If you have seen any aerial videos you will understand that showcasing a property from the air can look stunning and show off not only the house and land from a different perspective but also the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Buyer’s love them and it can be another tool to help sell your house!
SO AN EXCLUSIVE SALES OPPORTUNITY for motivated sellers!
It’s early days with this area of photography and video but for sure some properties are ripe for aerials. We look forward to helping you sell your house.
» Contact our Office in Hondon de los Frailes if you are interested and motivated to sell your house with the No.1 agent in the area.
*Commercial drone flights are subject to a some flight restrictions, a safety audit of the property location, insurance and suitable sales conditions – ask us for details. Commercial Drones Pilots need a licence to fly, 4 days minimum training, a medical certificate and liability insurance.
The Hondón Valley is to have a bumper grape harvest despite the reported activities of high numbers of wild rabbits!
Harvest time does seem to vary a lot across the Hondon valley and the Costa Blanca. Near Hondón de las Nieves it seems to be anywhere between September and New Year. The late grapes are used for the New Year Celebrations when the Spanish tradition is to eat “12 grapes and drink cava” to the toll of the midnight bells.
The grape harvest creates about 10,000 temporary jobs across the Costa Blanca and local growers have had a good year, despite a new “plague” of wild rabbits which have threatened the harvest in some areas. The early and heavy spring rains and glorious summer sun has created some fat juicy grapes this year. The farmers are generally happy. Although many acres have been changed to more profitable market garden crops such as spring onions and chillies in recent years.
You will see millions & millions of grapes wrapped in paper bags to protect the grapes until they are picked from September onwards. Last year production in the Hondón region was more than 40,000 tons according to the Spanish newspaper “La Informacion”.
SO EAT MORE GRAPES – They are good for you and the local economy!
Our IT people are telling us that our very own Hondon Villas websites have passed the 1.5 million visitors mark. INCREDIBLE to think we are such a small area and a real estate niche for inland Spain.
To think that when we arrived in Hondon, Spain 13 years ago, there was no information on the web about the Hondón Valley. (even Google hadn’t found it back then LOL!) Yet the area still retains the same Spanish charm and has changed little really. For sellers this is great news as the local economy thrives on property sales and a new influx of buyers looking for that typically tranquil Spanish country lifestyle.
What’s more… that figure does no include the 10,000’s of visitors to our international portals and marketing partners, like A Place in the Sun, Right Move, Kyero, Prime Location and more. WOW again!
So selling through Hondon Villas gets you plenty of exposure, maybe that’s one of the reasons why we sell more houses in the area than any other local agent!
On the night of the 13th of August, Elche celebrates la Nit de l’Albà…
AMAZING! CRAZY …. 1000’s of rockets and the finale “La Palma” is beyond words … the biggest firework you will ever see launched from the main Basilica. If you have not been THEN GO! … or go again but get there very early has Elche is crammed full around the old town.
On that night, you’ll witness thousands of fireworks and the night sky is ablaze with light, colour and sound.
This is a highly characteristic festival of the city and has its origin in the Middle Ages, where families used to make offerings to the Virgin by way of a rocket launched for each of their respective children. Currently, that tradition has turned into the setting off of hundreds of palm style fireworks that are launched in a coordinated and alternating way from different points of the city. Furthermore, the citizens purchase and set off fireworks individually and in a spontaneous fashion during the shower of light that characterises the “night of fire”.
The rockets and the fireworks take place at about 23:00 onwards and cease barely minutes before the clock strikes midnight. At that moment, the fireworks cease and the lights of the city are turned off and the people of Elche wait in silence for the culminating moment of the night, while in the background we can hear the most significant musical fragment of the Misteri d’Elx: “the Gloria Patri”. Amidst the utter darkness of the night, we see the Palm of the Virgin, a huge palm represented by white light which is launched from the Basilica of Santa María, and which for some seconds, lights up the skies, above the city of Elche magnificently.
After this magic moment, the light come back on and in the tower of the Basilica, a small “virgin of fire” appears as we listen to the famous habanera “Aromas ilicitanos” and all of the local folk join in and sing it from their terraces and balconies.
