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My partner and I are both retirement age and professionally involved in the arts. He's a singer in a once popular group in Spain and I am a part time art teacher, mural painter and designer. We live in a very expensive part of London, but make sacrifices to do so as there are many other people similarly involved in the arts within our community.

The problem is that my partner had a heart attack last year and is recuperating with difficulty. He wants me to sell our flat here in Hampstead and buy a villa in Spain, somewhere near Denia, as he has been told that it stays warm in the winter. He believes that on the proceeds of the sale of my flat, we should be able to afford a property with a pool in Spain + a studio flat in a cheaper part of London than where we presently live.

My reservations stem from a previous experience of living in Nice ( South of France) for 11 years, where I found it very difficult to meet kindred spirits ( most people involved in the arts scene were either charlatans or retired folk painting water colour views of the Promenade des Anglais ). We must find a milder climate for health reasons, but I'm anxious about giving up the rich cultural existence I have here in London, for something that is similiar to the situation in which I found myself in Nice.

My partner speaks fluent Spanish as he lived in Spain for many years, so this would make the re - location easier from a practical point of view. I have a basic understanding of Spanish, but intend to learn how to speak it before moving.

Can any of you offer advice about an area where we would fit in? Because of our professions, We are pretty unconventional , both in appearance and attitude and I am worried that we may choose the wrong area and not be able to settle

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Its difficult to advice someone who you dont know. What I will say is, house prices in Spain have dropped significantly in the last couple of years and may continue to do so for some time??! Inheritance laws on properties here are complicated to say the least (not that you're planning for the worst to happen, but it may need looking into simply to be realistic) - so maybe look to renting both ends initially???? And also, why dont you come over and do some research or maybe simply take an extended holiday, see how you feel, how it suits you and see how things pan out??? That way, any niggles or problems wont be permanent

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My partner and I are both retirement age and professionally involved in the arts. He's a singer in a once popular group in Spain and I am a part time art teacher, mural painter and designer. We live in a very expensive part of London, but make sacrifices to do so as there are many other people similarly involved in the arts within our community.

The problem is that my partner had a heart attack last year and is recuperating with difficulty. He wants me to sell our flat here in Hampstead and buy a villa in Spain, somewhere near Denia, as he has been told that it stays warm in the winter. He believes that on the proceeds of the sale of my flat, we should be able to afford a property with a pool in Spain + a studio flat in a cheaper part of London than where we presently live.

My reservations stem from a previous experience of living in Nice ( South of France) for 11 years, where I found it very difficult to meet kindred spirits ( most people involved in the arts scene were either charlatans or retired folk painting water colour views of the Promenade des Anglais ). We must find a milder climate for health reasons, but I'm anxious about giving up the rich cultural existence I have here in London, for something that is similiar to the situation in which I found myself in Nice.

My partner speaks fluent Spanish as he lived in Spain for many years, so this would make the re - location easier from a practical point of view. I have a basic understanding of Spanish, but intend to learn how to speak it before moving.

Can any of you offer advice about an area where we would fit in? Because of our professions, We are pretty unconventional , both in appearance and attitude and I am worried that we may choose the wrong area and not be able to settle
I live about 15kms away from Denia and whilst I can vouch for it being a beautiful area of the coast with a cosmopolitan way of life, you have been misinformed if you belive that it remains 'warm in winter'.
The town centre areas of Denia are quite low lying and can often flood during the rains (Particularly October and March) and frosts are not uncommon in Jan & Feb.
It is a good area to live and I know of a few communities where you would find like minded people, and if you decide that those things are not too important to you I would be happy to help you with any other questions you may have.

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Its difficult to advice someone who you dont know. What I will say is, house prices in Spain have dropped significantly in the last couple of years and may continue to do so for some time??! Inheritance laws on properties here are complicated to say the least (not that you're planning for the worst to happen, but it may need looking into simply to be realistic) - so maybe look to renting both ends initially???? And also, why dont you come over and do some research or maybe simply take an extended holiday, see how you feel, how it suits you and see how things pan out??? That way, any niggles or problems wont be permanent

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Thanks Jo - That's what I've been thinking . Do you have any ideas about where we could find someone to do an exchange with for a short break?

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I live about 15kms away from Denia and whilst I can vouch for it being a beautiful area of the coast with a cosmopolitan way of life, you have been misinformed if you belive that it remains 'warm in winter'.
The town centre areas of Denia are quite low lying and can often flood during the rains (Particularly October and March) and frosts are not uncommon in Jan & Feb.
It is a good area to live and I know of a few communities where you would find like minded people, and if you decide that those things are not too important to you I would be happy to help you with any other questions you may have.
Thanks for putting me straight about the weather - the person who advised us is from Madrid and obviously doesn't know! Perhaps the best thing to do would be to visit for a winter break and see for ourselves.

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Thanks for putting me straight about the weather - the person who advised us is from Madrid and obviously doesn't know! Perhaps the best thing to do would be to visit for a winter break and see for ourselves.
As you know the area well, do you happen to know whether there is an Anglican Church that holds services in English within the area?

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Thanks for putting me straight about the weather - the person who advised us is from Madrid and obviously doesn't know! Perhaps the best thing to do would be to visit for a winter break and see for ourselves.

Rumour has it that the Canary Islands have the best all year round climate???? That said, I think its milder on mainland Spain than the UK, maybe we've become acclimatised?? It is jolly cold at night and there are frosts and snow, but during the day when the sun shines its nearly always quite pleasant!!?? The problem is that Spanish houses dont generally have damp courses, central heating, carpets or insulation. So it takes a while and a small fortune to get them warm and cosy! I moan like mad, cos I really feel the cold and I hate the winters!!

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As you know the area well, do you happen to know whether there is an Anglican Church that holds services in English within the area?
Yes, there are several, all served by the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy. At Denia, there is 11.45 am Sunday service at the Ermita in Las Rotas.
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As you know the area well, do you happen to know whether there is an Anglican Church that holds services in English within the area?
Yeah, I am aware of several such churches in the area - it sounds like Joppa is the person in the know on that score.
As for the weather - I have been to Madrid in January, and all I can really say on that score is that Denia is tropical in winter compared to Madrid.
If you are looking to get a 'feel' for the community in the Denia / Marina Alta area you may wish to have a look at the website of the Free Newspaper that covers this area - RTN The Favourite Free Newspaper For The Costa Blanca, Costa Calida - they list things such as church groups and clubs & interests etc...

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I lived in Highgate on the Hampstead border for twelve years and the CDS ain't Hampstead!!!!! No way Jose!!
Try buying a copy of The Guardian or The Independent around here.....
But you can have a very pleasant life here albeit with a totally different ambiance.
There are many clubs and organisations devoted to the arts - we enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the theatre last night - and you will always find like-minded people.
Unless you resemble a Martian your appearance will arouse no untoward comment.
But you will not find NW3 or NW6 on the Costas, I'm afraid.
Incidentally, I suffered a worse cultural shock when I moved from London to East Anglia......


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