Marbella Info, News, Articles, Events, Luxury Homes – DM Properties Blog http://www.dmproperties.com The real estate experts at DM Properties share their knowledge and experience of the real estate market in Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:39:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Top-5 properties for sale in Marbella East http://www.dmproperties.com/16438-top-5-properties-sale-marbella-east.html Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:39:01 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=16438 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and when it comes to properties depends very much on your personal taste, preferences and practical/lifestyle needs. Even so, when you’ve been in the Marbella real estate market as long as we have you get a feeling for properties that have broad or even universal appeal. In other words, properties that stand out. Here is a selection of top DM Properties/Knight Frank homes for sale in Marbella East.

Top-5 properties for sale in Marbella East

Stunning modern Los Monteros frontline beach villa

You won’t find a more impressive modern villa right on the shores of the Mediterranean. This sleek architectural home leaps off the pages of a design magazine and wouldn’t be out of place in a Bond movie. Featuring six beautifully laid out bedroom suites, a modern kitchen and spacious lifestyle living area, this is indeed an outstanding lifestyle home in a very secluded address that has Antonio Banderas as one of its neighbours.

The luxurious terrace that follows the sleek lines of the large swimming pool is surrounded by a manicured garden on a level plot with direct access to a very private stretch of beach close to restaurants and beach clubs. From the terraces, the interior rooms and above all the pool, the frontline beach villa offers magnificent sea views where sea and horizon merge in tones of blue; a home for the connoisseur.

Las Chapas villa with sea views

Featuring an up to date interpretation of classic Spanish architectural styling and elegant contemporary interiors, this Las Chapas villa is situated in a peaceful area close to the beach but also within easy range of the many amenities of Marbella East. These include trendy beach clubs such as Nikki Beach, shopping, restaurants, tapas bars, schools, golf courses and a full range of other sports, spa and fitness facilities.

The five-bedroom villa is quality built and features double-height ceilings, large windows through which to allow in the sea views, an open-plan living layout with gas fireplace and a large terrace and pool area. The upper floor is home to the master bedroom suite with marble bathroom, Jacuzzi and dressing room, as well as a second of the in total five bedrooms, one of which forms part of a separate apartment/suite with bar and entertainment area. The three levels are connected with a private lift.

Luxury Mediterranean beachside villa in Carib Playa

This classic Mediterranean villa in Carib Playa enjoys a prime beachfront location with direct access to the beach. All amenities are close by, as are Marbella town and Puerto Banús, but the villa is set within an oasis of peace and privacy, something that is enhanced by its mature garden, large terraces and open sea views.

Luxury Mediterranean beachside villa in Carib Playa

The five-bedroom villa offers a variety of areas in which to enjoy the views, take the sun, relax or entertain by the pool. Inside, this Marbella East frontline beach villa in Carib Playa offers style, elegance and space, with a classically refined distribution, top-range kitchen, spacious living area and comfortable bedroom suites. Impressive but also comfortable and homely, this is a sophisticated villa right by the beach.

Los Monteros beach apartment

Take one of Marbella’s finest addresses, a frontline beach location in Los Monteros and offer the comfort and style of a villa combined with the convenience of an apartment. The result is this luxurious three-bedroom Los Monteros Playa frontline beach apartment with 200m2 of built space. It is located in an exclusive complex set within gorgeous subtropical gardens with large lagoon swimming pools, water features and direct access to the beach.

Stunning sea views are a main draw too, along with top quality materials and finishing, villa standard amenities, dimensions and luxuries. The master bedroom suite with a dressing room, tall ceilings, electric shutters, private Jacuzzi and top-spec kitchen are examples of this. Enjoy the refinement of a villa in a stylish beachfront location in Marbella East.

