Wednesday, May 19, 2004
The buildings scale can be seen here in this view from the second entrance. To make use of this entrance with it's flatter access road; would mean putting in a road across the garden to the garage which is situated on the far side of the building. The car is parked at the garage entrance.
The horses were not included unfortunately, the large stallion in the left foreground was particularly friendly and followed me around the garden. He nuzzled be continually as I attempted to take my photographs of the property.
The front entrance to the Villa is uninviting. The large scale of the building is emphasized by the steps leading to the front door. Steps constructed in concrete but roughly rendered give a poor impression.
This is the first view of the house as you approach from the main road. There is a second entrance across the land on the south side of the house.
What we thought of as a new house when viewed it on the internet is obviously in need of updating. And in many areas the house needs to 'finished'.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
This land surrounding the house is urban which means construction subject to planning regulations should be possible. The land to the right of this area is the finca which is non urbanisable and can only be used for farming.
This unmade road is the main access to the house, although we were told by the house owner it is a private road it is in fact owned by the local authority.
The yellow coloured building is a storage facility owned by a door manufacturer who is based in the village. That storage building was built by the owner of this house, and he operated it as a bread bakery. Eight years ago the property was divided and sold by a bank who had forclosed his mortgage.
The concrete slab inside the wall is the top of the old septic tank 'fos-septica' although the house is now connected to the village water and sewerage systems.
Outside the fence is the shared private road; it is shared by the owner of the house, the factory storage, the partialy constructed house and an adjoining farmer.
Monday, May 17, 2004
This Villa had been constructed 17 years earlier but remained unfinished. The facade had crumbling cornice, was unpainted and the lower half was roughly rendered.
When we spoke to builders and agents they told us that the rendered area should be finished with a stone facing material, applied in an irregular pattern, the stone material is called 'Piedra' ; from the Latin for Peter - 'and on this rock I shall build...'
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Almond plantations in full bloom against the bluest of skies in
Throughout our travels we were becoming aware, through media reports, that access to water was of major concern to the peoples of
Coastal areas often seemed to be over developed. A hive of activity in the busy summer months but deserted and forlorn in the winter time.
The increasingly arid south was loosing out in our estimation to the greener north country.
Friday, May 07, 2004
Our journey around
The principal area of our search was the eastern coast of