We have bought land

View of Las Negras taken yesterday indicating our plot

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.

Looking into the plot from the road

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.

The street in front. It is a quiet cul de sac with just 1 house either side of us

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.

From the back of the plot looking towards the road

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.

Chumbos and figs lining the plot

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.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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4 Responses to We have bought land

  1. Yves Cantraine says:

    Hello! Well done! Congratulations! Do you have an architect?

  2. Mike says:

    Hello Margaret, We have been looking for a place to purchase in Spain for three years, last week we spent the week in Las Negras and LOVE it, it is the area we want to live in. I am interested in how you found your lot? There is some open development there, but not any for sale signs on lots? Can you give us some direction of a contact? Thank you and GOOD luck, I have built a house before, it is a LOT of work, but well worth it to get what you want! Mike

    • No Problem. There are plots for sale at a good price and we know all about the planning process havinf been through it ourselves.
      Mt husband Digby will reply in detail later.
      Best wishes

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