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. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:20:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 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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Marbella’s balanced property market http://www.dmproperties.com/15976-marbellas-balanced-property-market.html Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:57:45 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=15976 It is not for no reason that real estate is regarded as one of the most important economic indicators, for most of the time it reflects an economy’s cycles very well, with new construction being a very accurate reference to investment flows and investor sentiment. Marbella is no different, and here we have seen the successive cycles of growth and recession play out before our eyes over the years.

Marbella’s balanced property market

We were there during the growth years of the eighties, followed by the recession of the early nineties and the recovery later in the decade that led to one of the biggest booms in the history of the Costa del Sol. During this period the real estate market was known as a Seller’s Market, as demand was so strong that the power was on the side of the property owner or vendor. Under such circumstances prices rise rapidly and buyers sometimes lose their objectivity, caught up as they become in the general desire to ‘get on board’.

Naturally this phenomenon is not restricted to real estate, but it is a particularly fine example of it, and ultimately it led to the creation of a property bubble in many markets around the world. The financial crash and property crisis that followed hit Marbella too, and during the period between 2008 and 2013 Marbella real estate could be said to be a Buyer’s Market, when buyers – and in particular those with cash – were the ones who called the shots and could choose from a wide range of heavily discounted properties.

Those days are now long gone, in a property sector that is resurgent and dynamic but which has not (yet) reached the feverish pitch of a seller’s market. Indeed, growth in Marbella’s real estate market is steady and sustainable, enabling it to grow for some considerable time to come before it could become overheated. Prices, similarly, are rising gently but consistently, and this points to a very Balanced Market in which the relative influence of buyers and sellers is quite evenly distributed. While some might yearn for a booming housing market, most agree that a balanced situation between supply and demand, such as we are currently experiencing, is in the long run far more sustainable and beneficial for the buyers, sellers, the property market and the economy in general.

DM Properties / Knight Frank has many years’ experience as one of the leading luxury real estate specialists in Marbella, giving us an unequalled expertise in this field as well as a prime selection of the finest apartments and villas for sale in Marbella. Please contact us if you would like to know more about buying a property in Marbella.

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Best Marbella areas to live near golf courses http://www.dmproperties.com/15930-marbella-areas-live-near-golf-courses.html Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:20:32 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=15930 The eagerly awaited autumn golf season has once again begun on the Costa del Sol. This coast provides keen golfers of all ages and abilities with some of the most exciting courses in Europe, designed by masters of the art of golf course design and surrounded by prime real estate where the sportsman or woman who wants a residence within easy travelling distance of the first tee-off can also relax in style and watch others aim to improve their game from the privacy of a Marbella terrace with spectacular views.

The Best of Golf in Marbella

Indeed, many of the coast’s most exclusive golf courses are perfectly positioned to provide residents with stunning views. The sloping terrain on which many Marbella villas and apartments are built allow residents an almost 360° view sweeping across the mountain ranges that are a majestic backdrop to the Mediterranean Sea. There are few other places where golfers can enjoy playing day after day in the gentle autumn climate, whilst also taking pleasure in the Andalusian scenery that makes Marbella and its environs a paradise for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Nueva Andalucia, Marbella East and Guadalmina

Nueva Andalucía’s Golf Valley, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and exclusive properties frontline golf villas as well as apartments and townhouses, is a spot where golf and luxury living come together in perfection. The area boasts four golf courses, but without doubt Las Brisas and Los Naranjos Golf are among the most desirable clubs for the discerning golfer. The area offers a well-developed infrastructure of amenities, including some of Marbella’s best restaurants. It is also within easy reach of Puerto Banús and its marina filled with luxury yachts.

To the east of Marbella, Rio Real golf course has been attracting professional and amateur golfers for over five decades and this splendid course designed by Javier Arana, a leading light in golf course design, is considered one of the most prestigious courses in Spain by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation. Frontline golf properties in Marbella East are primarily located within quiet and secure gated communities. The lush greenery of the area’s pine and cork forests ensures an unrivalled sense of closeness to nature whilst still being within a 10-minute drive of the heart of Marbella. Santa Clara Golf, which is located between Rio Real and Elviria, also boasts some beautiful frontline villas and with Santa Maria golf course also in the vicinity, golfers are spoilt for choice in Marbella East.

Situated to the west of Marbella and Nueva Andalucía, Guadalmina is another favourite residential area for golfers. The range of spectacular villas and other frontline golf properties, plus its proximity to San Pedro Alcántara, which boasts a cosmopolitan array of restaurants and family entertainment, makes Guadalmina an excellent residential choice, and its golf course and clubhouse is known for its welcoming atmosphere. The nearby Marbella Club Golf Resort is not only one of the more exclusive clubs, it also lies within a short driving distance of La Zagaleta and its outstanding residences. In addition, golf properties in this area are also well located for enjoying the pleasures of dining out in Benahavís, the culinary heart of the Costa del Sol.

