Welcome to the upgraded Javea Casas web site. We have included a few extra features that we hope you will find useful. Please feel free to enter your comments on the site, how it can be improved and any other suggestions that you may have.
Welcome to the upgraded Javea Casas web site. We have included a few extra features that we hope you will find useful. Please feel free to enter your comments on the site, how it can be improved and any other suggestions that you may have.
It is almost one year since our trip on the Voyager of the Seas. A seven night cruise from Barcelona to Marseille. Visiting, Pompeii, Florence, Rome, Monaco.
Hi XabiaMar owners,
I have created this web log as a centre point for Javea property owners and other people living, working or moving to Javea, to use as a discussion area and to keep everyone updated on news on the Xabiamar complex. Please feel free to add comments and news items on any subject. I have visited, lived and worked in Javea with my wife Dawn, for over 20 years. Please ask us any questions that you have and we will endeavour to answer them.
Steve & Dawn Nott
Javea, from 26th July, 2006 the pool is now up and running, also electricity in every stairwell ensures no more power cuts. Snagging list is personally attended to by the developer, Rafael Sendra.
Hi Mr. & Mrs. Nott,
We are arranging the sales of the apartments in Xabiamar (Javea). As you know, we have started to arrange the mortgages for all the clients who want to take our mortgages.
CAM knows that the apartments do not yet have the CEDULA DE HABITABILIDAD, the special permission from the town hall. The reason for not having this permission is because the town hall is taking time, because we are in August and because the builder must change some things in the building (like entrances, plots, but nothing relating to the apartments themselves). This is a very usual process in all the new houses / apartments in Javea.
CAM has financed the building of these apartments and we have also controlled the process of the building. We have controlled the quality of the building, the 10 year insurance, which guarantees the quality of building process. We do not have any problem in going ahead with signing the different mortgages for all the clients. If there was a problem, WE WOULD NEVER SIGN THE MORTGAGES.
I would like also to inform you about the actual mortgages and the advantages in cost for all the clients who take our mortgage.
The conditions of the mortgage in CAM are :
Bank commission : 0,50% of the amount to borrow.
Interest rate : EURIBOR+ 0,9% (actually is currently around 4,50%)
Period of time : 20 years (it is possible to change the period)
About the fees and charges of the operation, I am going to compare between our mortgage and other banks:
FEES CAM MORTGAGE (150,000 EUROS )
NOTARY, LAND REGISTRY AND TAXES FOR THE MORTGAGE: 1,466 EUROS PURCHASE TAXES : 1,500 EUROS (1% of the amount) NO VALUATION FEES
FEES OTHER MORTGAGES other banks (150,000 EUROS):
NOTARY, LAND REGISTRY AND TAXES FOR THE MORTGAGE : 4,928 EUROS PURCHASE TAXES: 1,500 EUROS (1%) VALUATION (depending the cost of each bank) CANCEL THE ACTUAL MORTGAGE : 1,000 EUROS (NOTARY, LAND REGISTRY) Also, it is necesary to include the bank opening comission of each bank.
Here you can check the advantages in taking over the actual constructor’s mortgage with CAM, compared to changing to a different bank.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if you need more information.
Joan Roselló Bas Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo Dtor Oficina Internacional Xàbia II Tel.965794414- Fax 966462956 email@example.com
Read this before you purchase a property in Javea.
A truly unique penthouse property, situated close to the Arenal area of javea. 360 degree views from the property and its generous terraces.
The main property consisits of a large hallway, leading to large lounge, with feature flooring and doors onto the terrace.
Three bedrooms, master ensuite, large kitchen area with breakfast room, leading to another huge terrace area.
Private internal staircase leads to a one bedroom apartment, lounge kichenette, shower room, leading to a massive terrace, bbq area, with views to El Montgo, the Arenal and southern views.
We offer a free service to find that bargain villa or apartment in this wonderful area called the Costa Blanca. Many of my clients become good friends, this is achieved through our good, open relationship in searching together, for the best properties available. Javea property is very much in demand. From 1987, our instinct to purchase here was very strong and it has proved to be a wise choice.
Prices have soared to levels that are difficult to reach, unless you have a deep pocket. The humble apartments, built in the seventies at a price of between 5.000 and 10.000 pounds are now seeing offers of 190.000 euros or 130.000 pounds. Villas built in the eighties with a price tag of 50.000 pounds are now selling for 350.000 euros or 240.000 pounds. A 3 bedroom apartment off plan in Javea will set you back 235.000 euros or 165.000 pounds. New villas are fetching prices of 500.000 – the skies the limit. If you are looking to purchase an apartment or a villa in Javea, Moraira or Denia, please contact us.
