The modern built Villa versus the traditional Spanish Cortijo – Are you looking to buy property in Spain? Are you considering a Cortijo or Villa? If so, we’ve put together some of the pro’s and con’s to help you with your decision making process.
Whether for the privacy, space or unrivalled comfort owning, a villa or Cortijo is a prospect most intending homeowners who seek a peacefully reserved lifestyle look forward to. If you’re among this lot, you’re probably wondering which of the two provides the best fit – the answer to that question is for the most part dependent on individual taste and preferences. Both Villas and Cortijos though similar bear marked differences that set them apart from each other. Some of these peculiarities might appeal to you, the others, not so much. Before you commit, to either of the two options, here’s what you need to know about their respective strengths and weaknesses.
Cortijos are the ideal choice for country life
If your goal is to recreate that picturesque rustic setting complete with golden sunsets, idyllic scenery, and open grasslands, then the better option is without a doubt a Cortijo. Cortijo’s are by their very nature located in rural and isolated areas. As a result, surrounding areas (with exception to the few village buildings) are usually undeveloped and still in their natural state. Expect fantastic countryside views and dazzling night skies. This secluded setting, however, comes at a cost; there’s bound to be a shortage of essential amenities, and in most instances, homeowners have to make personal provisions for these, a process that is not only cost intensive but usually challenging to undertake.
Villas, on the other hand, provide a blend of privacy, luxury, and urbanisation
Although typically located away from urban centers, villas are usually close enough to benefit from a slew of social amenities. You’re assured steady water and electricity supply: roads, however, might be poorly developed. Like with Cortijos, this semi-urban citation has its comeuppance. First off, you lose the rustic scenery; then there’s the fact that the proximity to urban centers tends to drive villa procurement costs. Which leads to the next point;
Ease of purchase
All things being equal, villas are by default costlier to purchase than Cortijos. That said, when you factor in the cost of provisioning the lacking amenities in a Cortijo, the price point for both should converge significantly. Buying a villa is also a pretty much straightforward process since the ownership and legality of these houses are well documented. Procuring a Cortijo might, however, pose a bottleneck. Ownership rights for most Cortijos are passed down from generation to generation, usually by verbal declarations and in some cases; it can be particularly difficult to ascertain the real owner of the property.
Finally, your prospective neighbours
Proximity to urban centers and relatively strict development laws means that most villas are bordered by correspondingly attractive architectural pieces, the same cant be said for Cortijos. Their rural and isolated setting gives room for a lot of developmental infarctions. Your dream Cortijo could be flanked by a factory, goat farm or poorly developed house. In the same vein and from an optimistic view, your neighbours could be vineyard or olive farmers, ranch farmers or specialist artisans. Depending on which is the case, the aesthetic and in extension monetary value of your home could rise or drop.
Overall, your final choice, as we reiterated earlier on is tied to your particular wants and needs. Are you gunning for that laid-back lifestyle devoid of the frivolities of urban life or do you prefer a bit of traditionalism mixed with a side serving of urbanisation? Your choice determines whether you should opt for a villa or Cortijo.
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