Buy a house in Pollensa
10 good reasons to buy a house in Pollensa
We think Pollensa has it all; stunning scenery and majestic mountains, beaches to die for and delicious local cuisine, a safe and friendly atmosphere and year round wonderful weather in a beautiful setting with a vibrant culture and a sophisticated capital city 45 minutes drive away. If you are interested in buying propety in Mallorca, then buy a house in Pollensa.
Here are our 10 best reasons why we think you would love to buy a house and live in Pollensa too:
1. A relaxed cosmopolitan lifestyle
New friends and low cost living
Our main reason for choosing to live and buy a house in Pollensa is that living in Pollensa is easy. It is relaxed and friendly yet offers all kinds of possibilities. It is also incredibly diverse with a large resident international community, open minded local population and laid back character. It is partly due to the fact that the climate is so temperate and you can spend so much time outdoors, the Pollencins are used to the eccentricities of foreign visitors and welcome them. The lower cost of living in Pollensa means you can enjoy life more for slightly less. All in all the Spanish Mediterranean lifestyle lends itself nicely to a more satisfying way of life.
2. Excellent medical facilities
Hospitals - Clinics - Healthcare
Whether you buy a house in Pollensa as a new home, a second home or an investment and ocasional holiday home, you will want to know you have good health care available.
Pollensa now has a new public hospital in Inca which caters to the Pollensa and Alcudia area in the north of the island. There are is also brand new state of the art Son Espases in Palma, and wonderful private hospitals, specialist clinics and small local state funded healthcare centres in every town known as the PAC.
As many of the island´s medical specialists work in both the private and public sector the level of professionalism is equal in both, though waiting times and customer care may be better in the private hospitals.
With a European Health card you are covered for emergency care anywhere on the island, yet private health care is also advisable if you buy a house in Pollensa and plan to spend long periods on the island.
3. High investment potential
Buying property, renovating property and renting property
Much has been said about the pros and cons of buying a house in Pollensa, but the bottom line is, having successfully brushed off it´s 80´s bad name and beer soaked hangover over, nothing seems to be able to dent Pollensa's consistently popular image as a holiday destination.
Those seeking to buy a house in Pollensa as a second home or capital appreciation now have the added option of covering expenses in the holiday rentals market by letting their properties for high rents during the summer season.
As a mature market, to buy a house in Pollensa is fairly easy. Set procedures and laws are already in place, there is a good selection of legal advisors, established real estate agencies and everything related to property, from mortgage consultants to maintenance companies.
Because Pollensa is on an island with a limited geographical space and coastline the Balearic government has laid down strict guidelines on building and development, ensuring the islands natural beauty is preserved and house prices remain high.
4. The safety factor
Living in Pollensa is safe
In our dangerous new world of constant conflict and growing fear, safety and security are an asset to any home, and Pollensa is one of the safest areas in Spain. In the village, locals still leave their front doors unlocked and the friendly and slightly nosey nature of the people living here means that everyone naturally keeps an eye out for everyone else. You buy a house in Pollensa and the neighbourhood will essentially look after it for you.
During the busy peak season it is obviously worth taking extra care as Pollensa fills with visitors from all over the world but Pollensa generally boasts very low crime rates and offers a safe environment for families, children and new businesses.
It´s island status also affords Pollensa a greater security both as a deterrent and enclosure. It is much harder to get off the island in a hurry than drive away on the mainland, for example.
5. Living in Pollensa with children
Schooling your children on the island
If your plan is to buy a house in Pollensa and move here with your family you will need to consider their schooling. Pollensa boasts excellent local public schools and a good selection of private international schools, though these are mainly near Palma, in the south of the island and you need to get onto the waiting lists.
Aside from the costs, the local public school option means your children will become integrated into island life and pick up two new languages, Catalan and Castellano (Spanish), because the regional schooling operates a bilingual curriculum with a few weekly hours of English thrown in.
The private international and British schools on the island offer smaller classes, larger campuses and a multi-cultural environment. Though most of the private schools are English taught and follow the British curriculum, there is also a French school, a joint Scandinavian and German school and a few International schools.
6. Getting to the Island
Palma de Mallorca International Airport
At an average of 2.5 hours flying time from most mayor European cities, with cheap regular charter flights flying direct to the island, Palma airport not only welcomes millions of visitors a year but offers a seamless, secure service and makes travelling to and from Pollensa reasonably easy.
Buy a house in Pollensa and you have an second home half a day's travel from the first. You can walk out of your front door in northern Europe in the morning and be sipping chilled white wine on your terrace in Pollensa by nightfall.
7. A geographical idyll
Pollensa life outdoors
Wherever you buy a house in Pollensa, you are never far from the mountains and the sea.
Declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2011, the mighty Serra de Tramuntana mountain range runs parallel to the coast all the way from Port Andratx in the southwest to the Cape of Formentor in the northeast, 110 km of mountain roads and walking tracks, forming the backbone of the island. Its highest peak, the Puig Major stands at 1445 m, followed closely by Puig Massanella at 1364 m., highly respected by cyclists, climbers and mountain hikers for its challenging terrain, climbs and hairy descents. The route is now well signposted, mountain lodges and refugis have sprouted along the route offering cheap rustic accommodation and food for those wishing to take up the challenge.
And then there is the coast! Mallorca has over 120 beaches and coves spread over 550 kilometers of coastline all around the island. From glittering bays with crystalline waters etched into the side of the rock to long expanses of white sand with beach cafes, sun loungers and parasols, hidden coves, nudist beaches and safe bays with shallow waters, the offer is as varied as Mallorca itself.
8. High end luxury
The good life in Pollensa
Pollensa has always been the playground of the rich and famous, with high end complexes, luxury pads in stunning locations and scenery, hidden mountain homes and a safe natural marina, international calibre hotels, boutique hotels and stylish resorts, it attracts an eclectic crowd. This is a top end Pollensa, largely unseen and unknown, catering to an elite crowd. To buy a house in Pollensa is to tap in to some of the most exclusive property on the island.
Pollensa also rates highly on the radar of nautical tourism. The Royal yacht Club in Puerto Pollensa and two world renowned marinas in the south of the island: Port Adriano and Puerto Portals, have moorings for luxury yachts, fine restaurants, high end boutiques. This is an exclusive Pollensa of sea lovers and state of the art super yachts.
9. Palma de Mallorca capital city
Life in the city - Palma de Mallorca - An international hub
Home to over half the island´s population, Palma de Mallorca is the Capital city of the Balearics and is fast becoming a popular city break destination and respected business capital set emblematically on the southern shores around the Bay of Palma.
The city itself is a fascinating medley of old and new, with Sa Llonja and the old city, steeped in history with wonderful architecture, the gothic cathedral and Arab quarter, a cobbled maze of ancient streets and arched courtyards in the old town and tree lined promenades with shops and restaurants in La Rambla and El Born, Palma is worth a visit or a lifetime.
10. Great weather
Living outdoors, the healthy happy outdoors lifestyle of the Balearics
Last but by no means least, Pollensa's exceptional climate is probably the main reason why the the town sees so many visitors and is quite the holiday destination it is. It is also in all likelyhood one of the key factors for you to buy a house in Pollensa. This is hardly surprising because the weather in Pollensa is amazing, 300 days of sunshine a year and average temperatures oscillating around the 22º mark, it is warm in the winter, dry most of year and downright scorching in summer.
These are my 10 best reasons to buy a house in Pollensa!