The views from every plot are outstanding, with the beach and the ocean in the foreground and the city of Lagos and Ponta da Piedade providing a stunning backdrop, especially at sunset. The award-winning Lagos Marina lies a healthy walk or cycle away, with the vibrant, historic city itself just beyond. Lagos is steeped in culture, traditional architecture and is renowned as the historical centre for the famous Portuguese Age of Discoveries. During the summer months Lagos really comes to life; home to the most beautiful beaches in Europe, superb amenities and perhaps most importantly, a wide range of restaurants to suit every taste. However, it is the Autumn and Winter months that really set the area apart; when the sun shines for an average of 8 hours a day and the temperature often reaches 20 degrees Celsius, even in January.
Lagos is easily reached via Faro airport which is approximately 45 minutes away, and a new train station provides excellent links to the rest of Portugal and mainland Europe. The city is also an easy drive away from both Cape St Vincent, the most South-westerly point in Europe and the stunning western coast of Portugal.
The Algarve's summer weather is well known, with daytime temperatures often in the 30's and rain exceptionally rare. However, it is the autumn and winter climate which really sets the area apart with temperatures between October and March often reaching 19 degrees during the daytime.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked the Portuguese health system 12th place in it's most recent report. In Portugal, the official service for providing healthcare to the population is organized through a National Health Service. There is also a wide network of private health institutions, and the hospital network has long-standing links with major insurance companies.
Portuguese hospitals have begun to implement personalised patient care and monitoring services, designed entirely to make overseas patients more comfortable by using English as the language of communication. Lagos itself has a national and private hospital, all of which have English-speaking staff.
The Algarve, and in particular, Lagos enjoys relatively low levels of crime. A strong police presence, particularly in the summer months, ensures that the city and surrounding areas are kept safe at all hours, for individuals and groups of all ages.
The Portuguese government has developed a number of incentives for EU and non-EU residents that make both investing in and residing in Portugal incredibly attractive. This, alongside the wonderful year-round climate and excellent healthcare, makes the Algarve the ideal place to buy your new home.
Living in the Algarve is not only a fine financial investment, but more importantly a wise investment for your wellbeing.
The non-habitual tax regime makes it possible for UK residents to withdraw their entire pension and pay no additional tax on it in Portugal. To qualify, participants must register as a non-habitual resident with the Portuguese tax authorities, and enjoy all foreign sources of income (such as pensions tax) tax free for the first ten years.
Comparatively, regular pension income is usually taxed at 5% in Cyprus and in some circumstances at local marginal rates, which are higher. In France, regular or annual pension payments are taxable at the normal marginal rates locally, minus an annual deduction of approximately €3,500 per household. Lump sump payments from pension funds are subject to a 7.5% income tax.
Finally, in Spain, the grey areas in Spanish tax law make financial planning for investment and retirement with any certainty a difficult task. In the best case scenario, your annuity income could be taxed at 5%, but as a worst case, this could also be taxed as savings income at a rate of up to 27%. Other pension income is considered general income and taxed as such, between 24.75% and 52%. As of April 2015, UK residents can receive 25% of their pensions as a tax free lump sum, but this is taxable if taken as a Spanish tax resident.
The plots still available range in area between 3,000m2 and 4,000m2.
The construction rights range between 400m2 and 560m2. The construction rights relate to the internal enclosed areas of the villa but exclude both basements and external covered areas.
Basement, storage and garaging areas can be built in addition to the core construction areas.
Our standard specification includes an allowance of 90m2 for these ancillary uses. The construction rights should be seen as a maximum for the internal area, and it is of course possible to build a smaller villa initially and then extend to the maximum area allowed in the future.
The design of the individual villas will be entrusted to Mario Martins. Mario is not only extremely talented, but incredibly engaging and flexible. He is therefore more than happy to customise his design concepts to suit the individual needs of each client. However, Mario will respect the urban design parameters which are in place to ensure the highest quality of exclusive development with as much privacy as possible. These parameters are for single-storey contemporary villas with plot sizes of no less than 3000m2. Roof terraces are allowed, to take advantage of the spectacular views. We welcome the fact that the planning conditions require us to pay very special attention to the landscaping.
This gives our clients the best of both worlds: the possibility of a unique design, but one that shares the same modern architectural language as the immediate neighbours. This will not only provide an aesthetically pleasing development but also enhance future values. Mario was born locally and, as such, has a particular affinity with the site and Lagos.
Each luxury villa will be of single-storey construction, with a roof terrace. They will all have a primary south to south-westerly aspect and enjoy ocean views. The modern external design ethos will be clean and minimalistic with the use of floor to ceiling glazing to make the most of natural light. The terraces will be created using natural stone and feature infinity pools heated using low carbon technology. Energy efficiency is one of our core values and every design will adopt green technology such as heat recovery and LED lighting.
The internal design will also be clean but functional. The emphasis will be on the use of natural materials and high quality porcelains for floor coverings and feature walls. Natural wood will be the standard choice for internal doors and wardrobes but the final choice will be that of the owners. Careful consideration will be given to the lighting design and
fully automatic home control systems are offered as an optional customisation. Our architects and internal designers will be on hand throughout the project to help and advise on all the aspects of design.
Each of our individual luxury villas will be built to the highest of modern standards. Externally there will be natural stone terraces with a heated swimming pool providing a stunning feature. The garden will be landscaped and irrigated with a system which takes advantage of rainwater harvesting.
The internal specification will include a luxury fitted kitchen, and bathrooms with furniture from Grohe and Villeroy & Boch. The master bedroom will feature a luxury wet room.
Energy efficiency will be ensured through solar panels, air-source heat pumps and efficient lighting. Our villas are for all year round living and so will be insulated against the lower winter temperatures. Heating will be provided using a combination of energy efficient under-floor heating and reverse cycle air conditioning.
Each villa will have an alarm and a wireless internet system ready for connection. Optional extras will include state of the art home entertainment, home automation CCTV security systems. All of which will allow your home to be controlled and monitored via the internet should you so wish.
Our standard specification is luxurious by all modern standards. It includes:
• Fully fitted kitchens with high-quality appliances
• Floor to ceiling aluminium solar glass windows
• Large master bedroom with en-suite wet room
• En-suite bathrooms to all other bedrooms
• Built-in wardrobes and storage
• Bathroom furniture from Grohe, Villeroy & Boch
• Floors finished in high quality porcelain or natural wood
• Terraces using natural organic materials
• Roof terraces
• Under-floor heating and reverse cycle air conditioning
• Heated pool using an environmentally friendly air-source heat pump
• Home security alarm systems
• Solar panel water heating
• Landscaped gardens with irrigation and rainwater harvesting
• Boundary walls and electric entrance gates
• Basement with two car garage, storage and technical areas
• Home-entertainment systems
• Home-automation systems
• Lutron lighting systems
• Marble or natural stone floors
• Ground source heat pumps
Our development overlooks Meia Praia beach. It is next door to the Palmares Golf & Beach Resort, with the marina and city of Lagos some three kilometres to the West. The compact but vibrant city of Lagos has a rich architectural and cultural heritage. It also benefits from many excellent bars and restaurants.
The land gradually rises from thirty to sixty metres above sea level, and is less than five hundred metres from the beach.
The spectacular topography has allowed us to create a development which affords privacy to the individual villas and also allows each villa to enjoy spectacular views across the bay to Lagos.
First Floor, Highfield House
Tel: 03339 391190
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