Dad retired at 60, just over four years after they bought their plot of land. They had chosen the plan for the villa, taking one of the builder’s standard designs and modifying, extending and altering it in numerous ways to suit their needs. Oddly their UK neighbours also chose the same basic design and also modified it so that by the time the two houses were finished they were quite different.
The main living area was a three bedroom single storey villa which formed the upper floor, reached by a set of stairs build around the curved front of the villa. As the hill sloped away another lower floor (or underbuild) was created which Mum and Dad would use as the garage, utility room and huge games room with a full size table tennis table, darts area and table and chairs, with doors to a covered outside bar, barbeque area and lower garden. (The future owners would convert this into a separate, independent apartment for guests.) The pool was on the main living area level and above that was another garden with petanque courts and fruit trees, and above that two further high level gardens for cacti.
Their friend’s house also had the main living area on the top floor, although this was slightly below street level. They too had a utility area and garage in the floor below but as their plot was steeper they also had another underbuild below that which in time the friend’s turned into a home cinema with the rock of the hillside protruding into the room on one side as a feature! Below that was the pool and garden – it was a long way down from the house terrace to the pool, if I remember correctly it was well over 40 stairs! I think that was possibly my first lesson learnt about buying in Spain – find a reasonably a level plot if you intend staying there into your old age!
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