Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Valencia in the Autumn

One of the things you are really going to love about Valencia is the climate. At the moment we are well into Autumn and here is an idea of what Autumn means. You get up in the morning, and if you get up early like me then it is still dark until the clocks go back next week. You then decide to get dressed and usually you dress totally inappropriately for the day. Why? Well if yesterday was raining for example and you expect the same you get dressed up nice and warm and by the time 10 or 11 in the morning comes around it is well over 20 degrees and you are starting to lightly perspire. By 2pm it is hot and perspiration has become sweat. The opposite is also true. Yesterday was sunny and hot so you put on a T-Shirt and jeans and spend the rest of the day dodging from balcony overhang to balcony overhang in Valencia and having too many coffees as you wait for the pouring rain to ease off. As I write this it is 10am and sunny. Do I dare risk just a T-Shirt today?

The rest of the year is virtually guaranteed sunshine with the odd cloudy day, over 300 sunny days per year here. But Autumn is different and because it is so, it is a special time in Valencia. The last three years have been worrying because of the ongoing drought but this year has been the sixth wettest since records began in 1857 and there are still two months left.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Website Issues

Our main website www.valencia-property.com is down and also we are not receiving any mail because the server is totally junked. Therefore temporarily if you need to get in touch or you have a mail that you have sent since last night and have not had a reply please resend to valprop@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Don't Believe The Hype

So we have a client in tomorrow who wants flats around the Port and future Formula One track. If you have a look on our website you will find a good load of flats around there and i think of four immediately that will suit. I phone the first, sold yesterday. I phone the second, sold three days ago. I phone the third, they will get back to me later so I breathe a sigh of relief. I have the keys to the fourth and know it isn't sold. Three hours later i get a phone call and the third was also sold last week.

So property in Spain is not moving eh? Don't believe the hype. Valencia is happening and the Port and beach areas are moving fast.

The photos represent the three sold properties by the way. Prices ranged from 220000 Euros to 238000 Euros.

Monday, October 08, 2007

The America's Cup Building Was Up For Award

This article is taken from the press release by the Royal Institute of British Architects. More fantastic architecture in Valencia being given the recognition it deserves.


The Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Stirling Prize winner has been announced,. The debate surrounding which building the jury picked to be the 2007 winner is hotting up. The betting odds published by William Hill, had placed British architect David Chipperfield's America's Cup building in Valencia as the favourite, with odds of 3/1 but it lost out to his other entry.

The £20,000 prize, now in its 12th year, is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with the Architect's Journal was announced live on Channel 4 on Saturday 6 October at 8pm.

Joint second favourites were a striking concert hall in Portugal, a modern pavilion in Windsor Great Park, and the Museum of Modern Literature in Germany, also by Chipperfield, the one which took the prize. The final two in the running were the reconstruction of London's Young Vic Theatre and the redevelopment of Dresden Station.

The six buildings competing for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize with William Hill's odds were:

America's Cup Building, Valencia, Spain by David Chipperfield Architects (odds:3/1)

Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal by Office for Metropolitan Architecture with Arup-AFA (odds:7/2)

Dresden Station Redevelopment, Dresden, Germany by Foster + Partners (odds:5/1)

Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany by David Chipperfield Architects (odds:7/2) (This won the prize just in front of the Young Vic Theatre)

The Savill Building, Windsor, by Glenn Howells Architects (odds:7/2)

Young Vic Theatre, London SE1 by Haworth Tompkins (odds:7/1)

The RIBA Stirling Prize jury, which had visited all six shortlisted buildings and met for a final time on the day of the presentation to pick the winner. It comprised architecture specialists and lay judges from the arts. The 2007 judges are Tom Bloxham MBE – chair, Urban Splash; Alain de Botton – author and philosopher; Louisa Hutton – architect; Kieran Long – Editor, The Architects' Journal and Sunand Prasad – architect and RIBA President.

Previous winners include Barajas Airport by Richard Rogers Partnership, The Scottish Parliament by EMBT / RMJM Ltd, 30 St. Mary Axe by Foster + Partners, the Laban Centre by Herzog & de Meuron, Gateshead Millennium Bridge by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, and Peckham Library and Media Centre by Alsop Architects.

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