Daya Viéja

Old Feb 5th 2006, 5:20 pm
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Greetings from Norway to those of you moving to Daya Viéja. My husband and I bought an apartment in DayaSol Bloque 1 in September of 2004. We love our apartment and our 'new' village! We have the honor of saying we were the very first DayaSol residents to be violated by thieves big style - they carved a hole around our door and pushed the solid door into our living room so that there was a cave-like opening where the door and wall once were. It seems we hired someone to put in a TV satellite connection and (I am almost certain) the well dressed, polite romanian fellows who put it in (and who came 2 hours too early - something worth suspicion in itself in Spain) were behind it. 90% of what was stolen was taken where they had been working 4 days before during their visit. We realized afterwards that we ought to have hidden our digital camera equipment, etc. out of sight while having workers in the apartment, just to be on the safe side. Upon returning from the beach one day, we noticed a morrocan-looking boy with a cell phone at the round-about. This was probably the look out and we could tell that who ever had been there had left just before we returned. At any rate, TM helped us as best they could, and our insurance covered the damages, but it was a real reality-check about saftey in regards to having strangers doing any kind of work in our apartments. After the break-in, the residents of DayaSol 1 agreed to put in the grill-doors protecting the enterances to the second floor apartments, which are more hidden from view than the ground floor apartments. 3 Fridays in a row after the break-in (I stayed 5 weeks - until the apartment was fully secured with gates and alarm) two morrocan-looking men in a sedan came driving around the apartment looking up at our apartment - and finding me staring back at them very suspiciously. But we have taken all the precautions we are able to and now we hope and pray they have given up on us. And the local police have been very good about being seen as well.
Since then we have been in Daya Viéja 9 times - we go there as often as we can, and we love it. It is a wonderful village with proud and kind hearted villagers who patiently put up with our inability to speak spanish...we keep reminding ourselves that we WILL LEARN SPANISH!
There are a lot of frustrating things about moving to a new culture and country but there are a lot of wonderful, exciting things about it as well. One thing many people who move to Spain don't realize is that the holiday homes - like the Daya Sol complexes - are made as holiday homes. They are not permanent residences because they are not built for those purposes. Spanish apartments built for people seeking permanent residences have similar qualities as apartments in most countries - and holiday homes have their standards, which are not the same as permanent homes. This poses problems for a lot of people (storage, noise, etc) and I think TM, for one, have been given a lot of grief unfairly because some people expect the same quality from these holiday homes as they would from a permanent residency.
The investment has been worth it for us and we are happy with our new, second home!
Mary
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Old Feb 6th 2006, 12:50 pm
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we can, and we love it. It is a wonderful village with proud and kind hearted villagers who patiently put up with our inability to speak spanish...we keep reminding ourselves that we WILL LEARN SPANISH!
There are a lot of frustrating things about moving to a new culture and country but there are a lot of wonderful, exciting things about it as well. One thing many people who move to Spain don't realize is that the holiday homes - like the Daya Sol complexes - are made as holiday homes. They are not permanent residences because they are not built for those purposes. Spanish apartments built for people seeking permanent residences have similar qualities as apartments in most countries - and holiday homes have their standards, which are not the same as permanent homes. This poses problems for a lot of people (storage, noise, etc) and I think TM, for one, have been given a lot of grief unfairly because some people expect the same quality from these holiday homes as they would from a permanent residency.
The investment has been worth it for us and we are happy with our new, second home!
Mary
Hi both

We have also bought in Dayasol. We met your husband when we were looking around your block in Sept 04 with a view to buying on Phase 3 and he was very helpful. He said you had just moved in. He may remember talking to us outside the block.

We are sorry to hear about your break-in. We did come over again in Sept 05 to see how the development was progressing and made friends with a couple in your block who told us that you had had a break in. They have also had a front door grill fitted. We wanted to use the same person to fit one for us, but apparently it was arranged through someone else in the block and we were told they had a shop in Daya Nueva. We went down there but couldn't track the person down. We were also told the person doesn't speak any english so it may be a problem. Do you have any information of the guy who fitted it. We are coming over in April for our keys and want to get a grill fitted while were are there.

