A Place in the Sun

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A Place in the Sun

In the 22 years it has been on our screens, A Place in the Sun has become a household name. The show takes you to sunny locations all over the world with several spin off shows including A Place in France, A Place in Greece, A Place in Spain, A Place in the Sun: Home or Away?, A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun and several others.

A Place in the Sun’s original format seeks out British families hoping to find their dream home in the sun. The participants tell the show’s researchers exactly what they are looking for. This may include the location, number of bedrooms, local amenities and so on. The show itself then follows the presenter showing them around 5 or so properties they believe to be suitable. 

Over the years, A Place in the Sun has inspired thousands of Brits to begin their own search for a property in the sun. At Movehappy, we are based on the Costa Blanca South of Spain and find that many of our clients still talk about A Place in the Sun, Spain which we were actually featured on back in 2012! In particular it seems the show first of all informs its viewers just how much they can get for their money compared to other European countries and in the UK. Secondly, as well as showcasing the properties on offer, A Place in the Sun shows you the local areas too. We have had many clients contacting us about properties in areas they have seen on the show. One of the most popular areas which has featured on the show many times is the Costa Blanca.

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A Place in the Sun – Costa Blanca South

The Costa Blanca region is located in the South of Spain in the province of Alicante. This magnificent coastline is over 200 kilometres long and its location on the Mediterranean offers a fabulous climate with over 300 days of sunshine every year. 

This stunning coast has something for everyone. From larger towns with vibrant atmospheres such as Benidorm and Torrevieja to traditional quaint fishing villages such as San Pedro del Pinatar. Inland, you can enjoy a calmer way of life while enjoying the beautiful scenery and mountainous backdrop.

The Costa Blanca has become an increasingly popular area for expats including those buying a holiday home in Spain or moving permanently. In the southern area of the Costa Blanca south of Alicante the mountains are further from the coast meaning there are larger expanses of flat land compared to the north making it the perfect area for building to take place. You will never be short of choice when looking for places to buy in Spain on the Costa Blanca and in particular, on the Costa Blanca South.

The Southern Costa Blanca featured on A Place in the Sun on 7th September 2020. Presented by Scarlette Douglas, the episode followed Sandra and Robert from Greater Manchester on their search for the perfect holiday home. The couple declared themselves cycling mad, one of the things which attracted them to the Costa Blanca South. The area is very popular with cyclists due to its all year Mediterranean climate and endless cycle routes. For this reason, a storage space for their bikes was an important requirement as well as wanting to be within a short walk of the beach. With a £100,000 budget, Scarlette showed them around 5 different properties.

The first property shown to Sandra and Robert was a 2 bedroom apartment for sale in La Zenia. The apartment had two double bedrooms, a bathroom, large terrace and a rooftop solarium with sea views. There was also a large communal swimming pool. It was valued at £100,000 at the time of filming.

La Zenia Beach 2022

Property number two was a recently renovated two bedroom apartment, this time located in La Florida. Located 5 minutes from the supermarket and a 30 minute walk to the coast the apartment had open plan living, a balcony, large rooftop terrace with distant sea views and access to a communal pool. At the time of filming the apartment was valued at £102,586.

The third shown to Sandra and Robert was a 2 bedroom townhouse property for sale in Las Ramblas. It had access to three lovely communal pools and an astonishing five outside spaces at the house itself including a front garden, two terraces, a balcony and a rooftop solarium. The house was valued £111,207 at at the time of filming.

Property number four was another townhouse, this time with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, located in the popular area of Villamartin. As well as three bedrooms the house had several outdoor areas including a front garden and terrace, another patio, a balcony and a rooftop terrace. It also had access to five lovely communal pools and other facilities on offer within the complex. It was valued at £103,448 at the time of filming.

The fifth and final property Sandra and Robert viewed on A Place in the Sun was a two bedroom, one bathroom bungalow located in Cabo Roig close to the popular strip and the beach. The bungalow consisted of two double bedrooms, a bathroom, living room with semi separate kitchen, outside spaces and a rooftop terrace with sea views and access to the communal swimming pool. The final property was valued at £107,716 at the time that filming took place.

