Sóller town can be divided into five distinct areas: the centre, which corresponds to the central square plus immediate surroundings, the neighbourhoods of Estiradores and Alquería del Conde, the area around the cemetery and L’Horta, a residential zone on the outskirts of town. In addition, the hamlet of Biniaraix lies a couple of kilometres to the east of Sóller. All are desirable, though a few locations particularly stand out.
Gran Via and Carrer de Sa Mar
Sóller’s most prestigious properties are found along the tree-lined boulevards of Gran Via and Carrer de Sa Mar. In Art Nouveau design, the style imported from France at the end of the 19th century, these townhouses have Modernist features such as colourful handmade tile flooring, ornate ceilings and curved staircases. There is certainly something of the Parisian in their wrought-iron railings, Juliet balconies and heavy front doors.
A kilometre from the centre of Sóller is the suburb of L’Horta. Peaceful with a very country feel, houses here are large and sited on well-sized plots, many with pools. Rustic interiors with luxurious touches characterise such homes, equipped for winter living with upgraded heating systems and wood burning stoves. Classic local stone and green shutters, views to the mountains and plenty of palm and orange trees conjure a quintessentially Mallorcan landscape.
For nature enthusiasts, Biniaraix is heaven and a popular starting point for hiking and cycling routes. This little piece of paradise at the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range comprises cobbled streets of solid, honey-stone houses. With a population of around 120, the selection of homes coming onto the market here is very limited and tend to go quickly. A couple of kilometres further up the valley, the village of Fornalutx is larger and equally picturesque.
According to Alain Gonzales from real estate agency Living Blue Mallorca, the up-and-coming zone to watch in Sóller will be immediate area surrounding Carrer de Sa Lluna. Gonzales predicts that after the successful gentrification of this central pedestrianised shopping street, those around it are sure to follow suit.