Tranquilo – An Introduction to the Hondon Valley

Video by Hondon Villas c2017
Enjoy the sunshine, the views and chill. This video is a short introduction to the glorious Hondon Valley inland to the Alicante Region, Costa Blanca South, Spain.

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The Hondón Valley is a peaceful, friendly, warm place surrounded by mountainous scenic beauty

The main two villages of Hondon de las Nieves and Hondon de los Frailes nest in the beautiful Hondon Valley. The relatively newly built Urbansation of La Montanosa is sandwiched between these two Hondón villages.

For decades they have grown an abundance of agricultural delights such as Grapes, Almonds and Olives (the main economy).

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!

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Drones in Hondon Valley. Good or Bad?

As an established estate agent in Spain, Hondon Villas are always keen to use new technology if it helps present and sell our clients houses, improve our real estate services and help speed up our work flow.  [ Published on: 29 May 2017 ]

We did consult an experienced lawyer on the use of drones ( see below). She advised us that in a nutshell: it seems clear that currently in Spain (2016) it is not advisable to fly drones for commercial purposes or anywhere over urban or populated areas, particularly government owned or where security and privacy is paramount. To do so can incur massive fines.

Background: Well we saw some excellent promo’ footage of luxury properties in places like Marbella, Florida, UAE, etc. After seeing these we thought that for some luxury properties with a global appeal, aerial photographs or video would help the prospective buyer in their potential property choices.

But are they of use in Hondon? Does the law allow us? Well,  about two years ago we at Hondon Villas researched the use of Drones for aerial photography as we were unsure of the appetite for such a service, the cost to do it or even if it would help or hinder or business.

Of course it is early days for such technology and because of mass production and a relatively low price entry level, unmanned remote aircraft are now in abundance. Rightly or wrongly, many people already have them. But as a result, there are now numerous reports of some pilots abusing their use with no regard for others. In short aerial photography has become a “wild west”  situation.

So it turns out that the use of retail drones, particularly over private land, government buildings, urban land & housing estates is contentious across the globe. Indeed there are few places you can fly them legally unless the drone and pilot register and get permissions, particularly for commercial purposes.

Indeed, a local Hondon Valley real estate agent has already used a drone to film the area and some of our own clients have expressed to us the dismay they have that their home, location and land layout have been exposed without permission. Did the agent get permission? Well the law would suggest it would be necessary as it’s used for commercial advertising (branded with a logo) and the flights are over populated urban land and critically within the Alicante airport flight paths.

So whilst the use of drones in Real Estate seems a good idea, it is not as straight forward to just buy a drone and willy nilly film whatever you want! Indeed, it is risky in many ways. The Spanish government has collected almost €2 million from drone fines alone since 2015 as they actively looked for breaches of the law. There is a total ban on drones in around the Balearic Islands for instance.

Pro’ versions of drones with high-end UHD cameras can be costly and difficult to fly. So the EU & USA in general are keen to legislate on their use and limit the areas they can be used. The reasons are mainly on safety, privacy and security grounds. After all a falling drone could damage property or hurt someone and people are quite precious about their privacy and can feel spied on.

We think in general, the above reasons for laws on drones have some merit in this uncertain world. And of course many people will and do misuse this new technology for criminal or dubious activities.

So Drone laws make sense to us. And whilst the main manufacturers and retailers pile drones high on shop shelves and sell them to anyone, there are actual laws to govern their purchase, registration, use and permissions. It can be a “red-tape” paper chase, especially in Spain. ( Royal Decree-Law 8/2014 on Air Navigation and Law 18/2014, of 15 October )

We certainly advocate laws on grounds of privacy in built-up areas. E.G. In Spain a property vendor may list their house with many agents, so do we really want those many agents “droning” over properties on a regular basis? We don’t think so. We get the impression that local residents would take a dim view of regular “spies in the skies“.

So, after a lot of questions to legal eagles, near-by flying clubs and asking people in the Hondon Valley, plus taking into account the price of a pro drone purchase, accessory costs and training, we at Hondon Villas concluded that currently using drones in Real Estate might not be the way to go until the laws are changed over these temporary 2014 ones in place now.

So, yes we’d love to offer the service to those that want it but as the Hondon areas are predominantly an urban sprawl we think that many locals would soon complain about noise, nuisance and security issues. In short, we respect the law and our prospective clients privacy and safety. We can’t rule it out for the future of course so we will be keeping an eye on any developments and laws.

