I’m Laura Leyshon and I’m Las Palmas’ resident property expert. I work for RE/MAX Cony Overseas, one of the city’s oldest estate agencies and the first RE/MAX office to open in Europe. Cony Overseas has an excellent local reputation and has helped hundreds of foreign buyers and sellers in Las Palmas and all over Gran […]
La Casa de Las Semillas by the old stadium, always a quality place for houseplants, has moved to the ground floor of the British Club building on León y Castillo (by the Ayuntamiento building).
There’s a big outdoor area with succulents, garden plants and flowers, fruit trees, etc., and an indoor area for house plants, orchids, seeds and gardening supplies. Prices are equivalent to the big out-of-town viveros like Godoy in Costa Ayala, El Rosal in Carrizal and Viveros Mogán.
Open every day; 09.00 to 20.00 Monday to Saturday, closes at 14.00 on Sundays. It’s also really convenient thanks to the on-site parking. I would never dream of suggesting that you combine your appointment at the town hall with buying a calathea just for the parking.
You can also access it from the Parque Romano running track and park.
Santa Catalina Square is the largest square in the El Puerto district of Las Palmas and is a popular place with foreign visitors.
While it is surrounded by El Puerto, this area is often treated as a separate zone by estate agencies in Las Palmas. That’s because the square, and its surrounding pedestrian streets, give it an atmosphere of its own.
Property in Santa Catalina is almost all apartment blocks. There are a couple of buildings with rooftop swimming pools and some fantastic penthouses with terraces and views.
Santa Catalina is an area on the up as it is the arrival zone for the 1.2 million cruise ship passengers that visit Las Palmas every winter. So far, the square itself has been much improved and Luis Morote Street running past the square down to Las Canteras beach has been pedestrianized.
When considering Santa Catalina, please bear in mind that the city’s carnival is focused in the square so the area is busy and noisy during February. For the rest of the year, it’s the same as the rest of El Puerto.
La Peña is the beginning of the southern half of Las Canteras beach. It isn’t quite as in demand as the northern half because visitors have a mistaken idea that it is windier.
However, the La Peña area of the beach is still sunny and sheltered and doesn’t get the waves that you get around the corner at La Cicer. This is still very much the sunbathing section of the beach rather than the surfing zone.
La Peña has a good mix of properties with lots of one- and two-bedroom apartments with balconies and sea views, as well as some larger penthouse apartments. Calle Portugal is worth looking at as an alternative as it is just one street back from the beachfront and will eventually become pedestrian. There are lots of flats and apartments in the Guanarteme barrio behind La Peña and some real bargains.
I moved to Gran Canaria in 2002 to spend a year learning Spanish as part of my degree.
I met my husband to be Alex and, after a whirlwind courtship, I returned to England to finish studying before escaping back to the sunshine.
After three years of working as a teacher and saving every cent we left Gran Canaria to go travelling. We wanted to make sure that we had chosen the best place we could find to live.
After two years and 30 countries we came back to Gran Canaria, sure that we’d chosen the right spot to start a family.
After a couple of years and a couple of children I realized that I didn’t want to teach full time and started working for RE/MAX Cony.
RE/MAX Cony Overseas
Cony was the first RE/MAX office in Gran Canaria and 20 years later is now one of Las Palmas’ leading estate agencies.
Buying or selling a property with RE/MAX gives you all the security that comes with using a household name and access to almost every property on sale in Las Palmas and Gran Canaria.
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With my local knowledge and RE/MAX Cony’s excellent support, you can be sure that we can help you to find the right property in the right place, and help you through the purchase process and settling in period.
I want all my clients to be as happy as we are in Gran Canaria and that starts with finding the right home.
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A study by real estate portal Idealista.com has found that average rental yields in Gran Canaria’s capital city are the second highest in Spain at 4.7%. Rental yields in the city are higher than most cities around the world.
Las Palmas’ average rental yield compares favourably to Madrid at 4.1% and Barcelona at 4%. It is also much higher than average yields in London (3.4%) and Hong Kong (3.1%). Of course, the right property in the right location in Las Palmas offers a much higher yield.
Idealista.com’s study chief Fernando Encinar expects rental yields to continue to climb and predicts a boom in buy-to-let investment in the coming months and years.
Source: Canarias 7 newspaper article
Las Palmas is the ninth biggest city in Spain with over 400,000 inhabitants. Consequently, there are always plenty of decent flats to rent. The problem is finding one in the right area when you need it. Rental properties are listed and rent out fast on the island, especially in high-demand areas like the beach fronts. Finding a rental property can be a major headache for people with little time, or for those who don’t speak good Spanish. [Read more…]