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. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:19:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Guadalmina Alta, life surrounded by golfing greenery Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:18:43 +0000 The luxury residential area of Guadalmina is situated on the west side of Marbella, close to the little town of San Pedro Alcántara. On the north side of the coastal road lays Guadalmina Alta, an attractive leafy area of villas and luxury apartments built around lush fairways.

Gualdamina Alta

The Real Club de Golf Guadalmina is a stylish course that produces a beautiful park landscape around which the properties in Guadalmina are arranged. Like the suburb itself, the club is divided into two courses, a northern and southern one, both with 18 holes. The Guadalmina Sur course was inaugurated as far back as 1959, with the northern course opened in 1973, designed by Javier Arana. Its park layout offers residents of Guadalmina Alta fantastic frontline golf views that merge with vistas of the nearby sea and mountain ranges.

Properties in Guadalmina Alta

Though situated just a short distance from the main coastal AP-7 road and linked to the charming little Spanish town of San Pedro Alcántara, Guadalmina Alta is a haven of peace and tranquillity where private villas and elegant apartment and townhouse complexes line leafy streets and many directly overlook the fairways. The amenities of San Pedro Alcántara are right on hand, but Puerto Banús and Marbella town are also just a few minutes away by car, with Estepona and Benahavis less than 15 minutes distant. Beaches, shopping, dining, sports facilities, schools and a host of other services are your fingertips, making Guadalmina Alta one of the most desirable residential areas in Marbella.

A large part of Guadalmina Alta, particularly its inland extension, is made up of quiet residential streets lined with a good range of villas in terms of size, orientation, architectural styling and price. The area offers both contemporary and more traditional properties, as well as older homes in prime locations that have scope for renovation and investment returns. In addition, Guadalmina Alta apartments rank among the best in the area thanks to a series of first-class developments in frontline golf locations, while the townhouses in Guadalmina Alta also offer spacious, stylish homes perfect for family life.

If you would like to know more about the lifestyle, amenities and the properties for sale in Guadalmina Alta please contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank.

Exceptional beachside villa in the New Golden Mile Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:43:11 +0000 Every now and again a property comes on to the market that stands head and shoulders above the rest. This magnificent frontline beach villa in the New Golden Mile, west of Marbella, boasts the rare privilege of an unsurpassable location combined with privacy, space, sophistication and also easy access to the best that the Costa del Sol has to offer.

Exceptional beachside villa in the New Golden Mile

The property finds itself at the point where the municipal boundaries of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis meet, bringing the charming country village and beautiful natural mountain scenery of the latter in to close range, along with the lively little Andalusian town of San Pedro Alcántara, the glamorous marina of Puerto Banús, the authentic appeal of Estepona and the classic elegance of Marbella town and the Golden Mile.

All are within a 15-minute range from the villa’s front door, and in addition to shopping, dining and international schools you will also have a fantastic range of golf courses, spas and beach clubs on your doorstep. For all this the property is set within a private oasis right on the beach. Such a wide beach-fronting plot with direct access to a very private stretch of sandy coastline is highly prized indeed, with very few such opportunities left along the Marbella shoreline. The property that occupies this privileged spot would have to be special – and it is.

Set on 4,125 square metres of shore-fronting land, this is a seaside mansion in Marbella that belongs to a class of its own. The 12-bedroom home covers a built area of over 2,500 square metres, encompassing not only elegant open-plan living areas, a 400-plus square metre recreation and leisure area, expansive outdoor and heated indoor pools with rooftop splash pool, a panoramic first floor sun deck with private lounge bar, a gym with sea views, cinema, games room, wine cellar, lifts connecting the different levels and staff quarters, but also an expansive outdoor terrace area leading on to the beach, magnificent manicured grounds, a multi-car garage and the kind of driveway and sense of arrival that a property of this calibre deserves.

Few properties in Marbella can compete for location and sheer opulence and sophistication, as this is a property that takes luxury 21st century villas in Marbella to the next level. To find out more about this magnificent beachside mansion in Marbella, please contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank for private access.