Has anyone else had any problems with break-ins since?

How do you find the local bars. Someone did say that one of them charges more if you are obviously not spanish.

We thought that TM fitted security doors, but, of course, they are only as strong as the door frame around it. We were thinking maybe we would have a steel roller shutter door fitted in front of the door.

Have you managed to get a landline from Telefonica yet?

Has phase 2 now been handed over. Is anyone living there yet?

There is quite a bit of building going on there now. We saw the Costa Blanca homes properties over the road when we went in Sept. Cheaper than TM's and not much smaller. If we had seen them first we would have bought from them as we could have afforded to put a small pool in the garden with what we saved.

Ours is a three bed duplex. From what I understand TM have changed the build quality since phase 1 and there is supposed to be quite a lot of sound proofing now between properties and between floors. We looked at loads of properties and none of them had the square metres that TM's properties have. They also didn't have the utility area that we will have and the understairs cupboard. I don't think people think about storage and whether their dishwashers and washing machines will fit in the kitchen when they look around. We wanted a semi or detached property but they were all too small for permanent living with our budget, so we ended up with this property for these reasons. We are still not 100% sure whether we have done the right thing.

We enjoyed the fiesta last September and the people there seem very friendly. We met the lady who does spanish lessons and we hope to go to her when we come out permanently.

All of this does concern us as we will not be living there for maybe 2/3 years so it is a worry when you are not there.

Good to hear from someone who has bought there.
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Originally Posted by Gill Stevens
we can, and we love it. It is a wonderful village with proud and kind hearted villagers who patiently put up with our inability to speak spanish...we keep reminding ourselves that we WILL LEARN SPANISH!
There are a lot of frustrating things about moving to a new culture and country but there are a lot of wonderful, exciting things about it as well. One thing many people who move to Spain don't realize is that the holiday homes - like the Daya Sol complexes - are made as holiday homes. They are not permanent residences because they are not built for those purposes. Spanish apartments built for people seeking permanent residences have similar qualities as apartments in most countries - and holiday homes have their standards, which are not the same as permanent homes. This poses problems for a lot of people (storage, noise, etc) and I think TM, for one, have been given a lot of grief unfairly because some people expect the same quality from these holiday homes as they would from a permanent residency.
The investment has been worth it for us and we are happy with our new, second home!
Mary
Hi both

We have also bought in Dayasol. We met your husband when we were looking around your block in Sept 04 with a view to buying on Phase 3 and he was very helpful. He said you had just moved in. He may remember talking to us outside the block.

We are sorry to hear about your break-in. We did come over again in Sept 05 to see how the development was progressing and made friends with a couple in your block who told us that you had had a break in. They have also had a front door grill fitted. We wanted to use the same person to fit one for us, but apparently it was arranged through someone else in the block and we were told they had a shop in Daya Nueva. We went down there but couldn't track the person down. We were also told the person doesn't speak any english so it may be a problem. Do you have any information of the guy who fitted it. We are coming over in April for our keys and want to get a grill fitted while were are there.

Has anyone else had any problems with break-ins since?

How do you find the local bars. Someone did say that one of them charges more if you are obviously not spanish.

We thought that TM fitted security doors, but, of course, they are only as strong as the door frame around it. We were thinking maybe we would have a steel roller shutter door fitted in front of the door.

Have you managed to get a landline from Telefonica yet?

Has phase 2 now been handed over. Is anyone living there yet?

There is quite a bit of building going on there now. We saw the Costa Blanca homes properties over the road when we went in Sept. Cheaper than TM's and not much smaller. If we had seen them first we would have bought from them as we could have afforded to put a small pool in the garden with what we saved.

Ours is a three bed duplex. From what I understand TM have changed the build quality since phase 1 and there is supposed to be quite a lot of sound proofing now between properties and between floors. We looked at loads of properties and none of them had the square metres that TM's properties have. They also didn't have the utility area that we will have and the understairs cupboard. I don't think people think about storage and whether their dishwashers and washing machines will fit in the kitchen when they look around. We wanted a semi or detached property but they were all too small for permanent living with our budget, so we ended up with this property for these reasons. We are still not 100% sure whether we have done the right thing.

