I'm researching hectare/2.5acre+ plots inland from Santander or Bilbao. I'm from the American PNW and after 8 years in Barcelona/Cubelles I'd like to buy a summer place with year-round potential. I'm finding some beautiful, fairly affordable lots, sloped grazing land with small stone barns in various states of disrepair and wood lots near smaller towns. Utterly charming, not especially practical for our family of four, but the climate looks wonderful for summering and growing things. I'm curious whether any permies here have already taken the leap in Cantabria and how they find it.
My time in Spain has taught me to fear theft of property large and small, so I wonder how feasible it is to tent camp, plant an orchard, run some chickens for a few months... and cross your fingers until the next spring when the cold and work demands send you back to Barcelona. My husband is Catalan and although he is...less enthusiastic...about the plan he's able to help with translation of negotiations, finding an attorney for the sale, etc. We're less clear about how to get reliable info on water, access, soil quality here. Spain is famous for its red tape but if you found a few acres zoned for building surely a patient person would get their house/barn built eventually?
I have some money from the condo in Seattle I sold when I moved to Spain. Eco-villages seem like an even more intense version of the purgatory that is Home Owners' Associations, so i seek good fences/good neighbors scenario more than shared ownership. It would be reassuring to know that someone would call you if squatters show up...
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