Rio Real frontline golf apartment

If ever you wanted stunning views across a lake, manicured golf course and wooded hills to the sea, this fine three-bedroom apartment covering almost 200m2 of built space is the property to look at. Rio Real is known as an enclave of peace and beautiful scenery in a setting just a few minutes from the beach and Marbella town. Everything is at your fingertips, but the spacious Rio Real frontline golf apartment offers a comfortable, stylish holiday home in which to enjoy the views, climate and lifestyle of Marbella.

If you are searching for quality homes and professional service in Marbella, please put us to the test. DM Properties/Knight Frank is a leading Marbella real estate agency with many years’ experience and a reputation for quality and service.

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The public sector will boost Spain’s economic growth further in 2017 http://www.dmproperties.com/16414-public-sector-boost-spains-economic-growth-further-2017.html Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:26:54 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=16414 Having already posted impressive economic growth figures for the past two years, Spain is looking to go one better in 2017.

Puerto Banus marina, Marbella

The early, tentative post-recession recovery began in 2014, when the nation emerged out of recession. By 2015 it was recording one of the highest economic growth rates in Europe with an impressive 3% increase in GDP, a figure that was repeated in 2016 in spite of the fact that for most of the year Spain found itself in an electoral impasse.

Growth in spite of political impasse

In Spain, 2016 will go into the books as the year of the attempted coalitions. For decades, Spanish elections produced a majority for one of the two leading parties, the PSOE or PP, but the election results at the end of 2015 produced a more fractured result that necessitated a coalition. The country’s lack of experience with this kind of system showed, as political parties failed to find the consensus and compromise required, leaving Spain in a political impasse for most of the year.

A second set of elections produced no significant improvement, but in November a deal was finally reached, and as a result Spain can look to 2017 with a good degree of confidence and enthusiasm. The banks, property market, construction sector, exports and consumer spending are all heading in the right direction, unemployment is dropping, interest rates are low and inflation may slowly start to rise again, so the indicators are in place for continued growth.

Foreign and domestic investment to further spur on Spain growth

Foreign investment, which was particularly strong in 2014 and 2015, slowed down a little last year, but with a government back in place it is expected to grow again as Spain still offers excellent asset value. Moreover, if the economy managed to grow by around 3% without a new government, it should perform even better once new budgets for public spending and investment projects are approved in the coming year. So from an investment confidence point of view, 2017 is commencing on a decidedly more positive note.

DM Properties/Knight Frank is a leading Marbella real estate agency that combines in-depth knowledge of the Marbella property market with the international reach of one of the world’s most highly respected property companies. For this reason we are able to offer sound advice to buyers, sellers and investors, as well as offering the most exclusive selection of Marbella villas, apartments and penthouses for sale.

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The appeal of properties for sale in Marbella East http://www.dmproperties.com/16312-appeal-properties-sale-marbella-east.html Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:31:47 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=16312 The area on the eastern side of Marbella is part of what makes this region so desirable and popular, and it is here that you will find some of the most exciting new properties for sale on the Costa del Sol.

The appeal of properties for sale in Marbella East

Characterised by the finest sandy beaches and dunes in Marbella, as well as pretty umbrella pines that skirt the fairways and populate the gently sloping hills that slowly rise towards the coastal mountain range, the east of Marbella has been popular for some time now with tourists, full time residents and holiday home owners alike.

The exclusive areas closest to Marbella, Río Real and Los Monteros, are among the finest addresses in this region, with particularly the frontline beach villas in Los Monteros offering a Marbella real estate option of rare exclusivity and prestige. Close by are the communities of villas in Santa Clara, a newer residential area on the hillside of the coastal A7 road that offers fine quality modern homes featuring advanced architectural design and the best in today’s mod cons.

On the mountainside of the road you will find a collection of first-class golf courses, while the shoreline here is known for having the finest soft cream-coloured sands, lofty dunes and coastal pine groves that make this arguably the best section of coast in the entire Costa del Sol. Much of it is protected, but you will also find peaceful residential areas offering beachside villas in Carib Playa, Marbesa and Las Chapas, which are also home to laid-back beach bars, excellent fish restaurants and trendy beach clubs.

