We have just finished a viewing on this property as some clients came in yesterday before we had a chance to upload it and they finished the viewing by saying "it´s perfect, we love it". However, they have a property still on the market so they are unable to buy it now., but what a recommendation.
There are two sets of gates, one remote-controlled for car access and another set for a tractor as a farmer looks after all their land and collects the olives bringing the owners 150 litres per year using the rest of the yield for his payment. It is the common way in this area and something that we have done for 16 years, Having your own olive oil is pretty special. Apart from olives, there are fig trees, one black and one white, apricots, pomegranate, a lemon tree and even an orange tree which is highly unusual at this level above the sea. I nearly forgot, there are three massive blackberry trees that make a natural pergola on the side terrace, sadly, in winter you do not see their real beauty.
The garden areas are truly stunning and the family has a gardener who would be delighted to carry on after the property is sold if required, he also maintains the 10x5 Swimming Pool.
More exterior stuff, there is a garage that is used as a Summer Kitchen as there is so much parking space and naturally shaded areas. A well although there is mains water and electricity, and up to 50MB of internet, and two more storage small outbuildings.
We really should talk about the Villa, the quality of build is the equal of any I have seen and it even has cavity wall insulation, this may not seem a big thing to you living in the UK or in other parts of Europe but cavity wall insulation in Spain is the stuff of dreams. The entire exterior is in perfect condition.
Because there are so many patio areas around the house, the owners chose to have a smaller covered terrace leading into the Villa. Inside there is a long lounge/diner with an iron log burning fireplace which is a stunning feature as well as Air Conditioning that the owners rarely ever use as the villa gets the mountain breeze in summer and is built to withstand the high temperatures of June through to October.
The kitchen is beautifully fitted with high-quality units and has rarely been used as the family, like many Spanish families use the BBQ and Summer Kitchen for nearly all their cooking. The distribution is very Northern European with all the four bedrooms off a hallway rather than the Spanish way of having doors directly into the bedrooms from the lounge. There is a pantry in the kitchen and a door out to a small enclosed patio area and lots of space for storing cleaning products.
Finally, the location, in the most sought-after zone in Sax just 30 minutes to Alicante Airport.
There are no traffic lights, it has a 13th-century castle and there are no traffic wardens but there are streets full of restaurants, bars and cafes. What? That isn´t enough?
Sax is so popular because it is far enough inland to be “inland” yet it is only 30 minutes to Alicante Airport and 35 minutes to the beach. Access is by the A31 Dual Carriageway Alicante to Madrid road which runs just outside of the town, by rail and coach from Alicante so you can go to the beach and not have to take your car, and now we are only five minutes away from the AVE station at Villena. The AVE is the high-speed train from Alicante to Madrid which has only four stops and we are five minutes away from a station that onboarding will you have you in Madrid in 2hrs 9mins for as little as 20€.
Let us stick with the town of Sax for now rather than escaping to the beach or the capital city of Spain. Sax is dominated by its 13th-century castle known as the Headlight And Guardian Of The Border a landscape of history and rock. When driving back home to Sax after daylight the sight of the castle, fully lit, and seemingly floating in the air is one of the most welcoming sights I have ever experienced.
Commercially, Sax was only affected in a minor way by the economic crash as it is the home of three major international businesses selling “persianas y toldos”, window blinds and sun canopies and a shoe industry that means if you recently bought a pair of shoes in Debenhams, for example, the chances are they could have been made in Sax or nearby Elda. Recently we have seen the opening of a Consum supermarket, the equivalent of a Waitrose or Marks & Spencer Food Hall whilst there has been a Hiperber and Mas y Mas, both excellent supermarkets for as long as I can remember, and if that isn´t enough there is a Carrefour (Think Tesco) eight minutes’ drive away within a shopping mall complex that has two cinemas one of which is showing films in English with Spanish subtitles.
Sax is served wonderfully well with schools, our son was eight when we moved here and reluctantly, we put him into a state school, he always went to a private school in Manchester, and within six months he was fluent in two languages and following five years in a secondary school went on to study Pharmacy at Complutense in Madrid one of Spain´s most famous and prestigious universities.
Crime rate; Sax has almost full employment and subsequently a very low crime rate. It is a small town where everyone knows each other and a Spanish family would normally feel shamed if a member was in trouble with the police. Their modern values are the ones we experienced growing up in the UK 50-60 years ago. I parked rather stupidly recently on the Hight Street (Gran Via) even by Spanish standards I was naughty as I popped into the bank. I received a phone call within 90 seconds from the Local Police who called me a “dickhead”, well the Spanish equivalent, no ticket no fine just a little humiliation.
For health, Sax and Spain, in general, is far superior to the UK. In the town, we have a brand new Health Centre with eight doctors, two nurses, diabetes clinics and a 24/7 Emergency Walk/In Centre. Ten minutes away in Elda is the remarkable award-winning University Hospital El Virgen De Salud where the surgeons are second to none and the food is atrocious, well it can’t all be good!! Newly opened is the Fibromyalgia centre offering support and therapies for those suffering from acute pain.
There are now four Language Schools in the town and the town hall ran a scheme for language swapping that well may be run again. Learning Spanish is a lot less difficult than it may seem and there are new ways of learning that concentrate on Spanish.
There are restaurants and bars aplenty with prices that are at first beyond belief and a three or four-course lunch of good quality can easily be found for 10€ or less. For a special occasion, there is Casa Mami and La Torreta which are a little more expensive but great food experiences can be had. Coffee and toast for breakfast will cost no more than 2€ and the coffee is possibly the best in Europe. We have a Walking Group, two Golfing Societies, Ladies Who Lunch and probably lots more Social Activities to enjoy. Sax, it´s a great place to live.
This info given here is subject to errors and do not form part of any contract. The offer can be changed or withdrawn without notice. Prices do not include purchase costs.