Marbella luxury villas and apartments with reduced prices Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:55:17 +0000 Like all our services, the Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank website is designed to offer optimal authoritative information and make the process of searching and selecting properties as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Modern Aesthetic in Sierra Blanca, Marbella

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In addition to the standard search functions, therefore, we have included galleries that will fast-track people with specific interests to the kind of property listings they are after, thus filtering out all the non-relevant homes and allowing them to save time as they no longer have to sift through large numbers of properties to see the ones they want.

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Best property opportunities in Marbella

In addition to the above categories there is also a Best Opportunities section that singles out all those properties in Marbella that have been reduced in price over time or generally represent great value. We collate and regularly update this section to offer a single listing with the best offers for those buyers and investors looking for great value opportunities.

Moreover, the Best Property Opportunities in Marbella gallery is divided into three easy reference sections: Villas with Reduced Prices, Apartments with Reduced Prices and Houses with Reduced Prices.

This way you go can go straight to the best value villas in top locations in Marbella, Benahavis or Estepona, as well as great value apartments for sale in Puerto Banús, the Golden Mile, Nueva Andalucía and many more prime locations on the Costa del Sol. The Houses section refers to townhouses, semi-detached villas and village houses in and around the greater Marbella area.

View our Best Opportunities section if you are looking for a great real estate opportunity in Marbella, or contact the team at DM Properties/Knight Frank for a personal consultation.

Marbella rent price increases outpace sales prices Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:51:10 +0000 Analysts from Gesvalt, a Spanish advisory company, have found that while sales prices of property in Spain are showing healthy growth right now, rental prices have started outpacing them quite significantly.


In fact, it’s a four-to-one ratio, with sales prices growing by 2% in the first half of the year compared with 8% for rentals. These figures apply to the whole of Spain, including rural areas where the property upturn hasn’t been quite as pronounced yet, so the picture in and around Marbella is likely to be even more positive. Here sales prices are growing at more than double the rate, yet rental prices are still outpacing them.

This is mostly because of the very strong demand for holiday and long-term rentals in the Marbella area right now, but further exacerbated by the fact that some homeowners are taking their properties off the rental market and putting them up for sale, keen to capitalise on a strong property market. For those with a nose for the right investment property it means there is excellent income and ROI potential to be had.

The main things to bear in mind when you look for a rental income property to buy in Marbella are its location, amenities, access to surrounding services, views and design. Onsite facilities such as swimming pools are a must, while indoor pools, spas, 24-hour security, concierge services and tennis courts are a big plus. Moreover, new-built homes rent out more easily, but it isn’t too hard to modernise a home and present it in a clean, contemporary way that will find ready demand.

Wifi, satellite TV connections and modern furniture packs, as well as attractive, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms, reasonably sized terraces and sufficient wardrobes, storage and parking are also essential. Finally, location is vital as it dictates the surroundings, views and distance to the nearest services and amenities such as restaurants, shops, cafés, beaches and sports facilities. You can’t always get all of these, so break the potential market down into families, golfers and those who come to party. You may not like the idea of the latter, but if you treat your rental property purely as an investment the returns can be good. This is maybe best left to seasoned landlords, though, as someone proud of their second home should probably stick to keen golfers and couples or families looking for holiday rentals.

Try to be as close to the beach as possible, especially if you’re thinking of holiday rentals, or otherwise pick a nice property near golf courses and transport links.

Contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank if you would like to know more about renting a property in Marbella, whether you are a home owner interested in renting your property out or a potential tenant.

Puerto del Almendro, Benahavis Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:58:19 +0000 Not as well-known as some of the larger residential areas, Puerto del Almendro is a peaceful spot tucked into the folds of gently rising foothills at the base of the Serranía de Ronda mountain range. It lays at the beginning of the Ronda road, with beyond exclusive residential areas such as Monte Halcones and Los Arqueros, country clubs such as El Madroñal and La Zagaleta, and after that the open scenery of the mountains.