The villas in El Rosario are mostly medium sized and make this a popular residential area among families, along with the presence of sports facilities such as tennis clubs and the English International College. The centre of this region, however, is Elviria, an upmarket residential area that is also home to a shopping centre, restaurants, cafés, supermarkets and luxury resort hotels such as the Hotel Don Carlos, whose beach club is the famous Nikki Beach. The villas and apartments for sale in Elviria are among the most sought after on this side of Marbella, which thanks to its attractive features and space for expansion is currently becoming one of the most in-vogue areas to look for homes and investments.

Though you are still no more than ten minutes from Marbella town and 15 minutes from Puerto Banús and its famous marina, East Marbella has its very own yacht harbour in the form of Cabopino. Bordering a protected natural area, this charming little marina with restaurants and cafés centred upon an intimate corner of the coast is a much-loved meeting point for families and romantic couples, making the Cabopino apartments a popular option for holidaymakers from across the European continent.

DM Properties/Knight Frank is highly experienced in this part of Marbella and can offer a top selection of properties that you won’t find elsewhere, so contact us if you are interested in knowing more about property for sale in Marbella East.

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Marbella’s best residential areas http://www.dmproperties.com/16274-marbellas-best-residential-areas.html Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:14:40 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=16274 The most luxurious apartments, penthouses and villas in Marbella can be found not just in one area but in a series of top addresses that together make this one of the jewels of the Mediterranean.

Marbella best areas

The Golden Mile

At the very pinnacle of the Marbella real estate market you will find the Golden Mile, the elegant avenue that connects Puerto Banús and Marbella town. Here you will find a millionaire’s row the likes of which are rare in Europe, with beachfront penthouses and villas enjoying views across a very private stretch of shore lined with some of the most exclusive beach clubs and resort hotels, such as the Marbella Club and Puente Romano.

La Zagaleta

For those who prefer a degree of seclusion amid nature on large private grounds La Zagaleta is the ultimate country club. It operates a residents-only policy, though invited guests are also welcome to enjoy the two magnificent 18-hole golf courses, the refined clubhouse and the racquet club and equestrian centre. Villas for sale in La Zagaleta often command the highest selling prices in the region.

Sierra Blanca

An alternative to La Zagaleta, this area offers privacy within a gated community that enjoys commanding views of Marbella and its shoreline yet is never more than a few minutes from the downtown area and Puerto Banús. The villas in Sierra Blanca dominate the residential market here, though there are also some select apartment complexes.

Los Monteros

The unchallenged luxury hotspot on the eastern side of Marbella, Los Monteros still offers the now rather unique opportunity to own a frontline beach villa in Marbella on a sizeable piece of land. Peaceful, elegant and leafy, this lovely residential area is situated between golf and sea, with Marbella just a few minutes away.

Guadalmina

Another residential area that ranks among the elite of Marbella is Guadalmina, and in particular the beachside zone of Guadalmina Baja, which meanders between beach and golf fairways. The villas for sale in Guadalmina stand on large private plots, giving this leafy residential area a sense of privacy, tranquillity and space.

Nueva Andalucía

Perhaps the most accessible in price among the top addresses in Marbella, Nueva Andalucía is a sizeable area that provides potential homebuyers with a wide range of property options and settings. The main part is known as the Golf Valley, where the attractive Nueva Andalucía villas are dotted between the greenery of beautiful golf courses such as Las Brisas, Los Naranjos and Aloha.

All the areas mentioned are within a few minutes drive of Marbella town, Puerto Banús, beaches, schools and golf. As one of the leading luxury real estate agents in Marbella, DM Properties / Knight Frank is uniquely qualified to provide information and assist you should you be looking for a luxury property in Marbella. Please contact us for more information.

