The actress gives advice on buying property in Spain.
Bea Alonzo recently bought an apartment in Spain. On the 100th episode of her YouTube vlog, the actress talked about how she did it. She also shared some tips on what to look for in a unit.
Aside from the location, the unit’s size is important to Bea. She looked for ones with two to three bedrooms. “I’m not only buying this for myself. I’m also buying this for my family,” she explained. Bea also set out to look for a place with big windows to maximize Spain’s sunny weather.
She looked at six properties in Madrid. She also went to see units in different cities, including Malasaña. It’s a happening area. Its streets are filled with bakeries, coffee shops, and vintage clothing stores. Bea describes it as “an artsy district” that’s hip and vibrant. She liked it but decided against buying a unit there. She explained that her mother may not appreciate it because she dislikes graffiti.
In the end, she chose to buy a property in Chamberí. Aside from the unit itself, Bea liked that it was in a stately residential neighborhood. “I like the idea of being able to say hi to my neighbors and building a community in that building,” she said.
Chamberí has varied cultural attractions, like the Sorolla Museum and art gallery. Its tourism website says it’s “a traditional district with an aristocratic architectural flair.”
Bea Alonzo, Spanish citizen?
She clarified that although she’s a property owner in Spain, she’s not a citizen of the country.
“I love Spain. Because of the pandemic, naisip ko na you only live once so I have to go for it. This past year, I’ve been looking for an apartment. Nag-umpisa lang ako sa pagtingin-tingin sa internet. Kaya ko ba? Kaya ba ng budget ko? Nakakatakot ba? Ano ba yung mga rules? Mahirap ba?” she said.
Bea learned about Spain’s “Golden Visa.” She consulted her godmother before anything else.
“If you have a Golden Visa, you’ll become a resident. Pero kungmagwo-worry kayo na magiging Spanish citizen ako, nope,” she said.
Bea is currently based in the Philippines and is working on projects for GMA-7.
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