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November 30, 2011

More Malaga Airport news!

Filed under: News — Barrington Homes @ 1:30 pm

In yesterday’s blog I spoke about the success of Malaga Airport and the increase in visitors this year.

Two seperate airlines have just released new destination flights from Malaga Airport. Excitingly, the Big Apple is now a destination choice, directly from Malaga with Delta Airlines releasing a 5 times weekly service from Malaga to JFK Airport on the June 2nd 2012.

A Granada based airline, Helitt have launched a flight from Malaga to the North African enclave of Melilla once a day except on Saturdays with prices from €43 return.

November 29, 2011

Malaga Airport

Filed under: News — Barrington Homes @ 10:32 am

Malaga Airport has maintained its position as 4th busiest in Spain when it was used by 1.53 passengers in August 2011. The airports authourity has stated that 22.8 million passengers flew to or from Spanish airports in August this year of which 15 milllion came from abroad. This is an increase of 7.4% on the same time last year so there are clearly more visitors heading to Spain; only Madrid, Barcelona and Mallorca airports came ahead of Malaga. This is fantastic news for Spain as a whole and of course for our area of Duquesa. The links to this area are getting better and better with the improvements to Gibraltar and Malaga airports and the new motorway that has opened in Malaga improving links to Granada, Cordoba and Seville. Due to a high demand by holiday makers, Barrington Holidays is increasing its portfolio of holiday rental apartments this year and so if you have any property in the Duquesa area that you would like to have listed with us please contact us. The developments that we need properties in are: Los Granados, La Noria, Marina del Castillo, Marina Duquesa and La Perla de la Bahia.

November 28, 2011

Duquesa Village

Filed under: Property — Barrington Homes @ 1:42 pm

Built by Ros y Falcon Duquesa Village is one of their 7 superb developments on the Duquesa Golden mile and incorporates all of the good standards associated with them.


Duquesa Village is a residential complex of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses, running alongside La Duquesa Golf course and with great sea, golf and mountain views. The complex has 24r security, 5 swimming pools, Padel Tennis courts and tropical gardens. These  properties make very attractive holiday homes, permanent residences or investment properties. Duquesa Village is just a stones throw from the beautiful Duquesa Marina and all that it offers with international restaurants, cafes and bars. The Spanish Pueblo of Castillo is nearby for the best local fish restaurants and Sabinillas is the Spanish town where you will find tapas restaurants and a blue flag beach. It is all within your reach from your Spanish home in Duquesa Village.

Internally the properties in Duquesa Village are spacious and light and offer a wonderful standard of living. There is marble flooring throughout and the bathrooms walls are also clad in marble tiles. The bathrooms are well designed and all en-suite bathrooms have hydro massage baths. The kitchens are well appointed, with good storage units and all white goods included in the sale, handy utility rooms are incorporated into each apartment. Apartments in Duquesa Village also have private underground parking and most also have storage rooms and alongside very reasonable community fees, Duquesa Village is an ideal development to invest in and from which to enjoy the Spanish sun.

Barrington Homes have several apartments for sale in Duquesa Village at amazing prices, from just €105,000 with golf views, furniture, a south facing terrace and a private underground parking space!

Other bargain properties are available within Duquesa Village and other developments that also incorporate a 50% saving on VAT, contact us at Barrington Homes for more information.

November 17, 2011

Casares Costa Golf Resort

Filed under: Lifestyle,Sport — Barrington Homes @ 10:28 am

On the Costa del Sol and in the Duquesa area alone we have many beautiful golf courses to choose from when considering a good walk! Duquesa is a very popular area for holidaying golfers and  now is the peak season, due to the high quality and choice of golf course available and the beautiful weather we experience here during the Autumn and Winter months. From Valderama in Sotogrande to Finca Cortesin in Casares Costa and La Duquesa in-between, we are spoilt for choice.

Casares Costa Golf is a beautiful 9 hole golf course on the Casares Costa, close to Duquesa, Estepona and the world famous Finca Cortesin.The course first opened in January 2008 and is designed by Juan Carlos Martinez. It is a private course with teeing times for visitors and has a practice area comprising of a chipping green, a putting green and bunkers.

The 9 holes consist of 1 par 5, 5 par 4 and 3 par 3 holes.

In the gym there are a range of facilities including a fitness room with a fantastic range of equipment from state of the art machines to free weights and a cardiovascular training area along with a Wellness area and Turkish bath and sauna. The fitness centre also has a fantastic choice of fitness classes available and a beauty room.