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Villa with style, comfort and pedigree in La Zagaleta http://www.dmproperties.com/16236-villa-style-comfort-la-zagaleta.html Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:50:57 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=16236 There is no shortage of large, luxurious and impressive homes in Marbella with a long list of amenities and tick-list items, but every now and again you come across a property that truly stands out for its charm, character, ambience and yes, pedigree.

La Zagaleta, Villa in La Zagaleta with sea, golf and mountain views

This beautiful villa in La Zagaleta is a fine example. Situated just a short distance from the top entrance to the elite gated community, it is easier to reach than most homes in Zagaleta yet is every bit as private and secluded as the most remote estates here.

A very peaceful, almost private road reveals the villa discreetly nestled between lush greenery, with an elegant driveway that sweeps down a gently gradient to a pretty forecourt that sets the tone for the rest of the home.

Here, amid stylishly landscaped greenery with tasteful water features you will spot a multi-car garage in the classic style of a stable house, complete with a very well appointed suite with main room, modern kitchenette and attractive marble bathroom that is currently used as an office but could also function as an attractive independent guest room, staff room, gym, children’s playroom, nursery or studio.

To enter the main house you have the choice of the stylish main entrance, which leads past a pretty fountain to the hallway, or a side entrance to the kitchen via a room that may be a pantry but in reality is as well finished as the rest of the home. In fact, every part of the villa is of the highest standards.

A luxurious home made for enjoying

Many villas in Marbella are designed primarily to impress, often at the expense of true comfort and homeliness, but this villa does it the other way round as it was first and foremost conceived as a much-loved, welcoming home whose warm ambience, style and luxury not only make you want to spend time in it, but certainly impress as well.

The main living area on the ground floor level you enter consists of a spacious living room that exemplifies the above. It is connected to a formal dining room and one of the most appealing modern country kitchens you will come across. The owners, whose good taste and love for this home are palpable, used the leading Feng Shui master to provide the right balance and harmony to their home, and it works, above all in the wonderful kitchen that also features a large dining table.

Villa with style, comfort and pedigree in La Zagaleta

Every room in the house enjoys not just natural light but also beautiful and rather varied views, as the villa takes in 360-degree views of mountain scenery, the La Zagaleta golf course, the Mediterranean Sea and lovely aspects of the immaculate, verdant garden. Most also have a private terrace, making it possible to enjoy an al fresco breakfast off the kitchen, or to lounge outside your bedroom.

This level of the home contains a wing with two very private bedroom suites, including the master bedroom with dressing room and luxurious bathroom, as well as a secondary suite. Both have terraces that are very private and offer wonderful views of the surrounding greenery without being themselves overlooked.

Villa with two ‘ground floors’

The living and dining rooms open up to a spacious covered terrace with outdoor dining and lounge areas, with stairs that wind down gently towards a pool deck flanked by beautifully laid out lawns. The soft undulation of the plot makes for a very pleasant flow to a home that does not feature the more customary upper and basement levels, but appears to have two ground floors. The result is a more attractive living environment rich in natural light, lovely views and the ability to step out onto a terrace and into the garden.

This very clever use of the plot’s topography also makes the property more interconnected in a way that is highly convenient and stylish at the same time. This lower level also interacts with the garden, ensuring that the heated outdoor swimming pool, terrace and covered outdoor kitchen and dining room ‘chiringuito’ are within easy reach of the three spacious and well appointed bedroom suites with travertine marble that are to be found on this level.

The same applies to the stylish entertainment room made up of a professional bar, a billiards area and a very comfortable TV room with professional cinema equipment. Bordering this area are a gym and a spa area with sauna, showers, treatment room and beauty salon – all of which look out over the garden.

Add a wine cellar, a cloakroom, a laundry and lots of closet and storage space, and it makes for a very well rounded villa in which refinement, amenities, comfort and the welcoming ambience of a real home come together. The garage ‘stables’ feature a further independent guest or staff apartment in a La Zagaleta villa that is best described as an impressive, stylish home made to be lived in and enjoyed.

