Elche, City of Culture and Fiestas

Elche (Elx) is well worth the visit. it’s only 20 minutes from the Hondon Valley, so our nearest city. As well as an vast array of modern shops and services you’d expect in a city it’s  clean, beautiful (“The City of a Million Palms“) and offers a rich historic culture.

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Steeped in religious history, Elche has centuries of architecture, museums, a central park & old rambla with more than enough varieties of palm trees to keep you intrigued for an afternoon. This Palm Grove is just one of Elche’s three cultural assets registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

But Elche’s centrepiece has to be the Basilica De Santa Maria, a landmark church built over the ruins of a Muslim mosque in the city centre. It features an ornate baroque portal with square towers. It was built in various stages from mid 14th century after the Christians conquered the Moors long before (1265).

You will see many copy busts of La Dama (The Lady of Elche) around the city. She has a unique headdress. There’s a painted one at Alicante Airport too. Discovered in 1897 at L’Alcúdia, an archaeological site on a private estate two kilometres south of Elche, now a museum and worth a visit. The original bust is kept in the National Archaeological Museum of Madrid. The fiesta day of Our Lady of the Assumption is on the 15th August

The lady of Elx
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In August you can see The Mystery Play, or Festa d’Elx, the most authentic symbol of the city´s identity. It is a chanted drama of mediaeval origins and performed in the City’s Basilica. It’s a sacred part of the local heritage. Check YouTube for footage.

If you want a real taste of Elche life of old then visit the Museum of Pusol. Created in 1969, as a celebration of local rural trades, crafts, farming, traditions and the environment of the Campo de Elche. They have interactive workshops, events and historic exhibits. Many Spanish schools use this in their history curriculum.

Thousand’s will gather to watch and take part in Palm Sunday. Locals parade their carved white palms from Elche’s Palm Grove to the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Also popular is La Burreta and Easter Sunday, when millions of little pieces of coloured paper, known as Hallelujahs are showered onto the image of the Resurrected Jesus. Search YouTube for “Procesión Aleluyas Elche“.

Also in August, in addition to the Moors and Christians Festival, which recalls the conquest of the city by the troops of King Jaime I in 1265, is the Nit de L’Albà, on the night of the 13th August and la Nit de la Roà, in the early hours of the 14th and 15th, which take place on the same dates as the performances of the Mystery Play of Elche. THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED if you like lots of fireworks… the finale display “Palmeral de la Virgen” is an awesome sight… a firework launched from the Basilica so big and spectacular people oooh and aaaah in awe!

In December, with the celebration of the Coming of the Virgin, the origins of the Mystery Play are commemorated, when the legendary, sacred image of the Virgin Mary, arrived by sea in an ar brought by the coastguard Francesc Cantó, who on his horse  gallops the city to announce the good news.

And there is much, much more to see and do in Elche. Go and immerse yourself in the festivals, the sights, the history and its people. Enjoy yourselves with the men and women who make possible one of the richest festival programmes in Spain.

» Elche main Tourist Information

621 Hondon Villas Have Sold Again

Hondon Villas are pleased to bring onto the market for sale this impressive country style villa in Barbarroja, offering 360 degree mountain views, and over looking the olive tree fields and more.

The villa itself comprises of a fitted kitchen with central island, large lounge with a fireplace, 6 bedrooms, 4 of which have there own en-suites and 2 have there own balcony and also a family bathroom.

At the back of the house is a separate casita with its own private entrance comprising of a bedroom, kitchenette, lounge (which could be a 2nd bedroom) and 2 bathrooms. This provides further guest accommodation.

Outside is an impressive plot of 12,000m2 with a private swimming pool and ample seating areas over looking some truly stunning views. The previous owners have gravelled the gardens and planted trees and shrubs.

The villa benefits from air conditioning, central heating and solar panels.

Must be viewed to be fully appreciated.

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Testimonial: Hondon Villas… what lovely people.

Welcome to the NEW Hondon Villas office!

Hondon Villas… what lovely people. A step above the others in their community of Hondón Estate Agents.

Maureen Cook, the good humoured gentle boss who always has a smile on her face is ready to listen to and solve your problem. The expert group of professionals around her, nice people, treating their clients with respect and good manners.

