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Spanish town is offering free houses and jobs in a bid to convince families to relocate there

Fancy trading in the 9-5 grind for a life in the sun?

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A Spanish town is offering families free homes and jobs in an attempt to encourage them to move there.

Griegos, a small town in the north-east of Spain, has seen its citizens dwindle in recent years, with only 132 residents remaining. So in a bid to tackle this issue, the town is offering three houses to rent along with two jobs, while the town hall is offering three different jobs ranging from local restaurant work to home teleworking.

The very persuasive advert explained: “We offer you work in the kitchen and restaurant for you and your partner at the Paladar de Aragón, located in La Muela de San Juan. Or you can manage the Griegos hotel-restaurant, located in the square.


“If you are one of those who work from home […] You can telecommute and make use of our coworking.”

It is worth noting that only the first three months of your Spanish adventure will be free – after that time period has passed, rent will cost €225 (£194) per month, and families will get a €50 discount (£43) per child – meaning if you have two kids you’ll pay just £108 per month. 

Think of all the tapas and sangria you could buy with that extra money!

The only catch is that you have to be a family with children. Sorry, singletons. So, if you want to embark upon the next Spanish chapter of your life, you’ll have to be quick – there have already been over 3,000 applications from people all over the world who are keen to escape the hum drum. 

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And, with the amount of competition there is, applicants are now being asked to submit a video message alongside their application explaining why they should be selected for the scheme.

If the project is successful, it could lead to other Spanish towns offering similar schemes in what is dubbed ‘Empty Spain’, where villages and towns are seeing a steady decline in population numbers.

The town mayor Salvador Gil has also requested €150,000 to update and renovate the town’s hostel to ‘make it more attractive.’

You can visit the original social media campaign here – better get brushing up on your Spanish!


New images of Soho House Manchester released showing rooftop pool and gym

It has a rooftop pool and a gym!

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New artist sketches of the exquisite Northern location of Soho House Manchester have now been released — and they won’t disappoint!

Currently being developed on the site of the old Granada Studios, in the St John’s district, Soho House Manchester is one of the most anticipated openings of 2023, and its modern members club will mark the first of the brand’s Northern locations.

You can register your interest now, but for those still holding back for more, you might succumb to persuasion when you hear that facilities will include a luxury rooftop pool, restaurant, chill out areas, work spaces, terraces and upscale bars. 

And the new venue will also feature a state of the art gym – great news for all those workout-aholics – with Soho House revealing the entirety of the first floor will be dedicated to ‘an extensive members’ gym’.

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Members will be able to workout in style as they make use of a free weights area, boxing zone, studio space, steam and sauna rooms, and an outdoor terrace. Changing rooms will be equipped with high end showers, vanity areas and relaxing ‘lounge spaces for members to unwind after training’. 

The website says: “The city has reinvented its industrial past to become an exciting cultural hub, with a rich history in music and the arts and a thriving community of creative industries. Located within the former Granada Studios in the heart of the city, Soho House Manchester will have various spaces for members to eat, drink, socialise and workout.”

We look forward to seeing how plans for Soho House develop over the coming months. You can register you interest in becoming a member on the Soho House Manchester website.

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Luxury MediaCity apartments available for as little as £60k under shared ownership

The interior designs for these luxury homes were inspired by the hit Netflix show, The Queen’s Gambit.

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The MediaCity High Definition apartments by Latimer are now ready to buy.

Surprisingly affordable, homebuyers could snatch one of these glossy new apartments for less than 60k thanks to a shared ownership scheme.

Prices start from as little as £57,450 (based on a 30% share of £191,500) for a one bedroom apartment under shared ownership, so getting your foot on the property ladder might be more attainable than you thought.

Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, has announced the handover of the first apartment block at its flagship £70m HD development in MediaCity, and the first residents have already started moving in.


A total of 100 apartments of the 280 will be available through Latimer’s shared ownership offering.

A shared ownership mortgage will allow people to part buy, part rent one of these properties while increasing their share of ownership over time until they own their property outright.

Some of the unique features for residents to take advantage of include modern and spacious communal areas such as a Club HD terrace lounge, co-working spaces and a multi-function private room – suitable for professionals on their working from home days.


There’s also a 24-hour concierge and audio door entry systems for high-spec securityAnd if that’s not enough to sway you, the interiors are inspired by the hit Netflix show, The Queen’s Gambit.

The communal area is decked out with comfy beanbags, curved retro sofas, leather reclining chairs, stools shaped like giant chess pieces and wooden tables with their own built-in wine bottle holders. And there’s a cocktail bar complete with wine fridge, as well as pool and table tennis tables.

Paul Walker, National Sales Director at Clarion Housing Group, said: “It’s fantastic to reach another key moment in the life of our exciting High Definition development as we see the first residents make it their home.”

“Straight away, they will be able to get the full High Definition experience, with access to the luxurious residents’ lounge and high spec co-working spaces, which will make the development feel more than just a home, but a vibrant community,” he added.

Overall, 132 one-bedroom, 136 two-bedroom and 12 three-bedroom apartments are available at High Definition. Prices for one-bedroom apartments start at £203,000. Two-bedroom apartments are available from £286,000 and three-bedroom apartments are available from £430,000.

A Second residential block at HD, Aria, is scheduled to handover in February next year.

You can find out more HERE.

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Developers unveil plan to transform forgotten corner of Lever Street

It is hoped the historic buildings will be transformed into a brand new mixed office space

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New life could soon be injected into two derelict buildings in the Northern Quarter thanks to an upcoming public consultation. 

Real estate developer Soller Group is holding the consultation on Wednesday November 2nd for its city-centre development proposals, where it will invite members of the public to comment on its plans to develop a prominent site on the corner of Lever Street and Great Ancoats Street.

The proposed heritage-led scheme aims to transform the existing site into a brand-new c.100,000 sq ft office led mixed-use development through a combination of sensitive retention and restoration of historic buildings, and the addition of a contemporary new building set back from Lever Street.

The developer is hoping to create a community hub, restaurant and bar offering in the restored ground floor buildings, and offices above designed to cater for creative businesses as they grow in the NQ. Currently as creative companies expand they are being forced out of the NQ due to a lack of modern office space.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the scheme also hopes to promote economic benefits, including the potential to generate 800 direct jobs in the city and a predicted annual GVA contribution of £60m to the Greater Manchester economy.

Following the public consultation and review of feedback, it is hoped a planning application will be submitted in early Spring 2023.

Soller’s CEO Nick Treadaway said: “We’re very much looking forward to meeting with the general public and listening to their views on our proposals.

“This is a very complex site presenting many design challenges both from a heritage and massing point of view.

“It has been our priority to develop these plans sensitively and respectfully, ensuring that the end result provides a modern building which sits sympathetically within its surroundings.”

Members of the development team will be at the consultation event, which takes place on Wednesday 2nd November between 4pm and 7pm at Huckletree, The Express Building, 9 Great Ancoats Street.

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