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Marbella East: Frontline beach and golf properties http://www.dmproperties.com/16199-marbella-east-frontline-beach-golf-properties.html Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:05:14 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=16199 The area on the eastern side of Marbella is part of what makes this region so desirable and popular, and it is here that you will find some of the most exciting new properties for sale on the Costa del Sol.

Los Monteros, Contemporary Beachfront Jewel

Characterised by the finest sandy beaches and dunes in Marbella, as well as pretty umbrella pines that skirt the fairways and populate the gently sloping hills that slowly rise towards the coastal mountain range, the east of Marbella has been popular for some time now with tourists, full time residents and holiday home owners alike.

The exclusive areas closest to Marbella, Río Real and Los Monteros, are among the finest addresses in this region, with particularly the frontline beach villas in Los Monteros offering a Marbella real estate option of rare exclusivity and prestige. Close by are the communities of villas in Santa Clara, a newer residential area on the hillside of the coastal A7 road that offers fine quality modern homes featuring advanced architectural design and the best in today’s mod cons.

On the mountainside of the road you will find a collection of first-class golf courses, while the shoreline here is known for having the finest soft cream-coloured sands, lofty dunes and coastal pine groves that make this arguably the best section of coast in the entire Costa del Sol. Much of it is protected, but you will also find peaceful residential areas offering beachside villas in Carib Playa, Marbesa and Las Chapas, which are also home to laid-back beach bars, excellent fish restaurants and trendy beach clubs.

Villas and appartments in Marbella East

The villas in El Rosario are mostly medium sized and make this a popular residential area among families, along with the presence of sports facilities such as tennis clubs and the English International College. The centre of this region, however, is Elviria, an upmarket residential area that is also home to a shopping centre, restaurants, cafés, supermarkets and luxury resort hotels such as the Hotel Don Carlos, whose beach club is the famous Nikki Beach. The villas and apartments for sale in Elviria are among the most sought after on this side of Marbella, which thanks to its attractive features and space for expansion is currently becoming one of the most in-vogue areas to look for homes and investments.

Though you are still no more than ten minutes from Marbella town and 15 minutes from Puerto Banús and its famous marina, East Marbella has its very own yacht harbour in the form of Cabopino. Bordering a protected natural area, this charming little marina with restaurants and cafés centred upon an intimate corner of the coast is a much-loved meeting point for families and romantic couples, making the Cabopino apartments a popular option for holidaymakers from across the European continent.

DM Properties/Knight Frank is highly experienced in this part of Marbella and can offer a top selection of properties that you won’t find elsewhere, so contact us if you are interested in knowing more about property for sale in Marbella East.

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Contemporary luxury living in Sierra Blanca, Marbella http://www.dmproperties.com/16135-contemporary-luxury-living-sierra-blanca-marbella.html Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:50:14 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=16135 Newly finished with timeless modern Mediterranean flair, this stylish five-bedroom villa in Sierra Blanca blends comfort and refinement in one of Marbella’s finest addresses.

Sierra Blanca, Fantastic Villa In Prime Location

In Marbella there are many villas that are impressive, even imposing, but not as many that also offer a comfortable home where you could see yourself settle-in with delight.

We have therefore come to expect luxury, architectural finery and a long list of amenities, but sometimes this is at the expense of liveability, where grand villas become glittering showpieces but do not convince as homes that are as welcoming and cosseting to the occupants as they are impressive to their visitors.

A perfect blend of style and homely comfort

It takes great skill on the part of the architect, the decorator, landscapers and of course the owner to create a villa that is as welcoming, cosy and practical as it is visually stunning, stylish and sophisticated. In achieving just that with such aplomb, this luxurious contemporary Marbella villa for sale in Sierra Blanca is not unlike a beautiful woman who is at once smart, elegant, kind and practically minded.

This fine villa in Sierra Blanca, one the most desirable residential zones of Marbella, gets the balance just right from the minute you enter to the moment you settle in the open-plan living room or sit back and enjoy the lovely Marbella sun on the pool deck terrace.

