Chris, one of the Director’s of Castles Estate Agency, has kindly contributed to our News section this week. Read below to discover the area of Valle Romano, to the west of Estepona.
Life in Valle Romano.
My folks bought a little country villa at the end of a bumpy dirt track some years ago. They were never bothered about a golf course that may or may not be built. They were content with community water and electricity that was unreliable, but on more than off and that was good enough for them. They loved the peace and tranquility of Valle Romano. The only passing trade was the goat man and his herd who used to stop by at the bottom of the garden and feast gratefully on the beans from our old algarroba tree. It felt a million miles away from the heart of Estepona but was in fact only 5 minutes away.
Estepona has always been charming. With it’s cobbled streets, markets, boutiques, tapas bars and restaurants as well as the promenade and Blue Flag Beaches. Estepona is a little gem and on their doorstep. Quite simply, my folks had the best of both world.
It hasn’t happened over night but it’s changed a little since then. They have a few more neighbours now. On the south side of Valle Romano, little two bedroom casitas sit comfortably next to grand villas. On the north side there are modern apartments with pools and stunning views over the championship golf course which is up, running and playing beautifully. The club house offers quality food and entertainment whilst the lovely venta on the road into Valle Romano offers delightful traditional fare. The bumpy track has been replaced by a network of smooth roads with pavements and street lights. The infrastructure has been adopted, constructed and maintained by Estepona Town Hall. New water and electricity lines are in. There is even a supply of mains gas (unusual for Spain) and fibre optic internet has been installed.
But somehow the charm of Valle Romano remains unchanged. My folks appreciate the huge upgrade to the community and thoroughly enjoy the most modern of facilities available these days. But they still sit out in the evening and enjoy the tranquility. They still hear the bells from the goats as they wonder across the valley and they happily realize that the “best of both worlds” has got better and better.
Follow these links to properties available in the Valle Romano area: