Marbella Info, News, Articles, Events, Luxury Homes – DM Properties Blog The real estate experts at DM Properties share their knowledge and experience of the real estate market in Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:53:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Schools In Marbella East Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:52:37 +0000 For the younger members of the family, Marbella East is very well provided for in terms of educational establishments.

El Rosario, Villa for sale in El Rosario, Marbella east

Colegio Las Chapas teaches both boys and girls at junior level but exclusively girls at secondary level when the boys move to ECOS. Approved by the Junta de Andalucía as Catholic bilingual schools, children are immersed in English for 50% of their school day right from pre-school age.

Colegio Alborán is a private bilingual school for children aged three to 18. Unusually among its facilities are a farm and stables where children learn to care for and respect animals. There are also impressive sporting and arts facilities.

The English International College (EIC) was founded in 1982 and offers The English National Curriculum in an international context to more than 500 boys and girls of many nationalities aged three to eighteen years.

The Deutsche Schüle is popular with many nationalities, teaching children from three to 18. Founded in 1898 and recognised (and approved) by both the German and Spanish educational authorities, this is one of the most highly respected private international schools on the Costa del Sol.

The Spanish state schools in Marbella East are very popular with Spanish and foreign residents too. Applications are made via the Junta de Andalucía’s Consejería de Educación in March each year for the junior school, Platero, and secondary school IES Dunas de las Chapas. The education offered is exclusively in Spanish but foreign families are welcomed.

Marbella East has an eclectic array of properties to suit families looking to settle in an area where all members of the family are well catered for.

Newly released Knight Frank Wealth Report 2017 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:15:23 +0000 It’s here! The long-awaited, authoritative Knight Frank Wealth Report 2017 charts and analyses the latest trends in the luxury real estate, investment and consumer markets. To keep up to date with where your market is moving, contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank for your copy.

Newly released Knight Frank Wealth Report 2017

Knight Frank is a global name in real estate that is highly respected as a leading purveyor of professional property services on a global scale. Founded and based in London, the company’s reach extends across the globe to include not only luxury residential homes on five continents, but also true expertise in commercial real estate, land and the most complex of investment and property deals.

The company has built its reputation on quality of service and old-fashioned ethics as well as an unsurpassed level of market knowledge. To share this with its private and corporate clients, as well as colleagues and peers, Knight Frank has become an expert in collecting and processing market-related data and is today one of the world’s leading and most respected sources of property market reports.

The Wealth Report

Published annually, the Knight Frank Wealth Report has become internationally recognised as an authoritative reference to the property, investment and consumer trends affecting the luxury market. The report is compiled professionally by dedicated researchers who not only poll High Net Worth Individuals, corporate entities and property experts and collate the resulting information, but also provide valuable qualitative analysis that puts the facts and figures into perspective.

“Our clients come to us for our expertise and the sound information and advice we can offer them within the realm of real estate,” says Diana Morales, founding partner of DM Properties |Knight Frank in Marbella. “With over 30 years in the Marbella luxury property segment, we are an authority in this market, and this is backed up by the wealth of on the ground knowledge and information that Knight Frank can supply. This is one of the many reasons why DM Properties and Knight Frank fit so well together.”

With so many factors, both economic and geopolitical, affecting an increasingly interconnected global market, resources such as the Knight Frank Wealth Report are more valuable than ever, for they chart the fast-changing patterns of our times with a great degree of accuracy, helping investors, homebuyers and industry professionals alike to successfully plot their course.

For more information or a copy of the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2017, contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank, or download it here.

Golf courses in Marbella East Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:42:39 +0000 Marbella East offers an extraordinary mix of residential areas centered around some of the Costa del Sol’s most beautiful sandy beaches, and some of its finest fairways.

Frontline Golf properties in Marbella East

The prestigious Río Real Golf opened in 1965 to high acclaim thanks to its superb location, just five minutes away from the centre of Marbella and surrounded by spectacular scenery. Spanning more than 6,000m, its 18 holes appeal to players of varying standards, many of whom choose to take advantage of the excellent Golf Academy where experts provide tailored tuition to adults, juniors and disabled golfers.

Santa Clara Golf opened much more recently in 2001 but has quickly established itself as a technically challenging yet enjoyable course designed to test players’ long and short games. Santa Clara Golf offers an unusually wide driving range as well as two practice putting greens, an approach shot area, bunkers and pitching green.

A little further to the east, the Marbella Golf and Country Club was designed by renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones. By the time the club opened in 1994, Robert Trent Jones had planned over 450 courses including many of the most important international championship courses. With 18 holes and a par of 72, Marbella Golf offers many additional facilities including tennis, a wellness centre, yoga, Pilates, massage, physiotherapy and a high quality restaurant in the clubhouse.

Santa María Golf in Elviria was developed around a 19th century Spanish cortijo. The club values its family of members and provides a range of sporting facilities that include tennis and bowling, in addition to a super restaurant with views over the course. Santa María’s 18 fairways are surrounded by pine trees, cork oaks and incredible vistas.

Looking for a property which enjoys a frontline golf position in Marbella? Explore our selection of first line golf properties for sale on the Costa del Sol.

Spain’s Golden Visa scheme is gaining ground in Marbella Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:43:14 +0000 Spain introduced the Golden Visa scheme in 2013 and at the time there was considerable excitement and anticipation about its potential to boost the property market. The scheme offers residency rights and travel in the Schengen area in return for an investment of at least €500,000 in real estate. However, despite the scheme’s benefits it didn’t attract as many buyers as expected.

Spain’s Golden Visa scheme is gaining ground in Marbella

However, thanks to adjustments made to the scheme’s requirements in July 2015, this last year has seen a rise of 63% in investments made under the Golden Visa. This equates to €1.71 billion in real terms of which 94% of transactions were in Spanish property. This is a considerable increase over the €1.07 billion invested in 2015 and indicates a growing interest in the Spanish Golden Visa.

To date, Chinese and Russian investors are the two nationalities making the most extensive use of this visa. For example, Chinese investments totalled €469 million between October 2015 and October 2016, representing 666 real estate purchases. Spain has risen in popularity with Chinese property investors due to new barriers preventing them investing funds in Australia, USA and Canada, which have been their preferred countries for investment for some time. Chinese buyers tend to favour Madrid currently, but Russian investors are flocking to the Costa del Sol, with Alicante, Valencia and Barcelona other popular investment destinations. In the year to the end of 2016, Russian buyers invested €480 million in Spanish property, representing an average expenditure per transaction of €786,000.

The total number of visas issued since 2013 is 24,500, while the number of principal investors is 11,774. The disparity between the two totals is accounted for by the fact that an investor’s spouse and children are also eligible for the visa. It is also worth noting that investors can apply to the Golden Visa scheme retrospectively, that is, for property purchased prior to the introduction of the scheme in 2013, providing the investment meets the stipulated criteria.

In summary, the general requirements of the Golden Visa for investors in Spanish property are:

  • The applicant must be aged 18 or over
  • They must not have a criminal record in Spain or their country of residence in the five years prior to the application
  • They must not already be living in Spain illegally
  • They must have medical insurance
  • They must have the financial means to support themselves and any family while they are in Spain
  • They must be able to pay the application fee

If you are from outside the EU and would like to find out more about how buying a property in Marbella or the Costa del Sol qualifies you for Spain’s Golden Visa, please contact us for more detailed information.

Living in Guadalmina Baja Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:32:12 +0000 Geographically delineated by Guadalmina golf course and the coastline, Guadalmina Baja is the most western district of Marbella and adjacent to San Pedro Alcántara.

Living in Guadalmina Baja, San Pedro de Alcántara

A beautiful area of luxury residences, Guadalmina Baja is separated from the main commercial area and Guadalmina Alta by the A7 coastal road, from the municipality of Estepona by the Guadalmina River and from San Pedro by the Chopo stream.

Originally a sugar cane plantation, Guadalmina Baja was the brainchild of Norberto Goizueta who, recognising the potential for tourism, developed not only the golf course but also the Hotel Guadalmina in the late 1950s and early 60s. Still renowned today, the hotel is a popular wedding venue thanks to its proximity to the beautiful sandy beach and the southern Guadalmina golf course that flanks it in places.