So CONGRATULATIONS on the opening of your new office in Hondón de las Nieves from which, without a doubt, clients new and old will be welcomed, and their property needs, what ever it is, will be dealt with promptly and efficiently. We wish them well.
– Percy and Jean Chattey

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Business Hours / Horas de Trabajo

  • Monday to Friday (Lunas a Viernes) 10.00 – 17.00
  • Saturday & Sunday / Sábado y Domingo
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  • FRAILES OFFICE (0034) 965 075 357
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Learn about Spanish Property Paperwork

bnr-hondon-property-epcBuying or Selling, you need to know more about the Spanish Property Paperwork you should have or consider? The Kyero quick guide can help…

Before signing anything there are some important pieces of paper you and your lawyer should have a look at the following paperwork and requirments.

1) The Escritura Publica and Nota Simple: The Escritura Publica is the registered title deed of the property. It is entered in the ‘Registro de la Propiedad’, the Property Registry, and is the only guarantee of title in Spain. It contains a description of the property, the details of the owner and any mortgages or legal claims that exist against the property. This document is important because it tells you if the seller is the owner of the property being sold. A nota simple contains further details of any mortgages or charges against the property and is also available from the Registry.

2) The IBI receipt: Before purchasing a resale (not new) Spanish property check out the ‘lmpuesto sobre Bienes lnmuebles’, or IBI, which is the municipal property tax. Ideally, you’ll be able to see the IBI receipts for the last five years because that is the limit of liability for unpaid back taxes and is attached to the property, not the owner. A new property bought from a developer will not have an IBI receipt (because it has never been ‘owned’) so it will be your responsibility to register the property for this tax.

3) The Referencia Catastral: Every property sale must quote the ‘Referencia Catastral’ of the property in question. The Catastro is another system of property registration in Spain, concentrating on the location, physical description and boundaries of the property. While the Property Registry focuses almost exclusively on ownership and title, the Catastro is concerned with property valuation.

These two systems do not communicate with each other, and it is common to find that the catastral description of a property differs greatly from the one in the Property Registry. It is a good idea to request the actual certificate from the Catastro with a full description of the property. The certificate is in two parts, one being a description of the property and the other being either a plan or an aerial photograph.

4) Community fees, statutes and minutes of the AGM: This only applies if you are buying a property in an urbanisation or where there are some ‘communal’ resources, shared amongst a number of properties. These are the fees charged by the ‘Comunidad de Propietarios’, the Community of Property Owners, a legal body that controls all the elements held in common; the lift, gardens and pool for example. Each owner is assigned a quota, or percentage of the expenses which, by law, must be paid.

5) Utility bills: These assure you that the bills are paid and also provide an idea of what the running costs of the property will be.

6) EPC (Energy Performance Certificate): The EPC (energy performance certificate) is a report that describes how efficient a home is in terms of energy consumption and also gives recommendations on how to save money and make your home more efficient. It assigns an energy rating to each home on a scale which ranges from “A” (the most efficient) to “G” (the less efficient). The EPC law is  approved and it came into force on the 1st of June, 2013. It is obligatory for all sellers and lessors who are advertising their property for sale or rent. At the completion of the sale The Notary will ask to see the original EPC. When buying a home you should get the EPC for that property and it’s rating. If you are selling you should obtain one.

7) Misc: If you are buying a property in an urbanisation, make sure that it is legal and registered by asking to see the approved ‘plan parcial’ at the town hall. If the property is on the beach, make sure the development is also approved by the Jefatura de Costas. For a new property, make sure that it has been declared for IBI and that the developer has made the ‘declaracion de obra nueva’. Also ensure that the escritura mentions the house you are purchasing as well as the plot of land on which it stands. As an additional safeguard, it is wise to examine the town planning maps for the area around the property, called the Plan General de Ordenacion Urbana, or PGOU.

Be Realistic with your Selling Price on Hondon Homes

As much as it hurts, in the current market, property sellers still have to be realistic about the price they want for their property in Spain. Most people in the Hondon area have too great an expectation of their property value.

 

In general houses for sale in the Hondon area have sold for well below their original sale price if they were bought in the boom/pre-2008 (the crash). Very few sellers achieve their initial asking price. And it’s a fact that whilst Hondon Property Sales are definitely on the up in 2017 / 2018, figures such as 30% or 40% below pre-crash values are now common.

It’s a buyer’s market right now.

Not great news if you are selling!  And supply is larger than demand in many areas of the Spanish Costas, pushing prices down even further. Thankfully, most expert reports think this has trend has now bottomed and a slow recovery is now happening. We’d echo that in the Hondon Valley area. as 2017 was a record year and we have already smashed our own target for 2018 (Aug now).