Javea, located in the northern part of the Costa Blanca. The area is also called the Marina Alta. It is a hidden jewel, as described by the many new visitors that discover Javea for the first time. Its clean beaches, charming narrow streets in the old town and the bars and restaurants in the port and arenal area, all add to the attraction of javea. Property prices are a lot less than in the Costa del Sol. Check our data base for the lastest up to date properties in the Javea, Moraira and Denia areas.
Unique villa situated in Javea, a casa del campo. 2 bedrooms, 1 shower room, mains water, 1600m2 plot. Close to Javea golf course.
Happy Christmas to everyone in Javea, Moraira and Denia. During this festive time of year, not too many people will be thinking of buying or selling their villa or apartment in Javea. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that we have worked with in 2006 and we look forward again, towards a good working relationship in 2007. My feeling is that the property market is picking up and we can all brace ourselves for a better year in 2007.
Javea and Moraira property has always been popular with people from Spain, Madrid and Valencia and obviously the northern European countries of Germany, Holland and the U.K. Again a big thank you for your co-operation, helpfulness and professional attitudes. So, here goes….Andres of Javea-Si, Brian of Dolphin Estates, Ian & Diane of Sunsell, Gary & Shay of Denia Developments, Emma, Rebecca and Nicole from Villas-Plots, Pepe and Vanessa of Giuliano Villas, Victoria of Promociones Javea, Manolo and staff at CFXMB, Ant & Sally at Spanish Property Sales, Matt of Infovisionsoftware, Stewart & David from Villa Shop, Monika & Danny from Villalux, David, Lisa and Javiar of VillaMia, Joan of Cam Bank, Lucy, Brian, Carmelo, Amanda, Daniela, Kevin of Vicens Ash, Miguel, Roca, Jaime from BankInter, Felix, Juan Carlos and staff at Sol Bank, Miguel from Inmoart.
All the members of the Sunsell Group, Lia, Tex and Mandy from Javea Homes, Paul, Chris, Laeti and staff at GoinSureit, Pablo and Rosa of BBVA, all the staff at Hamiltons of London, Bingley’s, Inmoexpert, Javea Invest, Premier Homes, House Detectives, Remax, Jay, Debbie and Ashley, Mark & Gemma and Jasmine, Thomas, Jo, Tony, Daniela, Hans, also everyone at Euphony and many, many more who have shown us that 2006 was a good year to work with you all, advise us all and assist each other.
If I have omitted anyone that, may feel that they needed a mention, sorry. It’s my age and there are three good things about getting old, 1st, You can sleep upright, 2nd, You can watch ‘Inspector Morse’ over and over again without knowing the end and I can’t remember the 3rd thing. Happy Christmas and a Safe and Prosperous New Year to you all.
There is a new era of interest, that will see prices soar in the next few years. Promoters and developers are realising the full potential of the property market in Javea and prices are set to climb between 10% – 20% per annum. New complexes are selling 3 and 4 bedroom penthouses from 320.000 euros, plus i.v.a. or v.a.t. The Arenal in Javea is beginning to see the infrastructure of new roads. Street lightings and under ground cables for electricity and mains services are being install to make the way clear for easy access. New luxury apartments are going to be constructed here, priced from 595.000 euros for a 2 bedroom apartment and up to 950.000 euros for a 3 bedroom duplex, that’s expensive, is what people are saying. Nevertheless, the apartments in Javea are selling. The developers are aware of the trend of the purchasers needs in Javea and they are, Location, Quality and Price, in that order.
I remember back to 1995, talking with a Javea estate agent. He was telling me that the Javea town hall was taking building applications for over 2000 apartments in the next 5 years. Where will the buyers come from, he asked? Where is all money going to come from? Where will we all park? Apart from the last question, they have arrived, purchased, sold, reformed and resold. That was over 10 years ago, what has changed? The weather? No. The location? No. The prices? A big YES!
Balcon Al Mar is a district of Javea in Northern Costa Blanca. Many of the properties have sea views and close by is Cabo La Nao. This is the most easterly point of mainland Spain.
Javea property has always been more desirable to purchase than in other parts of Spain.
One of the reasons is the scenery. If you fly into Alicante airport the land scape is similar to that of a desert, dry and dusty and the cement and stone works add to the problem. But drive just 45 minutes north and the landscape changes, after an hours drive on th A7 take the turning off to Javea and you will be meet with green pine hills and valleys full with vines and almond trees.