The Brasserie is the beautiful restaurant located on the upper level of the Club House and as such has the most stunning terrace area with breath taking views of the Manilva area. It is the perfect location to sit and unwind after a good game of golf or work out. Or take your lunch inside to the immaculately designed dining area; it is a sumptuous environment in which to enjoy the first class cuisine either during the day or for a beautiful dinner with friends and loved ones.

Barrington Homes have some beautiful properties for sale close to Casares Costa Golf Resort including a beautiful 2 bedroom penthouse for only €115,000 and an immaculate 2 bedroom ground floor apartment for €110,000. To view these and all other properties in the Casares Costa area take a look at the Barrington Homes web-site.

November 14, 2011

Bank Holidays

Filed under: Local Events & Culture — Barrington Homes @ 10:49 am

Believe it or not it is only 40 days to Christmas and thoughts are turning to the seasonal festivities.

December not only brings us Christmas but in our local area of Manilva and throughout Spain, it also brings 2 extra bank holidays to those of us living and working in Spain and for those with children in Spanish school.

December the 6th is the first, this year falling on a Tuesday and it is a national holiday celebrating the day that Spain became a democracy following the 1978 referendum. Dia de la Constitution is the start of the December holidays and Christmas celebrations and is often taken as a long weekend by combining the Inmaculada concepcion 2 days later.

The feast of the Immaculate conception falls 2 days later on the 8th December and the holiday is based on the Catholic dogma that the Virgin Mary’s pregnancy was an immaculate conception and is typically a day of additional church services.  Be prepared as many Spaniards take advantage of the 2 days public holiday and take the week off, so many businesses and local shops in the Duquesa area may be closed or with reduced opening hours.

Barrington Homes will be open as usual apart from  Tuesday 6th December and Thursday 8th December.

November 10, 2011

Alcaidesa Bargains

Filed under: Property — Barrington Homes @ 11:08 am

I spoke in yesterday’s blog about property for sale in Alcaidesa and so today I wanted to give you some more specific information.

Alcaidesa offers all necessary services and facilities to satisfy the needs of residents and visitors.
There is a shopping centre with shops and a pharmacy. The Mediterranean feel and Andalusian atmosphere can be found in the restaurants, cafes, tapas bars and beach bars. Here you can enjoy the wide variety of cuisines on offer to suit all tastes and occasions. In addition to current facilities, new shopping areas are being built to increase range of services. Everything you need can be found here in Alcaidesa or in the nearby towns. Since the opening of the 18 new holes, the Alcaidesa golf course now boasts a superb double round of 36 holes. The Alcaidesa links golf course boasts stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Rock of Gibraltar and the mountains of North Africa

Alcaidesa is an exclusive area with a real Mediterranean feel. The beautiful surrounding landscape makes this a truly unique setting. Well-kept open spaces, evenly distributed throughout the development, serve as links to the golf course, spacious gardens and nature paths. The beaches are long and peaceful, bathed in crystal clear waters. Here you can enjoy a sensation of peace and exclusivity as Alcaidesa is surrounded by protected forested areas. The landscape offers a spectacle thanks to the magnificent views of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and the African coast. In contrast to other nearby places such as Sotogrande, the gentle slope of the land in Alcaidesa makes it possible to enjoy these views from practically every corner of the development.

 An example of the property available in Alcaidesa is a stunning  2 Bed 2 Bath room 1st floor Apartment  with a fabulous open Golf and Sea view and view.

  • Constructed              114.06 m2
  • Terrace:                      30.02 m2
  • with a parking space and storage room included.
  • Price before                  692’050 €,

    Price now                     238’480 €

    and not forgetting the IVA is still only at  4 % but only until 31.12.2011.

    Finance up to 100% is available.

    For more information regarding this or any other property that we have listed for sale, please contact us.

    November 9, 2011

    Duquesa, a fantastic base for workers in Gibraltar

    Filed under: Lifestyle — Barrington Homes @ 9:35 am

    Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located off the south coast of Spain and only approximately 20 km from Duquesa. Gibraltar has historically been an important base for the British Armed Forces and is still the site of a British naval base. However today, Gibraltar has set its sights high and is set to transform itself into a second Monte Carlo. I blogged a while ago about the new airport under construction in Gibraltar and once open this will improve national and international links to the Duquesa  area bringing more tourism and business to our coast.
    More and more British and international companies have their operations based in Gibraltar, including banks, accountancy companies and more recently gaming companies. This, coupled with its strategic location has encouraged many people from all over the world to move here but because of the limited space it has made Gibraltar a very exclusive and expensive place to live. Both our long term rental and sales departments have seen an increase in enquiries from clients, working in Gibraltar yet wishing to live in Spain.
    The Duquesa area, is the ideal place to live when working in Gibraltar with fantastic road links making the commute just 30 minutes. For families living in Duquesa, Sabinillas or the Casares Costa areas, Gibraltar can be an opportunity to watch a film in English or to do a weekly shop in the hugely popular Morrisons. So whilst we are close enough to Gibraltar to enjoy all of the benefits of working in our own language and for multi national companies, or to relish a dip into Englishness occasionally, those of us who live in the Duquesa area can sit back and bask in the wonderful Mediterranean sunshine in the beautiful and hugely undiscovered Andalusia.