After they had seen all five properties, Sandra and Robert decided that there were two contenders; the townhouse in Las Ramblas and the bungalow in Cabo Roig. In the end their decision came down to location and they decided to put an offer in for the Cabo Roig bungalow, just a short walk to the beach. They began their negotiations with an offer of £90,000. The owner declined the offer saying they would accept closer to £99,000 and so Sandra and Robert offered £95,000. They then settled and agreed on a final price of £97,000, just over £10,000 below the asking price. Sandra and Robert were delighted with their new property close to the sunny Mediterranean coast in Cabo Roig on the Costa Blanca. 

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Buy A Place in the Sun with Movehappy

If like Sandra and Robert, you are ready to begin your search to buy A Place in The Sun, Movehappy can help make that dream come true! Our aim is to make your property buying journey in the South of Spain an enjoyable and stress free experience. 

Movehappy are located on the Costa Blanca South and specialise in new build properties. We of course have many properties for sale on the Costa Blanca and also have plenty of properties for sale on the Costa Calida. You will find a fantastic selection of apartments, townhouses and villas starting at around €100,000. Prices go up to over €3,000,000 so we have something available no matter your budget. All properties come with our unique Movehappy package, saving you up to €18,000!

Before travelling to Spain for your viewing trip we will discuss your property requirements with you at length in order to select the right properties to show you during your visit. We will discuss the property itself as well as the location, local amenities and any other requirements you may have. 

Jetting off to A Place in the Sun - Property for sale in Spain

Upon your arrival to Spain we are of course happy to collect you from either Murcia or Alicante airports. On the days of property viewings we are again happy to pick you up and drive you to each property so that all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way. We will show you as many properties that are necessary to find your new dream property in the sun. We will also show you the local area and everything it has to offer. 

After finding your dream property in the sun and deciding to go ahead with the purchase, we will introduce you to our English speaking Lawyers. Everything will be taken care of for you. We will also ensure you have enough free time to explore and enjoy this beautiful part of the world too. We want your property buying journey to be stress free from beginning to end.

If you have any questions about buying property in Spain, places to buy in Spain, you would like to discuss beginning your exciting property buying journey or anything else at all then please feel free to contact us here at Movehappy. We are always here to help!

You can watch A Place in the Sun by clicking here. Enjoy!

About A Place in the Sun

In the 22 years it has now been on our screens, A Place in the Sun has become more and more popular with Brits in the UK that dream of one day living abroad. With several spin off shows including  A Place in the Sun: Home or Away?, A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun, A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun and several others, it has inspired thousands to take that plunge and buy a property abroad.

The original format of A Place in the Sun follows British families on their search to find their new dream property in the sun. Having given the show’s researchers a list of requirements, the presenter shows them around three or four properties they believe to be suitable. 

The show takes you to sunny locations all over the world including the sunny South of Spain where we ourselves at Movehappy are based. A Place in the Sun is still a show which comes up during conversations with our clients. It has inspired many to take the first step and make contact with estate agents in Spain. We have had many clients contacting us about properties in areas they have seen on the show. One of the most popular areas which has featured on the show many times is Torrevieja which is where the Movehappy offices are now located.

A Place in the Sun - Torrevieja

A Place in the Sun – Torrevieja

Torrevieja is a coastal city located on the sunny Costa Blanca where a beautiful Mediterranean climate can be enjoyed all year round. With over 300 days of sunshine every year it has become an increasingly popular area for expats and has grown significantly in recent years. 

Torrevieja most recently appeared on A Place in the Sun on 30th April 2012 presented by Jean Johansson. The episode followed David and Peter, brothers from Wolverhampton on their property search in November/December 2020. With a large extended family, they were searching for the perfect holiday home in Torrevieja or the surrounding area on the Costa Blanca to suit the whole family. They wanted three bedrooms, access to a communal pool and to be close to amenities such as bars, shops, restaurants and a golf course.

After a year of tirelessly researching the area and searching for the perfect property they turned to A Place in the Sun. They had a budget of £80,000-£100,000 and were shown five suitable properties in the area.

