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Dar Zita, Marrakech, Morocco

£3,750 Per Week

A light and cool 5 bedroom Berber style villa in a prime position with unrivalled views of the Atlas Mountains.

The house sits on 2.2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Olive groves, grasses, roses, lavenders and sub tropical climbing plants lead to a private pool with a large shaded terrace in an extensive lawned area. The villa has its own orchard planted with an orange grove and various fruit trees. Walls around the property ensure total privacy and villa has been furnished to a very high standard.

Stairs lead from an internal courtyard to a magnificent large panoramic terrace offering exceptional uninterrupted views of the Atlas Mountains.

Shaded parking under a pergola for 2 cars and gravelled driveway.

The accommodation comprises:

5 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and private terraces Salon with covered terrace and fireplace Dining room with covered terrace and fireplace Large kitchen with dining area Enclosed kitchen terrace Laundry room Staff bedroom with bathroom Guest WC Enclosed internal courtyard Panoramic terrace Cellar with second staff bedroom and storage Private swimming pool with large shaded terrace

Features:

Vaulted brick ceiling Traditional polished Tadelakt wall finishes in all bathrooms Ceramic tiling in the cellar Polished Dess with bejmat flooring throughout Central heating and air-conditioning

Electric fed gravity fed hot water system Good quality bathroom fittings including showers, baths, WCs, and chrome taps. Painted single glazed metal windows

Shared used of the communal clay tennis court and Hammam.

Sleeps 10

A BUYING GUIDE TO MOROCCO

Unless you have burning desire to buy a farm in Morocco (foreigners are not allowed to buy agricultural land), the property market is well established for Western buyers.

One barrier to remove is language, unless you speak good Arabic or possibly French. Otherwise, you will need an English-speaking local lawyer, and a very useful resource to find one is the UK Government’s website. This carries a list of lawyers known to the embassies there, (although this obviously comes with no specific recommendation).

You will also need a notary, and again the site carries a link to a list drawn from the National Chamber of Notaires.

For both, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/buying-property-in-morocco

The notary, just as in other countries such as France and Spain, typically represents both seller and vendor. He/she will check the vendor’s identity; that they actually have a right to sell the property to you; and that the physical aspects of the property – size, construction etc – are accurate.

Once a price has been agreed, it is normal practice to pay a deposit of around 10%. You are then committed to go ahead with the purchase, and a signature on the final contract should take 6-8 weeks. Your lawyer should take care to ensure that the property is being sold with the consent of all interested parties (e.g. direct family members of the vendor).

Finance

Foreign nationals are allowed to take out a mortgage to finance their purchase, up to a maximum loan-to-value of 50% of the purchase price.
Your purchase will need to be paid in the local currency (the dirham). If you are transferring funds from the UK, it is often worth shopping around for the best currency conversion rate as this can make a considerable difference.
Costs

Every purchase is different, but as a rule of thumb, budget for 12%-17% of your purchase price in additional fees, taxes and charges.

As a buyer you will typically pay:

  • Your lawyer (we strongly recommend you use one), at a cost of up to 5% of the property value, plus 10% VAT.
  • A registration duty of 6%
  • Notary fees of between 0.5% and 1%
  • A land registry fee of 1%
  • Stamp duty of 1%
  • The ‘simsaar’s’ (local agent’s) fee of typically 2.5%

 

Please note: This article reflects Aylesford’s current understanding of property legislation in Morocco. It is offered for general guidance only; specialist legal and tax advice should always be taken for any property transaction.

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