Originating in the 1980s, Los Arqueros is an expansive private community located in the valleys at the base of the Sierra Blanca Mountains. Here, on the northwest side of Marbella, the land begins its upward slope towards the towering mountain ranges that lead to the beautiful country town of Ronda, some 35 kilometres inland.
Bordering on Los Arqueros are some of the most exclusive residential areas in Marbella, collectively making this a rather stellar part of town with a distinct country club ambience. In fact, the large villas that lay ensconced between pine trees on their spacious private estates together form one of the most prestigious addresses after Marbella Golden Mile – but one with a rustic element and magnificent perspectives over the entire coastal region.
A golf community
Much of the land here once belonged to the likes of Adnan Kashoggi and other socialites, but gradually luxury urbanisations began to emerge within the secluded crests and folds of the hills – each competing with the other in terms of views and amenities. Among these, Los Arqueros is one of the largest, and one of the few to offer a master plan according to which its roads, properties, public areas and green zones have been laid out.
Made up of verdant valleys interspersed with hills, this is a community dominated by views of its meandering golf course and the stunning vistas that take in a coastline framed on clear days by the distinct outlines of Gibraltar and North Africa. Central to the community not just in visual terms but also as a social hub is the Los Arqueros Golf Club and its stylish clubhouse, which has a restaurant, café, pro shop, gym, children’s play area, meeting areas and changing rooms amongst its facilities.
Los Arqueros was the first course designed by Seve Ballesteros, and offers players of many different levels and styles a good challenge. Taking prime position, the verdant course dominates much of the valleys of Los Arqueros, surrounded by attractively styled apartments, townhouses and villas set within an amphitheatre of Mediterranean pine and brush. In addition to two putting greens, a chipping green and a driving range with golf academy, there is also the choice of a football area, tennis, squash and paddle tennis courts.
Taylor Wimpey development
When Taylor Wimpey, then Taylor Woodrow, took over Los Arqueros from a Swedish developer in the early 1990s, there was not much more than a few villas, the original clubhouse and a course in a rapidly worsening condition. One of the first steps taken was to develop a master plan and make the golf course the green, undulating gem it is today. Since then, it has become a golfer’s favourite, featuring a mixed course of 18 holes in a truly impressive setting.
Small-scale residential urbanisations were then developed in staged phases, comprising a mix of large villas, low-rise apartments and spacious townhouses that either border the fairways or hug the gentle slopes of the surrounding hills. Either way, views are a part of life here, as are individualised gardens and swimming pool areas that offer an element of privacy and seclusion to each complex. The various urbanisations also benefit from the central master plan in their design and layout, with the creation of a close or gated community each with its own views, parking areas and public spaces.
This attractively styled and positioned range of real estate, offset by spacious green areas and serviced by good internal roads, has proved a popular choice with holiday and permanent residents from the British Isles especially. With most of Los Arqueros now established, the final developments are taking place on the southwest side, where new modern apartments and a nine-hole course are under construction.