Friday, 26 May 2017

It´s Friday the sun is out and it´s cocktail time!



Living in Javea provides us with 100s of bars and restaurants to enjoy food and drinks and as the summer approaches it´s time to consider my drink of the season. Or drinks of the season!

There is always the old favourite of gin and tonic, I´ve recently discovered a super combination of Hendricks, Fever Tree and Cucumber. The Javea Company bars (Chabadaba and Bambula) seem to do this the best from recent experience, but I must try it in a few other places just to confirm this.




Another summer favourite is the Mojito, although you have to be selective to where you drink this as some bars and chiringuitos cheat by using a pre-made mojito mix, which is not nice. If your Mojito arrives too quickly then you can be pretty sure that they are using a cheap pre-made mix. Last year Saona chiringuito made them fresh, you can watch them make them at the bar. They take a little while as Mojitos should, but well worth the wait. You can also add an extra twist of strawberries to make a change, although some days it´s only the original mojito that hits the spot.



For an afternoon tipple a Spanish favourite is Tinto de Verano (summer red wine), a little like sangria. Red wine with casera or gaseosa (lemonade), fruit is often added as well. Like the Mojitos some bars have this ready mixed on a draft tap similar to beer, but it´s nowhere near as nice as one made from scratch with a decent bottle of red wine.



Summer is for friends and sharing your favourite drinks. Most bars in Javea offer sharing jugs, you can get the usual sangria, but one to try is Aqua de Valencia (water of Valencia). This is either gin or vodka with cava and orange juice, it can make you a little squiffy as it´s difficult to tell the strength as it goes down so well. Search out bars that have the fresh orange juice machines, as fresh juice makes all the difference.



When you think of wine in Spain you might think of the dark full body reds, but the Spanish do make some great white wines to enjoy during the summer. Casa Del Vino in Javea always have a good selection and some great advice on wine. It´s worth a visit to try some of the Spanish white wines on offer. http://www.casadelvino.biz/. Although it´s quite normal to ask for a chilled bottle of red in the summer with your meal. Most restaurants consider this the norm.


After a long hot day sometimes all you need is a nice cold lager. It´s a treat to have Café Milano a few doors from the office as they sell Peroni on draft.  



There are so many choices of cocktails I don´t know where to start from a long Island ice tea to sex on the beach in Javea you can get your favourite or just work your way through the menu until you find one you like!


Remember drinking isn´t cool it makes you act like a fool! Everyone loves a fool.


I´m not an alcoholic – they go to meetings. I´m a drunk and I go to parties!


And then alcohol said “put that on Facebook it´s hilarious” But alcohol was wrong, so very wrong.


Come and enjoy living in Javea www.sunsetjavea.com for long term rental and sales properties in Javea.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Reduced Properties for sale in Javea, Benitachell and Pedreguer.

We have seen several reductions in price this week here are some of them.

Reduced from 185,000 euros to 175,000 euros - Benitachell, Cumbre Del Sol

http://www.sunsetjavea.com/apartment-for-sale-in-benitachell-3-bed-s1036/

Located on a popular urbanisation in Benitachell, this apartment is ideally situated for easy access to the coastal towns of Javea and Moraira. The Cumbre del Sol offers a wide range of amenities - including a supermarket, bars, restaurants and the Lady Elizabeth international school.
The apartment itself is on a beautiful complex with access to 6 swimming pools, sun terraces and communal parking. The sea views are simply spectacular and span 180º, and on a clear day you can see Ibiza!
It comprises a nice open plan living - dining room with access double doors onto a spacious terrace, an American style kitchen, 3 good sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
This is a very nice apartment and would make a perfect holiday home or rental investment.

http://www.sunsetjavea.com/apartment-for-sale-in-benitachell-3-bed-s1036/

Reduced from 220,000 euros to 210,000 - Detached villa with private pool Les Fonts, Benitachell.


 Detached villa for sale in the very popular Les Fonts urbanisation in Benitachell. The villa is accessed via electric gates onto a private driveway which leads down to a large 2 car garage.
At the front of the property a lovely sunny naya overlooks the private swimming pool. Double doors from here lead into the open plan lounge with wood burner, dining area and through to the nice sized kitchen with all modern conveniences. Both the kitchen and dining room have access onto a large terrace to the rear of the property. Two bedrooms and a bathroom are located on this main floor. Internal stairs from the lounge lead down to a third bedroom, bathroom and useful storage room.
The house is fitted with gas central heating and air conditioning.
The garden is low maintenance and features a heated swimming pool with cover.

http://www.sunsetjavea.com/villa-for-sale-in-benitachell-3-bed-s1076/

Reduced rom 299,000 to 279,000 - Detached villa with private pool La Sella, Pedreguer.


