Javea, Spain, is a picturesque resort destination known for its wide sand beaches and rocky coves.
The coastal town in the province of Alicante hugs the Mediterranean Sea. Buildings in its historic core blend locally sourced golden sandstone with whitewashed walls.
Rising above the water are headlands and hillsides dotted with newer developments of ocean-view homes.
One such community is Cuesta de San Antonio, which has sightlines to the bay and the marina.
Among houses for sale in the area is this refurbished modern villa priced at 2.995 million euros, or about US $3.56 million, and listed with Inmobiliaria Rimontgo. The state-of-the-art dwelling spans four floors connected by an elevator.
A rotunda portion of the home conjures the image of a lighthouse looking out to the sea. A second rotunda tops the garage.
The dramatic high-ceiling foyer mixes a natural stone wall with white gleaming finishes.
The shiny white floors continue in the open-concept living and dining room, which take in panoramic views and access a terrace with an outdoor swimming pool. Clear balcony railings allow for unimpeded views.
Dark counters and white cabinetry create contrast in the sleek kitchen. A center island with a cooktop provides prep and counter space with room for a breakfast table nearby.
The home has five bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms. There are two additional full bathrooms.
On the lower floor is a spa area with a gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool and a sauna. A game room and a wine cellar complete the 795 square meters, or nearly 8,600 square feet, of living space.
Other features include a home automation system, electric shutters and an alarm system.
Golf, restaurants, nightclubs, hiking and water sport activities are all close at hand. The international Alicante–Elche Miguel Hernández Airport is about an hour away.
Many consumer prices in Javea are comparable to those in the United States, but there are bargains too. A domestic beer in Los Angeles, for example, might run you 7 euros or $8 at a local eatery. In Javea, expect to pay 2.6 euros or $3, according to cost comparisons from Numbeo.com.
Likewise, a cappuccino in New York City will cost more than twice what one does in Javea.