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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:00

Spanish Property Glossary For Gran Canaria Property Buyers

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Estate agents all over the world have their own vocabulary for describing the good, the bad and the ugly bits of the properties they sell: Here's our guide to the most common real estate terms used in Gran Canaria. They are equally valid across the Canary Islands and in Spain.


Adosado: Terraced

A dos aguas: V-shaped roof,normally tiled

Apartamento: Modern flat

Atico: Penthouse or thereabouts

A estrenar: Brand new or thereabouts. Probably finished

Amueblada: Furnished

A reformar: A wreck

Azotea transitable: Flat roof

Alto estándar de calidades: Acceptable to good fixtures and fittings

Armarios empotrados: Built in wardrobes

Buenas comunicaciones: On a main road

Buen estado: Needs superficial work such as plastering, etc

Casa Rural: Rural house or farmhouse. Often run down and without electricity or water and with an angry goat

Casa de campo: Two goats in the garden

Chalet: Can be anything from a Swiss-style home to a hideous concrete monstrosity with no roof. Assume the latter

Certificado energetico en tramite: Owners hasn't pay for the silly EU energy certificate

Communidad: Monthly community costs for maintenance, insurance, etc

Coqueto: Minuscule

Cocina americana: Breakfast bar 

Con posibilidad de garaje: No parking space. Owners cousin knows a fellow who might have one

Duplex: Two-storey terraced house, normally on a development

Exterior: Has windows

En construcion: About to be started

Estudio: Studio

Exclusivas zonas comunes: Very high community costs

Extension: Illegal extension

Finca: Farm or rural land 

Gran potencial de alquiler: Might be rentable

Interior: Interior flat with no windows and a mould problem

Lista para entrar a vivir: Liveable in 

Liciencia de explotacion turistica: Has a tourist rental license (and a greedy management company)

Local: Commercial property

Loft: Property on a high floor with more than one window

Luminoso: Used to describe all properties with more than one window

Muy céntrica: Right in the middle of town/the resort. Expect noise

Muchas alternativas: Bizarre layout

Muchas posibilidades: Has potential but the agent can't quite work out how

Opportunidad/Ocasion: Cheap for a good reason

Parcialmente amueblada: Owner is leaving you his unwanted furniture

Patio interior: Interior patio with half-dried clothes fallen from above all over it. Noise funnel. Good way to meet the neighbours.

Primera linea: Front line (can refer to the building rather than your apartment)

Promocion: New build or off-plan development. Almost certainly unfinished

Posibilidades: A wreck

Piso: Bog standard flat

Piscina: Swimming pool

Piscina comunal: Shared swimming pool

Piscina climatizada: Heated pool

Preinstalacion: Wires sticking out of the wall where you could install AC or heating

Rustica: Remote and abandoned

Señorial: Stately as in posh

Sin amueblar: Unfurnished

Solar: Plot of land

Salón-cocina: Open plan kitchen and living room

Solana: Flat patch of roof

Tranquilo: If rural; remote. If urban: The quietest property in a noisy area

Triplex: Three-storey terraced house, normally on a development

Tendedero: Washing line

Ultima unidad: Last and worst property left on a development

Vestibulo: Dressing room or large wardrobe

Vistas al mar: you can see the sea 

Vistas hacia el mar: You can almost see the sea

Vistas laterales al mar: You can see the sea by leaning out of the window and craning your neck. 

Vivienda Vacacional: Property with a tourist rental license

WC: Inexplicably small bathroom

Zonas comunes bien cuidadas: High community fees

Zona exclusiva: Posh barrio

Zona residencial: Not for tourists


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