FSBS 15 Villa paradise Originally 199,950 now drastically reduced to 165,000 euros - open to offers for a quick sale! villa on one level and flat plot marxuquera Near Gandia Build 172 m2, Plot 1,200 m2 (ideal size for dogs, children, fruit trees and growing vegetables), 3 double bedrooms (master bedroom having a walk in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom), 2 bathrooms, 7m x 4 m sparkling swimming pool. Located in a semi-rural area with beautiful orange groves on the doorstep, ideal hiking and cycling countryside, yet a 5 minute drive to Gandia and 10 mins to the fine, white sandy beaches. Walking distance to 2 local bars and restaurants. Sunny position. Villa Paradise has a light and airy glazed naya to the front, large open plan lounge / diner with woodburner for cosy nights in the winter, fully fitted kitchen with good storage. Outside you will find a lovely pergola overlooking the pool with external lighting for late night dips, many areas/terraces for sun or shade, wonderful mountain views, various outbuildings including a utility room. There are some mature palms and fruit trees consisting of plum, lemon, almond, pear, ruby grapefruit, orange , apricot, fig, peach. There is a typical Spanish BBQ area. The plot is totally fenced and gated with a car port. Villa Paradise benefits from mains electric and water, phone, wifi, uk tv, persianas , mosquito blinds, air conditioning units (hot and cold), comes partly furnished. Yearly ibi tax (rates) 250e. A very comfortable villa for permanent living or a great lock up and leave holiday home, having a country feel but being close the town and beaches, viewing recommended!

  • Wonderful 3 bed Spanish Villa 'Villa Paradise'

  • Large plot of 1,200 m2, ideal for growing vegetables, dogs or children to play

  • Sparkling private swimming pool

  • Walking distance to 2 bars and restaurants

€ 165,000
172 m2 3 2 Villa

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Coming onto buying property – what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, down or staying the same?The property market is becoming busier year on year, prices have started to rise, if you are thinking of buying in Spain then you should consider doing it sooner rather than later. I would not by a house here with a view to making a lot of money when you come to sell it in the short term, but as a place to live, there are few better locations. Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?Whilst the market has considerably improved this year it is still a buyers market and there is still a lot of choice. There are some price ranges that are a bit thin on the ground, but on the whole, there are still some bargains to be had if you are in a strong financial position to proceed with a sale. While Barx does not have too much in the way of re-possessions (it is a wealthy area), the prices for the area are a great deal lower than you may pay in Denia or Javea, so still great value for money!!.  How much are typical property prices in Barx/La Drova for apartments, villas etc?Roughly speaking, and I mean very roughly, a three bed Villa with Pool, and a reasonable plot will range from around €210,000 to €300,000.  We also have a range of high end and luxury properties on larger plots which range in price up to 900,000 euros approx. Village houses without pools peak at around €170,000, and apartments in the Gandia area can be picked up for as little as €53,000.  There are also some great development opportunities available if you fancy a project, but some are not for the faint-hearted!. Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Barx or surrounding area?Do your homework, fix your price range and remember that you will need 10% purchase tax on top of the purchase price. Land registry, notary and solicitors fees will cost another 2% on top.  If you budget for 12% on top of the agreed sales price then this should cover all additional expenses.Decide what you are buying. Are you looking for a holiday home perhaps with rental income, or somewhere where you are going to live now, or in the future.Is crime an issue for expats?No, it is not an issue, but you would not leave your doors and windows open in the UK if you went out, so why do it here. There are isolated incidents, but very few and far between. If you are going to leave your villa unattended for long periods, it may be worth installing an alarm, or asking someone to pop by on a regular basis to check all is ok. The area is very safe, taking a walk along the main paseo in Gandia at 12 o'clock at night you will find young families, grandparents all taking a stroll, sat chatting, enjoying a drink, i certainly wouldn't feel safe doing this in the uk, in the uk there is a culture of closing the door at 7.00 pm and not going out, here we live an outdoor life and enjoy every minute of it!.  