The first property they were shown was a 3 bedroom townhouse in Villamartin. Villamartin is located 4 kilometres inland from the coast at La Zenia and just 10 kilometres from Torrevieja and is known for its famous championship Villamartin Golf Course and the many blue flag beaches it has nearby. As well as its three bedrooms, the property comprised one and a half bathrooms, open plan lounge/dining room, separate kitchen, a balcony, rooftop solarium and lovely communal swimming pool. The townhouse was within walking distance of local amenities and was valued at just £98,214 at the time of filming.

The second property David and Peter were taken to was a three bedroom semi-detached house in El Galan which is located between Villamartin and Campoamor. In addition to its three bedrooms the property had spacious open plan living and a communal swimming pool. The several balconies and terraces caught viewers attention offering distant sea views, all valued at £106,250 at the time of filming.

Property number three was a three bedroom bungalow in La Marina, 20 minutes north of Torrevieja. It had open plan living, a lovely communal pool, an outdoor space and a huge rooftop solarium/terrace. The property was within walking distance of local amenities and was valued at the fantastic price of just £93,750 at the time of filming.

The fourth property viewed by David and Peter was the cheapest, valued at just £75,893 at the time of filming. It was located in the popular expat town of Ciudad Quesada. As well as being the cheapest, this townhouse had four bedrooms, lots of outside space including a courtyard and large rooftop terrace as well as access to a communal swimming pool. The house needed some work but was full of potential. 

Property number five took them back to La Marina to a three bedroom, two bathroom bungalow. All three bedrooms were doubles and the open plan living space was also spacious. The bonus here was the large basement area which would be perfect for entertaining. In terms of outside space, it had a large split level terrace as well as a large rooftop solarium/terrace and access to a large communal swimming pool. The property was valued at £102,679 at the time of filming.

David and Peter fell in love with property number five – the bungalow in La Marina. At the end of the episode we saw them have an offer of £92,000 accepted. So, what happened next? Within three or four hours of the offer being accepted they had put down a deposit of €10,000 to secure the property. At the time of the episode being aired on television in April 2021 they were simply waiting for travel back to Spain to complete the sale and become the new owners of their dream property in the sun!

A Place in the Sun - Torrevieja - Properties for sale

Buy A Place in the Sun with Movehappy

If like David and Peter, you have been searching for your dream home in the sun with no luck or you are just beginning your journey now, at Movehappy we operate in a similar way to A Place in the Sun and aim to make your property buying journey an enjoyable and stress free experience. We specialise in new build properties in Torrevieja and the rest of the Costa Blanca South and Costa Calida. We have hundreds of new properties available including many stunning properties for sale in Torrevieja itself. You will find a fantastic selection of apartments and villas with something for all budgets and with our unique Movehappy package you will save up to €18,000 on all new build properties.

3 Bed Apartment For Sale In Torrevieja

Before you travel to Spain we will discuss your property requirements, narrow down your search and organise a schedule for your viewing trip. When you arrive in Spain we are always happy to collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. When it comes to the property viewings we are again happy to pick you up so all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. We will show you as many properties that are necessary to find your new dream property in the sun. Not only will we show you the properties selected but we will also show you the local area and everything it has to offer. 

Once you have found your dream property with Movehappy we will introduce you to our English speaking Lawyers. Everything will be taken care of for you. Of course you will have plenty of free time to explore and enjoy this beautiful part of the world too. We want your experience to be stress free from the beginning right up to when you are holding the keys in your hand.

If you have any questions about buying property in Spain or you would like to discuss beginning your exciting property buying journey or anything else please feel free to contact us here at Movehappy. We are always here to help!

You can watch A Place in the Sun by clicking here. Enjoy!

The popular television show A Place in the Sun was first seen on our screens 22 years ago in 2000. The show follows British families property hunting in sunny locations all over the world including the sunny South of Spain. Generally, the presenter will show the buyer three or four different properties chosen by their researchers. You will then find out whether or not they decided to purchase a property or not. 

As Spanish estate agents in the South of Spain, we at Movehappy have found A Place in the Sun to be a programme which comes up in conversation with our clients on a regular basis. Having appeared on A Place in the Sun Series 6: Summer Sun in 2012 we have always followed the show ourselves.

A PLACE IN THE SUN - VILLAMARTIN PLAZA!