    Barrington Homes have some wonderful properties available at fantastic prices in Alcaidesa, just 15 minutes drive form Gibraltar and in an area of outstanding natural beauty, these apartments have been reduced in price by up to 67% and have up to 100% FINANCE offered.

    If you are working in Gibraltar and looking for a place to call home, please contact Barrington Homes and we will be very happy to help find your perfect place to live.

    November 7, 2011

    Landlord’s rights have changed

    Filed under: Property — Barrington Homes @ 12:42 pm

    Many property owners in our areas of Duquesa, Manilva and Casares Costa have bought their properties as investments and as such open their properties to long term rental tenants. Importantly for those landlords there has been a recent amendment to the Civil Precedural Law that involves important changes to the eviction process.

    The new eviction process involves the Court sending a notice to the defendant giving a 10 DAY period to either pay the outstanding rent or vacate the property or defend the claim. If the defendant (tenant) has not replied within this 10 DAY period or has not settled the debt within the 10 DAY period,  the Court will declare the property eviction without a Court trial. If the defendant decides to challenge the claim, a court trial will be held.

    This change also allows the claim to be made through a small claim proceeding which is a much faster process.

    If you are considering renting your property long term please contact our long term rentals Manager, Marisa who will be happy to advise you. For holiday rentals, please contact Judith.

    We have many properties for sale at fantastic prices so if you are considering taking advantage of the current market conditions and making a property portfolio acquisition, please contact us in the sales department and we will be very happy to help and advise you.

    November 3, 2011

    Capital gains Tax in Spain

    Filed under: Property — Barrington Homes @ 11:48 am

    This is a tax on the profit that a seller may have made when selling their property and is calculated taking into account the difference between the original purchase price paid and the selling price achieved.  The Capital Gains Tax in Spain is calculated as follows:

    19% for the 1st €6000 profit & 21% for any amount above this.

    The capital gains tax is often a point of confusion for vendors and depending on the seller’s tax status in Spain, the Capital gains Tax must be paid in varying ways.

     Non Tax Residents (none fiscal residents.)

     The buyer (or the buyer’s Lawyer) is obliged by law to retain 3% of the selling price and to pay it to the Inland Revenue on behalf of the vendor.  If profit is not achieved by the vendor they have a right to claim back the 3% and should be refunded within 12 months.

    If a profit has been made but the amount is less than the 3% Capital Gains tax paid, then a claim for a refund can also be made.

     Tax Residents (Fiscal Residents)

     There is no 3% retention made by the buyer.

    It is the seller’s responsibility to declare and pay the Capital Gains Tax, if any, the year after completing the sale and when filing their annual Income Tax Returns.

    The only time that Capital Gains tax does not have to be paid on the sale of a property is if the seller is a Fiscal Resident of Spain, is over 65 years old and if the property being sold is their primary residence.

    November 2, 2011

    What is…?

    Filed under: Property — Barrington Homes @ 12:31 pm

    What is Plusvalia Tax?

    We are often asked questions by our vendors regarding the costs involved in selling a property in the Manilva area and it is a very important point of consideration.

    One tax that will be levied with the property seller in called the Plusvalia Tax. This is a tax on the increase of value of the land from when the seller took ownership. It is the local town hall that calculates the Plusvalia Tax and the final amount is determined by the location of the property NOT the market value.  In the case of our Vendors it will be Manilva or Casares Town Hall and Barrington Homes recommend that when you are considering selling your property you visit your legal representative for an estimation of the Plusvalia Tax. Barrington Homes have a calculator available to our vendors to enable them to estimate their costs and on this we have averaged the Plusvalia tax at €2000 although it can be more or less. The Lawyer acting in the sale will make retentions at the point of exchange to cover the Plusvalia tax.

    Barrington Homes can recommend Juan Roman Mateo in Sabinillas for all legal and conveyance works, please contact us if you require his details or any further information about buying or selling a property in Manilva, Duquesa, Sabinillas or Casares Costa.