As mentioned previously, we viewed several places our first day here. The one we loved the most was advertised as a holiday rental. We inquired to see if he would rent long-term and waited for his reply. We did hear back from the landlord and he was willing to rent out his place long-term! We canceled our viewing appointments that were set up for Tuesday and Wednesday. So after just a day here, we have a place to live in Spain!
Family living abroad and finding a rental in Spain
It isn’t available until the 14th, so we are in a short-term apartment up in the hills until then. We don’t have any pictures to share, but I will do my best to describe our new home as of the 14th. It 2 stories and has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The main living area, the master and one of the bedrooms have a sea view. The kitchen is compact and the bathrooms are as well. It feels right and is in good walking distance from the town activities. We will be living without AC, a dishwasher and a clothes dryer, but that is the way it is here. We will have a few pictures to share after we move in.
On Thursday, we met up with the Property Manager (Owner is living in Germany) and we walked over together to meet with the Lawyer. The Property Manager is so cool! (I won’t name him, as we haven’t asked his permission) He is a Peruvian from San Francisco, CA and has lived here about 36 years. He has been extremely helpful for us in many ways and he was there as a proxy for the owner.
We spent about 30-40 minutes with the Lawyer, reviewing the rental contract and signed our lease. Let me just say, he didn’t speak a word of English and we did very well. Occasionally the Property Manager needed to translate for us, but we were both pretty proud that most often we got it without translation! Every day we are amazed at how the planning and execution for this journey has been like clockwork. So many things just keep working out in our favor. It really feels as though it was meant to be!
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