If you have succumbed to the charms of the Southern Spain, you are not alone, the number of international buyers reached record levels in 2022, with the Costa del Sol registering 135,794 foreign buyers (MITMA).
Of course, when we talk about the Costa del Sol most people imagine the hustle and bustle of the coastal towns and cities such as Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella. However, you may not realise that there is a whole world of Spanish country house for sale and beautiful unspoiled countryside literally just a short drive from the coast. So, before you start searching for villas or apartments for sale on the Costa del Sol, we want to open your eyes to the many exclusive real estate listings and the benefits of buying inland Spanish properties.
Malaga inland villages
The first step is to identify the areas where you can inland property for sale in Andalucia, and more specifically the Costa del Sol. As specialists in selling inland Spanish properties, Grapevine Properties covers 16 different inland areas, ranging from the little known town of Carratraca with a population of only 850 to the larger and much more widely known Alhaurín el Grande or Mijas Pueblo, located 430m above sea level, yet just 12kms from la Cala beach, and many other in between such as Tolox, Monda and Ojen located very close to Marbella.
Why consider buying a rural house?
Whether to choose town or country is a common dilemma and the answer often relies upon a number of factors, for example the purpose of the property, lifestyle, budget and of course preference. Here are five benefits of country living that could help you decide whether you should be searching for the perfect villa for sale in Spain with a private pool or your search should also include the addition requirement of an inland location.
- Cheaper prices
The most important factor in any property search is establishing your budget, how much you can spend will inform every aspect of your property search. You will get much more value for your hard-earned cash when buying inland Spanish properties, this is clearly illustrated if we compare the inland town of Alhaurín el Grande and the coastal hotspots of the Golden Triangle (Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís).
According to Indomi.es property price calculator for February 2023, Alhaurin el Grande’s average property price is 2,016€ per square metre. This is an extremely vibrant inland town which is extremely popular with overseas buyers, due to superb amenities (including golf courses), proximity to Malaga city and the beach, plus of course the relatively low property prices. Now let’s look at the average price for property in central Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís, which are much higher at 3,880€, 3,061€ and 4,516€ per square metre respectively.
- 2. Get more for your money
We have already established that prices are cheaper inland, so let’s look at how much more you can get for your budget when you buy inland property. A stunning detached 4 bedroom villa with a private swimming pool, amazing views, and a plot of land complete with citrus fruit, can be purchased in Alhaurín el Grande for 695,000€. Whereas you would be lucky the same house for double or even triple the price Puerto Banús!
- 3. You’re closer than you think…
The concept of living inland can be a little scary for some, as it suggests that you are out in the middle of nowhere. However, this doesn’t mean that you are cut-off, the entire Costa del Sol is blessed with an excellent infrastructure and there have been many EU funded improvements. There are excellent travel links throughout the region, allowing for easy access to Malaga city, for those who wish to enjoy the peace of the countryside and commute to work. There is also the bonus that no matter where you are, the beach is never very far away. Without travelling too far (just a short trip in the car) you can spend a day at the beach, enjoy the glitz and glamour of the coastal towns and beaches.
- 4. Privacy and peace
Of the 135,794 foreigners who bought property on the Costa del Sol in 2022, most will have headed to the coastal towns, but if you drive 30 minutes inland you can enjoy a more tranquil and relaxed way of life.
You don’t need to compromise on style, luxury or quality when living inland, it is possible to find exclusive prestigious properties with the added bonus of guaranteed peace, quiet and complete privacy. This Andalusian style hacienda in Mijas is surrounded by mountain ranges, yet it is just 10 minutes from the beach!
- 5. Fresh air, healthier lifestyle
It doesn’t matter where you are, when in the countryside, life seems to be lived at a much slower pace. The fresh air and surrounding countryside provide the opportunity to enjoy a healthier outdoor life, exploring the flora and fauna, of olive and almond groves, wildlife, rivers and lakes. Whether you enjoy hiking, horse riding, cycling or simply taking it easy and breathing in the tranquility, nothing beats country living.
These are just a few of the reasons that buyers have taken the plunge to purchase inland Spanish property. If you would like more information about the inland areas in Malaga province and property for sale on the Costa del Sol, visit www.grapevine-properties.com or email [email protected]