Detached properties in agricultural setting. Old town properties.
Cehegín offers a variety of property options, making this one of the most popular choices with the expat population buying in the North-west of the Murcia region.
There are two distinct types of property on offer in Cehegín: the old town itself has a number of characterful and well- priced townhouse options, while the agricultural areas surrounding the town offer a good selection of modern villas and reformed character properties.
The history of Cehegín dates back thousands of years as the area was settled in prehistory due to its abundance of natural water supplies, water filtering down from the higher and rockier area of Moratalla, funnelling into a river valley.
Close to the modern population centre of the town is the first town: Begastri, home to a succession of cultures including the Iberian tribes, who were supplanted by first the Romans, then the Visigoths, before the town was finally abandoned and the invading Moors built Cehegín in its current location on a rocky outcrop. The old town still follows the lines of the Mediaeval plan, although the castle has been demolished to make way for a splendid church, the streets in the old quarter narrow, winding and crammed with characterful old town properties. These offer exceptional value, as many still have original features, although there are usually a number of reformed properties for sale, popular with “weekender” owners from Murcia city who use them for weekend breaks. The more modern accommodation in the town spread out from the old quarter and there are more modern flats on the outskirts.
Spreading out from the town are the agricultural areas. The main bulk of properties lie within the fertile areas irrigated from the river valley, and these hold their price as they are used not only as main residential dwellings, but also as weekend properties. Most stand within good-sized plots, surrounded by fencing in amongst agricultural irrigated zones, the riverbank areas popular for stone fruit crops such as apricots and cherries, as well as vegetables including rice in the border areas near to Calasparra. In these areas plots tend to be enough for a good garden, but as the agricultural land itself is valuable, they are rarely accompanied by a great deal of land. These areas are cooler and shaded, with more moving water.
Moving away from the irrigated areas are the non-irrigated drylands, leading to villages such as Valentín. Here there are a lot more residential properties, mainly set in private fenced plots amongst the orchards, as well as more characterful accommodation further out in the non-irrigated areas where grapes, almonds, olives and carobs are grown commercially. Those looking for more land may choose these areas, non-irrigated land worth considerably less than irrigated, and there are more character properties for reform available in these areas and larger properties.
Cehegín itself has good facilities, schools, supermarkets, a good medical centre and solid core of expats providing English language services. The town has a busy cultural and social agenda, with plenty of good facilities, ideal for those looking for a “real Spanish “ environment, but with the comfort and convenience of ex-pat company nearby.