Costa del Sol property & lifestyle, news, views, advice & information

Poundland on its way to Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 19th, 2014

Leave a comment

These British bargains will soon be available in Spain

British discount retailer Poundland – famed for its bargain deals of multipack crisps, drinks packs, plastic toys and low-priced cleaning goods all priced (yep, you guessed it) at a quid – has recently announced that it is set to open ten trial stores in Spain.

The arrival of a Poundland store on your local high street in the UK is often met with trepidation. Its presence – much like off-licences, bookmakers and pawn shops – is usually a fair indicator that an area is on a rather downward trajectory, economically speaking.

So does the news that the company behind the stores, Poundland Group Plc., fancies expanding to Spain spell that further gloom is on the horizon? Actually, the exact opposite could well be closer to the truth…

Continue Reading

Space travel a supersonic boon for Spanish property

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 18th, 2014

Leave a comment

Sub-orbital space travel could bring increased demand for Spanish property

When we try to paint the future, do we create a picture that is wildly far-fetched or simply misjudged? Many creative dreamers of the ’50s and ‘60s imagined we’d all be piloting flying cars by now, but could they have ever envisioned that nearly every adult in the western world would carry in their pocket a phone ten times more powerful than the computers that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon?

Probably not…

Continue Reading

Marbella at the heart of property Golden Triangle

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 17th, 2014

Leave a comment

Looking for luxury living? Look no further than Marbella!

Famous the world over for its jet-set clientele, stunning climate and unbeatable selection of fine restaurants, bars and clubs, Marbella is also one of the world’s leading property hotspots.

Boasting an array of property types suitable for all tastes and budgets, there are few finer locations on the planet in which to own a dream home in the sun. However, despite a welcome round of price corrections over the past couple of years – which has seen the average property price in Marbella fall by about 40 per cent – Marbella is still the go-to destination for homes at the higher end of the price scale… Continue Reading

Cut-price Spanish villages? Not on the Costa del Sol

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 14th, 2014

Leave a comment

Buying property on the Costa del Sol is about lifestyle, not bargain hunting

You may think it strange that a VIVA news story focuses on why the Costa del Sol isn’t the cheapest place in which to buy Spanish property.

You may think, given that we sell property in the Costa del Sol, it would suit our interests to write stories telling of how there are many bargains to be had up and down the coast.

But if VIVA has learnt anything during its time overseeing the Costa del Sol property market, it is that honesty is always the best policy. Which is why recent reports in the British media that lift the lid on Spain’s ‘ghost villages’ are welcome news… Continue Reading

Tom Jones, Pet Shop Boys and The Beach Boys top Starlite Festival bill

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 13th, 2014

Leave a comment

Tom Jones has been confirmed to perform at this year's Starlite Festival in Marbella

This summer’s Starlite Festival in Marbella will be headlined by internationally renowned superstars Tom Jones, the Pet Shop Boys and The Beach Boys.

Entering only its third year, Marbella’s Starlite Festival has quickly earned for itself a reputation as one of Spain’s most glamorous music gatherings, and will this year take place between July 23 and August 23 at the stunning Marbella Auditorium.

Last year’s event raised the bar when Spanish heartthrob Julio Iglesias headlined, joined by the ever effervescent Buenavista Social Club. But this year’s lineup promises to set the pulses racing even faster, with Welsh troubadour Tom Jones perhaps the pick of the bunchContinue Reading

Meet Andrea Böck: “2014 is going to be a wonderful year for the Costa del Sol!”

Author: John Hollway  |  March 12th, 2014

Leave a comment
Andrea Böck, founder of Ambience Home Design

Andrea Böck: I can ski or snowboard in the Sierra Nevada all morning, and be back in time for a late lunch in Puerto Banús!

Andrea Böck has had a passion for beautiful properties, beautiful architecture and beautiful furniture for as long as she can remember. Originally from Düsseldorf, she spent a holiday with a friend living on the Costa del Sol who offered her a place to stay if ever she wanted to relocate here.

Back home in Germany, and gazing out of her studio window at the seemingly interminable cloudy grey skies, 13 years ago she decided to take her up on her offer, leaving her native Germany to move to the Coast. Founding Ambience Home Design in San Pedro de Alcántara in 2002, Andrea has never looked back…

Continue Reading

Lexland invite VIVA to celebrate the opening of their new offices

Author: Holly Purnell  |  March 11th, 2014

Leave a comment
Lexland Abogados

Lexland Abogados modern new offices on Avenida Ricardo Soriano 21, Marbella

With a refreshed and updated corporate image, on 20 February 2014, law firm Lexland Abogados invited the entire VIVA team to celebrate their move to their brand spanking new offices on Avenida Ricardo Soriano 21, Marbella. Bright, spacious and stylish, the new offices provide the highest quality facilities to offer all clients and collaborators a premium service.

Not only a chance to see the new offices, the event was also the perfect opportunity for all staff from both companies to meet and to build a close professional relationship, and for our VIVA team to gain a wider understanding about the foundations and philosophy of Lexland AbogadosContinue Reading

VIVA fever sweeps Sweden

Author: Holly Purnell  |  March 10th, 2014

Leave a comment

VIVA in the Swedish news!

VIVA in the Swedish news!

Our very own Carina Ulander, VIVA Partner for our Calahonda & Nueva Andalucia offices, was featured in Friday’s edition of Sweden’s biggest tabloid, Expressen.

Not only that, but it was the most read article on Saturday and qualified for a placard which only the very hottest articles get…! Continue Reading

Villa Padierna Michael Campbell Golf Academy

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 6th, 2014

Leave a comment

Marbella's Villa Padierna is a world-class hotel and golf resort

The Costa del Sol has long known how to attract golf enthusiasts. The plethora of world-class courses in the region, set amid a kaleidoscope of backdrops that range from rugged mountain to sparkling sea, is, however, just one small part of the overall package.

Golfers want good weather – the Costa del Sol has that in spades. They also want easy accessibility, all year-round – Malaga airport caters admirably for their needs. And then there’s the après golf activities such as the 19th hole bar, fine dining, golf attire and golf property – nowhere else in the world can quite match the Costa del Sol on this front, either.

And now the region is adding another golfing string to its golfing bow – the forthcoming opening of the Villa Padierna Michael Campbell Golf AcademyContinue Reading

Gordon Ramsay bringing his TV spice to Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 5th, 2014

Leave a comment

TV chef Gordon Ramsay will be filming on the Costa del Sol in May and June

Foul-mouthed TV chef Gordon Ramsay is set to head to the Costa del Sol in May and June to film a new TV series about struggling expat restaurant owners.

The chef, 47, will be bringing his unique brand of motivational encouragement to a selection of handpicked, Brit-owned restaurants along the Coast as restaurateurs compete to earn the recognition as most improved establishment… Continue Reading