Picture a sunny southwestern coastline surrounded by historic and modern marinas, lush golf greens, natural reserves, gorgeous sandy beaches, hidden coves, and picturesque islets, all in a 20-minute journey from the airport and capital: This is Santa Ponsa.
Santa Ponsa has been a highly sought after since the ’60s when stars including Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra would enjoy sunset views of the Malgrats Islands from the famous parties at Las Leonas. However, development of the area didn’t boom until 1977, the year Golf Santa Ponsa was established, with subsequent expansion enduring throughout the ’80s and ’90s, and significant growth over the last decade.
Owing largely to the grandfather of Mallorcan businessman Juan Nigorra, this small town in Calvià has enjoyed more than three decades of investment, resulting in an excellent infrastructure catering to tourists and residents alike. The landscape offers various plots and property types, with sea or golf views from the spectacular modern architecture. Villas, semi-detached houses, large Mediterranean villas exuding traditional charm, apartments fit for renovation, hotels, and even a few plots remaining for development can be found here.
According to local residents, Santa Ponsa has the best weather on the island. Find out why people choose to move to this part of Mallorca.
While the real estate itself is attractive, the surroundings seemingly encompass it all, with plenty of amenities and conveniences, all with sea breezes under 300 days of sunshine.
Properties for sale in Santa Ponsa
This 6-bedroom Mediterranean villa for sale in Santa Ponsa comes with a beautiful leafy garden, a charming design and closeness to the sea.
This incredible 7-bedroom villa for sale in Es Capdella has an outstanding interior design reminiscent of a Moroccan palace.
This beautiful detached villa is located in the area of Calvià and comes with a private pool and green views from its terrace.
Exclusive brand-new 3-bedroom apartment for sale in Santa Ponsa with a private terrace and impressive outdoor community swimming pool, sauna and garden.
This beautiful detached villa is located in the area of Calvià and comes with a private pool and green views from its terrace.
This 4-bedroom villa for sale in Santa Ponsa comes with beautiful sea views and is situated just 5 minutes from the Santa Ponsa Yacht Club.
This 4-bedroom villa for sale in Es Capdella comes with spectacular views of the Galatzo mountains and comes with its own plot of land.
This 4-bedroom villa for sale in Santa Ponsa comes with a beautiful leafy garden, plenty of charm and is very close to Port Adriano.
This villa for sale near Santa Ponsa comes with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea thanks to position high up in the hills of Costa de la Calma.
This luxurious country villa is made for Mediterranean living, perfect to enjoy as a beautiful holiday home or as a permanent base in Mallorca.
This 5-bedroom villa for sale in Santa Ponsa would suit anyone looking for a cool, minimalist villa to spend quality time with friends and family.
A beautiful 5-bedroom property with holiday licence, panoramic views and 380m2 terraces.
This lovely family villa for sale in Santa Ponsa comes with a great swimming pool and large garden. International schools are on its doorstep.
Beautiful modern Mediterranean property for sale in Santa Ponsa with sea views, large garden and swimming pool.
Two beautiful sea view villas for sale in Santa Ponsa, each villa with its own swimming pool and own beautiful garden.
This breathtaking villa is located in the area of Calvià and comes with clear views of the Sierra de Tramuntana.
Stunning sunny modern family villa with large swimming pool, terraces and gardens for sale in Nova Santa Ponsa.
Outstanding new build, ultra modern villa for sale in Santa Ponsa, in firstline position on the golf course, with pool, indoor spa, gym, cinema and cutting edge technology
Beautiful 4-bedroom villa for sale in Santa Ponsa with parking for eight cars, barbeque area and roof terrace with its own kitchen.
Exclusive 3-bedroom penthouse for sale in Santa Ponsa with private roof terrace located next to Club Náutico.
Fantastic 4-bedroom villa for sale in Santa Ponsa which comes with infinity pool, Mediterranean garden and spacious garage.
This 5-bedroom villa for sale in Santa Ponsa comes with exceptional sea views and is spread across three levels. Enquire here!
Within just several minutes of the local golf courses and yacht club, this fantastic 4-bedroom villa is ideal for families.
Fantastic family-friendly villa for sale in Santa Ponsa, recently renovated in 2020 – ready to move into today! Enquire here.
Set alongside Santa Ponsa’s golf course, this strikingly designed family villa balances open alfresco living with intimate, cosy spaces.
