The Good Property Guide

The Good Property Guide – September/October 2014

The Good Property Guide bids welcome to autumn, hoping the change in season offers continued good health and happiness as the daylight hours slowly shorten. Our magazine presents continued sunshine however, and we think you’ll be pleased with what is a colourful and exciting offering.

There’s something for everyone from the most amazing property development on the planet, to the laid back lifestyle of Southern France. The magical feel of Mauritius to the investment opportunities offered on the sun drenched Calabrian coastline.

How about a whistle stop tour of the Caribbean and a closer look at the amazing island of Antigua, not forgetting the dream homes you can buy amid the beauty of the Dominican Republic?
I’m sure you’ll enjoy discovering the link between our very own James Bond, and the vibrant City of Istanbul. But the pace continues to quicken for a very special reason. The enigmatic Red Arrows have been thrilling us for an amazing 50 seasons now,and I’m sure our birthday peak behind the scenes will have you equally engrossed.

Readers will discover more about the benefits of fractional ownership, and how beautiful Albania is emerging from the European shadows. And there’s so much to celebrate back in Europe from sun blessed Spain to perfect Portugal, gorgeous Greece to sparkling Switzerland.

As the much loved costume drama Downton Abbey returns to our television screens, we take a closer look at one of the UK’s national treasures, Highclere Castle, through the eyes of Lady Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon. And we move from a Lady to a Dame, with a special feature on Helen Mirren’s new feel good film, and the set you’ll be able to call a holiday home. But for those looking for an autumn break in Blighty, there’s in depth focus on the majesty of Cornwall and Devon and all it has to offer at this special time of year.

Along with the latest news, luxury lifestyle and travel, we bring you the most up to date advice on both buying and researching the very best in property investments. So as ever, enjoy your journey around the world and from all of the team, have a great autumn.

The Good Property Guide – July/August 2014

It’s the time of year when airport lounges are buzzing with excited holiday makers heading off to colourful climes around the world. And hopefully you’ve survived the recent passport crisis. Many others will make full use of their vacation homes abroad, escaping briefly from the stresses of modern life. This of course is a peak time when dreams are both created and fulfilled, which is why our new Features Editor Grahame Anderson reports on why there’s never been a better time to buy in the Caribbean. We welcome him warmly, and hope you enjoy reading his contributions for many years to come.

We also invite you to celebrate a brand new property development in Muscat, revealing how a variety of nationalities are living in perfect harmony, in the exotic Sultanate of Oman. The good news continues with the emergence of new luxury lifestyle opportunities in magical Mauritius.

You’ll discover one of Italy’s best kept secrets, and how property in France is green lighting, particularly in the charismatic South. We reveal why Bulgaria is booming in terms of investment, and focus on a glittering jewel in the Algarve crown.

Radio 2’s effervescent Janey Lee Grace tells us all about family life in glorious Hertfordshire, and we provide a peak of the celebrated Mary Berry’s new kitchen, as part of our focus on talented UK designer, Mike Taylor.

For those staying closer to home, perhaps Falmouth will offer a chance to unwind and discover new pleasures, like Rick Stein’s famous sea food restaurant? Wherever you’re holidaying this summer, we hope you all have a wonderful time, also enjoying the fascinating offerings in this edition of The Good Property Guide.

Until next time………..

Rita Karia-Hopkins
MANAGING EDITOR
The Good Property Guide

The Good Property Guide – May/June – 2014


 

Spring is in full florid flow as we swing into May. The sun might not always shine on us here in the UK, but our countryside is wild with shaggy greenery now and the skies are already light late into the evening.

June, of course, will see the start of the main holiday season, and many of you will be jetting off to bask in the heat somewhere. Sunshine is one of the main reasons we Brits look to buy a home abroad, and for many of you this summer’s holiday will double-up as a property-viewing trip.

With economies stabilizing and property prices in many places still low thanks to the recent recession, now is a very good time to be looking to buy abroad.

In this issue, as always, we advise you on the property markets of many different parts of the world – from Florida and the Caribbean to all sorts of European favourites to exotic faraway Mauritius.

There’s a world of property choices for you out there, and we will help you to identify the best one for you. Meanwhile, armchair travellers will relish the pages of The Good Travel Guide at the end of the magazine, where we frolic in Cyprus, walk across Spain, and
let our hair down in Brighton.

Enjoy! And see you next time.