 Villa for sale in La Sella, Pedreguer, located in a nice neighbourhood, close to the golf course. This east-south facing villa comprises three double bedrooms, one of them with en-suite, a shower room, open plan modern kitchen with utility room and a wide and bright living area with high ceilings, fireplace and access to a terrace with great views next to the 8x4 swimming pool. The garden is not finished and the villa benefits from air conditioning, storage room and carport.

http://www.sunsetjavea.com/villa-for-sale-in-pedreguer-3-bed-s1166c/

Reduced from 395,000 euros to 345,000 euros. Quality villa for sale on the Montgo, Javea



Situated on a double plot of 2224 m2, this stunning villa has the Montgo providing an impressive back drop.
The villa has south facing orientation and enjoys beautiful open views of the valley. The garden is fully landscaped with a large area of lawn, 10 x 5 m2 swimming pool and a variety of Mediterranean trees and plants. The house itself is largely on one level and has a bright and spacious living - dining room with feature fireplace, an independent fitted kitchen, three good sized double bedrooms (one with full en-suite bathroom) and a family bathroom. An additional room on the first floor (currently used a TV room) could also be used as a study or fourth bedroom.
The villa is fitted with double glazing, heating and air conditioning in the lounge and master bedroom. There is ample parking for multiple vehicles. A very special property which would be an ideal family home.

http://www.sunsetjavea.com/villa-for-sale-in-javea-3-bed-s1011/

Long Term Rentals and Villas for Sale in Javea

Monday, 10 April 2017

Villas for Sale on the Montgo, Javea, Costa Blanca



The Montgo mountain is the dramatic backdrop to the Costa Blanca coastal town of Javea on the eastern coast of Spain. The mountain has brought tourists from far and wide to climb it´s slopes. The local fondly name it elephant mountain as from a certain angle it looks like an elephant with an eye and its trunk going out to sea.

 
The slopes on the Javea side of the Montgo are one of the best places to live in Javea as they offer all year-round sun, being totally south facing. There are strict rules about building on the Montgo, one being that any new house must have a plot of 1500 square meters, making the properties less dense than other areas. All most all the properties in this area are detached with private pools. There are a range of properties from older more traditional properties to state of the art modern designs.

Here are some of the properties we have for sale on the Montgo in Javea.

Situated on a double plot of 2224 m2, this stunning villa has the Montgo providing an impressive back drop.
The villa has south facing orientation and enjoys beautiful open views of the valley. The garden is fully landscaped with a large area of lawn, 10 x 5 m2 swimming pool and a variety of Mediterranean trees and plants. The house itself is largely on one level and has a bright and spacious living - dining room with feature fireplace, an independent fitted kitchen, three good sized double bedrooms (one with full en-suite bathroom) and a family bathroom. An additional room on the first floor (currently used a TV room) could also be used as a study or fourth bedroom.
The villa is fitted with double glazing, heating and air conditioning in the lounge and master bedroom. There is ample parking for multiple vehicles. A very special property which would be an ideal family home. http://www.sunsetjavea.com/villa-for-sale-in-javea-3-bed-s1011/



This large character, luxury property is located in the Castellans area of Javea, which is walking distance to the old town with all its amenities, bars and restaurants. Ideal for all year round living or as an investment for holiday rentals. The property is approached by a long private drive with plenty of parking, the front garden is laid to lawn. On the lower level there is an office, kitchen, storeroom, gym, 2 bedrooms and a new luxury bathroom. This could be made in to a separate apartment if required. Upstairs on the pool level there is a large lounge, dining room, recently fitted quality kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. From the kitchen there is a covered naya ideal for outside entertaining. The pool area is fully tiled with a 10x5 pool with a separate jacuzzi section. The house benefits from oil central heating and aircon throughout. http://www.sunsetjavea.com/villa-for-sale-in-javea-4-bed-s1173/
 


