Enjoy our quick guide to Santa Ponsa, a small town in the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca located within the municipality of Calvia.
A popular holiday destination, Santa Ponsa has been attracting visitors from countries with colder climates that include Great Britain, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Santa Ponsa is 18 kilometers from the Mallorca capital Palma.
Below we feature an expat interview with Kristin Hillmann of Mallorca Site who covers the Santa Ponsa area.
Specifically, we wanted to learn from Kristin the many reasons why people should consider moving to this area and the value for money they can get once they decide to stay permanently.
Kristin, thanks for helping our readers. I guess we should start off by asking what would you say would be the advantages to living in Santa Ponsa compared to other Mallorca towns?
Santa Ponsa is one of the largest urbanisations in the Southwest of Mallorca. Despite been developed only a few decades ago, it has become one of the nicest and most popular residential areas in Mallorca. It is an urbanisation that leaves you to have more space between homes, garden with flat area for families and elevated areas to enjoy the views. Prestigious boulevards connect the different parts of Santa Ponsa, which are as multifaceted as the property concepts to be found here.
For golfers and buyers interested in sports and recreation Santa Ponsa offers three golf courses, Houses frontline to golf, the sea or with stunning views from prominent positions on the “Ensaimada hill” show the variety. The superior plot sizes allow for distinct building concepts and fancy architecture. The central location and excellent infrastructure attract international buyers who make Santa Ponsa their main family residence.
Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?
It is not a typical traditional area despite being the first city after the conquest of Jaume I. For those who seek to integrate and live the Majorcan life, it is not the ideal place.
What proportion of the local population are Spanish?
English, a few Scandinavians and many Germans, the Spanish, depending on the area, live more in the older areas of Santa Ponsa.
What are your favourite things to do in the area?
Lazing by the Beach, eating out, golf, boats, diving on the protected areas like el Toro y Malgrats.
Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?
Restaurant Miguel if you are looking for fresh fish and Restaurant Las Olas if you like Paella. For pizzas go to Pino’s, Bruno in Port Adriano, the best meat at restaurant el Jardín (not such a nice location but the food is amazing)
Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?
There is a wide range of boutiques and gift shops plus the Saturday market. The nearby Polígono Son Bugadelles is a large industrial estate featuring a wide range of retail businesses attracting customers from across the island including many furniture stores, building and yacht suppliers and interior designers. English-speaking doctors can be found throughout Santa Ponsa.
Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?
With an easy motorway access everything from the liveliness of Palma Nova and Magaluf to the quiet of Andratx is within easy reach. Puerto Portals is a popular port with high-end clients who are looking for a spot of boutique shopping, or just a coffee in beautiful surroundings.The towns of Costa de la Calma and Son Ferrer are largely residential and the nearby Port Adriano is a Mecca for designer shopping and super-yachts.
What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?
There are many international schools in Mallorca apart from local schools, both private and state, with all of them enjoying an excellent reputation. The nearest is the Baleares International College followed by the Agora Portals International School, King Richard.
Is crime an issue for expats?
I believe it is not. It is a pretty quiet area.
Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?
The quality of the properties are increasing, adapting to a more demanding client so the prices are going up. Properties which are not up to date are considered a plot more than a villa. In those cases prices can go down to adapt. Good situated plots are rare so paying the price for a plot with a house to reform, at the end is much more expensive.
Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?
A few good deals are available but many clients looking for the same.
What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?
There is the old Santa Ponsa with its many apartment buildings, the hotels, the touristic beach and High Street and Nova Santa Ponsa, which was developed only a few decades ago, and has become one of the nicest and most popular residential areas in Mallorca.
How much are the typical property prices in Santa Ponsa for apartments, villas etc?
Modern houses 5,000 euros/m2 (built) – 6,000 euros/m2 (built) with a lot of luxury. You easily can reach up to 10,000@/m2 (built).
Houses to be renovated between 4,000 euros/m2 (built) and 2,000@/m2 (built).
Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Santa Ponsa or surrounding area?
If you are looking for experts advise, ask MallorcaSite!
Kristin, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact her, you can find her details below.
Here is an interesting tourist video on Santa Ponsa.
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