Marbella areas to discover: Los Arqueros
20 Jan

Marbella areas to discover: Los Arqueros

One of the greatest charms of Marbella is its residential areas that blend luxurious homes with a golf resort environment. Los Arqueros is one of the finest examples of this, occupying a beautiful valley that cascades down towards the sea from the foothills of majestic mountain ranges. 

Los Arqueros is one of the stylish country clubs that dot the hillside on either side of the Ronda road – the mountain route that leads to the beautiful country town of Ronda. Nestled between hills on the western side of the road, this attractive residential area with its flowing 18-hole golf course and elegant clubhouse occupies the lower foothills close to the village of Benahavis and the little town of San Pedro Alcántara.

Marbella and Puerto Banús are little more than ten minutes away, with a host of golf courses close by, yet residents of Los Arqueros live within an area itself dominated by the lush fairways of their own club. The latter is also a social focal point, with a fine clubhouse with panoramic terraces from where the westward views across hills, mountain ranges, valleys, suburbs and the shoreline stretch to Gibraltar on the far horizon.

 

Life in a golf resort

The clubhouse complex also contains an American style eatery complete with a highly popular bowling alley, a café and of course such facilities as a pro shop, buggy and equipment hire, professional coaching and first-class changing rooms. The Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club is one of the classic courses on the Costa del Sol, and one of the region’s finest and most scenic hillside clubs, as well as being a social hub in the area.

The course was the first designed by the legendary Severiano Ballesteros in Andalucía, and the clubhouse is home to the elegantly laid-back Seve’s Kitchen & Bar, whose panoramic terrace takes your breath away. For fine dining, the La View restaurant and lounge bar provides a refined setting with classic golf clubhouse ambience, and for residents within Los Arqueros it offers a great meeting point on their doorstep.

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Hillside, on the edge of Marbella

Marbella is just ten minutes away, but Los Arqueros offers life within a natural green hillside environment dominated by fairways and imposing views. Apart from elegant eateries dotted around the area, the nearby commercial centre of Monte Halcones offers more restaurants, as well as a bank, supermarket and professional services.

Close by are the highly exclusive country clubs of La Zagaleta, El Madroñal and La Reserva de Alcuzcúz, with their millionaire’s villas, while the charming village-style urbanisation of La Heredia also contains a gourmet butcher, a cosy Dutch bakery and café, and a bistro bar. Residents of Los Arqueros are surrounded by both nature, open space and a good range of sports, practical and leisure amenities.

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Living in Los Arqueros

The properties that make up the residential offering at Los Arqueros are distributed along several hillside areas and consist of a choice of apartments and penthouses, villas and large townhouses. The prevailing style is Mediterranean, with sizes ranging from two-bedroom holiday apartments to large six-bedroom villas, while the orientation also varies from south to south-west, taking in stunning views of the coastal areas.

Known as a stylish yet affordable residential golf and country club, Los Arqueros is one of the pillars upon which Marbella’s lifestyle promise is built – one of the key reasons for its enduring popularity.

Marbella areas to discover: the Golden Mile
14 Dec

Marbella areas to discover: the Golden Mile

Of the many prestigious residential areas that make up Marbella and its surroundings, none is quite as famous and desired as the Golden Mile. Indeed, the homes that flank this seven-kilometre-long, palm-lined avenue connecting Marbella town and Puerto Banús, are easily considered to be the finest address in Marbella – and one of the finest on the Mediterranean.

The Golden Mile is one of those iconic avenues, in this case not within the centre of a capital city but within the green heart of one of Europe’s top resort towns. Its four lanes flanked by palm trees, exclusive apartment complexes, resort hotels, gardens and private villas connect the downtown area of Marbella with the glamorous yacht harbour of Puerto Banús, which was opened in 1970 and soon became famous in its own right. Today, the Golden Mile continues to be the epitome of Marbella elegance and style, an area that simply breathes luxury and privilege.

