Residents of Benahavís are quick to extol the virtues of this charming mountain ‘pueblo’ that is still only a ten-minute drive from the coastal seaside and the facilities of larger towns, such as San Pedro Alcántara, Marbella and Estepona. It is unsurprising, as for many years the village and the municipal area surrounding it have attracted artists, artisans and the famously wealthy, as well as food lovers who follow the picturesque route to dine at Benahavis’ outstanding collection of restaurants.
It used to be that all the most luxurious residential areas on the Costa del Sol lay directly within or just outside Marbella. One thinks of addresses such as the famous Golden Mile and its inland extensions, Nagüeles and Sierra Blanca, but also the beachside villas of Los Monteros, the luxurious frontline beach penthouses of Puerto Banús and its lively marina area, and of course the frontline golf villas and apartments lining the fairways of Nueva Andalucía’s Golf Valley.
There are many luxury residential areas in Marbella, each of which offers its residents and homeowners a different mix of location, views, surroundings and access to nearby amenities and services. Some are right on the beach, others within walking distance of nightlife or practical amenities, while there are also areas for people who love to be surrounded by nature, with walking and hiking trails close by.
Undeniably, the current trend in architecture is heavily skewed towards the Modern. If you’re in any doubt as to what ‘Modern’ means, it refers to a style that employs simplicity in form and design. Straight lines, cubes and large areas of window space are its key signatures; it is an approach that strips away fancy frills and any unnecessary elements. Every aspect of the home is intended to showcase the design of a linear-inspired space.
Members of the distinguished international circle who make Marbella a home from home do so for many reasons. Alongside the wonderful climate, superb beaches and lifestyle choices, chief amongst them is a taste for the finer things in life—quite literally so when it comes to the dining options available in this gourmet paradise.
A consensus is forming amongst real estate professionals that the controversial annulment of Marbella’s 2010 General Plan (PGOU) could well turn out to be a good thing for the town. Despite an initial period of uncertainty following the Supreme Court decision, it is becoming apparent that there is no lack of investor confidence when it comes to new developments in Marbella.