Rita Karia-Hopkins
MANAGING EDITOR
The Good Property Guide

The Good Property Guide – March 2014

It’s been a soggy old time for much of the UK recently, with near-endless rain and terrible floods affecting some unlucky areas. But dare we say that springtime and drier weather seem to have arrived at last? We don’t want to jinx things with our optimism, but it does feel like sunnier days are now here to stay.

The flowers are out, and people have a noticeable spring in their step. Many of you choose this point of the year to start searching for a home to buy abroad. And time is really on your side at the moment too, with the pound strong against the euro, and many sunny countries seeing some of their best-value property prices for a long time.

Economies are improving, so prices are unlikely to sink further, and the overall outlook seems positive. It’s a great time to buy.

In this issue we look at a wide range of enticing locations for holiday homes and investment properties – from Croatia to the Caribbean, Spain to the Cyclades, southern France to Florida. We also climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius, to entertain you with a bit of an armchair-travel. Enjoy this issue, and see you next time!

Rita Karia-Hopkins
MANAGING EDITOR
The Good Property Guide

The Good Property Guide – January / February 2014

Happy new year! January and February are rarely the best months in the British calendar, with cold rain and grey days dampening the spirits, but with 2014 expected to see further improvements in the British economy, we ought to keep a sunny outlook.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a holiday home abroad, make this the year that you do it. And if you’re wondering where might be a good place to invest, well, we have plenty of ideas for you in this issue of the magazine.

Spain is a perennial favourite with Brits, and prices there are extremely favourable right now. Or perhaps you love the romance of islands; we look at several of the Mediterranean’s best in this issue: Malta, Crete, Cyprus and Sardinia – all excellent places to buy a home. Dedicated investors, meanwhile, should definitely take a look at our feature on Istanbul, currently a very hot property ticket.

With winter gloom outside, we think you’re likely to enjoy a spot of armchair travelling. At the end of the magazine you’ll find a lyrical look at New York, and an homage to France – still the world’s most visited country. Then, of course, a focus on romantic UK
hotels, because Valentine’s Day is on its way. Enjoy!

And see you next time.

Rita Karia-Hopkins
MANAGING EDITOR
The Good Property Guide

The Good Property Guide – November / December 2013

Brisk autumn days are upon us now and winter isn’t too far away. Time to dig out scarves and hats, skis and skates – or bikinis and sun-hats if you’re beating a retreat to tropic climes. Owners of holiday homes abroad know all about dodging undesirable weather and temperatures by simply going somewhere else!

Climate is a big issue in the financial world too, of course. And while the financial climate is finally beginning to improve in many countries we know and love, property prices remain very low and the time to secure a great bargain is right now, before prices start rising again. In this issue we look at the tremendous value-for-money currently offered in Spain and in Greece.

We also look at Italy, where the famously stable property market has been relatively unaffected by wobbles in the national economy, and we pinpoint where you can save money in the muchloved region of Tuscany. Not all winter travelling involves chasing the sun, of course, and we’ve got some great travel stories to celebrate the cold season at the end of the magazine.

Fleur Kinson describes her adventures long-distance ice-skating through Finland’s beautiful lakelands, and she also wanders an uncrowded Venice at that city’s most fitting point of the year. Martin Jansson, meanwhile, sniffs out all sorts of Christmassy fun in Cornwall and Devon. Enjoy!

And see you next time.
Rita Karia-Hopkins
MANAGING EDITOR
The Good Property Guide

The Good Property Guide – September/October 2013

Hello…

The nights are drawing in, the air has a chill and we’re donning our coats once again, which can only mean one thing – summer is setting sail for another year. We can’t complain though because it’s been a scorcher and while the mercury has been rising, property markets in Europe have also been heating up. Finally.

And in this edition of the magazine we take a look across to the Continent, where new legislation is reshaping the markets. Spain is luring buyers from the
Far East thanks to its new residency schemes, while Montenegro is becoming a refuge for rich Italians looking to evade the “yacht tax.”

We also look at the Alps’ ski chalet market and explain what buyers need to look out for when investing in a slope side property. On a slightly warmer note, Gavin
Haines heads to the Maltese island of Gozo to look at character properties in a place that receives 300 days of sunshine a year – lucky islanders.

Anticipating that you might be looking to escape for a bit of winter sun, Gavin also gives the lowdown on Gambia, “Europe’s shortcut to the tropics.” And if you were planning a scary sojourn for Halloween then don’t miss our feature about spooky half-term breaks in the UK.

Enjoy…..until next time.