A five-star hotel experience at home, anyone? The limited number of apartments and villas at the Cap Adriano development conjure another level of luxury.
Where to buy a property in Santa Ponsa
Nova Santa Ponsa: From the Malgrats to Port Adriano
A high promontory runs between the Malgrats islands and Port Adriano along which are a number of properties on the first sea line with uninterrupted, panoramic views out to sea. Wonderful views of the Malgrats and the island of Toro are most sought after, tending to be the most expensive properties in Santa Ponsa. Coastal villas nearer Port Adriano and its superyachts, designer shops and high-end restaurants, have become increasingly attractive to property investors over the past few years, with properties ranging from €8million to €14million. Many of the sections on the coast house modern villas, featuring large sea-facing windows and white façades. A few traditional Mediterranean seaside villas are also in this area.
Nova Santa Ponsa: Golf I, II & III
Being situated close to the green, naturally means that properties in this area benefit from lush views through trees, over lawns to the surrounding protected hills and mountains. Living around the grounds of Golf Santa Ponsa means benefiting from the calm cast by the tranquil lakes and ponds, as well as being close to local shops, bars, and of course, golf courses. As well as modern villas, the first golf line offers new apartment developments with either private or shared pools. Buying here, especially for a second home, is particularly attractive because the price point is more accessible.
Nova Santa Ponsa: The Ensaimadas
There are two neighbouring “Ensaimada”, or snail shaped mountains, which were developed as part of Nova Santa Ponsa, with larger of the two offering exclusive villas on 1,000m2 plots with views of Santa Ponsa bay to the north, El Toro to the south, and Malgrats islands to the west.
The lower Ensaimada is dominated by the green and well-tended Calle Belgica where many luxury villas were built in the same style in the ’90s by a German developer. The resulting residential area fetches high prices despite having less sea views, in part due to the flat plots allowing for nice gardens, and the uniformity of the street’s architecture.
Santa Ponsa Town
The oldest part of Santa Ponsa stretches from the marina, where King James I disembarked in 1229, to Rotes Velles on the other side of Santa Ponsa Bay.
Directly back from the beach is the touristic area, where the supermarket and most shops, restaurants, and bars are located. Amongst the hotels, many of which have been recently renovated, are the oldest houses of Santa Ponsa, and apartment buildings that were built throughout the ’80s and ’90s which cater to holiday-makers and residents alike.
A few new luxury apartment developments can also be found here, with shared or private pools and other modern conveniences to appease demand.
The south-facing cliffs of Rotes Velles offer views out to sea as well as of Santa Ponsa bay, however, the properties in this area are generally cheaper than those in Nova Santa Ponsa due to the touristic developments disrupting the views, especially by the large hotels facing the beach.
The front sea line is dominated by hotels while residential apartments, Mediterranean and modern villas can also be found in the area. On the other side of the peninsular is Costa de la Calma, meaning properties back from the coast and on the western tip of the peninsular offer additional north-facing sea views and a quieter atmosphere.
Advantages to buying a property in Santa Ponsa:
- Magnificent seascapes, sunsets, and views of the Malgrats islands.
- Sandy beaches and coves with crystal clear waters only a walk away.
- Two nearby marinas, the historic Club Nautico and modern Port Adriano.
- Plenty of new and high-end architecturally modern properties on large plots.
- Two public and two private golf courses are in very close proximity.
- Well maintained homes, footpaths, roads, and other local amenities.
- New, sustainable, and furnished homes ready to move into or rent.
- Excellent infrastructure and only a 20-minute drive to Palma.
- Only a short drive to picturesque villages Calvià and Es Capdella.
- A good selection of international schools close by.
Some things to bear in mind
- The last few years saw a vertiginous increase in prices in the area.
- Tourism puts pressure on local amenities May through to September.
- Between the cheap tourism and luxury offerings, there is little.
- Seaside homes require regular upkeep as conditions can be harsh.
- The busy high season is at odds with the peace enjoyed in low season.
- Low budget tourism means it can get quite loud at times.
- Only a few plots remaining for construction.
- There is a long wait time for building licenses.