The villa is located on a quiet street in the upper western part of Sierra Blanca, where the magnificent La Concha Mountain rises up to meet the same blue skies that arch towards the lively Marbella and Puerto Banús shoreline, where land meets the Mediterranean Sea that expands out towards North Africa and the Atlantic Ocean at Gibraltar.

An automated gate glides open at the touch of a button, revealing a driveway lined with exotic trees that are even more impressive under evening lighting. The large garage is positioned on the left and the elegant forecourt opens up to the imposing entrance that is a modern interpretation of classical elegance.

A bright and luminous villa

Solid doors open up to a perfectly proportioned entrance with gallery and skylight that allows natural light to flow into the home. This is a villa that is bright and luminous, with barely a room to be found that does not enjoy views and windows to let the fresh air in. What particularly impresses about this home is the perfect flow of its layout, something that may seem a mere detail but really influences life in a house and dictates its ambience.

To the right of the terrace are a cloakroom, a guest suite or office, and a laundry that is linked to the delightful open kitchen featuring tasteful modern design. Good taste is in evidence everywhere, from the architecture to the furniture, and it too adds to the sense that this is a sophisticated family home you could move into right away.

The centre point of the home is the open-plan kitchen, living, dining and TV room area that simply makes you want to stay, slide the door open and step out onto the terrace or accept the invitation of the pool sparkling bright against the perfect green lawn. Above are a further two guest suites and a cosy terrace as well as a larger suite that shares a terrace with the master bedroom.

Both feature modern bathrooms, while the master suite also has a made-to-measure dressing room. The lower floor has been finished to the same standard as the rest of the villa and prepared so that it offers the new owner a wide range of options, from cinema and games rooms to guest accommodation, gym and private bodega or spa.

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Marbella – A way of life http://www.dmproperties.com/16074-marbella-way-life.html Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:12:52 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=16074 A luxury resort destination born out of the international jet-set of the fifties and sixties, Marbella is so desired because of the lifestyle made possible by its climate, location and cosmopolitan make-up.

Marbella – A way of life

In the firmament of Europe there are such stars as Monaco, the Italian and French rivieras, Mallorca, Ibiza, the Costa Smeralda and Marbella. Each of these glamorous spots on the Mediterranean carries a special set of characteristics that make them uniquely appealing to visitors and residents of high net worth. What’s more, while there are many more hotly desired beauty spots around the world, those centred upon the Mediterranean Sea in Europe retain a very rare sense of allure that is hard to equal.

What makes Marbella special is ultimately a location that, while just three hours from the main cities of Europe, offers the very best climate on the continent. This, combined with a natural setting of great beauty and diversity, produces the conditions for a lifestyle that equals the Californian ideal yet does so within the context of European history, culture and culinary delights. It is a seductive mix that first drew royalty, tycoons and actors to this part of Southern Spain in the early fifties – and continues to do so still.

Marbella

The erstwhile fishing village turned exclusive resort has since grown into a stylish town set upon a lovely stretch of Mediterranean coastline that sweeps languidly towards the meeting point of Gibraltar and Morocco – where the confluence of Europe and Africa is interrupted only by the joining of the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Behind this coastal plain stretches a curtain of sierras that shelter it from the harsher heat and cold of the interior, creating in the process the benevolent microclimate for which this region is so revered.

It is a setting made up of beaches, a sea glistening in the ever-present sun, deep blue skies, lush subtropical greenery and majestic mountains that extend further inland to reveal a world of verdant valleys, fast-flowing rivers, waterfalls and little white mountain villages clinging on to dizzying heights. This is the immediate world of Marbella, a pretty town with a main shopping boulevard and stylish beachside promenade, but also tranquil leafy squares and a delightful historical quarter just made for antique browsing, fine dining and café society.

