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Think about the children when buying your property in Spain

Think about the children when buying your property in Spain

If you have kids and you are buying a holiday home on the Costa Del Sol or anywhere in Spain, you probably have more to think about than you first thought. In the time that we have lived here, we have meet many couples who have bought holiday homes here, everything from large villas to small apartments and the general feeling that we get is that in the end, as long are the kids are happy, the parents will be happy.

If you have kids and you are buying a holiday home on the Costa Del Sol or anywhere in Spain, you probably have more to think about than you first thought.

In the time that we have lived here, we have meet many couples who have bought holiday homes here, everything from large villas to small apartments and the general feeling that we get is that in the end, as long are the kids are happy, the parents will be happy.

Most people dream of owning a large holiday villa with its own private pool and swaying palm trees but we have meet people with young kids who say that this is not all it is cracked up to be.

One couple we met were desperate to get other families around to their villa so that the kids had other kids to play with. They told us that they loved the villa but none of the neighbours had kids, they didn’t know anyone and they were finding it difficult to meet other families. Six weeks over the summer with the kids is a long time…

If you compare that experience with the experience of our other friends who live in a complex with a communal pool, I know which place I would rather spend my holidays at.

Our other friends have owned a holiday home in Marbella for about five years. Each year they come back to the house for most of the school holidays. On arriving at the house the kids literally disappear to meet up with the other kids on the complex and they only see them again at mealtimes and when it’s time to fly back!

This has also lead to all the parents meeting each other and over the last few years they have started a “child minding circle” on different nights of the week so each couple can get a way for an evening out on their own if they want to.

A lot of complexes up and down the Spanish coastline have communal pools, on site cafes etc. and whilst this does add to the costs of owning a holiday home it can also greatly increase the pleasure you get from owning it.

Don’t get me wrong, of course I would love a large villa with a pool but I know that if I were buying a holiday home here or anywhere else in the world I would make sure that my kids had the opportunity of meeting other kids.

This article was written by Joanne Harris who helps run the Malaga Airport Guide as well as keeping her own website about actually living the expat life in Nueva Andalucia