Text: Anđelka Ramljak, Split office
I have been working as a real estate agent for over 20 years. Although I was schooled to be a professor of polytechnics, I was not able to find a job in the profession, and today I am glad for that, because I really found myself working in a real estate agency. I do my job with pleasure, and despite the difficult market conditions at the moment, I would not trade it for any other job. I have been in the Biliskov real estate team since 2012.
Through the years of experience, I’ve noticed changes in the trends and habits of buyers and sellers. What was unthinkable to us 20 years ago, when we watched foreign movies of people living in suburban places and traveling to work, slowly came to us as well. For many years, we have a trend that buyers are looking for plots and houses in suburbs such as Podstrana, Solin, Klis, Kaštela… Such real estate is used almost equally for living and for tourist rent. Over time, the prices of land and houses in these locations have risen considerably, so today, during the epidemic and lockdown, we have noticed increased demand for land, which is a 15-minute drive further inland, but at far more favorable prices.
Previously, the most important thing for buyers was that the property is close to all amenities (kindergarten, school, extracurricular activities, shops, market …), but with better road connections, 20-30 minutes of driving is compensated by greater comfort of living in a family house, in the fresh air, and for the price of an apartment of 70-80m2 in the building in the city, you can buy land and build a house.
Below I single out a family house in Gizdavac in the hinterland of Split, only 25 minute drive from the city.
The owner of the house is family from Split. They have built this house some 10 years ago to escape from the city on weekends. As the tourist trend of renting family houses with swimming pools has been around for some time, they also built a swimming pool, and started tourist renting in the high season, while in the rest of the year they enjoy it with family and friends. The house is therefore interesting for everyday life, weekend houses or for tourism.
While we were trapped in apartments during the lockdown, and movement in the city was limited and controlled, they enjoyed walks in untouched nature. I must admit that during that period I sincerely regretted not having my own oasis of peace outside the city.
This comfortable three bedroom house is ideal for a family. The ground floor has a kitchen with dining area, living room and bathroom, and the first floor has bedrooms and a second bathroom. The garden of 520m2 is fenced and provides complete privacy. In the part of the yard there is an orchard and an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, and next to the pool there is a protected plateau for undisturbed enjoyment.
Given the very high real estate prices in the city, an increasing number of young families are deciding to build their home in Zagora. The price of this house is € 200,000, and the same house on the other side of the hill, 10 minute drive closer to Split, would cost almost double.