Living areas

Follow the palm-fringed Golden Mile out of town, passing the millionaires row of mansions along the way, and you arrive at Puerto Banús, the famous marina area of Marbella. Known, besides it super yachts, fast cars and beautiful faces, for trendy beach clubs, eateries and nightspots, this upmarket area is also characterised by one of the greatest concentrations of luxury brands in Europe. From Hèrmes, Dior and Armani to Burberry and Hugo Boss, they are all here.

From this point exclusive residential zones, often following the contours of lush golf courses, extend along the coastline and into gently undulating valleys where you will encounter some of the most luxurious apartment and penthouse complexes, villas and even palatial mansions to be found in Europe. From modern to classical and colonial, the properties quite commonly feature such luxuries as indoor pools with private spa, state-of-the-art kitchens and wine cellars, home entertainment areas, luxuriant marble baths and poolside cabanas designed for entertaining – all of it run at the touch of a button.

Marbella old town

Residents have the choice of beachside, valley areas ideal for family living, the excitement of Puerto Banús or downtown Marbella, or the highly exclusive gated hill club communities that nestle in the foothills of the sierras. Here lay El Madroñal, with its chic country estates, and La Zagaleta, one of Europe’s most select residential communities. Set within a private domain of 900 hectares, the former hunting estate is now home to magnificent villas surrounded by nature, fairways and riding trails that lead past cascades and pine forest inhabited by deer.

Lifestyle

Above all, what makes Marbella stand out is a quality of life built on a wide diversity of lifestyle options. For those who seek pampering service and quality there are the five-star deluxe resorts with their luxurious beach clubs, spa, racquet clubs, fine dining and designer boutiques. Marbella and Puerto Banús also have an active, cosmopolitan social scene that ranges from the glamorous hedonistic spots of Puerto Banús to golf clubs and charity gala events.

Nature is never far away, with hiking and horse riding trails adding to the profusion of sports available in Europe’s best climate. Just inland lays the true exoticism of Andalucía waiting to be discovered in villages and natural scenery so distinct from the rest of Europe, while culture and history abound in beautiful cities such as Seville, Cádiz, Jerez, Córdoba and Granada. To these can be added the regional capital of Málaga, an up-and-coming European centre of culture, art, dining and shopping less than an hour away from Marbella.

To complete the variety that marks Marbella there are its perfect summer and winter escapes, Tarifa and the Sierra Nevada. The former is a hippy chic surfer’s paradise set upon golden beaches just an hour away, while the latter offers the best ski facilities this side of the Pyrenees – and the longest winter sports season in Europe. Indeed, the fact that you could ski in the morning and enjoy lunch on the beach just about sums up the Marbella lifestyle.

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Style, refinement and comfort in Sierra Blanca, Marbella http://www.dmproperties.com/16016-style-refinement-comfort-sierra-blanca-marbella.html Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:57:33 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=16016 Located within a quiet cul de sac in Sierra Blanca, this property offers the perfect luxury Marbella villa for those who like their home to be comfortable, welcoming, cosy and rich in ambience.

Style, refinement and comfort in Sierra Blanca, Marbella

The automatic gate opens up to a peaceful private corner of Sierra Blanca, one of the most exclusive residential areas of Marbella. The beautifully maintained villa surrounded by a lush, manicured garden reveals a contemporary Provençal-inspired architectural style whose porte cochere adds to the sense of arrival as you step into this elegant home.

If ever a property proved that a home is not just about the number of rooms, the materials used, a tick-list of features and other types of inventory, it is this Sierra Blanca villa. Indeed, a home can be perfect on paper yet fail to win you over just as it can enchant you the minute you walk through the door.

Inside, this property has this effect, no doubt thanks to dimensions that are well-proportioned and make you feel at home, along with a symmetrical layout that is pleasing to the eye and avoids unnecessary corridors and other forms of so-called dead space – a sign of good architectural planning.

