Bea Alonzo Now Owns An Apartment In Spain: 'Not Only For Myself But I’m Buying It For My Family'In just five short days, Bea squeezed a visit to six apartments in Madrid with the help of a Filipino-Spanish real estate broker.by Dahl D. Bennett .
Bea Alonzo has always had big dreams and she would pursue these not just for herself but always with her family in mind. When she bought a 16-hectare farm in Zambales and built a dream house there, it was so her mom Mary Anne Ranollo—who was a city girl all her life—could have a province to call home.
The actress' younger brother James and sister-in-law Thalia also built their own house in the farm for their growing family. Stepdad Amado Carlos, whom Bea considers the ‘glue’ that holds her family, is also very much a part of all her big plans.
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Apartment Hunting In Madrid
For her 100th YouTube vlog episode, celebrity Bea let her followers in on her latest investment—buying an apartment in Madrid, Spain and again, she chose one that fit her entire family’s needs and considered her mom’s convenience.
“To be honest guys I’m 34 years old but pag ganitong mga desisyon, gusto ko pa rin na hinihingi yung opinyon ni Mama.” -Bea Alonzo on buying a property in a foreign country
In just five short days, Bea squeezed a visit to six apartments in the European city with the help of a Filipino-Spanish real estate broker. “Why Madrid you may ask? Because I love Spain,” Bea reveals.
She said she has mulled the possibility of buying a property in Madrid during the pandemic. She started by checking out potential apartments over the internet but while doing so, she couldn’t help but doubt herself. ‘Kaya ko ba? Kaya ba ng budget ko? Nakakatakot ba? Ano ba yung rules?’ Were just some of the questions she had to face.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
What sealed the deal for her was learning that Spain grants non-citizens a Golden Visa. Once she has that, she will be easily granted a resident permit plus a Schengen visa that will allow her to travel to any European country.
Choosing An Apartment That Will Fit Her Family
The 34-year-old actress had very specific criteria before settling for an apartment in Madrid. The apartment’s location was top of her list. She specifically wanted one that had easy access to establishments and sights so it would be convenient “to go out at night and to go back to the apartment.”
She was also very specific that it should have two to three bedrooms to fit her entire family plus an elevator for her mom’s and children’s convenience. “Of course, I’m not only buying this for myself but I’m buying it for my family,” she said.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
While all six apartments had either a vibe or an element that she really liked such as an artsy neighborhood, huge windows, great amenities, Bea settled for the second apartment located in the Chamberî district of Madrid. On its official tourism website, Chamberî is described as a “a traditional district with an aristocratic architectural flair in the heart of Madrid.”
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This Chamberi apartment meets most of Bea’s criteria, including a cooling and heating system to keep everyone comfortable during weather changes. The apartment, like many apartments she’s checked is a ‘new build,’ meaning it’s interiors and plumbing system are all renovated and updated but is still housed within an 1800s building that keeps its original façade.
What first impressed Bea about the Chamberî apartment is the kitchen which had a sizable island, the counters of which are made of exquisite white and gray patterned Carara marbles. “I’ve always wanted to have one of those counters na ganyan kalaki because I love to cook and I love to entertain,” she said.
The actress was also very impressed with the finishes of the apartment plus the balcony that looks out to a quiet street lined with restaurants and shops.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
She adds, “I also like the fact na dalawa lang kayo nakatira sa isang floor at may doorman din pala yan so in terms of security I would feel more secure.” While the price was over her budget she thinks it is an apartment her mom would love.
Making A Hard Decision Without Her Mom
Without her mom by her side, Bea found it hard to make a decision more so because she was making it in a foreign country. “To be honest guys I’m 34 years old but pag ganitong mga desisyon, gusto ko pa rin na hinihingi yung opinyon ni Mama,” she told her YouTube audience. But her mom trusted her and encouraged her to decide on her own. “My mom messaged me na to decide sa naayon sa gusto ko and therefore, of course, I followed my heart,” she shared.
Her heart led her to the right place because Bea was pretty happy with her apartment choice. “I actually found the charm in it na pag pasok mo pa lang pwede ka nang mag entertain. Pagpasok mo pa lang di ba gusto natin naamoy natin whatever’s cooking.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Even though the rooms didn’t have as many windows as she would have wanted, she says she likes the idea that the Chamberî apartment was compact enough to encourage a sense community. “I like the idea of being able to say ‘hi’ to your neighbors in the morning and I like the idea of building a community.”
Bea’s next plans for the apartment is decorating it with a professional designer and we’re guessing there will be a lot of consultations with her family, because after all they are always a big part of everything she does.
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