Hvar real estate is in high demand, which is not so surprising considering the amount of international exposure Hvar Town has had in the last few years. In 1997 Conde Nast named Hvar one of the top ten most beautiful islands in the world and since then Hvar has won numerous accolades from the international travel press. Probably the greenest island in the Adriatic, the island is statistically the ‘sunniest place in Europe’ with gentle winters and warm summers. Hvar has also remained relatively unspoiled and its seaside towns and inland villages are alive with history and full of romance and charm. Perhaps one of Hvar Island’s most redeeming features is that there is virtually no crime, even though tourists flock to the island during the season.
In recent years very little new development has taken place on the island and the supply of property in or close to the town centres of Hvar, Jelsa and Stari Grad is limited. This is especially true for new apartments and villas with swimming pools on Hvar, which are in very short supply. However, there is quite a lot of building land for sale, old stone ruins in the inland villages and some very tastefully renovated old stone houses dotted in various places around the island. Of the three towns, Stari Grad probably has the largest supply of old stone houses and property prices in Stari Grad are more reasonable. Old stone houses in Hvar town are very limited and what is on the market is often pricey. However, prices are somewhat justified given the town’s popularity, things to do and length of season. Prices outside of Hvar town are generally quite reasonable and you can pick up some good deals in the inland villages, which are at most 3km from the sea.
There are some great building land plots on the south side of the island in Zavala, Ivan Dolac and Sveta Nedjelja, and some older houses which have been recently renovated and some that are in need of modernization. The south side is one of the most beautiful parts of Hvar, dramatic landscapes, incredible sea views and beautiful beaches. It is important to remember when buying land on Hvar, to check the zoning and make sure that access is clear, utilities are close by and that there are no disputes regarding the borders of the plot.
Getting to Hvar Island has never been easier. There are regular daily car ferry lines from Split to Stari Grad and Drvenik to Sucuraj. There are also catamarans that go daily from Split to Hvar Town and Jelsa. Moreover, it is also possible to fly by plane all year round from Zagreb or Split to Jelsa. There are also ferry and catamaran services operating along the coastline that call in to Hvar Island.