Luxury four-bedroom Villa located in the sought after area at the foot of the Montgo Mountain just a short drive into Javea. This handsome property built to the highest quality set on a large south facing plot of 2600m2 with mature well-kept gardens comprises of: electric entrance gates, large drive with ample parking for 5-6 cars with the opportunity to build a car port or garage. The entrance from the driveway is grand with oversized pillars, the entrance hall leads to on the ground level a larger than average modern open kitchen with all appliances built in and centre Isle which overlooks the dining area. From the entrance hall and the dining area there are double doors leading into the lounge which has, along with the dining area double patio door leading out to the Naya and Pool terrace. Also on the ground floor there are three double bedrooms all with en-suite, a guest WC plus a utility room. A decorative staircase from the entrance lobby leads you to a master suite with full size bathroom, dressing area, ample wardrobes and a spacious bedroom with a large balcony to enjoy the countryside views. This property has many benefits such as underfloor heating, air conditioning, remote control electric blinds, alarm system & full double glazing. The pool terrace is private yet has open views of the valley below plus there is a feature fountain that flows into the pool and outdoor shower. This property has already proved itself to work as a highly lucrative summer rental, however will also make a perfect family home or luxury retirement home. http://www.sunsetjavea.com/villa-for-sale-in-javea-4-bed-s1010/


For sale a beautiful luxury villa with five bedrooms and a heated pool in a quiet area of Javea near the old town. It was renovated a few years ago with great taste and high quality materials, the spacious and bright villa is now a thriving luxury guest house, with three separate suites available for rent. Access to the property is by a large electric door leading to the gravel driveway and the garage, which is currently used by the owners as a storage area. The main entrance of the villa is from a covered porch which leads to a living room and the luxury kitchen with all new quality appliances and to the dining room which can extend onto the covered terrace with views of the heated pool and jacuzzi. This level has three bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms and a family bathroom. The third bedroom has its own outside entrance by a private terrace. There are two suites, one upstairs and the other downstairs.




For sale, a beautiful villa located in the Montgo area of Jávea.
The main floor consists of a large naya with direct access to the garden and pool. A spacious living room with fireplace and a mezzanine, dining room, kitchen with another dining room and a laundry room.
The master bedroom with oak flooring has a large en suite bathroom, a dressing room and a private terrace with direct access to the pool. There are two other double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a cloakroom. The house benefits from plenty of natural light with high ceilings and many windows throughout all the villa.
In the basement there is a garage for four cars, wine cellar, engine room and a toilet with shower. Features of the property include underfloor heating with gas tank underground, air conditioning hot / cold, exterior carpentry of Iroko, interior carpentry of teak, terracotta floor tiles, alarm system and more... The villa is only 5 min from the port and old town and 10min from the El Arenal sandy beach.



Friday, 31 March 2017

Spring has sprung!



Finally, in Javea the weather has changed. We are seeing temperatures hitting 20 degrees and higher. In the 15 years that I have lived here this has been the worst winter, winter storms, hailstones and even snow, yes proper snow in Spain. All that is behind us now and there is the usual optimism around town for a great summer to come.



Spring sees much activity in Javea and many events that the locals look forward to. For the fitness crowd there is the mirador challenge, a 29 kilometre walking event where teams compete to be the fastest finishers. There is also a fun walk where you can take your time and enjoy the scenery. http://www.javeamigos.com/dir_walking/pages/walking_elmiradorchallenge.htm



As well as the Mirador Challenge there are running events in each of the local towns, 10K runs every Sunday or Saturday for around 12 weeks. “Circuit a Peu Marina Alta 2017”



Easter means many fiestas in the old town, these are often solemn, marking the death of Jesus. The carrying of Jesus on the cross is a sombre parade, but worth watching. After the Easter fiestas a week later it´s back to the crazy bulls running down the street, live bands late at night and fireworks. Javea never stays sombre for long!


As soon as it starts warming up everyone in town looks forward to the chiringuitos opening on or around the 15th May. The opening of these beach bars truly marks the start of summer.



Also this time of year we start to see new bars and restaurants opening, one has recently been opened by the Champagne Company called Bambula, it´s the new place to be seen!



There is also a new Pizza restaurant in the port that I will be trying with friends at the weekend. Hopefully it will be a good addition to the restaurants there.



I had my first lunch sitting outside in the sun this week at Monson Thai, they do a good menu del dia and the terrace gets lots of sun with excellent sea views.