Mallorca or Marbella?

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    • #198989
      Newbie7
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      Hi all,

      Having commented on the self build topic as a newbie, please allow me to add another interesting (or contentious!) topic. I currently live on Mallorca, along with my partner (resident) and young baby. We are seriously considering a move to the Marbella area a) because an island is always insular for growing kids, b) because the island in summer now is totally saturated with tourists (we are talking 100,000 extra rental cars on the island in Summer and circa 1M additional people…that’s double the local population…believe me, it is gridlock here) and c) because property is becoming really expensive…e.g. The contemporary house I would like to buy, circ 250 sq m, would be about 850k down South but double that here.

      Does anyone have my comments or advice? THANKS!

    • #199023
      bc1050
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      Hi,

      After checking out various places in Spain to live in (including Majorca) I am coming down in favor of Marbella mainly because of its cosmopolitan upmarket vibe, all year round activity, its location right on the beach, close to the mountains and a short drive to Malaga city with its cultural offerings and the international airport.  The whole area reminds me of a smaller version of Miami and offers the potential to develop itself further and hopefully be a great property investment destination in the longer term.

      House prices aren’t that cheap but I can still get a detached villa with a pool for the price of a 2 BR apartment in Madrid or Barcelona.

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    • #199037
      Newbie7
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      Thanks for your opinion. I should have added that Mallorca is very cold in Winter and not much to do for kids other than the beach. And once more for emphasis for anyone thinking of moving here: when I say saturated it is no exaggeration. Palma is so full in summer now you can hardly see the pavement (like Oxford Street during the sales). I avoid the city until Winter. I don’t really want or need the glitz and glamour of Marbella, just a quiet life, sun, and a good education for my kid. Leaning towards Marbella!

      • #199158
        Noreen
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        You can certainly have a quiet life, sun and a good education for your child in Marbella, as thats what we have.

         

        Good Luck

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