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What are your favourite things to do in the area? The key to this part of Spain is the outdoor living, the scenery is spectacular and is just waiting to be explored. Gandia is steeped in history, has fantastic shopping areas, and is fabulous for people watching from any of the large number of cafes or bars along the Passeo or in the many small squares. However, the best part must be the nearly 5 miles of stunning, white sandy beaches that you find in and around Gandia, forget Florida, this is real, and you don’t have to queue to get a space.    The area is a mecca for cyclists of all ages, and there are some great mountain climbing areas too and ideal hiking countryside.  Various equestrian centres for horse back riding too.  The region has stunning scenery, pine clad mountains, rivers for fishing, streams, rock pools and waterfalls, something for everyone!. Many beautiful mountain walks or a stroll through the orange groves, a great place if you have pets and enjoy the countryside way of life.The 'Theatre Serrano' in Gandia is a beautiful building and has different productions throughout the year including Russian Ballet every December. The Casa De Cultura in Gandia city holds many cultural events all year – exhibitions, lectures and summer concerts held in the beautiful gardens in July and August (many are free).  The Borja Palace dates back to the 15th century,it is very grand and shows the lifestyle of the royal Borja's.  The Monastery of Sant Jeroni de Cotalba is near Marxuquera, beautiful to visit and dates back to 1388Water Sports. There are a huge selection of beaches to choose from, Daimus, Grau de Gandia are the closest beaches, jet skiing, wind surfing, dinghy sailing from the marina, kite surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking basically anything you can think of is just 15 minutes’ drive away. Also there is a yacht club called Club Nautica in Oliva.There are several equestrian centres in the area, you can have riding lessons, a hack through the orange groves or learn to drive a carriage or to do show jumping.There are several tennis clubs situated near the Grau de Gandia , Bellreguard, Alizira and is not just for tennis but Padel courts too. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities.Golf Club in Gandia is situated between Gandia and the beach of Grau de Gandia. 9 Holes with a putting green and practice range.  Also the most fantastic golf course called La Galiana which is only a 15/20 minute drive from La Drova with the most breathtaking scenery, a real favorite for people who live in the area.Shopping, Gandia is a city and has all the shops expected of a city, indoor shopping complexes with cinemas, Calle Major and streets off have around 800 different shops, Grau de Gandia for beach shopping and on the outskirts are the DIY shops such as Leroy Merlin, car showrooms, garden centres, Pet stores, basically various out of town shopping centres that have everything you need. There are a variety of markets also throughout the year in Gandia, a Medieval market and a huge market over the bridge at the end of the paseo every Saturday selling everything from leather goods, clothes to olives, spices, fruit and vegetables.   Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants? Locally you will not find a bad restaurant. If you like Pizza, Bar la Font is amazing, and they do takeaways too. A little further afield are Bar Puig Mola and La Vistetta, both are fantastic for Paella and a great Paella restaurant in La Drova too. In Gandia, our favourite is Visconte, Vinos y Mas, Sabor Arte, Telero , to name just a few, all serve great food and their 'menu del a dia's' (menu of the day) have a wonderful choice of good quality food at very reasonable prices, not forgetting the great quality Valencian wines available too.   Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend? There are countless villages and small towns, far too many to name, but if you are thinking of buying over here, give us a call, we will be more than happy to show you around.   Getting there – what are the roads and airports like? We prefer to fly into Valencia, but there are also flights into Alicante too from most major UK airports. The road links are great, Valencia is about 55 minutes away, with Alicante just over an hour. Forget the M25, the roads are normally very quiet, even in peak times.  Great thing about transport links to Valencia airport is that you can pick up a train in Gandia which takes you to the central Valencia Nord train station, and catch the metro just outside this station, which takes you straight into the airport terminal to catch your flight, which makes travelling back to the uk, or other European destinations very easy indeed.   What are the nearest international schools and how good are they? You will find that every major city in the area will have an international school we have one in Gandia , Xativa and Alzira. These will follow the UK  curriculum, a bit of research will pay dividends, the education standard is good.  There are also a selection of private Spanish Schools and Spanish state schools to chose from if required.  Gandia also has a University Campus that is attached to the University of Valencia.  

