When it comes to buying abroad, there’s nothing like authenticity, that feeling that you’re investing in your own little piece of local history and really getting under the skin of your adopted country. A buy-to-let apartment is all very well. A front-line villa is an excellent investment. But if it’s a living, breathing home you’re looking for, don’t settle for less than the f-word … a finca.
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Fincas are all the rage nowadays among discerning buyers who wouldn’t be seen dead moving their luxury goods and chattels into anything as crass as a new-build, architect-designed glass and steel box. Especially if it has an indoor pool, a gym and its own powerboat dock within champagne-cork-popping-distance of its sea-front terrace. “How utterly …. predictable”, they’ll sniff.
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Yet walk the same potential buyer around a totally-renovated finca in its own grounds, with the trademark arches running along its length, authentic floor tiles, wooden beams and wide stone walls, and you may need a medic on hand in case they swoon. Add a few geraniums, some bougainvillea, a little guest casita and even a distant view of the Mediterranean, and before you can name your price, they’ll probably have snapped your hand off. The irony is that before tourism became the primary source of income for the island of Mallorca back in the ‘Fifties, fincas were regarded locally as so much part of the landscape that they were barely noticed, and certainly not particularly valued’.
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Whether of the smaller-more-modest or larger-grander variety, they were essentially farmhouses – home to islanders who spent their time tending sheep and goats and growing olives. But how times change! Now they’re more likely to be second homes in the sun for wealthy IT magnates, private equity gurus, investment analysts or movie stars – often sought out on their behalf by property search agencies located in any one of half-a-dozen Western European cities, from London to Paris or Frankfurt to Dublin.
So trying to find a finca on Mallorca is the Spanish equivalent of moving to France and trying to find a traditional stone farmhouse in Provence or the Dordogne – it’s not at all easy … and it’s not at all cheap!
“The main reason overseas buyers choose fincas inland is because they value their privacy above all else”, Tina Deutsch, Director of the Engel & Völkers office for the Santa Maria and Inca region, told abcMallorca. “They typically come with country and mountain views – and lots of land.” They come with a different type of buyer to the ritzier areas of the island too, she confirms, just as we’d suspected. “Clients who buy inland are completely different. I suppose you could say they’re more understated”. “Often the main reason that they’re here on Mallorca is that they’re looking for peace and quiet.”
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And if they’re willing to pay, they can certainly find it. If you fancy parting with a cool €3.2 million, Engel & Volkers has a five-bedroom, four-bathroom, 450-square-metre finca in the north of the island at Pollensa – in fact, perfectly situated a stone’s throw from the golf course and just five minutes’ drive from the old town. It’s been renovated “to perfection” say the agents, using the finest of materials, and has been finished with landscaped gardens and a pool.
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In the same area, near Puerto Pollensa, they also have a three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 440-square-metre finca at Puig de Santuiri hill. This property has a heated pool and a sauna, and it can be yours for €1.1 million. While for €750,000 they have a four-bedroom authentic Mallorquin country house at nearby Cala San Vicente – just waiting to have its own pool installed.
And there’s plenty of competition. Bella Casa has a particularly fine six-bedroom, three-bathroom example in Algaida, well positioned inland east of Palma. From the outside, it’s ivy-clad and majestic. Inside it has all the little comforts you could desire, from a newly-fitted kitchen and bathroom to a music room, a games room, a TV and entertainment room, a bar, a wine cellar, separate guest accommodation and, of course, a pool. This property is described by the agents as “exceptional”, with views to the sea, the mountains and over its own landscaped gardens. Price – €1.8 million.
If you like your privacy but don’t want to find yourself a million miles from shops, bars and restaurants, Bernadette Pitfield – Tel. 615.683.703 – has a five-bedroom finca for sale privately just a few minutes walk from the picturesque town square of historic Fornalutx. It has fantastic views of the Tramuntana Mountains, and its gardens back onto a stream which flows all the way down to the sea at Port de Sóller, on the west coast. The house itself is large at 340 square metres, on a plot of 750 square metres. Its swimming pool has superb mountain views. And because the house is spread over three floors, it’s very suitable for seasonal letting – and according to the owner has excellent earning potential. It’s on the market for €1,395,000.
There is the occasional bargain too, believe it or not. Home Finder Mallorca, for example, has a rustic finca in the middle of the island, but with easy access to the motorway so that both Palma and Alcudia are less than 20 minutes away. It has three stone buildings, one of them currently a restaurant. There’s a pool. But there’s work to be done. Still, the price is €487,000.
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It may amount to sacrilege to say this but some new-build fincas can be extraordinarily impressive. They’re tucked snugly into the landscape and using the right materials are not much more modern than an A-Z renovation. Klaus Okunek has a good example at Alqueria Blanca in the east of the island. It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, sea views, a pool, a jacuzzi and under-floor heating. And all that perfection costs €1.95 million.