A Place in the Sun: Jasmine warns buyers over property price
Hugh and Bruce were “ready for some relaxing and some sunshine” and decided Alicante, Spain was the perfect place to relocate to. It was up to A Place In The Sun presenter Jasmine Harman to find them their dream property, which needed to have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a terrace and a pool – be it private or communal. With a budget of £135,000, Jasmine had lined up five great potential homes for the couple. But was quick to let them know that because of the style of property they wanted, there was no room for negotiation.
The first property was a ground floor two-bed, two-bath apartment in San Pedro Del Pinatar which was a 15 minute walk way away from the beach.
It had a communal pool which was shared with 28 other residents.
“Very contemporary, which is what we like,” Hugh commented when they approached the boundary.
Before heading inside, Jasmine was keen to reveal the price; £133,035 and then explained to the couple they couldn’t haggle.
“With new builds, there is no room for negotiation. So £133,035 is the fixed price,” she said.
Fortunately, it seemed the first apartment was not a contender as the inside was “too small”.
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“I’ve hit the nail on the head in terms of style,” Jasmine remarked. “But space here might be a bit too much of a compromise.”
Property number two was a three-bed house in Pinar de Campoverde, and it left Hugh and Bruce surprised and smiling.
For the same price tag as the first apartment, the couple got more indoor and outdoor space, as well as their own private pool.
“Nice quiet street and lots of greenery,” Bruce commented.
Entering the house, the couple were left a little disappointed: “I could see us here, but we just need to discuss what we would need to do to it and whether it fits within the budget,” Hugh said.
“To put a contemporary stamp would need money, kitchen needs replacing and brightening up the dark wood.”
As for what the third property offered, Jasmine showed the couple around a two-bed townhouse in Oriheula Costa.
It was on the market for £129,464 and offered miles of beautiful stretches of sand with small coves, perfect for fishing, swimming and diving just a walk away.
There was a balcony and garden, as well as use of a communal pool which is shared with 55 other properties.
But, the outside appearance left the couple deflated: “Terracotta,” Bruce remarked in reference to the colour of the building.
“You’re not allowed to paint the exterior any other colour, you’d have to learn to love this house,” Jasmine advised.
She then asked them for their initial thoughts and Bruce continued: “I just don’t know, I’m not feeling it.”
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“No!” Jasmine gasped. “We haven’t even gone inside yet!”
The presenter then encouraged the couple to take a look around and Hugh said: “It’s bigger than we’ve seen so far.”
“Nice surprise,” Bruce remarked in reference to the kitchen. “Very modern. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s better than what I hoped for.”
Property four was a two-bed duplex in San Pedro Del Pinatar, priced at £133,839 and as soon as they entered, they were blown away.
The duplex had a flowing living room, kitchen then dining space, before leading up to two large, spacious and bright bedrooms.
With only a 700m walk away from the beach, it seems Hugh and Bruce wouldn’t be visiting anytime soon due to the huge roof terrace.
“Wow!” Bruce remarked walking outside. “I love it. Absolutely love it.”
Turning to Jasmine, Hugh said: “I think you have excelled yourself. This is beyond our wildest dreams.”
“Is the space inside enough?” She asked and they then confirmed the property was a “definite contender”.
The finally property on today’s A Place In The Sun was a three-bed duplex in the same area, San Pedro Del Pinatar.
For £141,071, the potential buyers could get a penthouse apartment, with access to an indoor-outdoor communal pool.
It also boasted a large roof terrace and balcony, as well as an open plan living-dining area.
“With this one, I’ve pulled out all the stops; so many great facilities,” Jasmine commented as they stood outside, but it was “just over their budget” but the price tag was negotiable on this one.
“Doesn’t have the wow factor [the fourth property had],” Bruce said.
Jasmine then took the couple outside, but while the size of the terrace was impressive, they were left disappointed.
“I like it apart from terracotta tiles,” Bruce commented. “But the space is fantastic. We would have to re-tile that.”
With there now only one property in the running – number four – the couple put in a starting offer of £128,000, which was rejected, but a counteroffer of £131,000 was given.
After some discussion with Jasmine about whether all the furniture in the property was included, a deal was done.
A Place In The Sun airs weekdays at 4pm on Channel 4.
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