There is an increasing interest in buying in Murcia
The province of Murcia on Spain’s south-eastern coast remains a relatively undeveloped spot compared to the busy Costa del Sol. However, residential development is beginning in certain areas of the province, but in a more restrained manner than earlier developments further down the coast. The easier pace of life in the province, coupled with attractive homes, many amenities, and significantly lower property prices, have led to an increasing interest in buying in Murcia. Transport is quick and easy, with an efficient network of good road and air links; the air links will soon be enhanced by the opening of Corvera Airport in central Murcia.
Construction and development group Polaris World has been established in Murcia for many years and is well-placed to build successful residential and holiday developments that are sure to find ready buyers. One of their developments that is attracting quite a bit of interest at the moment is the Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort. Situated in the village of Sucina, only a 15-minute drive from the historic provincial capital, also called Murcia, this development is situated in the former finca of the ancient Riquelme family. It comprises 1.35 million square meters that will be the site of an 18-hole golf course, 1864 apartments in a walled development, and a town center situated in and around the impressive 19th-century villa built by the former residents. Within the town center, there will be a wide range of services available shops, restaurants, a fitness and spa center, a doctor’s surgery, beauty salons, and many other services. Apart from the magnificent 18-hole course, the golf complex also houses a practice ground, a clubhouse, a pro shop, and a golf academy.
The homes in the Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort are being built in phases, with the residences in the first phase due to be completed by early 2006. Built in small low-rise blocks, all the apartments have two bedrooms and one bathroom. The floor areas of the apartments range from 65 to 75 square meters and terrace sizes vary according to the floor ground- floor apartments have private gardens of approximately 20 square meters and a covered terrace, with first- and second-floor apartments having covered terraces, and the attic apartments on the top floor having a small covered terrace area and a substantial open terrace area.
Each small group of apartments has a communal swimming pool complete with the necessary sanitary facilities and is surrounded by an attractive communal garden area, ideal for relaxing. There is a communal garage under each block to provide secure parking for residents’ cars, with lift access to the floors above. Further security is provided by video surveillance and a 24-hour security service within the enclosed residential areas.
The apartments in the Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort have been designed to conform to the traditional Murcian residential style is elegant, unfussy, and solid. The same ethos is apparent inside the apartments clean lines, quality ceramic tiling, fitted kitchens, and bathrooms. With acoustically and thermally insulated walls, the apartments provide comfortable living for their owners, although, with the help of Polaris Rental, they could also be a good investment opportunity for those seeking rental income and capital gains. Holiday letting should be a success owing to the growing popularity of this area with both Spanish and foreign tourists. There is easy access by both road and air, and the area is becoming increasingly popular with residents of Madrid in search of a second home thanks to the vastly improved road network in this part of Spain.
Most of the apartments in the Hacienda Riquelme development will have frontline views of the prestigious course, which has been designed by Nicklaus Design and comes under the umbrella of the Nicklaus Golf Trail, allowing Hacienda Riquelme owners to play on a selection of championship courses. Property owners in this development also become members of Club Polaris World, enabling them to access services and leisure opportunities in the other Polaris World residential developments; there are several of these within easy reach of Hacienda Riquelme.
Other benefits of owning an apartment in this resort include the many services offered by Polaris World these range from catering services to home decoration, gardening to car hire, and many other services. Polaris Rental can arrange to rent out your apartment, while Polaris Travel can arrange flights, excursions, and other activities, with other services provided by other Polaris companies. With prices ranging from 170,000 Euros, the sale of these apartments has already got off to a good start. The first apartments are due to be handed over early next year, with the whole complex.