"Founders and the very first Developers of Mojacar in the year 1964, Polansky & Assoc." (not in chronological order)
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El Cantal, a small group of houses for mostly British clients back in the early 70s.
Later on this became one of the first "hubs" for most likely the first beach ex-pat communities in Mojacar. 1969 - 1973.
Lomos del Cantal (1969 - 1974)
Lomos del cantal was initially started by Paul Polansky, but brother Ric ended up building more homes there than he did in 1964. The average land for a half acre plot was $200; i.e. 175 Euros. Lomos del Cantal was also added to during the 1970s, expanding from the riverbed towards the beach; and properties back then sold very much to an international set: Americans in the Foreign Service, Spaniards, and the English - all people who just wanted a quiet life away from it all. Its expansion made it one of the largest ex-pat communities in the area, ultimately engulfing the Pueblo Indalo and surrounding areas. This area was probably the first foothold that eventually drove the Polansky reputation.
Los Marinas (1969 - 1978)
This was an area in which Polansky & Associates were very keen to build, trying to capture the Spanish cortijo style of living and rustic surroundings as part of the architecture. This included many Cortijos, stone houses, and others that had an adobe architectural style. These old houses were often built with walls three to five feet and colored from simply mixing bricks in with the cement. Further, the adobe look was accomplished through mixed straw on the outer main structure in order to make them look more "authentic". The idea was rather premature at the time considering that nobody wanted to live in a Cortijo. Interestingly enough, this is exactly the type of building which is in high demand today. Polansky & Associates sold these at rock bottom prices, in one case taking a small loss, but it is interesting to note how many homes are constructed in this style today.
Popular in the early 1970s, and obviously the best time to have purchased in Mojacar, la Solana became the hub of the English-speaking community of villas on Mojacar Beach, shifting there from Lomos del Cantal. Today it is considered to be on the "magnificent mile", falling between the two Indalos (Hotel Indalo and Pueblo Indalo). This development of some fifty houses earmarked a soon to be growing small local economy soon to be independent of the Village in terms of amenities. To this day still it is a grass-roots community of ex-pats.
Guardias Viejas (1969 -1985)
Coat-tailing the success of La Solana, outside investors and builders started to flock into the area. Guardias Viejas was one of the biggest examples of outside influence and faith in Mojacar, prompting large scale outside investment to arrive and develop in the area. The physical location and parcels of land were originally owned by the Polansky family, though these lands were consequently sold on to big time builder Laing. Ultimately, Laing built a large-scale set of apartments distributed over several buildings not only to include shops but also beach offices, some bars, a restaurant and a spot for one of the beach's first banks. To this day, this is where the Polansky office is still located, and is considered "ground-central" because of its prime location between the Hotel Indalo and the Pueblo Indalo.
La Parata, Ric Polansky started in 1972 thinking that as fast as the beach was developing we would need a special area back further from the shoreline with breathtaking views, and to this day it remains a very special place.
La Parata continues to be a very popular section of Mojacar in that it remains a quieter location away from the tourist throng of the beaches. It still offers some of the most stunning views of the coastline and the surrounding rustic and stony mountains that Mojacar is known for.
La Gaviota (1969)
A very small development, but yet it was one of the very first ever buildings on the beach with any commercial clout. It consisted of a single block of small apartments, several shops, an office and a restaurant on Mojacar Beach. This was also one of the first formal locations for the Polansky & Associates sales team because of its strategic location.
Balcones del Mar (1984)
Balcones del Mar is a cute little complex of twenty four apartments. It has more than quadrupled in value over the course of time. Because of its perch on the hill, its views remain completely unobstructed after twenty plus years of building in the immediate area.
Invierno Azul (1988)
Located next to Balcones del Mar, on Calle Llanos del Aberjorro, Invierno Azul was one of the very first and yet very successful small scale duplex apartments which we once fought hard to sell for the equivalent of 22,000 Euros. Today their turnover is incredible, currently changing hands for around the price of 185,000 Euros (as at mid 2005). Its success comes from its optimal size and self-maintaining community. It was not too big, nor too small, located close to all local amenities and yet nestled in a small quiet valley which still catches very nice sea views even today.
