Spanish beach and golf property roundup – which works best as a second home?

  • Taylor Wimpey España reports British buyer growth of nearly 70%, as second home buyers choose between golf and beachfront homes
  • Costa del Sol emerges as clear favourite for British holiday home buyers
  • Buyers increasingly conscious of the physical and mental health benefits of buying by the beach or on a golf course

 

Is it better to choose a beach property with soothing sea views or a golf home surrounded by life-affirming greenery? It’s a choice that leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has been analysing based on buyer trends. Either way, Sales and Marketing Director Marc Pritchard observes that second home buyers are increasingly conscious of the physical and mental health benefits they can derive from their choice of holiday property.

 

“Buyers want second homes they can relax in and that will serve as an antidote to how hectic modern life can be. Many seek properties close to the beach or surrounded by greenery, with a specific focus on destressing and embracing an active holiday lifestyle in the fresh air.”

 

The physical and mental health benefits of spending time in greenery – known as shinrin yoku or forest bathing in Japan – include a reduction in stress hormone production, lower blood pressure, a lower heart rate and a boost to the immune system. Spending time near the sea, meanwhile, can increase serotonin levels, reduce stress and, with regular swimming in cool water, support higher levels of a ‘cold-shock’ protein in the blood that can delay the onset of dementia.

 

For those buying second homes in Spain, the search for both golf and beach properties often leads to the Costa del Sol. Taylor Wimpey España reports that this is the preferred area for British buyers. The firm has seen British buyer numbers grow by almost 70% during January to June 2024, compared to the same period of 2023. Britons are the third largest group out of the 33 nationalities to whom Taylor Wimpey España has sold homes so far this year.

 

With around 150km of coastline and more than 70 golf courses, the Costa del Sol has plenty to appeal to second home buyers seeking both beachfront and golf course properties. Indeed, those who choose carefully can often benefit from both a frontline golf position and proximity to the beach.

 

“The Costa del Sol’s wealth of superb golf courses and beautiful beaches means that buyers here are spoiled for choice. Whether they want greenery, sea views or both, there are homes to meet all preferences.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

 

To help buyers understand the extensive range of properties available in the Costa del Sol and elsewhere, Taylor Wimpey España has rounded up a selection of homes designed to meet different needs:

 

The wallet-friendly golf option: At Sunny Golf, prices start from €295,000 plus VAT, providing exceptional value for these homes in Estepona (Malaga). The bright, airy apartments and penthouses overlook the golf course, with a choice of private gardens, large terraces and spacious solariums, depending on which of the three storeys buyers prefer.

 

The luxury choice: A key-ready penthouse at Marbella Lake, in Nueva Andalucía, Marbella, provides buyers with extensive surrounding greenery to aid destressing. The waterside setting is also ideal for relaxing on the terrace, whether dining al fresco or simply drinking in the scenery. Prices start from €895,000 plus VAT for a three-bedroom penthouse providing panoramic views over the Viejo del Angel water reservoir, the Marbella coastline and the golf courses at Los Naranjos, Las Brisas and Aloha.

 

The best for beachside living: Homes near the sea don’t come much better than Bella Beach in Denia (Alicante). These Costa Blanca properties are priced from €355,000 plus VAT, with just three apartments left for sale. Due for completion in October 2024, the contemporary homes enjoy a prime beachfront position with outstanding sea views.

 

The ultimate coastal exploration hotspot: Breeze at Balcón de Finestrat in Alicante is the ideal base for exploring the local coastline. Finestrat is surrounded by more than 10 km of beaches: Cala de Finestrat, Cala del Mal Pas, Cala Fonda, Cala Mallaeta, Carritxar, El Asparalló, El Bon Nou, El Charco, El Parais, El Tío Roig, El Torres, Estudiantes, La Almadraba, La Caleta, Playa Centro, Playa de Poniente and Raco Conill. The homes at Breeze include apartments, townhouses, semi-detached houses and villas, with prices starting from just €274,000 plus VAT.

 

The best for island life: The two-storey townhouses with private gardens and spacious terraces at Aura in Artà, Mallorca, are ideally place for enjoying life on the island. The charming town is known for its excellent local gastronomy and bustling produce market, while the surrounding Llevant Nature Park offers hiking routes that snake through impressive scenery, with pine-covered hills, sheer cliffs and hidden coves. Meanwhile, the nearby unspoiled beaches of Cala Torta and Cala Mesquida deliver crystalline waters, golden sands and a tranquil refuge. Priced from €835,000 plus VAT, the homes at Aura are rated A for their energy efficiency.