Our property of the week is a fabulous four-bedroom townhouse set in an excellent small development within the village of Santa Barbara de Nexe. With a bargain price tag of only €395,000 (equivalent to £282,000), it would be hard to find a better investment in the Algarve. The property is spacious, comfortable yet stylish, and within walking distance of all the amenities of this very popular village.
Santa Barbara de Nexe lies in the rolling foothills just north of Faro, and is only minutes away from the airport. The village itself has a thriving local community and is also popular with expats.
Close to the village centre, this terraced town house offers an amazing 238m2 of living space. Starting from the top of the house, there’s a large roof terrace with beautiful views to the ocean which affords the opportunity for some very private sunbathing.
On the second floor are three bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes and ceiling fans. One of the bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom and its own private terrace, while the other two bedrooms both have large ensuite shower rooms. The second bedroom also has its own balcony terrace.
The ground floor opens with an entrance hall that leads to the elegant open-plan living-dining room featuring a lovely mantelpiece over a wood burning fire. Large French windows allow plenty of light, and open up to the terraced garden which enjoys a 5 x 4 meter swimming pool, built in traditional BBQ and alfresco dining area.
The fully fitted kitchen is also large and airy, with the benefit of an additional storeroom as well as patio doors leading to the poolside terrace. There’s a further guest bedroom and guest shower room on this level.
The huge drive-in basement has space for up to four cars as well as three additional rooms. The first is a large laundry and utility room, with plenty of space for ironing and storage. The second is used as an office/music room and the third is currently used as a wood store. There is plenty of potential here to create a play room for adults or kids, or set up your personal indoor gym.
All mod-cons are installed in this lovely villa too, including: air conditioning; double glazing; electric shutters; gas central heating; alarm system and even satellite TV. The garden even has an automatic irrigation system.
The village of Santa Barbara de Nexe is entirely self-sufficient, boasting a bank, grocery shops and many other shops and offices. In addition to several restaurants and a fresh bakery, the village enjoys more than its fair share of popular cafés, bars and traditional dance halls.
Every other Friday there is a small local produce market on the main street, and the local Junta de Freguesia (Parish council) organises regular festivals and fairs for the local population. In fact everything you need is right on your doorstep.
Nearby is the small town of Estoi which boasts the Palacio de Estoi, the Roman ruins of Milreu and one of the largest markets in the Algarve on the second Sunday of every month. With the towns of Loulé, Faro and São Brás de Alportel all within easy reach, Santa Barbara is centrally located for great shopping, dining and activities.
At just €395,000, which is approximately £282,000, this house won’t be on the market for long. It’s an ideal family home but equally a beautiful place for part-time living. With the tourist market rebounding well after the last period of recession, it’s a great opportunity to rent the property during the summer months and let the income cover your costs.
Don’t delay, check it out now.
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