Calle Edgar Degas 23, Pinosol, Javea, 03730 Alicante, Spain
2001 – we found this established villa on a good urbanisation, something that proved vital as the Valencia ‘Land Grab’ started to mean some people living in the countryside faced problems.
We had friends in Javea who pointed us in the right direction for local advisors and so avoided many of the pitfalls. However dealing with retailers and tradesmen was a new art form that we had to experience.
One thing we did learn was to choose local tradesmen who worked hard and inexpensively, while the ex-pats seemed mostly to have been ‘promoted’ merely by landing in Spain – many labourers became master builders by this metamorphosis.
We had a swimming pool put in and later expanded the house significantly but this was only ever a holiday home.
We found our trips here incredibly relaxing, we slept deeply and had the most amazingly vivid dreams – and then I ruined it all. I felt that there needed to be a restaurant guide to the town, there were so many places to eat.
I developed and launched the Javea Guide, a ‘yellow pages’ and map of the town, issued free to all but funded by advertising from restaurants, shops and services. Now every time I was in Spain I was selling adverts, taking pictures, collecting money or issuing guides.
My Spanish was non-existent. It’s still pretty cursory, but I actually learned to sell adverts in Span-glish. It was an annual publication and I sold all the adverts in about a dozen or thirteen selling days. It was a return to my early years; I found that businesses will spend £200 or €200 without any problems of budget or convoluted decision process. You created a desire and they bought it!
We found it increasingly difficult to spend time here and the children weren’t using it either so we sold it in 2005 thinking we’d been there and done that – but we were back in Javea within two years buying a proper home at Colomer.