Lemon and orange trees add sweet blossom scent to the clear air. El Montgo dominates the skyline north of Javea. Villas on the slopes of Montgo are surrounded by pine trees and palms. Driving south to Tosalet and up the hill to Costa Nova the views towards java’s bay are breath taking.
Balcon al Mar is an area very much in demand, because it has many villas with sea views. The little cove of Granadella is just a 5 minute drive to the south, still in Javea. It has small fishermans houses as you reach the cove and the clear water in the bay is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.
If you feel like a holiday, Javea is ideal for families and teenagers. Finding a villa to rent close to the Arenal beach is difficult and you will need a car to drive to the Arenal or the port areas. The best location for night life is the Arenal. An apartment within walking distance allows you to leave the car and walk to the restaurants and bars. Once you have been to Javea, you will want to return, many people purchase holiday homes and spend the winter months away from the cold northern European climate. Others leave the grey, dull and depressing UK behind for good and join many expats living the good life.
If you are considering moving to Javea, write your comments here and we will endeavour to answer them.
Rule One. Never, ever arrive between the hours of 20.00h and 08.00h. You may save 50 pounds on the flight, but your will be off to a bad start. Oh, and hire a car, don’t asked to be collected from the airport. Rule Two. At the first opportunity, go to the local supermarket and stock the fridge and larder of your hosts, with all that you will need for your stay, beers, wines, brandies, meat, bread, butter, your favourite snacks…everything! Rule Three. Your hosts are not on holiday, you and your family are. You could go off on a day trip with your family, on your own. Don’t just wake up, shower, eat breakfast then ask your hosts, ‘Where and what have you arranged for us to do today?’ Rule Four. Your hosts may not want to stay up until three in the morning drinking wine and then lie in until midday, your hosts live here all year, you and your family are on holiday. Rule Five. Take your hosts out at least twice in a week, for a special meal, no, not a 7 euro menu at the local Chinese. Remember cooking for you and your family every day is hard work. Rule Six. Never, never ask for a box to take home all the food and the drink that you didn’t use during your visit. This will guarantee, the end of the friendship or family relationship for at least 5 years, if not forever.
Tips for hosts. Encourage your guests to read these six rules, one week before their visit. If they don’t arrive or cancel their holiday…..you would have fallen out anyway!!
It all started with a ‘Welcome’ letter we found in our post box from Jaume, a young man from Benitachell village. He stated in the letter that he would like to start a forum for people new to the area. Jaume and his business partner Miguel Angel would assist new residents with tax, NIE applications, public health care and educational issues, etc. From this introdution letter, we contacted Jaume and he invited us and some of his friends to a traditional Valencian style bbq.
We all met in the Mas y Mas car park at 12.00h on a sunny Sunday in Benitachell. We were introduced to Keith and Sheila, Rolf and Erika and also our party of six, Ian & Diane, Hilary & Nick, Dawn & Steve. The drive to Jaume’s casa de campo was only 2 minutes away and we were all soon sampling the home made sweet wine made by Jaume’s father and the raisins, made from their own grapes and dried in the summer sun.
It was a mixture of 70% sweet muscatell wine and 30% red wine. Jaume pointed out that everything we were going to eat was made with organic produce, chuletas de cordero (lamp chops) home baked bread and locally made chorizos, morcilla or botifarra in Valenciano, (liver and blood sausages). A wheel barrow was loaded in the front garden with wood from grape vines, orange trees and the protected carob tree. Normally there is a hole in the ground, where a wood fire is prepared and a large calderon (pot) is placed filled with lamb, chicken or pork. Left for many hours to cook slowly over the fire and to absorb the smokey flavours.
Another oven in the casa, was also filled with the same types of wood and then both of the fires were lit. We sat in the warm December sun as Miguel Angel arrived to assist Jaume in the preparation and cooking.
The lamb was rubbed with salt and the onions, artichokes and chorizos were cooked in home made olive oil. When the fires were glowing nicely, the food was cooked to perfection. The home made bread was broken into pieces and the feast began. Large slices of onion were filled with anchovies and olive oil, cooked over the fire, perfect dunking the chunks of bread into, a Benitachell specaility. The artichokes hearts were flavoured by the smoke and the taste and texture was wonderful.
As we enjoyed the food and wine with Jaume and Miguel Angel, we chatted about the various topics on the Valencian culture, diet and laungage. Many people living in Benitachell were forced to speak Castellano during Franco’s dictatorship and they are now unable to read or write in their mother tongue. Benitachell or Benitatxell, spelt the Valenciano way, used to be in the region of Javea, however some 300 years ago, the villagers decided to create their own region and town so they founded the ‘Poble Nou de Benitatxell.’ We retreated to the large family casa’s naya room, as the winter sun lost it’s warmth, to end our enjoyable day with melon, desserts and glasses of Baileys.
