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Doer-Upper in Dénia!

Simon and Julie O’Brien are looking forward to transforming a tired property in the Costa Blanca into their perfect holiday pad, after buying a bargain home just minutes from the beach in Dénia.

The couple, from Ilkley in West Yorkshire, completed on their three-bedroom townhouse in December 2015.

Simon O'BrienThey paid just €85,000 for it, excluding fees and taxes, buying through HomeEspaña. The property, which has patios at the front and back, is structurally sound, but needs updating and redecorating.

“It had been left vacant for a few years, as the elderly British owner had returned to the UK for health reasons,” said Simon. “But the work that needs doing was reflected in the price and I’m happy to manage the refurbishment. We estimate it’ll take three to six months to get it how we want it. The work we’re planning includes installing double glazing and air con, repainting throughout and landscaping the outside areas.”

The O’Briens’ property is in an established community called El Palmar, where the couple had holidayed with daughter Ellie in 2015.

“We’ve stayed in Dénia a number of times, but when we stayed in El Palmar I saw a few properties for sale and decided to look into buying there,” added Simon. “I looked on-line and that’s how I found our townhouse and HomeEspaña. The team there were great. They gave me an idea about the costs of refurbishing the property, helped me with referrals and all the paperwork, and assisted with setting up Direct Debits for my utilities bills.”

El Palmar, which has a large outdoor pool and children’s play area, is ideal for family holidays. It’s just seven minutes’ walk to the beach from the O’Briens’ front door and a couple of minutes’ stroll to a local bar and restaurant. The centre of Dénia is a 45-minute walk, or short drive. The O’Briens expect to visit their property three to four times a year and plan to rent it out to holidaymakers.

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