To conclude, there is a tradition of celebrating the end by eating watermelon. Some locals will continue to set off fireworks well into the night. Other locals, the most daring, will participate in the traditional “guerra de carretillas”, a mock fight with firecrackers in a place in the town centre specially fenced for it, only for those who are passionate about fire.
Hondon Villas are proud to be a member (5 years running) of the AIPP, an established organisation aiming to improve the standards of Real Estate services across the globe.
Our service is based on the AIPP’s code of conduct for Realtors.
In fact we believe we always aim to go beyond every other agent’s service standard! Maureen Cook, the director of Hondon Villas is passionate about making buyers and sellers happy WITH NO PRESSURE and her amiable and honest approach to real estate services. (Read the testimonials here)
Buyers & property owners using an AIPP trade member benefit from unique assurances not available through non-AIPP members or far too many car-only based agents.
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Members include estate agents, property developers, lawyers, financial services, media & others. All have signed-up to the AIPP code of conduct and clients of Business Members are covered by the leading UK Property Ombudsman service.
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This is an extremely well maintained and presented detached double storey villa with private swimming pool… ready to move-in! And within walking distance to Aspe, close to shops, bars, restaurants and the medical centre.
Key Property Points
Detached Villa • Private Swimming Pool • Lounge/Dining Room • Kitchen/Dining Room • Guest cloakroom/W.C • Master bedroom + en-suite bathroom • Dressing room • Two double bedrooms • Family bathroom • Storage shed/garage • Fully enclosed • Electric gate + pedestrian gate • Hot&Cold A/C • Fly nets throughout • Sky TV • Burglar alarm •
This lovely villa has many features (extra security methods on windows, doors and gate, guttering, a gas house, new boiler, intercom, ceiling fans in bedrooms and more) and is presented in show house condition.
We strongly recommend an early viewing!
Aspe is a buzzing town with all services required, including its very own medical centre, bus station, town hall and many shops and supermarkets. Every day there is an indoor market and an additional street market twice weekly. Aspe also has great access to motorway links, and is only a 5-10 minute drive to two golf courses!
Detached Country Villa • Tranquil Area • 5 minutes to Villages & Shops • Large Private Pool • Large Fitted Kitchen • Open Plan Lounge/Dining Room • 5 Spacious Bedrooms (2 floors) • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Outside BBQ Terrace and Kitchen • Mature Gardens and Land • 360 Mountain Views
Hondon Villas offer this Exclusive Listing and are delighted to bring onto the market this stunning individually designed detached double storey villa. We strongly recommend viewings on this property. The villa offers a good living space with an open plan lounge / dining room with a large log burner and a very large fully fitted quality kitchen. The villa is designed to a high standard. There are a total of 4 bedrooms on the ground floor. The master bedroom has en suite and a dressing area. The bedroom in the upper floor has an amazing mountain view balcony. The property also benefits from central heating, security shutters and ceiling fans. Outside is a private pool, an outside kitchen and shower room. With ample outdoor space for entertaining.
Aerial Videos* by a registered & qualified AESA legal with insured Drone Pilot.
*Hondon Villas are the first local agent to use aerial videography to promote our property portfolio. Contact our office if you are interested in an exclusive sales contract to include aerial video.
Peaceful, Friendly, Warm and surrounded by Scenic Beauty.
The main two villages of Hondon de las Nieves and Hondon de los Frailes nest in the beautiful Hondon Valley. For decades they have grown an abundance of agricultural delights such as Grapes, Almonds and Olives (the main economy).
Hondon’s Grapes & Almonds
The area is well known for its Grape Vines, Wine and Almond Groves. It is sometimes called ‘The Valley of the Vines’. For the ramblers the mountain climb / walks are a superb way of experiencing fresh air, exercise, rural Spain and incredible vistas.
Hondon is surrounded by an expanse of stunning mountain views and traditional arid Spanish countryside. These excellent vistas are a delight in all seasons! Take a walk or drive through the country roads and you will just marvel at the changing light, shadows and picturesque skies.
The Hondon Valley is well known for its mild climate and pleasant summer breezes, which is very welcoming in those hot summer months when temperatures rarely fall below 30 degrees. The region enjoys sunshine in excess of 310 days per year, where the air is very clean and the pace of life slow. Hondon offers a very peaceful and stress free life.