Rita Karia-Hopkins
MANAGING EDITOR
The Good Property Guide

The Good Property Guide – July/August 2013

 

Well, what a summer this is shaping up to be. Far from being a damp squib after the Olympics last year, we’re having another great one.

Things got off to a flyer with the Rolling Stones headlining at glorious Glastonbury
–for the first time in their 50 year career – and then we had two major sporting achievements with the Lions thrashing Australia and Andy Murray ending our 77-year wait for a male Wimbledon champion.All of which has been capped off by this gorgeous weather (not that I want to tempt fate).

The team at The Good Property Guide have barely had chance to enjoy this vintage summer. We have been busy bringing you the latest property and travel
stories from around the world, paying particular attention to Europe where the property market looks to be slowly turning a corner, thanks largely to an
injection of foreign cash.

Away from property I have been busy training and taking part in the Race for Life to help raise money for Cancer Research UK, a charity very close to my heart. I also chatted to Radio DJ, Chris Evans, briefly to find out what he is doing to help raise money for Breast Cancer Care (page 8).

Meanwhile our features editor, Gavin Haines, headed to Malta (page 72) to find out how this small archipelago’s property market has bucked the trend in Southern Europe to remain one of the strongest markets on the continent. And in this edition we also eye up moves to the Dominican Republic (page 26), Turkey (page 32) and France (page 36) amongst others.

Enjoy…..until next time.

Rita Karia-Hopkins
MANAGING EDITOR
The Good Property Guide

The Good Property Guide May/June 2013

Happy summer to you all, finally the sunshine has arrived. I don’t know about you, but the South of France has been calling us this month. Perhaps it’s the Cannes Film Festival or perhaps it’s the warmer weather, but in this edition of The Good Property Guide we cast an interested eye over the Cote d’Azur, looking into the pull of Provence (page 54) and the glitz and glamour of Cannes (page 74). We also head to Spain where a flight to quality has seen a luxurious golf development buck a trend in the country’s beleaguered property market (page 40).

Speaking of golf, our features editor Gavin Haines hotfoots it over to Barbados, where he looks around another fairway side resort with investor appeal and a sprinkling of stardust (page 12).

With renewed interest in Sydney, we report on the local property market and find  but where investors are putting their money. We also window shop for houses in Long Island’s Gold Coast, the New York suburb made famous by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel The Great Gatsby (page 28), the film adaptation
of which will hit the big screen this month.

Enjoy…..until next time.

Rita Karia-Hopkins
MANAGING EDITOR
The Good Property Guide

The Good Property Guide March/April 2013

London’s skyline belies the financial crisis that continues to plague Europe. New buildings like The Shard and St. George’s Wharf – the scene of an unfortunate helicopter crash earlier this year – are testament to the fact that England’s capital has been a safe port in an economic storm. Investment from Asia and the Gulf states has helped change the cityscape forever, creating new jobs and a so-called “M25 economy” which, as we report on page 6, has widened the gap between north and south.

But is London’s bubble about to burst? Could EU proposals to change banking regulations, the downgrading of the UK economy and the emergence of foreign property markets threaten this hegemony?

Only time will tell but we do know that London is up against stiff competition. As Josh McGarvie reports on page 40, the once beleaguered US property market is back on course and is tipped by many to be the place to invest in 2013. Closer to home, the diminutive nation of Malta (page 54) is profiting from the woes of other European countries. Foreign nationals are increasingly setting up camp in the country in a bid to flee austerity in their homeland.

The same can’t be said for Sri Lanka. Although this island is enjoying a boom in tourism, the country’s draconian property laws are making it very difficult for foreigners to invest there, as Gavin Haines reports on page 24. Further East, Thailand seems to be the destination that keeps giving and on page 34 we report from Phuket where we find the luxury market is booming. Our features editor also unearths some less developed locations, which could yield high returns.

We also find time to chat to Lucy Alexander from the BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer (page 8), who talks about brawling builders, the appeal of France and why viewing property on a first date is the key to a lasting relationship. Away from property, we focus on the party city of Rio de Janeiro (page 70), which is gearing up to host the World Cup next year (get their before the crowds). And closer to home, we discover the virtues of holidaying at home in Cornwall (page 76) and provide some inspiration for an Easter break in the UK.

Last but not least, we check in with the legendary explorer, Colonel John Blashford-Snell (page 82). He talks to us about journeys of discovery and close shaves with wildlife. Until next time.

Rita Karia-Hopkins
MANAGING EDITOR
The Good Property Guide
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