Santa Ponsa price guide
2-3 BEDROOM HOUSE:
€350,000 to €3.5million
4 BEDROOM FAMILY HOUSE:
€450,000 to €8million
5+ BEDROOM PROPERTY:
€1,200,000 to €14million
(Please bear in mind that prices are subject to change)
Types of Property in Santa Ponsa
Unlike other areas of Mallorca, Santa Ponsa has many new properties on offer. A majority of them seem to be spacious modern villas with plenty of bedrooms and large open plan living areas and with space to entertain, both in-and-outside. Newer properties are seen to feature floor to ceiling windows that provide indoor-outdoor flow between designer kitchens and terraces, which often conjoin a pool and sits beneath a desirable view out to sea or over a golf green foregrounding the mountains. New dwellings also feature mod-cons, such as en-suite and guest bathrooms, gyms, wine cellars, or sun terraces, and mandatory parking spaces.
There are fewer traditional properties in Santa Ponsa, however, the charms of the traditional architecture them still attract buyers, especially as the buildings can date back to the late ’20s and early ’30s. While these large Casas offer similar amenities to their modern counterparts, such as pools, and plenty of living and dining areas, they certainly won’t have floor to ceiling windows and aren’t as likely to have open facing kitchens. Bedrooms tend to be smaller and the ceiling height lower at the cost of charming terracotta roof tiles and larger, more established gardens.
Semi-Detached Developments and Apartments
These types of properties are not new to Santa Ponsa, with apartment buildings in the area dating back to at least the early ’80s and many more built in the ’90s. The main point of difference here is the prices, as older apartments are available for considerably less than their detached neighbours. A range of properties exists in this category, with varying degrees of privacy. Prices vary depending on the date of the building and access to amenities, such as a pool or lift. Newer apartments are sold for seven-figure sums.
Rules and Regulations
As a point of visual difference to other areas of the island, Santa Ponsa has many modern houses with large open windows, flat roofs, and white façades, details that aren’t permitted in heritage protected areas. Main regulations for detached houses include a maximum build of 35% the size of the plot, maximum two stories plus basement, and maximum height of 6.3 meters with an extra 1.5m permitted until the top of the roof. The structure must leave three meters to the boundaries, with other restrictions including the colour of the façade, and a minimum of a two-car garage.
Inspiring Local Properties in Santa Ponsa
A family business with over 40 years experience, Espacio Home Design continues to raise the bar on Mallorca by collaborating with top island talent and international designer brands.
Jaime Salvá showcases his latest project, a beautiful mix of contrasting elements like exposed concrete and wooden panelling.
Bendinat-based Palomino Arquitectos were called into build a home that felt like “spaces could flow” and sure enough, they delivered.
Alibaz Construction opted for a modern build high up in the rocky hillside of Santa Ponsa with plenty of stunning areas to satisfy its new owners.
Palma-based Estel were the company behind the elegant installation of the state-of-the-art automation in this swish Santa Ponsa home.
Espacio Home Design have achieved delicately balanced interiors through an expert combination of soft neutral tones and unfussy designer pieces.
Several top names on the island worked together to produce this stunning contemporary villa, as well as the client themselves…
Step into this chalet in Santa Ponsa and be inspired by the work of Espacio Home Design who have created one smooth kitchen/barbecue area.
Knox Design has given this hillside property a contemporary makeover, while keeping true to its nautical soul using light textures and colourful fabrics.
Es Capdellá is the location of this colourful reformed property on a budget with the professional help of Justine from Knox Design.
Shortlisted for the International Design and Architecture awards 2016, this Knox Design Cala Llamp villa project exudes contemporary allure.
To sell faster and for the best price it is a good idea to hire a home-staging expert. Here we feature a project that was recently completed by Justine Knox that was sold shortly after completion.
What the experts say about buying property in Santa Ponsa
- “The central location in the southwest, the different types of views, landscapes and property types, and the excellent infrastructure makes Santa Ponsa a first-class residential area for international families planning to relocate to Mallorca. The correct guidance is key to having a satisfying purchase process.”
Gloria Rodriguez, Managing Partner, MallorcaSite.com
- “Santa Ponsa’s popularity is based on the lifestyle it offers for short and long-term residents. For people who love the outdoors, there is an excellent range of sports and leisure facilities, perfect and the great infrastructure includes international schools and modern healthcare facilities with private and public hospitals staffed with leading multi-lingual medical staff.”
- “In the past, Mallorca’s real estate market has demonstrated strong resilience in times of crisis. Investors particularly appreciate the value of a long-term investment in Mallorca where they can enjoy a superb quality of life.”
Lucy Adamson, of hc/ Mallorca Living.
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