JANE SLADE talks to Andrew Castle about why he is backing a new Spanish developer selling villas and apartments to Brits
Snore-proof walls are key when buying a holiday home says broadcaster and Wimbledon commentator Andrew Castle. Britain’s former number one tennis star has fallen in love with Spain all over again since his new appointment as ambassador for Spanish developers TM Real Estate Group.
Andrew, 51, has owned a villa on a golf resort in the hills of Corvera, a few miles inland from Cartagena in Murcia on the Costa del Sol for 10 years, and been playing tennis at the fashionable La Manga Club for even longer.
“The trouble was we bought our villa off plan and it took five years to finish,” he says. “The apartments and villas built by TM are by the sea in Almeria and are finished, done and gorgeous.”
TM which has just launched in the UK has been building holiday villas and apartments in Spain for over 45 years. Now the company is luring British retirees to its resorts in prime locations along the Mediterranean coast including Mar de Pulpi in the charming coastal village of San Juan de los Terreros in Almeria.
Here owners of two-and-three-bedroom town houses and apartments can enjoy sea views, a stroll around landscaped gardens and a choice of four swimming pool areas, plus a whirlpool and sports courts.
Also newly launched is the Pinars de Murada estate on the island of Majorca. The resort, comprising apartments and villas on the east coast of the island is surrounded by trees and dramatic sea views. Facilities include a large pool, café and open-air terrace. Designed for couples and families, prices start from Euro 345,000 (£249,740).
“I would have bought in a heartbeat as TM offers a full service,” adds Andrew who lives with his wife Sophia and two daughters in South West London.
“They look after your property when you’re not there. In hindsight I would have bought by the sea as your view is guaranteed. On a golf resort the 18th green could turn into a cow field.”
With TM people can buy off plan or wait until the development is finished. “You just have to look at the company’s history to know they can be trusted,” says Andrew. “It’s such a plus when a developer finishes a scheme. I couldn’t believe it. I’m so not used to that experience.”
There are also various rental options if owner’s want to use their property for investment.
“Restaurants are working, amenities are there and they are staffed year round,” Andrew explains. “It’s not like some places where you turn up and it looks like a ghost town. And the children’s areas are contained too, so if you just want to have a quiet relaxing time you are not disturbed.”
There has been a lot of bad press about buying property in Spain and people do need to be wary. Even so it is still the most popular overseas destination for British retirees looking for a second home. Buyers should hire an English-speaking lawyer who is not local so you can be assured you are getting a trustworthy and independent service.
“I really like the design of the properties too,” Andrew adds. “Bright, spacious and modern, some even have very cool roof terraces with push button opening roofs. I was very impressed. The resorts are very secure too which is reassuring for older buyers. They are not as open as some but that’s the price you pay for security.
“They also have good thick walls – so you don’t hear your neighbour’s loud music or his snoring. Heaven.”
TM property prices start from Euro 94,000 (£68,439). For more information visit www.tmgrupoinmobiliario.com /+34 902 15 15 12