Puerto del almendro, Benahavis

Though just a few minutes removed from golf courses, beaches, Puerto Banús, the lively little town of San Pedro Alcántara and the pretty village of Benahavís, under which it falls, Puerto del Almendro enjoys enough elevation to afford it fantastic sea views across country scenery down along golf courses and leafy residential zones to the beaches that hug the Mediterranean shoreline. On clear days you can see across to Gibraltar and North Africa.

Variety in a small, select residential area

Ensconced within the greenery of wooded hillsides, this is a very private but also central Benahavis urbanisation that is made up of both apartments and villas. The lack of passing traffic ensures peace, privacy and tranquillity, while the natural slope of the land and established nature guarantees the stunning south-facing sea views of the properties in Puerto del Almendro are protected.

Among the fine homes found here attractive apartment complexes such as these delightful two-bedroom apartments. Set within in a small development of just ten apartments, they offer up to 170m2 of space within a complex that features a swimming pool, lush gardens and a spa with indoor pool and gym.

This charming country villa featuring contemporary comfort and timeless style, refinement and good taste is typical of the villas for sale in Puerto del Almendro. Offering space, beautiful gardens, gorgeous views and rustic refinement on the doorstep of Marbella, it represents a real estate jewel that seldom comes up for sale but is quickly snapped up when it does.

Also this classic style villa with amazing sea and mountain views, set within a gated community. For those in the know, Puerto del Almendro is one of the most desirable areas in this part of Marbella.

If you are interested in knowing more about property for sale in Puerto del Almendro, Benahavis, please contact the Marbella luxury real estate specialists Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank.

New Flights from Riga to Málaga Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:53:48 +0000 The introduction of new flight routes is good news for the Marbella real estate market and for its tourism industry. Now we can look forward to new arrivals from beautiful Latvia. At the beginning of July, Latvia-based Primera Air announced the commencement of flights from the country’s capital Riga to Málaga, in response to the Andalusian city being the most popular vacation destination for Latvians.

This new addition to Primera Air’s routes is partly thanks to its recent growth and to an increase in tourism travel from Latvia. The flights won’t start until summer 2018, but tickets are already going on sale from this August. At first there will be a weekly flight on a Boeing 737 carrying 189 passengers, but this could increase if the demand is sufficient.

The airline’s commercial director, Anastasija Visnakova, told the press: “Málaga is our most popular destination that we have been flying to since founding the airline in 2004. During our summer season we have as many as 17 flights a week from our hubs in Scandinavia and Iceland, with more than 250.000 passengers flown to this destination annually. Initially it was a summer-only route, but during the last years Málaga has become a year-round destination.”

However, this is the first time that flights will be coming directly from Riga. The airline moved its headquarters to Latvia in 2014 and this move has expanded its business, enabling it to purchase 20 new aircraft and to change its business model from being a charter operation specialising in local flights to a full standard carrier able to serve new markets and routes.

The advantageous cost of operating from Latvia allows Primera to compete with airlines like Norwegian, Vueling and Ryanair, all very popular carriers with Marbella residents and visitors. It also makes it much easier for Latvians to consider purchasing holiday residences in Marbella because now they will be able to travel between here and their home country with much greater ease. Conversely, it puts Riga on the city breaks map for Marbellís, making this a win-win situation for everyone and we look forward to welcoming more visitors and property investors from Latvia to the sunny shores of southern Spain.

If you would like to know more about buying a property in Marbella, please contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank.

Marbella’s economic growth forecast upgraded Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:34:08 +0000 It wasn’t more than five years ago – in the midst of the international financial crisis – that Spain’s contracting economy signalled a painful recession. The turnaround came some four years, when the country tentatively returned to growth and job-creation started to flow again, soon accelerating into healthy growth figures of around 3% annual expansion in economic output – or GDP.

Spain’s economic growth forecast upgraded

Where other economies that performed well at the time – such as the UK – have since slowed down somewhat, Spain continues to grow at an impressive rate. In fact, things are developing so well from both a production, investment and consumption point of view that the forecast for 2017 has been upgraded from 2.8% to 3.1% growth – an excellent figure for a developed country.

