Village Houses in Majorca
Majorcaenjoys the unique beauty of its villages. Their houses are a treasure that has outlasted the centuries. You can meet this kind of houses even in Palma de Majorca, but they reveal their true splendour in the villages and other places of Majorca.
They characterize the shape of villages as La Vileta, Establiments, Sa Pobla, Deià, Sollerand Valldemossa, to name a few. The village houses are essential elements in shaping streets, squares, markets and other old parts of urban cores in Majorca. Some of these houses are centuries old and are witnesses of the traditional Majorca, old and rural oriented. The houses gave shelter to people as well as to animals living together under one roof, they possessed ovens for producing the daily bread, fruit and vegetable gardens, and Ensaimadas for holidays.
Today some of these village houses have preserved their full splendour. Authentic traditional Majorcan architecture is embodied in those magnificent holdings. The Majorcan arches, the beams, the terracotta floor and the furniture that can be also modern, contribute to the uniqueness. The outside part of the Majorcan village houses is located usually behind the house and is called a corral. There is usually a small fruit and vegetable garden, a fountain, the stables for the animals, and also the place for slaughter. There would be no traditional Majorca without these elements, which simplify life and make it pleasant.
The construction materials of these phenomenal objects are stone, sandstone, a traditional mortar and timber. Depending on the location one material is used more excessively than the other. Sandstone is used throughout Majorca, but the stone from Binissalem or Santanyí is highly esteemed, especially for technical and aesthetic work. This is proven by many village houses in different places around the island.
Most of the village houses were adapted and aligned to the needs of modern life. Today the stables often serve as garages, workshops, gaming rooms or as a detached grill. Where once was the orchard, playing children enjoy a blooming garden with a swimming pool. Not so long ago grain and oilseed was stored but today one finds there a flourishing office or a gym. The results of the adaptions are truly magnificent possession with traditional elements like a chimney, a furnace for the bread, but always these places let us enjoy the amenities of the 20th century.
Village houses shape the look of our island as a whole, often residing within the urban area foremost in the oldest parts of the village. The houses possess the charm of the past and reside where daily life in the village was concentrated, in the streets, the intersections, the squares, and markets.
In some coastal areas, as son Serra de Marina, Colònia de San Jordi, Cala Figuera and Colònia de Sant Pere, the interested observer encounters a curiosity. Old houses, often updated and sometimes located on the coast, enjoying the cool breeze from the sea, are accompanied by hotels, apartments or villas. These houses along the coast are a true gem and in summer serve in perfection as a place of recreation for its inhabitants.
Above all the houses in Majorca are characterized by the horizontal alignment. In the villages as well as in the capital the traditional construction style for most of the citizen was always the village house. Over the years, the land prices in Palma and in all major cities of Spain have increased steeply. These magnificent houses have been marginalized into the urban core and some more still exist in some villages. Many village houses were torn down and replaced by apartments, to intensify the usage of the given space.
It was foreigners, mainly from Northern Europe, that revived the traditional Majorcan village house. In the 1980-ies Majorcans admitted no value to the village houses, neither on the aesthetic nor on the functional level. They saw only the land as a valuable asset. German and British buyers realized an opportunity to live in a quiet and traditional ambiance in Majorca; only a few hours away from their countries of origin. Thus it is understandable that some Majorcan communities possess a large number of European Community citizens. Unfortunately, many Majorcans who appreciate this traditional way of construction and life, cannot purchased such properties due to financial reasons.
The modern replacement for the village house is the townhouse, located in a residential area. It grants the modern structure of a flat or apartment but the view and the outer panel are similar to the traditional village houses.
4. Pros and Cons
The houses in Majorca have their own story and their walls, stones, and arches tell the history of Majorca. They report how the citizen used to live in former times and how they live today. The acquisition of such an object is the chance to participate in our history. A common disadvantage is that such an object has to be rebuilt partially or completely, which naturally increases the price.
5. Perspectives and Investor Relations
Investing in a village house in Majorca can be viewed from various perspectives. As a property to live there, as far as the facilities allow it or investing in the real estate that holds the property. Whatever occasions lead to the buying, an augmentation of the real estate is almost always guaranteed.