We enjoyed the fiesta last September and the people there seem very friendly. We met the lady who does spanish lessons and we hope to go to her when we come out permanently.

All of this does concern us as we will not be living there for maybe 2/3 years so it is a worry when you are not there.

Good to hear from someone who has bought there.[/QUOTE]

Hi Gill! Nice to hear from you - yes I remember my husband told me about the talk he had with you.
I have copied out your note and will find the information you need and will get back to you as soon as I can.
There have been no break-ins since ours to DayaSol - but there have been two at the complex of fincas at the other end of town towards Daya Nueva (on the left when leaving Daya Vieja).
I can get you connected to the english fellow who did the gates for us - but must first contact him.
Local Bars - El Loco is nice enough but the owner insists on having the music on SUPERLOUD and he has chased away a lot of customers. There is another bar in town and they plan on putting out chairs and tables along the outside of their bar facing the Town Square (the church is on the opposite side of the square).
There is an expensive-ish, spanish restaurant, which is very nice and there is an exclusive, expensive restaurant as well and they serve delicious meals and tapas there.
We are connected to Telefonica but are having trouble with our computer connection - we have it supposedly but our computer says otherwise. We are paying for a service we have yet to get. But then we have a WONDERFUL, spanish (english speaking) computer specialist in Benijofer who is helping us out.
It is always scarey to make such a move by investing as we have, there are certainly no guarantees it will turn out as we would have liked, but we feel comfortable about having chosen TM - DayaSol and Daya Veija and we expect to enjoy our apartment there for many years to come (in between the frustrating bits of having to take 10 steps forward and 9 steps back when trying to get things done).
One thing we certainly have in common is our sense of adventure!
Back soon with the gate information - Sjur and I are coming down from the end of February to the beginning of March and then again in April - perhaps we can get together!
Mary
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Originally Posted by Sjur and Mary Knudsen
We have the honor of saying we were the very first DayaSol residents to be violated by thieves big style - they carved a hole around our door and pushed the solid door into our living room so that there was a cave-like opening where the door and wall once were. It seems we hired someone to put in a TV satellite connection and (I am almost certain) the well dressed, polite romanian fellows who put it in (and who came 2 hours too early - something worth suspicion in itself in Spain) were behind it. 90% of what was stolen was taken where they had been working 4 days before during their visit. We realized afterwards that we ought to have hidden our digital camera equipment, etc. out of sight while having workers in the apartment, just to be on the safe side.
That's an ooch!!

I'd also suggest taking the same precautions when moving house and when having decorating or building work done. Whilst our removals men were very good and even handed over a few notes I had stashed as a cash reserve, we had several items disappear to either the electricians doing the move and/or the decorators doing some work.

If you're too busy to be standing over their shoulder, don't be too busy to just hide the valuable small stuff. It's the work of a moment to pocket something that won't be noticed until too late.
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Old Feb 6th 2006, 5:23 pm
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Hi again
Thanks for your quick reply. Its such a small world. We cannot believe that you have put a post on the forum that we use and that we spoke to Sjur back in 2004.

We will wait to hear back from you with the info.

We have spent many hours on the internet researching things and what to do. The trouble is you tend to get 10 different answers to your questions. We have found the forums to be invaluable though.

Have you seen anyone move in to Phase 2 yet?

Where in Norway do you live? We went skiing there a few years ago - Hemsedal. Great ski runs, but didn't go out at night as the cost of drinks was so expensive. We went dog sledging and on the skidoos. Fantastic.

That would be great to meet up for a chat if you are there at the same time as us. We will let you know when we get our completion date.

Gill and Ray
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Old Feb 8th 2006, 3:14 pm
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Hi Gill - here is the address of the fellow who put in a really nice gate for our neighbor - his doesn't rust as opposed to ours - and it was cheaper - and he is english so there is no language problem.
Good Luck!
Mary

The contact is Jon Peers Tel# <<Admin Edit - Please do not post peoples personal information on a public forum without their consent. Information like this can be shared via PM (Private Message)>>

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