Our SOLICITOR spelt out the current stance in Spain:

The matter of private or commercial “drones” is regulated in Royal Decree-Law 8/2014 on Air Navigation and Law 18/2014, of 15 October, approving urgent measures for growth, competitiveness and efficiency.

Article 50 of that Law establishes provisions relating to civil aircraft piloted by remote control.

That provision primarily regulates identification, features, possible uses, operating conditions, enabled airspace, security, accreditation of pilots and authorization certificates. An important remark is the obligation to obtain the necessary authorizations and make the flights always during daylight, in good visual meteorological conditions and out of congested areas of cities, habituated towns or settlements and outdoors gatherings of people.

Also, the drones can only be used for technical or scientific works; which in accordance with European standards it includes specialized operations such as research, pest control, photography, surveillance, security, patrol, advertising, fire fighting, rescue and scientific works. So, although the law does not define what is meant by specifically technical or scientific works, it seems clear that in Spain is not currently allowed the use of drones for commercial purposes.

On that regard, State Aviation Safety Agency showed, in his note of April 7, 2014, the following statement: “is not allowed, and has never been, the use of aircraft piloted by remote control with commercial or professional purposes “.

As a final note, it is important to know that this regulatory framework is provisional and will apply until the approval of the regulatory rules laid down in Final Provision second, second paragraph, of the Act. So, it is possible that operating drones in Spain in urban areas and for commercial purposes can be allowed despite that is not what Law has permitted so far.

Update May 2017 …

The Spanish RPAS regulation (Ley 18/2014) is only applicable to flights for commercial purposes and all professional activities.

But for recreational use (hobby) you should comply with the provisions in Spanish Law “Real Decreto 552/2014” (rules of the air), article 15, that allows RPAS flight at low altitude “as long as they do not involve any risk or harm to people or properties on surface

So in particular you should:
– operate at Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) and below 120m height.
– not fly in urban areas and over buildings and people. Overfly of populated areas and crowds is not allowed.
– not fly in controlled airspace (near airports) and avoid flying in areas where flights are conducted at low altitude with manned aircrafts.
– not fly at night or in bad weather conditions.
– please ask your local authorities prior to flying.
– other special restrictions may apply, for example in some special areas like Natural Parks and Biosphere Reserves.

I like the Hondon Valley because…

Living in the Hondon Valley

We asked our Facebook Group “What’s On Hondon” why they liked to live or visit the Hondon Valley… here are some of the answers. c2017

Kathryn says … “I love the laid back attitude along with the peace and quiet of a small Spanish village. Being surrounded by mountains is my favourite thing, it is so relaxing 🙂

Joan : It’s our little piece of Heaven on Earth – our little bit of Paradise ❤❤❤

Mia : Nice people, nice places around, good entertainment. I hope to live there soon.

Pamela : I luv living there. No regrets!

Janni : The weather is sublime. The Spanish are so welcoming and kind. The mountains are stunning and we have Hondon de los Frailes nearby with fab restaurants and a wonderful community of Brits, Dutch and other nationalities. There are many social activities and the coast is not far away. We feel lucky to have found the Hondon Valley.

Christopher : Yes a nice place with nice people. But the Indians in the hill are a pain when coming over the mountains, their arrows took out 2 of my tyres last week lol !!

Toni : It’s my little piece of paradise!

Sabrina : I love living in Hondon because it’s a tight community, friendly and beautiful. I am so glad I get to raise my children here! (And that’s from someone who didn’t want to move here! )

Helen : I love living here, who wouldn’t? It is one of the healthiest places around. It’s a laid back friendly area and ideally situated to visit the coast 😃

Duncan : I love it here. We have great friends. The panoramic views of the mountain’s never let you down, it’s a delight to get up in a morning!

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Adele : Travelled around a lot and this is our 36th house! We have lived here 12 years…. so far so good.

Percy : It has been said Paradise! In seventeen years we have watched this beautiful place grow from an old Spanish village to an old Spanish village with modern amenities. There are good eateries and friendly people with a weather which is also friendly…most of the time!

Andre : It’s my paradise with nice warm people living here. English Dutch & Belguique and Spanish

Irene : When ever I am there I look at the views and never fail to be impressed. All my visitors from London adore the time they spend in Hondon. It is a little bit of paradise.

Roy : We just love it here! We are living the dream, second best to paradise x

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Hondon Villas… Congratulations to Joe and Gill

Selling villas in La Montanosa Urb, Hondon Valley.