May we all say a big thank you to Jaume and Miguel Angel, for their hospitality and for giving us the opportunity to sample and taste the flavours of Valenciano life. If you would like more information on the services provided by these two enterprising men, you can contact them by telephone, email or go to their offices in Benitachell.
Miguel Angel Garcia Buigues,
Assesorament comptable, fiscal i laboral.
Avda Lepanto, 34 2.n-4
El Poble Nou de Benitatxell
Tel-fax: 96 649 3061
Miguel Angel’s mobile: 653 067 401
Jaume’s mobile: 636 541 817
Jaume’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another day in paradise. A visit to some friends house at the weekend, they were clients, but have now become good friends. We were celebrating two birthdays and a bbq and a jamming session was the order of the day.
Warm, sunny weather greeted us on the 3rd December in Javea. We started eating some great garlic chicken wings, pork fillets and a home made paella, accompanied by sweet sauce and salad to add that special extra. All prepared and cooked by our hosts.
The lads have all played guitar, on and off over the years, so we decided to have a bash altogether.
Ant warmed up the crowd with some great solo’s playing Bowie, Paul Weller and some Oasis. Ant is excellent on vocals and guitar, Steve on lead a bit rusty and Ian on bass, had to struggle with the keys we were playing in. He managed very well, considering it was his first time that he had played any of the songs before.
The girls wore wigs and danced and sang chorus, guest singer was Diane and a ballet dancing queen entered the room and performed the Dance of the Butterflies. .
Gerry really going for it!
Great food, fun and great company!
Tosalet in Javea was, as the story was told to me , a pine covered hillside, purchased by Franco’s mistress. She started building a villa there in the sixties and oddly enough, had no problems seeking planning permissions from the local town hall.
Large villas and generous plots are one of the main attractions of Tosalet. Views to the bay of Javea and pine covered hills make this area one of the best in Javea. The residential complex has its own garden rubbish collection every two days, security guards patrol the streets every few hours and there are security cameras.
Obviously, where there is money it will attract crime, but the local police, the guardia and people setting up neighbourhood watch schemes, minimise the risks.
Toscal is another popular area in Javea, its proximity to the Arenal beach and local shops and restaurants make it an ideal location to live all year round and it is excellent to rent a villa here during the holiday periods and throughout the winter, make sure that the property has heating as the winter nights in Javea do get cold, sometimes down to 6 degrees. During the day, we can enjoy warm sunshine and sit outside on Christmas day in 16 degrees, very pleasant. If you enjoy life you will enjoy Javea.
During the summer months in Javea, it is wise to stay close to a pool, the sea and a cold beer. Once the warm days of October and November had settled in, we decided to ascend the Montgo mountain for the third time in 20 years. It proved a harder challenge than we remembered.
Setting off from the Javea to Denia road, drive from Javea up the winding road and when it levels at the top of La Plana and you can see a lane to your left. Drive a few hundred metres and park the car. We were well equipped with good walking shoes, lots of water, a chicken sandwich and a banana. I joked and proceeded to load rope and tackle and a few spikes and a shovel onto my back, this was met with a surprise from our climbing companions and quickly turned to laughter, as I told them in was a gentle climb, needing only good walking shoes and plenty of water.
We started the walk along a gravel path leading to the base of El Montgo. We named this base camp one. The path soon turns into a stony, rocky surface which could easily snap an ankle or break a leg. We were very careful to watch every step and stopped to catch our breaths and to admire the views towards Denia and the bay of Javea. After around an hour of zig zag climbing, the walk bears south around the trunk of Montgo and starts to turn into a scramble across large rocks and narrow foot holds, using our arms to balance. Another 30 minutes climbing and you reach the 753 metre summit.
All the way up we were blessed with warm breezes and the views just got better. At the summit we could see Denia and north to Valencia, west out to sea and south Javea, Gata and Pedreguer. The Penon de Ifach and the Las Sierra Bernia mountain range stretched further south.
We stood on the peak for 15 minutes, just being amazed at the views, lots of photos and a repair to Anthony’s boots, which had decided to loose the soles, we prepared for the easier decent. We still had to watch every step on the way down, but it was a lot less work coming down. The knees and backs of some of the party, started to take the strain and started to ache.
