Living a first class yet relaxed pace of life in the sun may be a bit simplistic of a description, but it captures the essence of what it means to be ‘living the Marbella lifestyle.’ And as idealistic as it seems (and is), it’s not as difficult to achieve as you might think. The Costa del Sol is already famous for its year-round sunshine, Spanish culture is receptive to a slower pace of life, and a well established affinity for the finer things in life in Marbella offer endless opportunities to look, feel, and live the glamorous lifestyle you long for.
Moving to Marbella
The first step of living the Marbella lifestyle is, of course, living in Marbella – because a holiday to this chic stretch of coastline in Southern Spain, while thoroughly enjoyable for a multitude of reasons, just never seems quite enough. To truly experience what Marbella offers every day, you need a permanent or second home here where you can move in, settle down, and take in the full experience for months on end, until your quality of life becomes so high yet so commonplace at the same time.
If you’re still looking for the perfect place to call home in Marbella so you can achieve this premium lifestyle like no other, you’ll want to consider these Marbella communities that offer the absolute best locations, amenities, and exclusivity:
Marbella Old Town
The heart of Marbella is Marbella old town, or Casco Antiguo in Spanish, as picturesque as a postcard. Winding cobblestone streets lined with classy cafes and boutique shops never let you forget that you’re living in Spain. It’s an area of charm and sophistication that offers a life of quiet luxury as you sink into a relaxed, comfortable lifestyle on the Costa del Sol. Geographically limited, homes for sale in Marbella old town are a rare jewel to find, but well worth the investment when you do. Apartments and town houses here are seeped in character and old world charm and are at the doorstep of everything Marbella has to offer.
The Golden Mile
Known worldwide for a reason, The Golden Mile is a stretch of coastline between Puerto Banus and Marbella town known for its exclusivity as much as its soft sand, warm waters, and fresh Mediterranean breezes that drift through your windows all year long. It’s an ideal spot for those who love sunbathing, long walks on the beach, water sports, lounging and dining at some of the best beach clubs Marbella has to offer, or simply watching the most stunning sunrises you can imagine from a quiet, private terrace. Two of Marbella’s most famous -and most sought after, beach resorts, Puente Romano and Marbella Club, are here on the Golden Mile, too, making this area highly desirable for those intent on living the Marbella lifestyle to its fullest, short or long term.
You can find large and small villas up and down the Golden Mile, as well as garden apartments with direct beach access and penthouse apartments with unobstructed sea views, and modern as well as traditional Andalucian style homes, making this area of Marbella a great fit for just about any home buyer looking to move to Marbella.
If safety and privacy are a top concern for your move to Marbella, Sierra Blanca is a great choice. As a luxury, gated community tucked into the Marbella hills, you’ll find peace and quiet here, with all the privacy you seek and the dedicated approach to safety you’re after.
Located inland at the base of La Concha mountain (but only a few minutes’ drive to the thrilling Puerto Banus), homes in Sierra Blanca are renowned for their breathtaking mountain vistas, stretching all the way to the sea. Homes in this area are typically light, bright, and airy with a modern luxury look and feel, including all the creature comforts of home that make you perfectly content to spend days on end in your own company. They’re highly sought after too, and not often up for sale, so if you’re interested in living the Marbella lifestyle in the Sierra Blanca area, you’re best to start looking early.
Cascada de Camojan
Often simply referred to as Camojan, Cascada de Camojan is an exclusive gated community just north of Marbella old town at the base of La Concha mountain. Luxury abounds here, with no expense spared to make this one of the most prestigious addresses in Marbella -or indeed Europe. Surrounded by nature, you’ll have complete privacy in Cascade de Camojan, while still being only a few minutes drive to Marbella and the coast.
Villas in Camojan are exceptionally large and luxurious in a variety of styles, from ultra modern to typical Andalusian, but all come with every luxurious detail you can imagine, extensive security features, and expansive private gardens. Picture private pools, cinemas, spas, and multi-car garagesbas standard features in most of Camojan’s pristine villas, and expect to find expansive bedrooms and bathrooms, maids quarters, offices, open and closed terraces, and lots of luxury of space everywhere you turn.