Congratulations to Joe and Gill…

It was a pleasure to help you. The Hondon Villas Team wish you a happy future.

Joe and his wife Gill had their La Montanosa Urb. property (in Hondon Valley) on the market for 6 months. They tied themselves into an exclusive contract with another local agent but they had no interest. What next? Well they decided to instruct Hondon Villas to sell their villa instead.

They and we are pleased they did as within a week the house was under offer and this week they have completed at the Notary. SUCCESS!

Hondon Villas have a high success rate in selling houses across the Hondon Valley. Our online marketing and property websites such as RightMove, Kyero, Zoopla and others, targets and attracts motivated buyers across Europe. We get daily sales enquires from the UK and across Europe. We also dominate Google search for Hondon Real Estate. Our central and high profile office attracts locals and visitors to the area everyday. It’s a marketing and service mix that has worked for years.

Please, join our success… So if you or a friend are selling in the area pop in to our bricks & mortar office in Frailes Plaza or call (0034) 965 075 357. Maureen, Jacquie and the Team will be happy to discuss our sales strategy.

Hondon Villas wear the AIPP Badge

Real Estate Code of ConductHondon Villas are the only AIPP agent who have a local daily office in the Hondon Valley. We are actually in the central plaza of Hondón de los Frailes ( here is the Google map ) .

We are happy to be part of and perform to the Real Estate standards of the AIPP (Assoc’ of International property Professionals). It’s a fact, no other local agent has the experience or level of service we can offer.

Thank you Len Ridgway: “We would like just like to say and let it be known that credit where credit is due! Mo (Maureen) and Saff of Hondon Villas have given us excellent service and been the most helpful and professional agents to us and we know many many other people as well. They have always gone the extra mile for us and its most appreciated. We would still and have recommended them to lots of people 🙂 … Said it before but if you want to sell your property professionally then go with Maureen, she’s the best :-)”.

And we live here, know the people, know the facilities and have helped 100’s of people buy homes or settle here. We are “Hondon Villas” and we sell Villas in Hondon.

Our professional perseverance is paying off… we are on a roll as we have sold another 2 properties this week. Watch our on line channels (such as Facebook / Twitter / Google+) for updates.

Hondon Villas concentrate our estate services in the Hondon Valley and the surrounding villages. Everyday we deal with Hondon buyers, sellers and renters. We prefer not deal on the coast as we want to look after our special local community.

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Oficina Tel: 965075357

Here are some nearby towns and villages close to the Hondon Valley: Albatera, Algorfa, Algueña, Almoradí, Aspe, Balones, Benejúzar, Benferri, Benijófar, Benissa, Callosa de Segura, Cañada del Trigo, Catral, Cox, Crevillente, Dolores, Elche, Elda, Elx, Hondón de las Nieves, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondon Valley, La Romana, La Montanosa Urb Villas, Monforte del Cid, Monóvar, Novelda, Orihuela, Pinoso, Rojales, San Isidro, Santa Pola, Sax. All of them little gems in the Hondon Valley Crown!

#513 Extended & Modernised La Montanosa Villa

An immaculate and well situated villa on the popular La Montanosa Urb. in Hondon with a large private swimming pool, glazed roof terrace, electric gates and extended utility room. This property is a credit to its owners and kept in show room condition. » View Hondon Property 513 here

#513 Property for Sale in Hondon Valley

This beautiful, detached villa is within a short distance to the village of Hondón de las Nieves & Frailes with their local amenities. It has been extended and modernised to a very high standard.

Key Property Points

2 or 3 Bedrooms • En suite Bathroom + Guest Shower Room • Glazed Terrace • Glazed Solarium • Private Swimming Pool • Utility Room Extension • Carport Parking with Electric Gate • Electric Radiator Central Heating • Air Conditioning • New Double Glazed Windows •

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The villa was originally built with three bedrooms however bedroom three has been converted into a dining room.

The dining room is separated from the lounge by glass doors giving a bright, spacious feel. (Could easily be converted back to a bedroom if required)

There is an open plan American style kitchen however this property also benefits from a separate utility room with direct access to the garden.

There are two double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, the master having an en suite and there is a further family bathroom.

Another advantage to this property is the glazed in solarium, with it’s own terrace, which is currently used as a games room but could be used as extra accommodation.

The roof terrace has extra height railings for child safety.

The well kept, landscaped garden, has a 8m x 4m swimming pool, sunbathing terrace with a barbecue and a shaded al fresco dining area.

