Friday, July 24, 2009

Jerez offers Real Spain, then, but not too Spanish

British property-hunters looking for an authentic Spanish environment can look for the Andalucian city of Jerez, according to reports.

Located inland, in the province of Cadiz in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southwestern Spain, Jerez holds worldwide acclaim for its sherry and brandy production. The city is equally famous for its fine horses as well as Flamenco music and dance. The property prices are reasonable and not very cheap in the southern Andalusian city. Like much of Andalusia, Jerez has a rich Moorish heritage and the city has been occupied by different cultures. Besides, Jerez is communicated very well through a great network of highways, railroad and airport.

Tony Haslam, a finance broker from Ormskirk in Lancashire having already bought on a golf development near Granada, he’s just expanded his portfolio to Jerez. He says, "It's unspoilt, it hasn't seen tourism like the coast. And, as in Granada, I don’t feel I’d be reliant on overseas buyers if I come to sell. There's a big take-up by Spanish nationals. Jerez is that little bit special - and not particularly expensive."

Barbara Wood, who covers Andalusia for The Property Finders search agency, says "the area is not always a cheap option. It is favored by top-end Spaniards and country properties tend to come with lots of land." There has been an influx of wealthy Spaniards from other areas buying hobby farms of 100-200 acres.

According to, the old town’s narrow streets conceal magnificent palaces ripe for renovation - but they could prove a challenge for even the most ardent property hunter. Property specialist, Karen Robinson has stated that Jerez has largely escaped the notice of foreign buyers - until now. But with its palatial piles, attractive prices and easy access to golf and seaside resorts, all that's about to change.