Javea Costa Blanca Expat Interview Jo Ivory

What is your name?

Jo Ivory

How old are you?


Where were you born?

London, UK

Were do you live now?

Javea, Costa Blanca

How long have you lived in the area?

15 Years.

Are you living alone or with your family?

With boyfriend

How often do you visit your home country?

2-3 times a year.

Retired or working (If working what do you do?)

Working – Owner of Sunset Real Estate Agency SL.

Do you speak Spanish and do you think it’s important to speak the local language?

Basic. It´s amazing how you can get by without speaking the language, but I do have staff working for me that are fluent.

Do you miss home and family sometimes?

Sometimes, but I visit and they visit here too quite a bit.

What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? 

Rent an apartment

What is your Favourite thing about living in this area?

The weather, although this winter has not been great. And the choice of restaurants, not only in Javea, but in other towns locally as well


What is the worst thing about living in the area?


What is the cost of living in Spain compared to your home country?

Cheaper day to day, but when it comes to big items like furniture I find the choice and the price doesn´t compare to UK.

How would you rate the healthcare in Spain?

Very good from experience. Quite a few years ago I snapped my Achilles and the care I had from arrival at hospital to operating was very fast and efficient. Along with the aftercare to remove stitches and plaster. The only part that was lacking was the rehabilitation physio, but maybe I didn´t ask the right questions. A few weeks ago I got a same day appointment at the doctors I don´t think I´d get that in the UK.

Is it easy to make friends in the area?

I arrived here on my own and was very lucky to meet people near enough straight away and have been friends ever since. It is easy to meet people here as there are lots of ex-pats that have left the UK and their circle of family and friends, so are open to meeting new people. I´ve rented 100´s of houses to new arrivals and have not seen one yet that doesn´t make new friends very quickly.

Do you have any tips for our readers about living in Spain and any advice you would give anyone considering moving here?

There are different types of people that move here. If you move here and are financially secure not needing to work then life is just a ball. But if you need to work or run a business, then you really need to consider what you will do and how you will make a living.

The types of work available are limited and if you don’t speak Spanish then you need to do something solely related to the British market. My advice would be don´t jump in to buying or setting up a business before you have carried out proper due diligence and spent some time getting to know the market.

If you have a business tell us about it


Do you have a favourite place to eat in the area?

Lots – We are spoilt for choice.

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