September there were 216,682 sales inscribed in the register, almost identical to the same period last year. On that basis it looks like the Spanish housing market is no longer shrinking, according to Mark Stucklin of Spanish Property Insight.

He pointed out that looking at the annualised change in sales each month, this year is clearly an improvement on last year, excluding the first two months of the year when figures were artificially distorted by tax changes.

The data also shows that the difference between resales and newly built properties continues to widen, though sales of both types increased in September, with resales up 17% and new builds up 10.5%.

He believes that more resales are emerging because after years without building any new homes it is possible that the supply of new homes that people actually want to buy is running dry so buyers increasingly have no choice.

A breakdown of the figures on a regional basis show that the province of Malaga, which includes the Costa del Sol which is popular with overseas buyers, along with the Balearic islands have seen sales rise close to 15% this year.

The Canaries, and Alicante, home to the Costa Blanca, another area that attracts a lot of overseas buyers, have also been showing strong gains. Coastal provinces where foreigners tend to buy are doing much better than provinces in the interior, which rely more on local demand.

Meanwhile, figures from the Spanish Consumer Price Index shows that the average price for long term rentals in Spain fell by 0.7% in October compared to the same month in 2013.

This means rental prices have been falling for 19 months in a row and it is sharper than the general CPI which is down 0.1%.

Overall rental prices went down by 0.1% on a monthly basis regionally the monthly rate for long term rentals fell in 15 autonomous regions. Asturias was the only region where it rose, up 0.1% and prices remained static in Catalonia.

The regions with the biggest price drops were Navarre down 2.3%, Murcia down 2.1%, La Rioja down 1.7%, Madrid down 1.4%, The Valencian Community down 1.2% and Castilla La Mancha down 0.9%.

Andalucia and Extremadura both saw a 0.8% fall and prices dropped by 0.7% in the Canaries, 0.6% in Aragón, Cantabria, and Castilla y León, 0.4% in the Basque Country and 0.2% in the Balearics and Galicias.


A perennially popular choice with Dutch tourists, Spain has been in the top five countries that the Dutch choose to spend their holidays in for years. In 2013, it was the fourth most popular destination, according a report from NBTC-NIPO Research. The report states that Dutch travellers undertook an average of 2.79 holidays per person during 2013, spending a total of €15.5 billion.


While the majority of Dutch travellers chose hotels or motels as their holiday accommodation, the NBTC-NIPO figures reveal that a significant proportion (21%) stayed in a holiday cottage or private home instead. The data correlates with the findings of market leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, as the company’s Sales and Marketing Director Marc Pritchard observes,

“Our cumulative October 2014 data shows that the largest increase in purchases of our holiday homes across Spain is from Dutch buyers. Experience has shown us that buyers from the Netherlands are looking for high quality accommodation with luxury touches. Balconies, gardens and roof terraces are all popular with Dutch buyers, as are facilities such as communal pools and landscaped gardens, which all Taylor Wimpey España developments feature.”

The Taylor Wimpey España data also shows a significant increase in sales of properties located on the sun-drenched Balearic island of Mallorca, where the new Cala Anguila II development is already proving extremely popular. Prices for the two bedroom apartments begin at €242,000 and all benefit from the development’s direct beach access. Meanwhile the company’s Cala Magrana III development has key-ready properties available at a special price of €230,000, for buyers who want to complete their purchase in time for Christmas.

Flights from Holland to Spain can be purchased at bargain prices thanks to budget airlines, making visits to the Iberian nation excellent value for Dutch owners of holiday homes. The short flight time is no doubt another plus for those looking to own a second home in the sun.

Mallorca is a particularly attractive location for the health-conscious Dutch, thanks to its extensive coastline and the wide range of water sports available. Those looking for active holidays can enjoy everything from stand up paddling to kite surfing. Those wishing for slightly less intensive activity can enjoy Mallorca’s fantastic golf courses, taking in a round or two under the delightfully warm winter sun.

Of course Mallorca is also the perfect location for holidaymakers who want to do little other than sunbathe, enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace and let the sea breeze refresh their spirits. According to Weather Online, Mallorca during the winter months enjoys more than double the number of average daily sunshine hours that the Netherlands does, making it an extremely tempting destination for buyers looking to swap their scarves for suntans and enjoy some winter sun.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.