This property has many added extras including electric gates, carport, high quality double glazing, guttering, electric towel rails, laminate flooring and awning.

Definitely worth visiting!   Book a viewing at our Frailes central office.
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#476 Hondon La Montanosa Detached Villa For Sale

Spanish property agent and real estate in the Hondon Valley is selling a modern detached villa on the popular La Montanosa Urb. Viewing is strongly recommended.  » Check the Price Here

This recently modified and extended 3 bedroom villa is worth a look as the price is excellent value, a quality build and affords lovely views of the urbanisation and local mountains.

Key Features: Plunge Pool/Jacuzzi • BBQ • Feature Wood Burning Fire • Newly Fitted Kitchen • Pre installed for Central Heating • Rooftop Solarium • Outstanding Views • Low Maintenance Garden

This villa is situated just outside the town of Hondon De Las Nieves on the popular La Montanosa Urbanisation. It has private parking, a splash pool / jacuzzi, a built-in BBQ and an easily maintained garden.

More Details for La Montanosa Villa #476
Hondon Villas are delighted to bring onto the market for sale this modern 3 bed 2 bath detached villa with a plunge pool in the sought after area of The Urbanization La Montanosa.

Originally built as a two bed villa the present owners have extended this villa to make a light, open plan living area with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. High level windows flood the lounge area with light. The fitted log burning stove adds some warmth for the cool winter evenings and the chimney exits via the master bedroom to benefit.

Please note that the second bathroom has been made into a utility room but the bathroom can simple, quickly and cheaply be reinstated.

Externally, the plot is fully fenced and has off road parking for one car on the driveway and a separate pedestrian foot gate. The gardens have been gravelled for ease of maintenance. To the rear is the sun terrace and plunge pool / jacuzzi, however there is ample room for an 8x4m private pool if required. There is a utility room to the rear or the property as well as a large roof top solarium which boasts outstanding views. There is a small park to the front and side of the property.

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#493 Hondon Villa for Sale, La Montanosa Urb.

FOR SALE: Your local agent: Hondon Villas present an exclusive property for sale on the beautiful and popular La Montanosa Urbanisation, Hondon Valley in the Costa Blanca South. Spain. This property is well maintained to a high standard and “key ready” to move in. Call us or visit the www.hondonvillas.net website for more details.

KEY POINTS:
Detached Villa – South Facing Plot – 3 Bed – 2 Bath – Popular & Quiet Urbanisation – Mountain Views – Conservatory – Private Pool – Fitted Kitchen – Lounge / Dining Room – Rooftop Solarium – Outdoor BBQ Dining Area – Carport Parking – Outside Storage Shed.

WEBSITE / CONTACT:
property @ hondonvillas.net or OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357

GREAT NEWS!!! We are celebrating our Business of the Year Award and achieving OVER 1 MILLION website visitors!

Caring and serving you in the Hondon Valley
Hondon Villas is owned and managed by Maureen Cook who has over 35 years experience in Real Estate (UK and Spain). In the mid-80’s Maureen set-up her own profitable estate agency office in Leeds (UK) and the office is still trading today. Maureen has also managed a string of UK based estate agency offices including large branches for the Halifax, Manning Stainton, Your Move and Bairstow Eves.

Trust Hondon Villas? – well our reputation depends on it
We aim to have every client feel they have a friendly and trust-worthy team at Hondon Villas Property Agent. We know from the praise, many emails and calls that we go above and beyond for our clients. Referrals are a plenty and our buyers are friends. We haven’t forgotten how exciting and stressful buying/selling can be – the last thing you need is a dubious property experience. We truly will look after you – after all we live here and want to hold our heads high.

It’s about holding your hand…

Professional Service

In what is often a bewildering or complicated maze of property paperwork, admin’ and rituals, we at HONDON VILLAS ESTATE AGENTS offer YOU a wholly personal service. We do our best to hold your hand through your life changing move and beyond.

We always aim to give you 100% of our attention, expertise and help. We live here so it’s our local knowledge and local contacts that gets you through that maze and helps take away the worry.

Please feel free to contact us with NO OBLIGATION.

Call us to discuss your needs. We are open Mon-Fri 10am to 5pm
Email: property @ hondonvillas.net
Office: Calle Juan Carlos Plaza #24, Hondon de los Frailes

Please be clear: Hondon Villas only do real estate BUY, SELL or RENT, we do it well and always have! We do ONLY collaborate with agents that we can trust and have a high quality threshold to customer service as we do.