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Over the years I had been used to the inevitable trips to the North and South of Spain, and had very little knowledge of this area (the Costa Blanca North) the Costa Azahar, but I was probably converted after my very first visit!Below are some of the questions that people ask us. Where did you move to and how did you come to choose that area over others?We had already decided that we wanted to be close to Gandia. It is such a vibrant, and typically Spanish city, with many great communities within a short drive. We probably looked at 10 or so houses in areas within striking distance of the city, but finally settled for the first house that we had looked at in an Urbanisation called La Drova, in between two mountains (360 degree mountain views), and just outside the village of Barx.There is a great mix of nationalities who either live here permanently, or have second homes, and even though Barx is a very sleepy village (about 1200 residents) it has every facility that you may need, Doctor, Dentist, supermarkets, pharmacy………..and the locals are a really friendly bunch, and as you will find anywhere in Spain, even the most feeble attempts at speaking Spanish will be welcomed and encouraged! What insights from buying yourself did you learn in terms of giving important advice to others following in your footsteps?The most salient advice I could give is take your time. There is a wealth of property for sale so don’t get pressured into buying the first house that takes your fancy. That may sound a little like a Turkey voting for Christmas, but you would not rush into a house purchase in the UK, so try to use the same logic here.  There are many intricacies to the Spanish property market, although it isn’t hugely different to the UK, and a good Lawyer will be able to walk you through what you need to know. We have a fantastic Legal company that we use ourselves, so are more than happy to recommend them. Perhaps you could give us an overview of your area and explain the terms La Safor region and La Drova area so readers get a better picture?The La Safor region is the area of the coast that stretches from the bottom of the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Costa) down to Denia in the South. Within this area there are many villages and Urbanisations, La Drova, Marxuquera, Monte Pino, Santa Marta to name but a few. La Drova is essentially an area that sits on an old herding route between Gandia, and the monastery town of Simat, and lies about a mile away from Barx.  Talking Barx, what would you say would be the advantages to living there?Barx is the most wonderful, sleepy Spanish Village. While there is little English spoken here, in fact there isn’t a great deal of Spanish either, the local dialect is Valenciana, which I gather is akin to Catalan, but don’t tell the locals I told you that!The Village has everything you need on a day to day basis. There are several bar restaurants, with another couple that are just outside of the Village.  Valencia is 45 minutes away by car and a little less by train 35 mins, and Gandia is a 10 minute drive down the mountain (it is like driving through Switzerland - the scenery is breathtaking). La Drova / Barx is surrounded by mountains and spectacular scenery, and is very slightly cooler than further down towards the city which we are most grateful for in the very hot months as there is a small breeze and in 40 degrees is most welcoming, it is a real oasis of calm. The cost of living is really low too. Your weekly food bill is a fraction of the UK, you will probably only need heating for 3 months of the year, and the council tax for the year is between €350 and €450 for an average sized property.  Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?Although there are many facilities locally, it is a great advantage to have a car. There is so much to see and do if you can get out and about. Having said that, there is a fantastic community spirit in the area, and a great deal going on within a very short distance.  There are buses a few times a day that take you to and from Gandia. How does your area compare to well-known towns on the Costa del Sol or Costa Blanca?This is really like comparing Apples to Oranges. The Costa del Sol and the more popular parts of the Costa Blanca are more populous, and a little busier as a result. The La Safor region remains very Spanish, and if you choose to learn even a little of the language, you will find so much more open to you than in the more southerly areas. If you are considering renting your home during the holiday season, the area is still very popular, and you should be able to cover the costs of your house, and maybe make a few quid into the bargain. We are happy to advise on the best way of maximizing this. The area is also a little more temperate, green and lush and has a micro climate which makes it one of the healthiest places to live in Spain, and not as arid as many of the more southerly destinations. 

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Fantastic real estate company, went out with 3 other companies, looking in the area to purchase a property and FOR SALE BY SALLY IN SPAIN was by far the best agency, the most efficient, professional and knowledgeable and helpful with all our re-location needs. The recommendations they gave us for solicitors and foreign exchange companies were great (they actually saved me over 4000 euros).

We were so excited with our new purchase in Spain and FOR SALE BY SALLY IN SPAIN helped us with everything, making the move stress free and seamless, can't thank them enough! We know its location, location, location but for us it was after sales, after sales, after sales as well and they were brilliant. Their knowledge of the rental market and the help they gave us , with templates, pricing, a large pdf on how to market and keep our villa fully booked, this was invaluable.