The upgrade of higher than expected growth continues into 2018, when the Spanish economy is now forecast to expand by 2.5%, slowing down a little to 2.2% in 2019. The increase in growth of 0.3% in nominal terms is excellent news, and confirms Spain’s current status as one of the countries leading the Euro zone back into healthier growth figures.

Good conditions for growth

The overall conditions for growth are good, with unemployment dropping fast, bank liquidity and lending at normal levels again, construction and industrial output up, private debt down and both oil prices and interest rates at low levels. What’s more, Spain’s competitiveness – the true measure of economic growth – is rising, and its exports are growing apace.

For the property sector there is strengthening domestic demand in combination with strong international investor and buyer demand for real estate assets and individual properties in the major cities and luxury lifestyle areas such Marbella. Should you wish more information on the Costa del Sol property market and luxury apartments and villas for sale in Marbella, please contact the experienced team at Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank.

Luxury Estepona, the New Golden Mile Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:05:21 +0000 Marbella has a long-established reputation as one of the luxury destinations of the Mediterranean, but increasingly its neighbour Estepona is joining the ranks as a luxury residential address in its own right.

Estepona New Golden Mile

Think of exclusive areas and names such as Marbella’s Golden Mile, Sierra Blanca, Los Monteros, Guadalmina and also La Quinta, El Madroñal and La Zagaleta in Benahavis come to mind. But Estepona has its own select areas such as the New Golden Mile, which are not only gaining in stature but also provide one of the main new outlets for the development of luxury villas and apartments on the Costa del Sol.

A growing reputation

There was a time when those in search of luxury homes in select areas wouldn’t venture far beyond Marbella, but now new areas are becoming increasingly accepted and popular, and the majority of these are in Estepona. Land is increasingly scarce in Marbella but still more readily available in the municipal areas of Benahavis and Estepona, where much of the stellar properties of the future will be built.

The first top-end villas in Marbella may have evolved around the Golden Mile, but newer areas such as Sierra Blanca and La Zagaleta prove that before long quality will always rise to the top. The same is true of the New Golden Mile, so named because of its similarities with the original millionaire’s strip between Marbella and Puerto Banús. Situated some 20 minutes from there, the new luxury coastal strip extends just east of Estepona in the direction of Marbella, where you will find a succession of first-class complexes offering the finest beachfront apartments and penthouses for sale in Estepona.

In fact, they include some of the most luxurious complexes in all of the Costa del Sol, such as Cabo Bermejo, Torre Bermeja, the exquisite suites of Las Dunas Park, Los Granados Playa, Los Granados del Mar and Alcazaba Beach. Set right on the beach, their apartments and penthouses enjoy magnificent sea views and direct access to the beach and coastal pathway from within complexes that offer beautiful subtropical gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, security and often spas, concierge services and padel tennis courts.

Areas such as Casasola and El Paraiso Barronal are becoming increasingly popular with newly built villas, some of them right on the beachfront, and others within walking distance to the sea.

The nearby coastal road takes you past neighbouring five-star resort hotels such as Las Dunas and the Kempinski, as well as the exclusive Laguna Village comercial centre, to a broad choice of shopping, dining, golf, an equestrian centre and other amenities in Estepona, San Pedro Alcántara, Puerto Banús and Marbella town. With all of this on your doorstep and one of the best beachside positions in the entire region, it’s little wonder that the luxury New Golden Mile apartments and villas for sale rank among the most popular of all right now.

The country club lifestyle of Los Flamingos Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:45:26 +0000 Country club living is part of the modern Marbella way of life, and indeed an integral part of the unique appeal of its residential areas. Another very ‘Marbella’ property type is the frontline beach apartment or penthouse, but many of the properties that are located slightly further inland offer a country club environment as they follow the meandering contours of the region’s many excellent golf courses.

