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Already a popular destination on the Costa del Sol, Estepona is blossoming as house-hunters and investors fall for its natural attractions and good governance. Andalusia’s Costa del Sol, or Sunshine Coast, is one of the most privileged places in the world to live, with its unbeatable climate – the best in Europe – popular beaches, spectacular landscapes, first-world infrastructure, healthcare, stability, and enviable lifestyle. The Costa del Sol has it all, which is why 240,000 foreigners, including 51,000 expats from the UK, have chosen to make it their home, and millions of tourists visit each year. Marbella helped put the region on the map, but Estepona is set to benefit the most There’s no denying the role that Marbella played in helping to put the Costa del Sol on the map. The jet-set crowd that came to Marbella from the very beginning gave the town a glamorous reputation, and lots of publicity that helped develop the tourist business and local economy. But, sadly, Marbella has a long history of town planning problems that have yet to be resolved. This has paralysed Marbella, leaving it stuck in the past and unable to evolve and develop its potential. Marbella’s self-inflicted woes are proving to be a boon for the neighbouring municipality of Estepona, just to the west of Marbella, including an area known locally as the ‘New Golden Mile’, which runs from San Pedro de Alcántara to Estepona town itself. It’s called the New Golden Mile because it’s an extension of the original Golden Mile between Marbella and Puerto Banús, and is emerging as a seaside strip of highly sought-after real estate. Estepona has the same natural attractions as Marbella, but without the planning problems. The town council is business friendly and transparent, keen to develop the town’s potential, creating jobs and a strong local economy. Good governance is attracting investors and house hunters who can’t stomach the uncertainty in Marbella. The difference between Estepona and Marbella shows how important good governance is in creating value for a town and its community. Estepona has other advantages over Marbella. The coast is less developed, the beaches less crowded, and the cost of living lower. And anyway, it’s easy to enjoy Marbella’s attractions from the New Golden Mile (15 minutes by car) or Estepona (half an hour) and then retreat back to Estepona’s more laid back atmosphere. That said, Estepona is no sleepy backwater anymore, with its own happening places like Puro Beach Club at Laguna Village, and all the amenities you could want, including leading supermarket chains like Lidl and Carrefour. Vote of Confidence in Estepona A clear sign of Estepona’s promising future can be seen in the investors it is attracting. A big vote of confidence comes from AEDAS Homes, Spain’s leading residential property developer, and a publicly-listed company (traded on the Madrid Stock Exchange) run along international management lines. Backed by one of the world’s biggest funds from the US – AEDAS Homes does a thorough analysis before investing in any location. With many new projects in Spain’s main cities already underway, AEDAS Homes has chosen Estepona for the first two of its developments on the coast aimed at local and international buyers, including its flagship Vanian Green Village development on the New Golden Mile, offering 285 energy-efficient, designer apartments with communal gardens and pool. If a company like AEDAS Homes, with all the resources it dedicates to analysing the potential of a location, is investing in Estepona, other investors should take note.

Spain ranked second best for first time buyers

A recent report by the UK relocation service Movehub has ranked Spain as the second best country for first time buyers to purchase property.

Analysing a total of 33 different countries to determine the best countries for first time buyers to purchase property, property pricing data f.....

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Latest phase of Costa del Sol’s coastal walkway gets go ahead

The latest phase of the Senda Litoral de Málaga, the coastal pathway which will stretch the entire Costa del Sol from Nerja to Manilva, has been given the go ahead.

The ambitious project to create a seafront promenade that runs the entire province of Málaga, utilising existing seafro.....

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British presence in Spain valued by Spanish government

Addressing members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Marbella, Simon Manley, the British ambassador to Spain, moved to reassure those in attendance that the relationship between the UK and Spain would not be damaged by Brexit.

The ambassador expressed confidence that the Costa de.....

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HIG Capital invests in Costa del Sol property portfolio

The enduring attraction of investing in Spanish property shows no sign of diminishing following the latest announcement from HIG Capital.

An affiliate of leading global private equity and alternative investment firm has completed an investment in a real estate asset comprising of the.....

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Increase in building licence approvals as property market recovery continues

Both Málaga city and Málaga province which includes the Costa del Sol saw increased numbers of building licence approvals throughout 2016.

Málaga city saw the number of approved projects increase by 16.3% on the previous year with a total of 8,430 building licences being granted. Wit.....

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Spain boasts worlds second highest life expectancy

The benefits of a healthy Mediterranean diet and lifestyle have long been known, however new figures prove that Spain has the second highest life expectancy globally, narrowly missing out on first place to Japan.

The latest data released by the OECD reveals that the country has more .....

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Spanish property price rises predicted to gain momentum over next four years

According to R.R. Acuña & Asociados in their 20th annual assessment of the Spanish property market, the annual rate of increase in property prices will rise to around 5% by 2018, where it will remain until 2020.

Following a steady increase throughout 2016 which saw prices.....

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Strong 2017 forecast for Spanish property market

Following a positively uplifting 2016 in which the Spanish property market saw a real turn around, what does 2017 have in store?

Despite the surprise outcome of the Brexit vote in the UK, ongoing political turmoil in Europe and the rest of the world plus a period of almost no govern.....

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