We were quite nervous about purchasing in Spain but the agency provided us with very good recommendations and their knowledge about the area was very important to us. They held our hand throughout the buying process and nothing was too much trouble and even afterwards were quick to react to any questions and find answers for us. Wouldn't hesitate in recommending the company to our friends.

Sally and her team were amazing. From the moment we contacted them they were so helpful, they helped narrow down our list of properties to the most suitable ones, took us on numerous viewings. They were always able to help with any questions we had throughout the buying process. They provided expert knowledge on the region, Spanish property buying quirks and recommendations for experts to help. Sally is so proactive, diligent and professional. Since we have owned our property the service is still the same and they are always on call to answer and questions and support us. I would recommend Sally and her team to anybody considering buying a house in Spain!!.

“After viewing several houses on the south coast we ventured to Gandia and instantly fell in love with the location, thankfully Sally and Colin worked in that area because without their patience and insight to the area I would have been sold something I would have regretted. After viewing 10 places in the area with various agents it became apparent that Sally's company just wanted me to have the right place for me not the place they wanted to sell me. The assistance that was given was totally invaluable, they had my best interest at heart over their own. The house is now mine and they are still helping me out – totally priceless!!! . Without them and their contacts I would have been totally lost and never got my place in the sun – thank you so much”

“After viewing several houses on the south coast we ventured to Gandia and instantly fell in love with the location, thankfully Sally and Colin worked in that area because without their patience and insight to the area I would have been sold something I would have regretted. After viewing 10 places in the area with various agents it became apparent that Sally's company just wanted me to have the right place for me not the place they wanted to sell me. The assistance that was given was totally invaluable, they had my best interest at heart over their own. The house is now mine and they are still helping me out – totally priceless!!! . Without them and their contacts I would have been totally lost and never got my place in the sun – thank you so much”

What a team. “Muy simpatico”. In our experience, they are hard working, straight talking and conscientious, making good use of their expert knowledge of the local market, especially in rural areas. They clearly recognised the key benefits and potential of the property and more particularly its location, matching these only to suitable, international buyers, with the right budget. Their liaison skills, between seller and buyer, showed a remarkable understanding and tolerance of the detailed needs of both, contributing much to successful completion.

What a team. “Muy simpatico”. In our experience, they are hard working, straight talking and conscientious, making good use of their expert knowledge of the local market, especially in rural areas. They clearly recognised the key benefits and potential of the property and more particularly its location, matching these only to suitable, international buyers, with the right budget. Their liaison skills, between seller and buyer, showed a remarkable understanding and tolerance of the detailed needs of both, contributing much to successful completion.

On our way home we were talking about the purchase process. House buying is supposed to be one of the more traumatic experiences and in a foreign country that is meant to be worse. We both feel that the help and support during the house buying process made the whole experience relaxed and enjoyable!. Thanks again for all your help with everything, we really appreciate it!. Now the proud owners of a property in Espana!.

Just to say how refreshing reassuring and comfortable it was to meet with your team today, we found richard and Deana to be sincere and down to earth, professional and knowledgeable and explained everything to us clearly and most of all they gave both Lenny and myself time to talk and also to answer all our queries, we both feel that your company will work closely with us throughout our sales process, thank you !

Sally and her colleagues/team provided an exceptionally professional service both in marketing our villa and recommending improvements to improve its sale-ability. Our villa had been on the market for 11 months with three other local estate agents without a single viewing before we gave the sole agency to Sally. Within 2 weeks we had had our first viewing and interested buyers came on a regular basis until a buyer was found 6 months later. Sally’s attention to detail and excellent local knowledge enabled us to sell the large villa very quickly in what was a difficult market. Sally provided a top class personal service and worked enthusiastically with us in finding a buyer and smoothing the path though the sometimes complex Spanish legal system. Nothing was too much trouble for her, including making arrangements for non-contractual matters while we were out of the country. We cannot recommend FOR SALE BY SALLY IN SPAIN and their fantastic service highly enough.

