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Noise Noise Noise

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:31pm
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Britboyz

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We have been living in Spain for almost a year, and now live close to Roquetas.

I am now in my third apartment and I am starting to think that Spain is not the place for me due to the noise levels from neighbours. We live in an urbanisation, which is beautiful and well cared for.

I am not sure if this is bad luck, but I am now 2 months into my third apartment and I am ready to pack up and leave.

It seems in all three apartments I've lived in, I've had neighbours who seem to be rearranging furniture all day long. The dull beats of music and rabble from loud voices penetrates through the walls. 

We love our jobs here, the weather and everything else, but at the same time a bit of peace and quiet is important to us. 

It's Sunday and we just want to slob around in our PJs and watch the TV, but we're listening to the dull beats of music playing, topped with the constant footsteps and dragging of furniture. We're on a limited budget and can't afford a house or a villa. 

Is it just bad luck, is it just how it is here? Do apartment blocks exist with adequate sound proofing? 

I'd love to hear from you :(

PuffTheMagicDragon

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:33pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:33pm

Can you not go inland somewhere?

I guess because of work you can’t be too far away, but you don’t have to go too far to be away from the noise of a built up area.


Good luck

Puff

Britboyz

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:38pm

Britboyz

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Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:38pm

Thanks for replying. We're not in a built up area. The urbanisation is actually very peaceful. 

Maybe finding a stone house would offer a solution! 

Whoopydo

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:05pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:05pm

We have a town house on an urbanisation in Vera. It in the middle of a double row, people either side and behind. We've  rarely been there with either our immediate neighbour's in or behind but, when they have been, be have heard tv's or items being dropped on the floor. 

Someone behind, goes out in the evening and the yappy dog barks for a while. Just means we up the tv volume if in. 

I suppose anyone that is really bad needs a visit. Maybe post a note through or on their door (Google translate is useful). Perhaps there is an owner/management agency you can contact? Good luck. I hate noisy inconsiderate people as well.

Martin. 

Britboyz

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:41pm

Britboyz

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Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:41pm

Thanks for your reply. 

I don't think it was something we were quite prepared for, but I think most homes are made of concrete and so noise travels. We lived in an end Victorian terrace and never heard a neighbour once.

I don't think it's anything we can complain about, but it's just damn irritating when all you want is to sit down with a brew and relax.

I've just odered a sound bar for the TV to enhance the sound of our own TV and add some bass to perhaps drown out some of the exterior noise. 

I've read cork tiles on the walls can help absorb sound? 

But seriously, how much time can people spend walking around a small apartment? 

DarioMartin

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:53pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:53pm

We live in an urbanización in Valle del Este.  It is the most peaceful, tranquil place you could hope to find.  We occasionally have neighbors, but don’t really notice them. Most places here are holiday lets, but even in mid season it’s not disruptively noisy

I’d say to have the problems your having is just very very bad luck indeed

Alicia 11

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:52pm

Alicia 11

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Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:52pm

Unfortunately the Spanish never pick up furniture when they move it and they talk loudly From the day they are born.  We live in a top floor apartment with neighbours on one side and underneath only.  Holidaymakers are always noisy and stay up late and make a mess in the lifts and don't care about the areas.  But we have encountered very little noise in our place thankfully.  The worst experience for us was the Ibis hotel in Bilbao with neighbours in the rooms that came and went slamming the doors all night!  They were youngsters who didn't see a problem with their behaviour and the staff shrugged their shoulders at complaints.

chrisso50

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:24am

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Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:24am

We live in the Roquetas urba and have been here 18 months. We are on the ground floor of the complex and have hardly ever had anyone occupying the upper apartment. Our Spanish neighbour on our ground floor is very friendly but occasionally she and her husband have loud disagreements: that’s just the way it is. 

We do keep looking for an even better rental but think “would we be moving to a worse neighbourhood issue?”

Sorry that you have had to move so often, hope that things improve for you.

Chris

Britboyz

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:50pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:50pm

God help us when somebody is actually directly above us! 

Yesterday was a particularly bad day, and we seemed to have been attacked from all directions by noise. 

We spent a month in a place where the neighbours above liked to rearrange furniture at 4am. 

We then spent 6 months in a place where an old lady above spent all day walking around heels and where we started to be in tune to her bladder movements at every hour of the night. To top it off, we had a budding DJ next door.

We'd hoped for third time lucky....

tony3121

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:57pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:57pm

Let us all know where you live so we know where to avoid, 😂😂

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