High-End Gran Canaria Property: What A Million Euros Buys You In 2018

High-end Gran Canaria property information from estate agent Laura Leyshon

A million euros is a decent budget for a high-end Gran Canaria property. It puts all but the largest penthouses, beachfront apartments and houses within your range.  [Read more…]

Buy A Gran Canaria Property The Hassle-Free Way

How the Gran Canaria property market works, and how to make it work for you when you buy a Gran Canaria property.

Once you decide to buy a Gran Canaria property you find that there are hundreds of properties on sale, advertised on dozens of websites and portals.

And that there are dozens of estate agents on the island all trying to sell you the same properties.

How do you search for, find and buy a Gran Canaria property in a safe and hassle-free way? [Read more…]

Confidence In Canary Islands Property Market High For 2018

Confidence in Canary Islands property is sky high for 2018

Confidence in Canary Islands property is sky high for 2018

A survey of 900 real estate professionals, by the by the Spanish Property Valuation Association, found that the outlook for the Canary Islands property market is positive in 2018.

In fact, the survey found that the Canarian market was just behind top performer Madrid as the region of Spain with the best outlook for the coming year. It predicts that average property prices in Las Palmas city will rise by 5% in 2018, an acceleration when compared to last year.

The survey also measured affordability of property in the Canary Islands by comparing average incomes to the monthly costs of buying a property. It found that prices in the Canary Islands remain affordable; a good sign for the future of the market.

The Spanish property market now seems to be on the rise across the whole country as there are no longer any regions where prices are still dropping.

More on property in Gran Canaria in 2018:

My guide to the Gran Canaria property market.

How to get a Gran Canaria mortgage in 2018

I’m Laura Leyshon and I specialise in helping foreign property buyers and sellers in Gran Canaria. I’m always happy to answer any questions you have. Just give me a call or drop me an email.

5 Things About The Las Palmas Water Supply That Only Experience Teaches You

5 things you need to know about the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria water supply

As a Las Palmas estate agent, I sell dozens of properties in the city every year so you’d think I know most things about the city’s quirks.

However, it wasn’t until I bought my own property that I learned these five things about the Las Palmas water and sewage system. [Read more…]

New Michelin-Standard Restaurant Gallery Planned in Triana

The Plaza de las Ranas in Triana

A colonial-style townhouse will soon house four or five smart restaurants offering food at or close to Michelin Star standards, according to La Provincia. [Read more…]

Travel Direct From Las Palmas To Santa Cruz In 90 Minutes

The new Armas ferry is the fastest link between Las Palmas and Santa Cruz since the jetfoil

The new Armas ferry is the fastest link between Las Palmas and Santa Cruz since the jetfoil

You can now get from Las Palmas to Santa Cruz in just 90 minutes thanks to the new Armas ferry link between the two capitals.

It hasn’t been this quick to travel between the two capitals since the days of the Transmediterranea jetfoil (which stopped running in 2005).

The new Armas ferry connects Las Palmas direct with Santa Cruz

The Armas boat, a catamaran called Volcán de Teno, leaves Las Palmas twice every day at 07:40 and at 15.45.

Tickets for residents currently cost 9.90 euros each way. Buy them on the Naviera Armas website.

The Armas direct ferry competes with the Fred Olsen ferry based in Puerto de las Nieves in the north-west of Gran Canaria. The stretch between Las Palmas and the harbour is covered by bus (which leaves from Santa Catalina Square).

The Armas service is definitely more convenient than getting a bus then a boat with Fred Olsen, or getting down to the airport for a Binter flight.

The Ultimate Gran Canaria Mortgage Guide For 2018

Complete guide to getting a Gran Canaria mortgage in 2018

Here’s my guide to getting a Gran Canaria mortgage from local banks in 2018 for both resident and non-resident buyers. 

Gran Canaria mortgage introduction

As with everything in Spain, getting a local mortgage in Gran Canaria involves plenty of paperwork. However, the system works well and is relatively straightforward if you know what to do. [Read more…]

Los Alisios Mall Open For Christmas

Los Alisios shopping mall just outside Las Palmas at Tamaraceite

Los Alisios shopping mall just outside Las Palmas at Tamaraceite

The huge new Los Alisios shopping centre in Tamaraceite just east of Las Palmas is open to the public in time for Christmas.