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The birthplace of Marbella luxury

It is here, at the Marbella Club Hotel, that the story of Marbella as an internationally recognised luxury resort destination began back in the 1950s, when an aristocrat named Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe first extended a series of guest houses into the now-legendary hotel. His list of acquaintances and friends comprised the crème de la crème of the international jet set, and it wasn’t long before Hollywood actors, European aristocrats and international business tycoons discovered the pleasures of Marbella. Prime among these have always been the best climate in Europe and a spectacularly beautiful setting between mountain ranges, lush green valleys and the Mediterranean Sea – with stunning views across to Gibraltar and North Africa to complete the picture.

The prince asked his cousin, Count Rudolf Graf von Schönburg, to manage the new hotel that catered to the world’s elite, and over the years Count Rudi, as he is affectionately known in Marbella, became synonymous with the elegance and refinement that marks the Marbella Club and its sister hotel, the Puente Romano, which opened in the 1970s. Today, it is the epicentre of luxury nightlife and fine dining, with the likes of Le Suite, Nobu and also Dani García’s Leña among a range of quality venues. Located side by side, the Marbella Club and Puente Romano form the heart of the Golden Mile in every sense, embodying the very reason why it is so special and greatly desired. Room rates are not low, but they attract the famous and successful to a series of elegant suites surrounded by lush gardens, private courtyards, a stunning collection of restaurants and evening venues, as well as a gym, spa and owners club.

Marina Puente Romano, the beachside residential extension of the resort, borders the renowned Puente Romano Tennis Club, whose first director was none other than the great Bjorn Borg himself. These days it is the haunt of Novak Djokovic, who uses the club as his home training base. Properties within this area named for an ancient bridge that formed part of the legendary Via Romana command the highest rates in Marbella, and at €20.000-€25.000 per square metre they compete with major urban centres and the very best resort destinations around the world. Indeed, the luxurious villas, apartments and penthouses on the seafront side of the Golden Mile represent the very pinnacle of luxury in Marbella.

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From beachfront to hill club

In addition to hosting many of chic restaurants, nightlife venues, art galleries, fashion boutiques, interior designers and beach clubs on the Costa del Sol, the Golden Mile also incorporates the luxurious residential areas that extend inland towards Marbella’s iconic La Concha Mountain. These include such leafy villa suburbs as Las Lomas de Marbella Club, the arty village of La Virginia, Rocio de Nagüeles and the semi-gated Sierra Blanca. The latter is home to many grand villas with spectacular views enjoyed from this elevated position at the base of La Concha, yet finds itself just a few minutes from downtown Marbella and its beaches.

The most exclusive part of Sierra Blanca is Cascada de Camoján, a select gated villa suburb named for one of the cascading streams within the protected mountain scenery it borders. Endowed with spectacular views over the coast, this is one of the premium addresses in Marbella, though the older suburb of Nagüeles is also gaining prestige as earlier villas on large plots are being renovated and modern homes built in their stead.

From beachfront to hill club, Marbella’s iconic Golden Mile offers a broad variety of living environments within the resort town’s most desired location. Added to the lustrous heritage of this privileged address are some of the most luxurious new developments of villas, apartments and penthouses in Spain. They represent a new wave of top-end properties that blend optimal levels of quality, design, refinement and security with the amenities and concierge services of a five-star resort. It is this trend, combined with the unequalled desirability of the setting that makes real estate on the Golden Mile gold dust.

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The New York Times on Why the Rich Are Now Parking Money in Luxury Homes
19 Nov

The New York Times on Why the Rich Are Now Parking Money in Luxury Homes

While owning residential real estate is typically part of a diversified investment portfolio, what is different in the last year or two is the role the uncertain economy is playing in making purchasing decisions.

The middle-market buyers are spending $250,000 to $500,000 on single properties, but high-net-worth individuals are spending $1 million or more in many markets, including the Caribbean and Europe, said Ms. Peddicord, the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. “We’re seeing increased interest in Panama and countries where the U.S. dollar is strong,” she said. These include France, Spain and Portugal.

Read full article in The New York Times

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