Edificio Mediterraneo (circa 1981)
While Polansky & associates owned the land for many years, due to ensuing politics at the town hall level and the disappearance of front-line beach properties, these lands were sold on. The tests of time wore in and this project was unable to obtain a building permit for a long while. Once sold on, Mediterraneo then miraculously obtained its permit in a matter of days.
Indalo Mountain I
Indalo Mountain I and Indalo Mountain II have both been flagships for the Polansky family. Indalo Mountain I, consisting of several large clusters of small communities, all within and on top of one huge mountain. When Indalo Mountain I was conceived, Polansky & Associates very much concentrated on clients seeking the ideal of the Spanish villa coupled with the ideal of a sea view. It's widespread appeal led to immediate popularity and sales and construction in the 1980s went through the roof.
Smaller projects within Indalo Mountain I include Mojacar Bella, La Alcazaba, Cuatro Casa, and Oasis, later to be built in the 2000s.
Its other claim to fame, which often goes unrecognized, is that this is the area where the Polanskys cut all the roads, laid all the water and electricity, and created the first formal mini-village on the beach at what is now considered to be the Mojacar Playa epicenter, with its prime location between the Hotel Indalo and the Pueblo Indalo.
La Solana II (1988 - 1990)
With the advent of prime beach land becoming scarce for the first time, La Solana is a small community of villas located in a pocket tucked away in the draw of a hill near the beach, the last spot left over from La Solana I. Its appeal was similar to Invierno Azul, but "villa version", a place for four quaint little villas that still today is both a quiet and safe neighborhood. In keeping with our Polansky & Associates philosophy, today La Solana II villas are some of the most centrally located properties on Mojacar Beach, taking only two minutes on foot to reach the playa.
Indalo Mountain II (1989 - 1991)
Indalo Mountain II has been developed partially on the south end of Las Ventanicas, but to this date there still remain large tracts of land which will eventually be developed into one of the most prestigious resort communities in Mojacar. It will be another legacy project to add to the Polansky family CV within the surrounding area.
La Mena (1986 - 1988)
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Located, at the time, in a relatively unknown and undeveloped area just on the fringe of the Mojacar Playa near the Hotel Indalo, La Mena became the illustrious locations for the elite villa sector of clients.
Two massive houses were built in one of the most ideal locations in Mojacar with 360 degree views of the mountains, playa and coastline. These villas are situated on an estate that engulfs two coastline mountains and boasts top-notch architectural features and amenities that played host to a series of music videos, lingerie catalogue shoots, monumental private parties and numerous venues for entertainment. Once considered outside of the ex-pat community, La Mena's value and location have escalated through the test of time to be one of the most sought after Marbella style properties located in the area.
Hotel Indalo (1990)
"Venta del Bancal" is where the present Hotel Indalo is located. This location was found by the Polanskys and used for the first hotel on Mojacar Beach, later sold by the Polansky family to Horizon Holiday Group.
Cortijo Grande (located on the fringe of Turre up in the mountains)
Cortijo Grande, nine million square meters purchased back in 1971 with the unique idea of creating the area's first golf course with attached facilities for riding, shooting, flying, etc. The project was bought out way before its time, and due to its apparent success was unfortunately sold on to investor groups who never completed the purchase. Those who tried never finished what they set out to achieve in terms of future expansion.
It is still a special place to visit, also used as a backdrop for some very well known movies. Shortly the Cortijo Grande project will be opening up once again under a new, dedicated, energetic leadership known as the Colt Group.
Las Macenas will be the Crown of Glory for Mojacar. Hotels, upgraded apartments and special houses will contribute to bringing the icing on the cake to the Mojacar area. Polansky & Associates was heavily involved in this project as one of the first shareholders, but ultimately this segment was sold on in it's infancy, going through five different owners until the present, George Soros MedGroup Properties.
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