Los Alisios is an open-air shopping centre with over 100 shops and 30 places to eat and drink (including a Starbucks). It’s an ambitious €150 million project, and many fashion brands have opened their flagship Gran Canaria stores on the site.

It’s the size of 33 football fields and is the largest shopping centre in the Canary Islands.

We went yesterday for a look around and it really is impressive because it’s all outdoors. The shopping area has wide paved avenues and feels more like an upmarket High Street than a mall.

It has a good mix of clothes shops such as Mango, Zara and Levi’s (full store list here), a big Hiperdino supermarket, 10-screen cinema, and some interesting-looking home furnishing stores such as Conforama. Upstairs has a KFC and plenty of other food choices including a couple of interesting-looking places that do Asian noodles.

There are also several novelty features like an LED staircase, interactive floor games, and giant interactive TV screens that keep the kids occupied.

To get to Los Alisios, either drive to Tamaraceite via the GC-3 road or take a yellow Las Palmas bus (lines 216, 229, 320 and 335). There are 2500 parking spaces under the mall. A taxi from the centre of Las Palmas will cost less than 10 euros each way.

While there was some cynicism about putting such a large shopping area out-of-town in Tamaraceite, I’d say that they have done a great job and that the design and choice of shops will make it a success. 

Guide To Agaete Property: North Gran Canaria’s Sunny Paradise

Agaete property guide: Buyer's guide to the Agaete Valley and its towns and villages

The Agaete Valley in north-west Gran Canaria might just be the best place in Gran Canaria to buy a holiday home. Here’s my guide to the area and to the Agaete property market.

Agaete in a nutshell

It’s sunny and peaceful, hosts lively local fiestas, has a pretty town and a fishing village complete with beaches, and some of the best natural scenery in the Canary Islands.

Agaete property: The beach at Puerto de las Nieves

  • Small, rural municipality in north-west Gran Canaria with just 5500 inhabitants.
  • Has the best climate in north Gran Canaria with blue skies most days.
  • Stunning scenery, beaches and natural swimming pools.
  • Good Selection of property; coastal, town and rural.
  • Peaceful area with laid-back locals and famous fiestas.
  • 25 minutes drive from Las Palmas and 45 minutes to the airport.

Agaete climate and weather

Agaete property guide: The climate in Agaete is so mild that it is one of the few spots in Europe with coffee platations

The Agaete municipality in northwest Gran Canaria has by far the best weather in the whole of north Gran Canaria. This is because the low cloud that blows off the Atlantic and sticks to the steep north coast doesn’t reach Agaete.

Agaete gets an average of 5 cloudy days in December and four in January; the two cloudiest months of the year. Most days, it has blue skies and warm temperatures between 18ºC and 26ºC. However, it gets more rain than the south of the island so it is far greener.

The Agaete climate is so good that it produces some of the island’s best mangos and the valley is even mild enough for coffee plantations.

Agaete culture and life

Agaete property guide: While Agaete is peaceful, it has some lively local fiestas

Agaete has a reputation as an artistic and musical town. Its municipal brass band has been going for over 100 years and provides the music for many of Gran Canaria’s big fiestas and processions.   The Espacio Tea bar also features quality local musicians on a regular basis and the town does seem to produce more than its fair share of musicians and artists, For example, Pepe Damaso, the most famous living Canarian painter, was born in Agaete town.

Agaete is famous for its annual parties. The La Rama celebrations, attract thousands of locals for a long weekend of processions and parties at the beginning of August and Puerto de las Nieves hosts Bio Agaete, the island’s coolest music festival, in late August. Each village in the municipio also has its own romerias (local fiestas) throughout the year.

Apart from fiesta time, and at weekends in Puerto de las Nieves, the whole Agaete area is peaceful. The palm-studded valley has orange orchards and a good vineyard, and lots of farms grow the famous Agaete coffee under their fruit trees.

Agaete property zone guide

Agaete Town

Agaete property guide: Agaete town with its whitewashed houses

Most valleys in Gran Canaria have a coastal town where the fishermen lived, and an inland town for the farmers and shepherds. The Agaete Valley is no exception and the old town, called Agaete, is about 500 metres from the sea. It’s a charming town and all the houses are painted white. Agaete centres around the church square and has several restaurants and bars. Most of the houses sprawl up the hill in front of the church although the town has spread along the valley floor towards the sea.