Having sold our property in Spain we found after only a few months how much we missed it. Searching through properties on the internet I was impressed by those offered by For Sale By Sally in Spain, as it showed a great deal re the apartment we succeeded in buying. Rather than wasting a flight to come and see for ourselves initially we were able to look closely what was available within our price range in some detail. This allowed us to be open minded but stick to our criteria. She had good knowledge of the property and the area which has helped us immensely. Sally was particularly helpful in her availability to negotiate with the Spanish owner and arrange 2 viewings in the same week. Decision made. However it did not stop there, Sally offered guidance on a solicitor ( with whom we remain very impressed by) and made herself available when we had a teething problem ( as you do with most properties). I only give praise and thanks when I feel it is appropriate and earnt. Sally gets thanks and praise for “going the extra mile” . We are very happy with our apartment.

A thank you and well done in taking up the challenge of selling our villa – you really did yourselves proud as an estate agency. I think between you and Colin you both can achieve most things, and we appreciate your candour and straight talking professionalism and ‘can do’ attitude which is very refreshing and obviously achieves great results. Be proud of yourselves, we needed to sell and you delivered. Barry & I would like to thank you for your positive & valued assistance in bringing this sale to completion. Good Luck for the future

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WE RUN AN ENGLISH ESTATE AGENCY SELLING SPANISH PROPERTIES IN THIS BEAUTIFUL VALENCIAN REGION OF SPAIN, the La Safor Region (Orange blossom Coast). WE ARE EXPERIENCED AT HELPING CLIENTS BUY, SELL AND RENT PROPERTIES AND HAVE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE WE CAME TO SPAIN 16 YEARS AGO, THIS ENABLES YOU TO PURCHASE THROUGH US WITH SAFETY GUARANTEED!! PRICE PROMISE - IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT YOU FIND A PROPERTY ADVERTISED CHEAPER ON ANOTHER WEBSITE THEN WE WILL MATCH THE PRICE  (ERRORS ARE AN EXCEPTION) Our company is a legally registered estate agency in Spain called Smart Move 2 Spain, S.L (B98647670) trading as FOR SALE BY SALLY IN SPAIN. Myself and my team are here to help you purchase the most suitable property for your needs (please read our customer testimonials). We cover a wide area (Gandia area within a 60 minute radius and inland) some of the areas we cover are Gandia, Marxuquera, Alfauir, Rotova, Almisera, Benicolet, Castello de Rugat, Terrateig, Montichevlo, L'olleria,  Oliva, Pego, Monte Pego, Orba, Sagra, Pedreguer ,Simat, Barxeta, ,Tavernes de Valldigna, Tavernes, Bixquert, Genoves, Ontinyent, Alcoy de Muro, Canals, Xativa, Alzira, Alberic etc. After a sale has been agreed we will be your contact through to completion and help with any after sales queries or help that is needed with services, recommended tradesmen etc.  So we offer a complete service from start to finish and also cover a large area within the Valencian region.We are focused on providing a high quality service and customer satisfaction is important to us, whether buying or selling!We will do everything possible to meet your  expectations.Our belief is that our clients needs are of the utmost importance and we are committed in meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from word of mouth and referrals along with our extensive advertising on all the main national and international web portals along with social media.For Buyers - We only take on the best priced properties where owners are keen to sell, we offer a very diverse selection of properties which we will match with your criteria in order to find you the perfect villa!.   We offer a more personal approach to finding a dream home.  Part of our package for buyers is that we can help (if required) with solicitors, healthcare, professional tradesmen etc. You pay us nothing for our services, the sellers pay our commission. With a variety of properties to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us.For Sellers - We offer you a personal service and when we visit your property we will give you our personal opinion on what price you should market property at in order to sell and other advice with regards to selling property (house doctor).  We are here to help if needed with organizing the paperwork side with regards to a sale. We will always try to give you feedback by email after any viewings whether positive or negative. When arranging appointments we will try and keep to a time, if we get delayed we will call you. We operate on a 'no sale, no fee' basis, so you have nothing to loose!.For Us the perfect scenario is happy buyers and happy sellers and we as a company always strive to achieve this!Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us at , we are here to help!ENGERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATESPLEASE NOTE: ALL PROPERTIES ADVERTISED ON MY WEBSITE HAVE EITHER APPLIED FOR AN (EPC CERTIFICATE) WHICH IS AN 'ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE', OR HAVE AN EPC CERTIFICATE.

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