Come take a look at the Valley of the Vines, drink the local wine under the bluest of skies and feel the warmth of the Spanish sun on your face … and you’re hooked! We were! We love it!
Spain, part of Europe, is south of France and Portugal but north of Africa. It nestles between the the great Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The latter being a major magnet for it’s key tourism industry. Spain consists of most of the mainland Iberian peninsula, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and two North African enclaves. The capital of Spain is Madrid (central Spain). The population is around 46 million people.
Spain has a long and very diverse history and culture. It is made up of a rich mix of diverse elements, climates and terrain from north to south.
Known for their historic exploration, seafaring and conquest, the Spanish became a world power in the 16th century, and it maintained a vast overseas empire until the early 19th century. However, Spain’s more recent history is marked by the bitterly fought Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, and the ensuing 36-year dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Franco died in 1975, which enabled Spain to transition into a democratic state, built a successful economy and the King Juan Carlos as head of state.
Geography and Regions
Spain’s provincial picture is a complex and evolving one. The country is divided into 17 regions which all have their own directly elected authorities and varying levels of autonomy and powers. If you travel across Spain you’ll hear different dialects. The constitution of 1978 enshrines respect for this linguistic and cultural diversity. For example, Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia have a special status with their own language and other rights.
The Hondon Valley and nearby Albatera are inland of the Alicante region of the Comunidad Valenciana, a vast coastal and inland area, boasting the Costa Blanca South and North. It is a one of the most popular regions for Spanish Tourism and property development boom.
“The weather is sublime, the Spanish are so welcoming and kind, the mountains are stunning and we have fab restaurants and a wonderful community of Brits, Dutch and other nationalities. There are so many social activities too. The coast is never far away. We feel very fortunate to have found this place to live”. says Janni (Hondon Valley)
Renowned for the “Mediterranean Diet” the Spanish love their fish, olive oil, tapas and fresh produce. The medical journal, Lancet, according to a European League Table over a 20 year period, Spain is the healthiest place to live in Europe.
Mariano Rajoy is the current (2018) Prime Minister of Spain. He is head of the conservative Popular Party and took office in late 2011. Pre-crash (2008-9) the Spanish economy was of the most powerful in the EU. But their key industries of tourism and real estate development were hit hard by the economic crash causing a severe recession and by the spring of 2013 unemployment had risen to a peak of 27%. Many Expats returned home after losing their jobs or business. Many lost €10,000s on property investments.
Austerity measures were needed and imposed by the government in an effort to reduce the level of public debt. Hard times ahead indeed, but by 2013 these measures started to reap the benefit with more jobs, tourists returning and construction starting again.
Tourism is the 3rd major contributor to the national economy. Ever since the 1960s and 1970s, the country has been a popular destination for summer holidays. The main Costas along the Med’ Sea saw unprecedented and rapid property, golf courses and hotel development. 2017 was another record year for Tourism in Spain and the projections are that 2018 will be even bigger.
We live here so we know the reasons people come to Spain year-after-year, often tempting people the buy a property for emigration or a holiday home. The Hondon Valley is very popular with Expat Brits, Dutch and Belgiques who have made homes in the campo and the upmarket Urb La Montanosa, near Hondon de las Nieves.
Spanish Arts & Sport
Spain has has a long and proud past of traditions in art, music, crafts and cinema…. e.g Painters such as Velazquez in the seventeenth century, through Goya straddling the eighteenth and nineteenth, to Picasso in the twentieth.
Flamenco music and dance are widely admired around the world and can still be heard in many bars and theatres. While Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote is one of the most popular ever written.
Cinema is much loved and the films of directors such as Pedro Almodovar attract huge audiences.
And of course Spain has one of the best and most fanatical football leagues in Europe.
Fiestas and Holidays
Spain is renowned for it’s colourful and lively festivals all-year-round. But summer is the best time to see and enjoy what the Spaniards do best … PARTY!! A large number of festivals (or fiestas) are held in Spain and the Costa Blanca plays a leading role. Most festivals have a religious element to them, particularly around Easter time, but they are also held regularly throughout the year. Each town and village adds its own distinctive flavour to the celebrations, but common themes of life, colour, culture, music and dance will never be far away.
Welcome to Spain … it’s what you make it so enjoy it’s diverse offerings. We do, we love it!