Los Flamingos Golf

Among the famous country clubs in Marbella are La Zagaleta, El Madroñal, La Mairena, El Paraiso and La Quinta, but one of the very best is Los Flamingos, the luxury residential zone situated roughly midway between Estepona and Marbella. Though just a few kilometres from the shoreline and beach clubs of the area, Los Flamingos is a country estate made up of a verdant valley surrounded by mountain scenery and fantastic sea views all the way to Gibraltar.

Villa Padierna and Los Flamingos

Though it is a peaceful, stylish gated community of attractive contemporary villas and apartments, Los Flamingos also stands out for the unique quality of its on-site amenities, all of which give added value to owning a property and living here. At the heart of these is the Los Flamingos Golf Club, a beautifully designed 18-hole course known for its softly undulating Tuscan-inspired fairways and greens.

If the golf course sets the tone, complete with a large, panoramic lake, then the super-deluxe Villa Padierna Palace Hotel is the icing on the cake. This magnificent five-star deluxe hotel has all the bearing and elegance of a grand palace surrounded by its green setting, and besides luxurious suites includes stylish lounges, an equally elegant bar, fine dining restaurants, concierge services and one of the most renowned spa and wellness centres in southern Spain.

The complex’s gorgeous landscaped gardens also make it a very popular setting for weddings and other elegant functions, while it is a sheer pleasure to take in the sea and golf views as you enjoy a cocktail at one of the hotel’s scenic terraces.

Los Flamingos properties

As inspiring as they are, such vistas are challenged by many of the luxury private villas and contemporary apartments for sale in Los Flamingos, many of which are situated along gentle hills overlooking the estate, its surrounding mountain scenery and the imposing Mediterranean views. Though private and secure, Los Flamingos offers a touch of country chic while only being a few minutes removed from beaches, Estepona, San Pedro Alcántara and Puerto Banús.

Málaga, city of museums Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:03:42 +0000 The city of Málaga has undergone a veritable transformation in recent years, evolving from an ‘ugly duckling’ Mediterranean port to a beautiful, vibrant city of culture in little more than a decade. Museums have played a vital role in this evolution from cocoon to butterfly.

Lonely Planet has described Málaga as ‘The next Barcelona’, a city just waiting to be discovered and take the world by storm. Like its famous counterpart in Catalunya, Málaga has done this by offering a fantastic dining, shopping, nightlife and cultural experience – and doing so in a lovely setting complete with sandy beaches. Moreover, Málaga has the added advantage of enjoying what is the sunniest climate in Europe, something it’s scenic and architectural beauty build upon to make this a very impressive city destination.

No wonder then Málaga is being discovered by more and more visitors keen on a heady mix of culture, vibrant city atmosphere and warm climes. Among them is the growing number of cruise ships now introducing a whole new clientele to this exciting Mediterranean city with its pretty parks, intimate squares and beautifully preserved classical architecture mixed with a very 21st century ambience. Málaga feels young and dynamic, with lots of trendy and chic eateries, shops, cafés and tapas bars, but within this there is also space for a strong cultural offering at the heart of which stands a fantastic choice of first-class museums.

A museum capital

And how could it be otherwise in a city that is the birthplace of Pablo Ruíz Picasso. When the highly popular mayor Francisco de la Torre launched the ambitious plan to transform the city, the connection to the famous artist was an obvious starting point. With this trump up his sleeve, he first attracted the Picasso Museum and its important collection to the city, and it is around this that the ‘museum district’ of Málaga evolved. Today the city is home to 36 museums, and its top international list includes the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo – Contemporary Art Centre, with its excellent restaurant), the birthplace of Picasso on the Plaza de la Merced, the Málaga Centre Pompidou, the Russian Museum and the Museo Automovilístico (Car Museum).

Together, they make the regional capital the foremost museum city in Spain and one of the leading ones in Europe and the world – a fact that has helped Málaga become an internationally recognised cultural destination. Just a 45-minute drive from Malaga, Marbella has a wide variety of big city delights on its doorstep. Please contact DM Properties|Knight Frank if you would like to know more about property for sale in Marbella, Benahavis, Estepona and Málaga.