Volume 08

1Casa News from Spain - No. 8
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New Roundabout at La Fuente Manía - Funds have been granted for the improvement of the road junction at the main entrance to Álora.  The traffic lights will be removed and replaced with a roundabout and pedestrian crossing.
Malagueña Monument - Funds are available to finish the Malagueña Monument in Álora with an inauguration planned for 26 April 2005.
Wind Farm and Sierra de Aguas - Work has begun to install the first wind turbines in the Sierra de Aguas.  By the end of the year there will be two turbines functioning.  When the works are finished, the contractor will have to restore the ambience of the area.
Torrequebrada Awarded Best Business Hotel Award - The Condé Nast Johansens publishing house is celebrating its annual Excellence awards.
This award honours hotels all over the world that appear in its guides, and that meet a series of requisites such as elegance, comfort and luxury.
They represent the maximum standards of quality and have the best quality-price ratio in the luxury and personal travel sector.
The prizes awarded this year, in a ceremony that took place in the famous Dorchester Hotel in London, have shown that Spain has some of the best hotels in the world.
Spain was nominated for awards in eight categories, and finally won just three prizes.
One of the 3 was The Torrequebrada Golf & Beach Resort Hotel, categorised as The Best Business Hotel, we are proud to confirm The Salon Fortuna within the Hotel hosts the Rat Pack Show which 1Casa Co-Sponsors.
Performances are every Monday through till June 2005.
If you are receiving this Newsletter and are able to travel to Benalmadena, you are cordially invited to submit your name into a Free draw for Tickets to the show.
See www.RatPackSpain.com for more details
Malaga C.F. – Malaga 0 – Albacete 2.  Malaga has now dropped into the relegation zone with their third consecutive home defeat.  It was not a good game for Malaga and we must hope that they will be able to turn things round very soon in order to secure their place in La Liga.
Shopping - What’s on your shopping list this weekend, eggs, bread, meat, cereal, Milk, a Town?
A small town in the northwestern part of New Mexico is being offered for sale on e-bay by a New Mexico Real Estate agent. Toby Atencio a Commercial Realtor with West Wood Realty is the listing agent.
The inventory includes 275 deeded acres. A trading post, a post office, eight houses, a chapel, a gymnasium, classroom buildings, four offices, a mobile home, a dormitory, a basketball court and a playground, along with several barns and animal pens. The town is loaded with western lore! In the 1930’s the trading post was started to trade food and dry goods for rugs and jewelry. Customers rode to the trading post in on horses and wagons to replenish their supplies.
It is the middle of Navajo Country with 300 or so Navajo Indians living close to it. It is within 30 miles or so of Chaco Canyon a national historic park of Indian ruins.
The Sale price is $1,300,000 and the town is being offered on an auction style bidding process. “We are encouraged by the amount of bids we have received so far and we feel that this may be a viable way to market properties in the future.
DNA May Make Columbus Home 'Priceless'
By Kevin Barnett, 20 Nov 2004
The medieval finca of the Columbus family has been put up for sale in Mallorca with a €1M price tag and the prospect that it might be a “priceless” Trophy Home within a year.
Local historians believe explorer, Christopher Columbus was born and brought up in the house, parts of which have been inhabited for 5,000 years, and learned his seamanship at nearby Porto Colom, named in his honour. Now DNA specialists from the FBI and University of Granada are comparing samples from the remains of the discoverer of the Americas and the man Spaniards claim to be his real father who lived in Mallorca.
The results could rob Genoa, Seville, Cadiz and Santa Domingo capital of the Dominican Republic of their tourism icon because each city has long claimed Christopher Columbus as a citizen, but the impact for tourist driven Mallorca could result in a brand new multi-million pound industry.
The first name on the medieval deeds of Finca Son Colom de Sa Cove in Felanitx is “Colom” (Columbus) and for centuries afterwards, that town has produced a string of cartographers with local legend claiming Christopher Columbus as its most famous son. The DNA tests being carried out in Spain, Germany and France might produce evidence in support of Mallorca, which has never been able to market the legendary finca as a Columbus attraction because it has always been in private ownership.
Now, exactly 504 years after the name of Jaime Colom – uncle of Cristobal Colom - went on the deeds and a decade of careful authentic restoration, the current family owners, have decided to sell-up and return to France. That leaves new buyers with the prospect of controlling one of the world’s greatest trophy homes. “If the DNA tests prove positive for Mallorca, the property would be priceless - probably couldn’t be bought for a galleon stuffed with treasure from the Americas”, said Terry Walker of Property in Spain, the leading property website, appointed to handle the sale.
The 17,000 M2 estate includes the original Columbus family home in a complex of main house, three separate casitas, a living cave first occupied 5,000 years ago and a Roman mine. There are seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, a Great Library, kitchen, loft, sauna, tropical courtyard, boccia pitch and large swimming pool. There’s underfloor heating and a log burner fireplace, garaging for five cars, purification plant, sat-tv, ADSL phones.
1,000 M2 of living space is augmented by a 500M2 habitable limestone rock cave which is dry and warm in winter and naturally cooled in summer and would make an interesting restaurant or themed attraction along with a Roman mine. The Finca could be used as a private residence or commercially as a bijou hotel with cavern dining room. Planners in Mallorca would be keen to see a commercial use that offered good tourist access.
CANADIAN Jacques Villeneuve set the pace for Sauber in a wet and windy Formula One test session at Jerez in Spain - Germany's Nick Heidfeld, living up to his nickname of "Quick Nick", was second fastest in what could lead to either a full race drive or reserve position with Williams. The 27-year-old did 96 laps with a best time of 1min 22.490sec, comparing to Brazilian rival Antonio Pizzonia's 1:23.365, according to Williams' timings.
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