There is also a new area of Agaete just south of the old town called La Candelaria. It’s a modern development with terraces of houses with a few design flourishes like rounded windowsills and ornate chimney pots. La Candelaria was built just before the crisis and it’s only now that the last few units are selling. While it lacks the charm of other areas of the town, La Candelaria houses are perfect lock-up-and-leave holiday homes and the area just two minutes’ walk from the church square.

Most houses in Agaete town are townhouses with flat roofs and the old ones have traditional open inner courtyards.

Agaete property prices start at around €1000 per square metre and rise to €1500. Houses in the newer developments closest to the sea are more expensive than the older houses in the town itself.

Puerto de las Nieves

Agaete property guide: Puerto de las Nieves village with its pebble beach and harbour

The coastal village of Puerto de las Nieves is famous for its fish restaurants, pebble beaches and white houses with blue windows. It used to be a fishing village but is now a low-key tourist spot popular with Canarians who pack in on the weekends to eat fish by the sea. During the week it is a sleepy place and local fishermen still work out of the harbour.

Property in Puerto de las Nieves isn’t easy to find because of a boom in tourist rentals and a general lack of property in the whole Municipio.

Property prices in Puerto de Las Nieves are an average of €1600 per square metre but anything with a sea view is more expensive.

La Suerte

Agaete property guide: La Suerte is full of houses with balconies, gardens and superb views of the Agaete Valley

As you drive up the Agaete Valley from the town, you come across a housing estate on the left-hand side of the road called La Suerte. It has a fascinating history because it was originally built by Finns. Nowadays lots of La Suerte properties are used as holiday homes by both locals and foreign owners. It has superb south-facing views up the valley and down to the sea.

La Suerte is a quiet place with no shops and just two restaurants that cater to people driving up the Valley on the weekends. Most houses have tiled roofs, gardens and either a terrace or balcony.

Some properties in La Suerte need a thorough refurbishment but it is an attractive location for a holiday home and a well-decorated property with outside space would make a good holiday rental.

Property in La Suerte is around €1200 per square metre although prices vary considerably depending on whether the house has been modernised.

The Agaete Valley

Agaete property guide: The Agaete Valley with its steep walls and green farms

The Agaete Valley is one of Gran Canaria’s most beautiful spots. It has steep sides

Apart from San Pedro Village just up the road from La Suerte, all the property in the Agaete Valley is rural. The entire valley is protected by law and nobody can build new houses so the area will always be rural. San Pedro itself is a small village with a restaurant and local shop.

Property in the rural areas of the Agaete Valley rarely comes onto the market because most owners still farm the land and because it is a popular holiday rental destination.

Turmán

Agaete property guide: Turmán sits high above Agaete with beautiful sea views

Turmán is a housing estate that overlooks the bottom of the Agaete Valley between the town and Puerto de Las Nieves. Lots of properties in Turmán have superb sea views and most have terraces and balconies. As it is south-facing it gets sunshine all day long.

Property in Turmán doesn’t come on the market all that often as it is a popular holiday home spot for locals and any property with a decent view does well as a holiday rental. Prices start at €1500 per metre but frontline properties or those with a view sell at a premium.

Looking for an Agaete property?

I’m Laura Leyshon and I am a British estate agent living and working in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city. If you’re looking for an Agaete estate agent, look no further: Agaete is one of my favourite spots in Gran Canaria and I keep up-to-date with its property market. If you want to buy an Agaete property, please get in touch and let me know what you are looking for.

Agaete property: Sunset over Agaete

Smoking Banned On Las Canteras Beach After Public Vote

Las Palmas citizens will soon be allowed to vote on whether to ban smoking on Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Should banned on Las Canteras beach after public vote

The Las Palmas Town Hall has announced that smoking is to be banned completely on Las Canteras beach after an overwhelming majority of voters opted for a ban. 

The vote, which took place online, was open to all residents over the age of sixteen. 75% of those who voted chose to make the each completely smoke-free. Just over 4000 people voted, out of a population of 330,000 people in Las Palmas city.

The ban is expected to come into force in October 2018 after local law changes and a public information campaign.

 

Cigarette butts currently make up 40% of the rubbish collected from Las Canteras beach and the ban will save the city €40K per year in disposal costs alone.

Source: Canarias 7


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