A Place in the Sun grew in popularity in the years following its original release and several spin off shows have since been made including A Place in France, A Place in Greece, A Place in Spain and A Place in Slovakia. There have also been several sister shows to include A Place in the Sun: By The Sea, A Place in the Sun: Home or Away?, A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun, A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun and A Place in the Sun: Home or USA. The original show has recently made a comeback, returning to the original format. 

Who presents A Place in the Sun?

A Place in the Sun has had many different presenters over the years. Some of the more well known presenters include Amanda Lamb, Jasmine Harman, Jonnie Irwin and Laura Hamilton. Many of the original presenters are still working on the show now.

A Place in the Sun, Spain

The original format of the show follows those looking for properties for a number of reasons. You will come across those looking to retire to the sun permanently, those looking for holiday homes or a permanent move abroad. You will also see people with different budgets meaning as a viewer of the show you get to see a variety of property types in different sunny locations all over the world.

At Movehappy, we are based on the sunny Costa Blanca in the South of Spain. We sell new build properties on the Costa Blanca, Costa Calida, Costa Almeria and Costa del Sol, all areas which are regularly featured on A Place in the Sun in Spain.

We have found that A Place in the Sun Spain has in many cases been what has inspired our clients to begin dreaming of a life in the sun. First of all, it shows you first hand what you are able to get for money in the different locations. Many people are for example unaware that you are able to buy a brand new contemporary villa with 3 bedrooms and a private pool for as little as €159,000 (see image below) or a brand new apartment with a communal pool for as little as €100,000. Of course, seeing this reality makes us compare what we have for the same in the UK and begin dreaming of a life in the sun.

3-bedroom-villa-sucina-murcia-residential-aire-limpio A Place in the Sun, Spain

The show not only enables the viewer to see what kind of properties are available at different budgets but also gives brilliant insight into what different areas have to offer.

The Southern Costas in Spain are located on the Mediterranean Sea offering a perfect Mediterranean climate. The summers are long and hot and the winter temperatures rarely go below a pleasant 15 degrees. With miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, traditional Spanish culture, stunning mountainous backdrops, palm trees and blue seas it is no wonder that A Place in the Sun has people wanting to buy their dream home here in Spain.

Buying a Place in the Sun

If you are looking to buy a place in the sun you have come to the right place! At Movehappy we specialise in new build properties and have hundreds available on the Costa Blanca South and the Costa Calida. Our available properties vary in price from  €100,000 up to over €3,000,000 meaning we have something available for all budgets. Even better, every property we sell comes with our unique Movehappy package saving you up to €18,000! As well as a variety of budgets we offer a variety of property types so whether you are looking for a sea view apartment, a luxury villa or a golf location property, we have something for everyone.

You will find that many of the properties and property developments we have on our books are in areas featured on more recent episodes on A Place in the Sun. For example, the most recent episode which aired on 26th April 2021 shows a family looking for a home on the Orihuela Costa which is located on the sunny Southern Costa Blanca. They have a budget of €100,000 and view 5 different properties in different popular locations including Villamartin, Cabo Roig, Ciudad Quesada, Playa Flamenca and La Florida.

When discussing the show A Place in the Sun with our clients at Movehappy, we often get asked if we operate in a similar way to the television show in terms of selecting and viewing properties. At Movehappy we aim to make your property buying journey an enjoyable and stress free experience. As fans of the show and having appeared on the show ourselves we strive to do even better! 

Before you travel to Spain we will discuss your property requirements at length in order to narrow down your search and organise a schedule for your viewing trip. When you arrive in Spain we are always happy to collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. When it comes to the property viewings we are again happy to pick you up so all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. We will show you as many properties that are necessary to find your new dream property in the sun. Not only will we show you the properties selected but we will show you the local area and everything it has to offer. 

property for sale A Place in the Sun, Spain

Once you have found your dream property we will introduce you to our English speaking Lawyers. Everything will be taken care of for you. Of course you will have plenty of free time to explore and enjoy this beautiful part of the world too. We want your experience to be stress free from the beginning right up to when you are holding the keys in your hand.

If you have any questions about buying property in Spain, places to buy in Spain, you would like to discuss beginning your exciting property buying journey or anything else at all then please feel free to contact us here at Movehappy. We are always here to help!

You can watch A Place in the Sun by clicking here. Enjoy!

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