It’s love at first sight when Shelly sees the outdated villa on Spain’s Costa Blanca. “I’d rather have a shack for a good price than a more expensive house that’s already completely to your taste. An old man lived here who was moving. It was aesthetically neglected – the kitchen was so old it was almost retro – but the basis was good, from a construction point of view,” she says in conversation with 100%NL Magazine.
The gigantic renovation is still not completely finished, but the presenter does not mind that. The Spanish mañana mentality is the order of the day: plasterers who don’t show up, lamps you wait weeks for that are then casually sold on… It’s not fun, but renovation optimist Shelly is still not tired of it.
“In the past year and a half I have really thought: ‘Come on, boys’, but I have never thought for a moment: what have I started?”
After the construction troubles, you would think that Shelly would prefer to emigrate straight away with her family to Spain to enjoy the hard work, but she does not intend to. “When the house in Spain is completely ready, we want to go to a situation in which we go there about once every two months; the base remains the Netherlands. But this dream villa is for the rest of our lives.”
The entire interview with Shelly Sterk can now be read in 100%NL Magazine.