In 2000, Shelia and Richard Harper bought a beautiful old country property just outside the village of Casares through Inmo Andalucia. Here’s their story…
After taking the decision to buy a place in Spain, my husband Richard and I made several visits to different parts of the country but had no success finding the kind of property we were looking for.
Then, during a two week visit to Estepona on Spain’s Costa del Sol on yet another seemingly frustrating property search, we asked locals if they could recommend a good reliable local Estepona Estate Agent who would provide not only a property search but also recommend a reliable lawyer, builder and supplier of what we would need to proceed with any restorations.
The name that kept coming up from everyone we asked was that of Inmo Andalucia and we were given the phone number of Jesus Garcia – Inmo Andalucia’s managing director and chief sales person – by a local restauranteur.
We found Jesus to be extremely professional on the phone and he emailed us with details on three suitable properties right away, all of which were close to the village of Casares.
For those of you who have never visited Casares, it is an impossibly picturesque and typically Andalucian ‘white washed’ mountain village which sits atop an outcrop of rock in the mountain range that provides the backdrop to the Costa del Sol.
It’s not only an incredibly beautiful part of Southern Spain, but is also only 15-20 minutes drive inland from the beach and the lively and rather lovely coastal town of Estepona, depending on how leisurely you like to drive up the winding mountain road from the coast.
Importantly for us, Casares is also only 30 minutes to the modern and vibrant town of Marbella to the east, and about the same distance to Sotogrande and Gibraltar to the west, so it was an absolutely ideal location to start our search.
We went to meet Jesus in his office and he gave us more details on the three country properties he’d selected for us and asked which of them we’d like to view.
As each of the properties appeared on paper at least to be just what we were looking for, we said we’d like to visit all three.
So Jesus drove us up the road to Casares to the first property, which was situated in an idyllic valley called La Acedia, just ten minutes from the sea in one direction and ten minutes from Casares in the other direction.
As soon as we laid eyes on the ‘finca’, we couldn’t believe our luck. After years of endless, fruitless searching, Jesus had finally shown us exactly what we were looking for at the first time of asking and we immediately put in an offer.
Jesus ensured that the purchase completed quickly and introduced us to a lawyer who executed the deal to the letter of the law.
Since then, the builder recommended by Jesus has gradually renovated the property little by little over the past eight years and we’ve always returned to our ‘Finca’ to find each phase of the renovation to be better than we had envisaged when we agreed it with the builder.
Choosing and purchasing a property in Casares was a big decision for us, but because of the way Jesus managed the transaction it was, as it should be, a pleasure.
Ten years on we’re still not retired but our “home to be” in Spain is our perfect retreat in what we consider the perfect location.
If you’d like more information about country properties for sale Casares or other areas of the Costa del Sol, perhaps you should give Jesus at Inmo Andalucia a call on 951 30 75 67.