The property portal Kyero keeps tabs on many of the official property indicators and housing data on their blog. They have just reported the news that house prices on the whole are fairly stable now. Read their page as often they do contradict but it might help you when valuing your own house. And do comparisons with similar property in your area. Remember, though that these reports usually talk in averages. > SEE HERE> KYERO “Spanish House Prices Have Fallen by 41.4% Since 2007” ARTICLE

The hard truth though is that the property market usually dictates the average exchange so what we want for a house is not always what we get.

So, please, do your property research or call / visit us for a free no-obligation valuation and an experienced chat.

We are Hondon Villas in Frailes & Nieves, the most experienced agents in the area. AIPP accredited and extremely helpful.
: TEL 965 075 357 property @ hondonvillas.net

Hondon Valley? On yer Bike!

Almost without fail many Spanish cycle clubs visit the Hondón area each weekend. The local mountains are ideal for cycling, mountain bikes or walking enthusiasts. And Hondón has been part of the country’s major tour “Vuelta España” tour.

Bike Ride. Albatera to Hondón

These are serious “peddle pushers”, all geared up, with bikes that probably cost a few months wages. They most often come over the very long and steep Albatera mountain ranges into the About the Hondón Valley. That’s one hell of a climb (even for a car) so it requires a very good level of fitness. They then stop off at the local bars and restaurants in Frailes & Nieves for refreshment and a rest. It gives the villages a real buzz on weekend mornings.

Bike Ride Alicante CoastNow on to the coast ... Do you fancy a relaxing cycle ride overlooking the Mediterranean sea? This 26-km (16-mile) route from San Juan beach through El Campello village is ideal for bikers of all ages. Get to the finish line and cool down at Coveta Fuma cove before taking the tram back to the city center.

Property #258 For Sale in Hondón de los Frailes

Hondon Villas are delighted to offer for sale this fantastic two storey villa standing in mature, easily maintained gardens with a private pool (12 x 5 m) with built in Jacuzzi. In a peaceful area with lovely mountain views, the property is only 5 minutes walk from the village and all amenities.

On the ground floor there are 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one en suite), very large ‘L’ shaped lounge with feature fireplace and dining area, spacious fitted kitchen with a double barbecue. 2 solariums.

On the first floor there are a further 6 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with corner bath) 3 of the bedrooms have patio doors opening onto a solarium with fantastic views.

The well established gardens are low maintenance with a garage, car port for 4 vehicles, outdoor toilet/changing room and barbecue.

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Wow Factor Property! Jumilla Country Villa

COUNTRY VILLA FOR SALE near JUMILLA: REF ID 742

» GUIDE PRICE and MORE DETAILS HERE / VIDEO BELOW

WOW FACTOR ALERT! This is one to fall in love with!

This detached Spanish style Finca with large private pool, 3 large bedrooms, amazing views and its own chapel is set in the beauty of the Jumilla hills and wine region. Even this video does not do the property justice… A MUST SEE if you want a tranquil location with potential to convert the out-building, maybe a B&B, a therapy centre, a studio or health venue… Of course this property would also be great for parties and family entertaining.

KEY POINTS: Detached Finca • Private swimming pool • Chapel • Large outbuilding • Outside kitchen and BBQ • 3 Bedroom • 3 Bathroom • Large Olive Grove • Landscape Garden • Stunning scenery • A well • Original features • Quality construction

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514 Hondon de los Frailes – EXCLUSIVE Stunning Detached Villa

Hondón Villas are proud to offer this stunning private Villa which is immaculately presented. The Villa is set back from the road with a private driveway lined with palm trees and electric gates.

The property comprises 3 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms, the Master with a spacious en-suite including a full size sunken bath and separate shower. The living area is bright and airy with an open plan kitchen/diner/living room which opens out onto a large terrace overlooking the pool and with spectacular views of the mountains.

Externally the Villa is just beautiful with flowering shrubs and fruit trees. There are several terraces and a petanque court. As well as the large swimming pool there is also a separate Jacuzzi, Sauna and shower room. The Villa is perfect for entertaining with an outside kitchen, bar and storage rooms. To the side of the Villa is a plot of land which would be ideal for a tennis court.

Within walking distance to the village a viewing of this property is essential to be fully appreciated !!

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