The surrounding area was divided into large villa plots, which became very much sought after by wealthy Madrileños seeking privacy and tranquility in their summer residences, combined with convenience and proximity to amenities and the beach. Some areas, such as the impressive third century Bovedas Roman Baths and Tower, were protected from development, ensuring that the stunning beach area is preserved for all to enjoy.

Guadalmina Baja has its own chapel, the Capilla de la Inmaculada, and is home to the very well respected private Spanish school, San José, attended by children of all nationalities.

Villas, apartments and townhouses for sale in Guadalmina Baja

Luxurious villas comprise most Guadalmina Baja accommodation, although there are some apartments and townhouses well located within the urbanisation. For example, this four bedroom duplex penthouse apartment features spacious rooms and private terraces from which to enjoy the sunshine and open views. Or for beach lovers, this townhouse is just 100 metres from the sand and benefits from a bright and luminous interior as well as four bedrooms and its own private garden.

More typical for the area are villas such as this Miami style property designed for his own use by an architect in 1997. South facing and open plan, it’s the ideal luxury family home with spaces for entertaining, relaxing, winter dining and hosting overnight guests or accommodating staff, all centred around a beautiful freeform lagoon swimming pool.

This more contemporary and recently refurbished villa is located just 600 metres from the beach and is absolutely spectacular, featuring seven ensuite bedrooms (each with private terrace), several entertaining areas and salons, basement gym, sleek design and manicured gardens.

Offering a variety of properties at the higher end of the market, Guadalmina Baja does continue to appeal to property purchasers from all walks of life, whether looking for a main family home or summer holiday residence. Many of the properties are within walking distance of the beach or the commercial area in Guadalmina Alta, with its range of cafés, shops, offices, supermarket and banks. Contact DM Properties for more information on opportunities available in Guadalmina Alta.

Beachfront properties for sale in Marbella Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:37:05 +0000 Every market is made up of distinct sub-markets based upon price, area, setting and property type. Marbella is no different, with frontline beach properties high in demand and those along the famed Golden Mile very hard to come by.

Beachfront properties for sale in Marbella

Marbella beachfront property is a prized commodity that has an enduring buying public from across Europe and beyond. Within this prime location category there is naturally a hierarchy too, and for most of the top-end buyers it doesn’t get better than frontline beach Golden Mile villas and penthouses.

The area between the iconic Marbella Club Hotel and the dividing point between Marbella and Puerto Banús at the mouth of the Rio Verde, is regarded as the finest address on the Golden Mile, and therefore particularly sought after. The problem is that while beachfront properties in Marbella sells well, beachfront Marbella Golden Mile property is often snapped up before it reaches the open market.

Supply and demand of the beachfront properties in Marbella

These factors are quite nicely balanced in Marbella right now, so that on the whole we can speak of a market that is dynamic and growing steadily without showing signs of overheating or creating price bubbles. This is a desirable state of affairs that favours more solid longer-term growth, as well as the interests of both buyers and sellers. However in the most desirable parts of this luxurious resort town the situation is quite different.

What today’s buyer wants is quality, style, modern architecture and amenities, luxurious details and, of course, location,” says Pia Arrieta of DM Properties │Knight Frank. “If you can combine this with a top frontline beach Golden Mile location you have a property that won’t be on the market for long, and sometimes even be snapped up before.

An example is the El Ancon development of luxurious Golden Mile frontline beach apartments and villas that was already fully subscribed when launched recently. There was such a clamour to own one of these properties that they were all reserved within days of being released. Of course this is a rather unique situation, but it does highlight just how strong the international demand is for top Marbella beachfront homes.

You could speak of a shortage of such properties, especially as the homes in the area remain with their owners for many years and don’t change hands that frequently. Ordinarily you would say there is a need for more new homes on the Golden Mile, but the scarcity of land in this established area of Marbella means renovation of older properties remains one of the best options.

If you would like to know more about acquiring a property on the Golden Mile, speak to Diana Morales Properties │Knight Frank. As Marbella’s leading luxury real estate agent we can offer expert advice to match the properties on our books.

Top-5 properties for sale in Marbella East Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:39:01 +0000 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The public sector will boost Spain’s economic growth further in 2017 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:26:54 +0000 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.

The appeal of properties for sale in Marbella East Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:31:47 +0000 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.

Marbella’s best residential areas Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:14:40 +0000 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.


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.