Picture designer shops, world-famous celebrities, ultra-expensive cars, mega yachts, and a nightlife that doesn’t end. Dress to impress and see and be seen every day you’re living in Puerto Banus, surrounded by all the finer things in life, proudly on display. The Puerto Banus nightlife is particularly noteworthy, but know that you’ll be sprayed with champagne here instead of sipping on it.
Homes in Puerto Banus are gifted with luxurious features and uninterrupted sea views. Large, expansive villas are very commonplace, but even the smaller apartments for sale in Puerto Banus are larger than you’d expect and every bit as quality as everything else this part of Marbella has to offer.
Located inland but with easy access to Marbella, Puerto Banus, and all the luxury amenities they offer, Nueva Andalucia is a great place to live, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and day-to-day facilities that let you relax and enjoy the Marbella lifestyle.
Nueva Andalucia is a golfer’s paradise and you’ll find plenty of golf villas and golf properties in this area of Marbella, punctuated with smaller townhomes, and lovely apartments that make living here an easy way to get the best of both worlds when it comes to excitement and relaxation. Beautiful family villas are also in abundance in Nueva Andalucia, and with close proximity to local and international schools, this is a great location to live if you’ll be moving to Marbella with kids.
Technically a residential country club, La Zagaleta not only boasts a prime Marbella location, it gives its residents a host of luxury amenities such as two private golf courses, an equestrian centre, a racket club, two distinguished clubhouses, personalised concierge services and more -including its own helicopter pad. It’s also fully gated with top-of-the-line security measures, making it an exceptionally safe and exceptionally exclusive area to live.
The ultra-luxurious features La Zagaleta is well known for do come with a price, though. It’s one of the most expensive areas of Marbella to buy a home or holiday home, but with it comes the guarantee of expansive living areas, the highest quality materials, and top-of-the-line and well thought out details and finishes that you won’t find elsewhere. Ask anyone in the know and they’ll tell you that La Zagaleta is definitely one of the best areas to buy a home in the area to live the Marbella lifestyle like no other.
Known for its panoramic views all the way to Africa, El Madroñal is a bit of a secret hideaway to the hustle and bustle of Marbella life. Perched in the hills above Puerto Banus and only a ten-minute drive away, El Madroñal gated community sets itself apart by offering an immensely comfortable lifestyle in Spain without the spotlight that can sometimes come with living in Marbella. In El Madroñal, you’ll be set amongst nature, shaded by pine, olive, and cork trees, and overlooking the expansive hills and valleys that make up the Marbella region, all the way to the Mediterranean and beyond as you live a peacefully luxurious life in Spain.
As a community of only 150 homes, El Madroñal offers exclusivity without compromising on choice with the detached villas for sale in here mostly traditional in style but with modern amenities, all with impressive plot sizes and sweeping views from nearly every window. A healthy budget is required to call El Madroñal home, but well worth the investment for the quality of life you’ll achieve from the moment you move in.
San Pedro de Alcantara
Within walking distance to the beach and its promenade and chiriguitos without succumbing to the epitome of luxury that is Puerto Banus only a few minute’s drive away, San Pedro de Alcantara, often simply referred to as San Pedro, has everything needed for a more quiet but just as charming and authentic day to day Spanish living.
As a more economic choice when it comes to buying a home in Marbella, in San Pedro de Alcantara you’ll tend to find more modest townhouses and apartments, all within easy access to the city centre and with fantastic links to the greater Marbella area. Farther inland, San Pedro also offers larger and more modern villas, too, meaning you can have your pick of great places to live here and customise your Marbella lifestyle to suit your needs and your budget.
Winkworth: Here to Help
No matter what style or size of home you’re looking for in Marbella, where your dream home is or what budget you have set aside for it, at Winkworth, we’re here to help. Our real estate agents are Marbella locals themselves, making them well-versed in all the neighbourhoods in the area and what they offer, so you can move to Marbella and live the exact Marbella lifestyle you’re after. We’ll work with you from beginning to end, too, from your initial search to shortlisting your favourites and arranging viewings on days and times that suit your schedule; and when you find the perfect home for you, we’ll take buying your home in Marbella even father by providing personalised purchase services to make the logistics and paperwork involved as simple, straightforward, and stress-free as possible.
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