The thought of a cool drink and the paella mixta, that we had preordered at the Amanecer restaurant, kept us all going. Except our tired legs, a few blisters and soleless boots we made it safely back to the cars.
Within five minutes we were seated in the restaurant and the drinks appeared, bread and alioli and a fresh salad were consumed rapidly.
The paella was marvelous and had lots of flavour, it was a little short of content and could have included green beans, butter beans and a little more chicken, but it still tasted excellent washed down with cool white wine and agua con gas. Needless to say it was a great day out and another one they can’t take away from us, whoever they are.
If you fancy a inland country drive from Javea to the village of Jalon, take the third turn left off the main street and travel up the mountain roads until you see a large, old property on your left. You have reached the VerdiVent restaurant and you are in for a real hearty luncheon treat.
Verdi Vents Restaurant, Maserof. Telephone 00 34 96597 3413. Once you are seated with jugs of red wine already placed on the table, you are presented with bowls of a potato dish, mixed with chives, lavender and herbs. also large loaves of freshly baked bread. Next two large serving bowls of a creamy white soup, that had us all guessing what the ingredients were, it was delicious and we were told that it was lettuce!
A short break and plates of oil covered tomatoes and mozzarella cheese were placed on the table. Main course was a choice of lamb on the bone with a moscatel sauce or venison in a red wine sauce. Nine of us chose the venison and it was fantastic. The lamb was also excellent. The sound of guitars filled the air and the popular brothers, from the area, sang and played our favourite Spanish melodies.
The whole day was a wonderful experience,a delightful meal and one that we shall remember for the rest of our lives, or at least a until the next time.
Anyone that hasn’t seen this display of light, costumes and culture, must visit Javea. In the last week of July, the festivities of Moors and Christians are held in the Javea Port. Their celebration is relatively recent, but important in the region. These festivities represent the confrontations in the past between these two religious communities. The Christian re-conquest of the land held by the Arabs is commemorated. These festivities are among the most noteworthy, for their spectacular nature.
Mauro Derqui Zaragoza
Situated between the Javea Port and Javea Old Town. A visit to this Javea restaurant is a real treat for the taste buds. Once you settled on your comfortable chair the service is soon noted as being excellent. The waitress attends to the drinks while you choose from a refreshingly different restaurant menu. I hate it when waiters pass you the menus and wander off , leaving you for 15 long minutes, when you could be sipping a good wine. Sofia’s is great for attention, quality and price. I have visited Sofia’s three times in as many months and each meal was extremely good. Open 17.30h to 22.00h. Monday through to Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays during December and February. Avda del Pla, 20, Javea, 03730. Alicante. Spain. Tel: 96 646 2903
If you have recently dined at a good restaurant in Javea or nearby, please write your reviews and remarks here.
We have just visited a new restaurant in Javea, opposite the well known Mesena restaurant, telephone 96 579 3764, which has good food and great service.
The new Bon Amb, visited in September, 2011. It was a real disappointing night, very expensive food that wasn’t worth the prices asked. I don’t like to report on negative venue’s, as they have spent a lot of money on the property and the gardens. They just have not got the food right, which is why we went there after all, a real shame.
We were tempted to try it for a second time, in April 2012.
Bon Amb is expensive, and the portions are small, but the presentation, the flavours, the ambience and service are all outstanding. There is an excellent wine cellar.
They have set out to make this a top class venue, and they have so far succeeded. It will not appeal to everybody’s palate or their wallet.
Carretera de Benitachell 100, JAVEA
Tel: 965 084 440
Visited April, 2012
Image by Omar Franco
In the last 17 years I have visited hundreds of properties in Negative press always sells newspapers, that is why the average people buying a Spanish property beleive that they can offer 30 – 40% off the price that is asked. This may be true in other parts of Spain, but not here in Javea and Moraira.
Javea, Moraira do not have hundreds upon hundreds of new builds to sell. Most of the promotion and developers build just a few new villas in lovely areas with 20% green zones.
New apartment complex’s have a height limit of two floors and
aticos. No more than 30 apartments are built on each new project. These are normally purchased off plan by families from Madrid or Valencia, then the over seas buyers.
So there is not a huge amount of un sold properties in Javea or Moraira.
Bank repo’s are not that many in this area, look at the areas where there are hundreds and that is where you will find the town halls and developers have been silly for the past 10 years, a long with the greedy bank directors.
Keep your Javea property clean and tidy, free of nasty odors and ask a sensible price. Good luck because if the price is right, you will sell in Javea and Moraira.
Come for a holiday – Stay a lifetime!