In fact, this is a property that makes excellent use of space in both aesthetic and practical terms to create an interior layout that is very pleasant and feels natural. From the front door you look beyond the living room, terrace and pool to a Mediterranean panorama, but in this home it is done with a sense of proportion that makes it all the more private and special.

A home that invites you in

Good distribution means you take two steps down into a stylish but cosy living room with fireplace that is connection to a covered terrace and flanked on the one side by an extension to the salon that can also be used as a TV room, a reading room or a study, while its counterpart is the formal dining room that links to a delightful contemporary kitchen.

The latter has beautiful wooden floors, rich ambient lighting, a breakfast bar and an outdoor dining area bordering a state-of-the-art Boretti BBQ kitchen. Once again the proportions are just right, and once again this is a room you would be happy to spend time in. Also on this floor are two charming bedroom suites full of light and garden views.

The top floor of the villa is entirely taken up by a luxurious master bedroom suite with terrace whose main focus is not surprisingly upon the magnificent sea views across the coastal area. The bedroom is flanked by elegant his and hers dressing rooms and the main bathroom is a private delight and a very personal retreat.

Built on three levels, the lower level of this Sierra Blanca villa is every bit as delightful and welcoming as the rest of the house, and really doesn’t feel like a basement floor. This is partly because of the fact that it enjoys natural light and is linked via a lovely little terrace to the garden, but is also down to the charming layout and styling.

The two guest suites that connect with the terrace are therefore as charming as those found on the other floors, while the TV room/home cinema/entertainment room is ambient, cosy and very inviting – as well as conveniently linked to the home’s bodega, where a good supply of fine wines is never far away when you most need it.

Its a lovely space and a lovely villa in which to entertain and call home. This applies to the interior living spaces as it does to the well-proportioned garden, which is once again neither too small nor too expansive. Enjoy the stunning view from the covered terrace, the pool deck and the gazebo in a home that you just want to live in.

Should you wish to know more about this property or other villas for sale in Sierra Blanca or other parts of Marbella, please contact Diana Morales Properties │ Knight Frank, the luxury real estate specialists since 1989.

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Sell your Marbella property with the world’s leading independent real estate consultancy http://www.dmproperties.com/15799-sell-marbella-property-worlds-leading-independent-real-estate-consultancy.html Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:24:56 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=15799 In DM Properties Marbella and Knight Frank two top brands come together that offer proven local expertise and global reach.

Sell your Marbella property with the world’s leading independent real estate consultancy

When DM Properties joined forces with Knight Frank it became part of a truly global real estate network that spans the continents. Thanks to its presence in the leading locations around the world, Knight Frank has built up an unsurpassed knowledge of international property markets – be they in the residential, commercial or investment and development segments – as well as being in the thick of where decisions are made and trends are set.

For this reason the real estate reports, statistics and studies compiled by Knight Frank are viewed as highly valuable and authoritative barometers of local, regional and international markets, drawing as they do from local sources on the ground in over 50 locations from London and Marbella to Paris, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong and the Caribbean. In fact, with its headquarters in London, the group has more than 14,000 people operating from 411 offices in 59 countries, making Knight Frank one of the leading international real estate networks on the planet.

The global reach of DM Properties Marbella and Knight Frank

This also translates to a key role in dealing with residential, commercial and investment transactions, and in the process Knight Frank has dealt with over 600 billionaires in the sale of some of the finest homes in the world. It is also in a position to offer expert advice to private investors and funds, from providing local market information to analysing prospective projects and bringing potential partners together. The group’s technical expertise also extends to valuations, in which field it is considered to be a leader, and this is mirrored by DM Properties in Marbella, whose in-depth knowledge of the local market is matched with a global sales and marketing network that makes this an unbeatable partnership when it comes to producing results – and doing it with style, efficiency and integrity.

We are the Marbella luxury property specialists, so put us to the test if you have a quality home to sell a top apartment, penthouse or villa in Marbella. As part of the Knight Frank network we specialise in connecting people and property, perfectly.

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