Two weeks ago we completed the purchase of a plot of land in Las Negras. As most of you know we are renting Las Totobias so have been looking around for somewhere to buy. Las Totobias is for sale – http://countryhouseforsale.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/las-totobias-is-for-sale/ – and although it is a lovely house in a beautiful location it is not suitable for us in the long term.
The plot we have bought is on the urbanisation Cortijos de Las Negras so the house we are going to build can still be described as a country house. The plot is about 550 sq. metres and about 5 minutes walk from the village centre, beach and coastal footpaths. It is also about 50 metres from a rambla via which are excellent rural walks into the mountains. It is fenced, lined with trees including olive, fig, orange, lemon and laurel and quite private. Also it is a very sunny plot which is important in Spain during the winter months.
This is the fourth property we have bought in Spain during the last ten years therefore we know a lot about the purchasing process and the property market but enough has been written on this subject so we will not write about this but we will mention the building process.
On this zone of the urbanisation the Ayuntamiento in Nijar, our governing town, permits houses whose total square metres are no more than 30% of the plot size. The house can have two floors but the first floor must be no more than 50% of the ground floor. We are therefore going for a house of about 160 square metres with a ground floor of 120 including garage/almacen and first floor of 40 from which there are sea views.
The first stage is for an architect to draw up plans and submit them to the College of Architects in Almeria to be stamped. We hope to have the plans this week and the College takes about 1 week to stamp them. They are then sent to the Town Hall to be approved for the building licence. In the meantime we are organising a geographical survey of the land which is part of the process of obtaining insurance for the 10 year guarantee which new build houses must have. We will continue to update progress on the project on this blog and are happy to answer any questions.