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We were looking at many apartments in Puerto de la Cruz in 1997.
Meantime, only their prices have changed by 2014.
This oldest resort of Tenerife was popular for tiny one room accommodations with kitchen and bath nooks, at the time.
In less than a week, we saw roughly a dozen of them. They included general Tenerife property for sale in surrounding areas of this town of North Tenerife.
In fact, there can't be much space for big flats when a place has 3591 inhabitants per km2 as per sensus of 2011.
However, perhaps, living quality and not just size play a role too.
By the way, studios for sale at the apartment building of Palmeras Playa near the Puerto Cruz Rambla were bigger.
This is also near Hotel San Felipe and Piramides Martianez. However, what was available to buy needed renovations, while the building as such isn't exactly an elite place either.
A tiny 29m2 studio that set you back about € 35000 in 1997 may fetch about € 40000 now in 2014. One with about 40m2 may get an offer for € 52000 to € 65000 depending on its location, equipment, elevator, pool etc. Or count between € 1200 and €1500 as square meter price in Tenerife North.
Slightly bigger places can be found about 10 - 20 minutes from the hub at San Fernando and San Antonio or even at the Bel Air sky rise on the bottom of Taoro Park.
Why? Many a holiday home in Tenerife in this spot was up for sale in picturesque streets and is again now.
We found all sorts of Tenerife apartments on sale in this street and nearby. However, they were much too small for our liking. We were not interested. Sometimes, we didn't like a building, its location or a total lack of privacy.
In 1997, we didn't inspect any Tenerife holiday home accommodation for sale which was in one of the versatile hotels of Tenerife which often have aparthotels Discover a photo of a typical aparthotel at my article on luxury Tenerife apartments. There find offers of occasional property for sale.
By the way, many of their studios have beds inside cupboards.
The photo beside depicts Calle Blanca,
as it leads off Plaza del Charco. Calle Blanca also has a big Mercadona Supermarket up the road. An absolute convenience for flats of this location...
Residential property which included holiday homes were everywhere, there. Those which were used by their owners where usually nicer. Why? They more comfortable and better cared for.
One apartment in Puerto de la Cruz that we quite liked had a a beautiful garden and pool. However, some little things like the door of a lift made us wonder if the building was well looked after and maintained. This, by the way, is a topic I will deal with later.
Our holiday home hunt for apartments in Puerto de la Cruz went on.
The mayor's office put a stop to it.
By the way, don't buy or rent in Calle Quintana when you mind the ringing of church bells. The bell tower of Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Francia isn't just decoration.
Inmobiliaria Internacional of Puerto Cruz Real estate agents where English is spoken showed us a potential holiday home of Tenerife which was slightly different.
What was it?
It was an apartment which was at 10 minutes by car from Puerto's center.
It was worth the extra mile to get there. It was a rather special property.
holiday home Tenerife under the skies... ... Discover what price it would have fetched, had I sold it late in 2008, despite 'Recession'. People always wonder what apartments really went for when sold in 2008 or 2009.
By the way, you can buy very nice apartments in Puerto de la Cruz La Paz under similar conditions. Only, la Paz is very modern and not cheap at all.
We didn't want to spend big money for buying apartments in Puerto de la Cruz nor in La Paz. The latter had become a trendy elite suburb with views. It was constructed after an international astro-physics event in the Seventies when Europe's High Societey was enchanted with the location of La Paz. Unfortunately, the suburb's rather expensive holiday homes didn't quite fit our budget in 1997.
Now, the fun part of our holiday home hunt was over for us. Property documentation and pay day were due.
Buying in the name of the children would never have been an option in 1997. They were too young. Little did we also know that the the European Spanish property law would change in 2008 which first meant a big inheritance saving.
If you want to buy property in Puerto de la Cruz and want to avoid inheritance problems for loved ones, buy with "Uso fructu"...
Go from here to the oldie townhouse in La Orotava which once stood for traditional living in Tenerife, in case you haven't heard yet what happened to our friends Richard and Sonia.
Rent or buy this fully equipped Tenerife accommodation for quiet working from home by Puerto de la Cruz. It's in a well maintained holiday resort in superb location. The sales price is €62000