Should you be interested in finding out more about our frontline golf villas, townhouses and apartments, please contact us for a consultation. DM Properties has long experience of the real estate sector in the close vicinity of the best golf courses and we are only too pleased to give you the benefit of our advice.

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Marbella looks back on a great summer! http://www.dmproperties.com/15885-marbella-great-summer.html Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:21:16 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=15885 Over the past few years Marbella has been able to post year-on-year improvements in tourist numbers since the fall that was precipitated by the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. The latter originally affected the Costa del Sol’s tourist sector with a sharp drop in visits and per capita spend, plunging the industry into crisis, but by 2010 things started looking up. The fact that this was well before the overall economic recovery both locally, nationally and abroad is telling, for by 2012 new records were being set in terms of visitor numbers to the Costa del Sol.

Marbella looks back on a great summer!

This process – aided by the opening of a new state-of-the-art terminal and runway at Málaga international airport – continued in the following years, added to by a gradual increase in per capita spending until the region’s tourist trade was fully back in bloom. By 2015 it was booming again, aiding a strong recovery in the closely aligned Marbella real estate sector, and this year it looks as though the records set the previous year are going to be smashed yet again.

Marbella’s all-time record year for tourism

Indeed, not only did more visitors than ever come to Marbella and the Costa del Sol, but their spend per person continued to grow, making 2016 the best year ever for tourism in the region. The trend was already visible at the beginning of the year, when the traditionally quiet first quarter of the year produced hotel occupation levels not seen before, followed by an Easter season that has gone down in history as the best ever. There is usually a bit of a drop in arrivals after Easter before things pick up again in June, but this year the hotels, resorts and holiday rental properties remained busy right up to the start of the summer season, when things went into overdrive.

Even Brexit could not dampen spirits, as fears of a drop in British tourists never materialised. In fact, they joined the Scandinavians, Dutch, Belgians, French and Germans in coming to Marbella in record numbers, adding to a strong recovery in domestic tourism to this region that has made the summer of 2016 a historically great one. In a market where a strong showing in tourism has traditionally preceded a similar one in real estate, there is every possibility that many of the guests to this beautiful region will want to own a second home here, thus adding further stimulus to the strongly performing Marbella property sector.

For those who wish to know more about the area’s lifestyle and the apartments, penthouses and villas for sale in Marbella, DM Properties / Knight Frank is the professional luxury real estate specialist to speak to. Please contact us for more information on the best Marbella homes for sale and rent.

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Marbella villas & apartments in Rio Real http://www.dmproperties.com/15841-marbella-villas-apartments-rio-real.html Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:18:52 +0000 http://www.dmproperties.com/?p=15841 The verdant and picturesque valley of Rio Real is not simply one of Marbella’s most sought after addresses today—it would appear to have been a highly desirable place to live for thousands of years.

Apartments in Rio Real Marbella

In fact, there is archaeological evidence that suggests this wooded area was first settled by the Phoenicians, who probably came in search of the minerals found in the hills behind what was to become modern Marbella. The Phoenicians themselves were a precursor to others who were drawn to these parts, from the Romans to present-day visitors and homebuyers.

It is easy to see why this area has been so popular down the years too, with Rio Real’s green valley winding its way down to glorious sandy beaches on the Mediterranean shore. The latter provide an idyllic and tranquil country setting for homes that are just a few minutes’ drive from the bustling heart of Marbella.

Gated apartment complexes in Rio Real

The villas and apartments for sale in Rio Real are typical of Marbella’s high quality real estate that is so attractive to international buyers. Many of the elegant villas and gated apartment complexes overlook the emerald fairways of Rio Real golf club—a mature and well regarded course that is also one of the prettiest on the Costa del Sol.

Facilities nearby include the Trocadero Arena beach club, international schools, shops, restaurants, medical facilities—indeed everything needed for day to day life plus all the facilities required for a luxurious lifestyle.

The neighbouring community of Los Monteros —particularly on the beachside— is just as sought after, if not more so. Homes here are set on large plots, many with magnificent sea views and the most select are located right on the beach frontline. They share the same proximity to the finest amenities of the Costa del Sol enjoyed by properties in Río Real and are just ten minutes distant from the glitzy marina of Puerto Banús, with its fine-dining options, designer-label shopping and café society.

Should you be interested in finding out more about these exclusive parts of Marbella, please contact us for a consultation. DM Properties has long experience of the real estate sector in the resort town and we are only too pleased to give you the benefit of our advice.

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