Rachel´s Wanderings in Spain – 11 – Long and Winding Road and Stunning Views of Inland Andalucia
Now it´s been over four weeks since our new estate agency office opened its doors. We finally have received the furniture ordered at the beginning of August (see article 9 for that saga!) and after finishing the last bit of painting before our (late) inauguration last night – it is all done.
With a small gathering, the local Mayor, the local Pastor and some fellow workers from the Alcala la Real office (a great town with a stunning fortress which is well worth visiting) we feasted on some very good jamon, salchichon, cheese and a toast of cava or two. So we are officially up and running, toasted and blessed, now it´s nose to the grindstone.
But as I am (the boss and chooser of tasks) it is out on the road for me when possible and boy do we have some fabulous roads here in the Sierra Sur de Jaen. Long and winding mountain roads with stunning and far reaching views. Give me the driving out of the office jobs any day. I mean pottering around empty roads, inhaling views, listening to music or inhaling the silence – which would you choose? I must admit some of our roads aren´t appreciated by everyone. But when you´ve seen a roads with few steep drops close by (you choose to drive!) and get used to them very quickly.
A not so typical day this week was heading over the hills and not too far away to a stop on the top to take in the 360º beauty of where I live. I don´t think I could survive without a mountain landscape now. I was visiting a cortijo (country house) for sale prior to taking clients to see it next week. (After one incident of not being able to find a house with some clients – I´m never doing that again!) While trying to see all the properties I inherited is difficult those properties I am taking clients to is a priority not only to find out where it is – but to know the house and its layout so at least it looks a little like I know what I´m talking about!! What a learning curve this month has been – but oh how I am enjoying my new role.
After seeing this particular rather splendid cortijo I went to the other end of the scale and popped in to check a small village house that the owners wanted to sell quickly and so were reducing the price quite a lot. I´m not sure what it is about a house in almost ruined state or in this case desperately in need of attention and love but I find myself drawn to the properties in a mess. What does that say about me?
So as to travel writing and gallivanting my excursions have been curbed in one way and expanded in another. With client enquiries from Belgium, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand I listen to people´s dreams of relocating or retiring in the sun. Wants for a better lifestyle and on the other hand I get to see inside houses, ask what is behind that door, told to make myself at home and peep behind curtains. I can´t think of a job better suited to my love of constant change, being nosey and out on the road (perhaps a bit of giving orders too – but don´t tell hubby or son number 3).
Next brings another varied week of French clients and listing properties. Working with people and getting out and about alone in this beautiful province of Jaen with mountain ranges and more olive trees than the population of Spain. Can you tell I´m in my happy place right now! Come and see me, especially if you want to buy a house! The two I´ve mentioned here are priced at 139,000€ and 20,000€.
B-C-I-ing-U in two weeks