It’s always a pleasure to talk about our passion, aka Malaga, which makes this article in The Times Bricks and Mortar section extra special. In it, Cathy Hawker, the author, interviewed our CEO Joanna Styles about life in Malaga, the central focus of an article on real estate in the city. Needless to say, it was also an honour to see Guide to Malaga mentioned in one of the UK’s leading broadsheets in late March 2022.
Everyone on the Guide to Malaga team is passionate about Malaga and several of us including Joanna wouldn’t live anywhere else. We hope that the quotes included conveyed the essence of the city that we’re proud to call home.
“Malaga has a very welcoming, comfortable vibe. It’s a manageable city that’s close to great countryside. You live an outdoors lifestyle and you don’t need a car.”
“Malaga is also a beach city. While they are not the best beaches in Spain, it’s wonderful to have them in the centre. There’s almost too much going on, with great culture, festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, Christmas lights and a very special foodie scene.”
The city’s transformation
As followers of Guide to Malaga will know, Joanna has lived on the Costa del Sol for over 30 years and through her Malagueño husband, had a continued connection with Malaga. As you’ll also know, the city has seen big transformations over the last 20 years and Cathy was particularly interested in this aspect of Malaga.
“Malaga used to be just about the airport, the gateway to the Costa del Sol, and even Spanish people rarely came here,” said Joanna.
“Now it’s a destination in its own right, helped by the political will to showcase the city and investment. It has found its voice.”
Cathy pointed out the latest arrivals in the city. They include Vodafone with its European Research and Development Centre and Citigroup with a new office “to woo junior investment bankers with the city’s “unique and compelling lifestyle proposition”. And then of course, there’s Google (editor’s note: work is well underway on the tech giant’s premises in Muelle Uno).
Property in the city
The Times article also focused on property in the city. It’s the main focus for real estate investment in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, according to the Savills Andalusia representative. He cites a 3-bedroom apartment on La Malagueta with a €1.15 million price tag as an example.
For its part, Kyero says the average price for 1 to 2-bedroom apartments in Malaga sits at around €250,000. However, if you want more space or a villa, then up your budget to €800,000. They claim Soho and Pinares de San Antón are two sought-after locations.
Thanks to The Times and Cathy
It’s great to see Guide to Malaga feature in The Times and we would like to thank Cathy for giving us the opportunity to wax lyrical about Malaga! You can read the full article here – note that access is by subscription only. Thanks to Joanna’s Mum for the photo of the article in the print version!