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Why Estepona is rising in popularity

As building land becomes increasingly scarce in Marbella, investors, developers and buyers have begun to look elsewhere. As a result, Estepona and Benahavis have become the main focus for modern properties in the greater Marbella area, with Estepona particularly popular for its excellent seaside locations.

The Estepona town hall, led by mayor José María García Urbano, is happy to facilitate this growth, and here applications for building licences are processed far more quickly than in Marbella, yet there is a desire to drive new development towards a focus on quality, not quantity.

Estepona wants to develop its potential as a mid to high end residential and tourist destination, not to become a centre of mass housing construction, and so the emphasis has been on modern apartment, villa and townhouse complexes that add value, not just numbers.

This ties in exactly with what today’s buyers are looking for in a Costa del Sol property. They want modern build quality and the latest technical amenities and comfort, as well as contemporary architectural styling and a good range of on-site facilities in a setting with views and close to the many attractions of the Marbella-Estepona area.

For this reason, the focus is not only on developing quality real estate in Estepona, but also on beautifying the historic centre, expanding the amenities in the town and raising the range and standard of shops, restaurants, cafés and beach clubs – all of which is already well under way in this blossoming, up-and-coming town.

The setting
Like Marbella, Estepona enjoys a wonderfully panoramic beachside setting between mountain ranges and the Mediterranean Sea. The town, with its pretty historic centre and large sandy beaches, is becoming a favoured spot in which to live, retire, bring up a family and also spend relaxing holidays – with both Marbella and Sotogrande just a short drive away.

Peaceful surroundings
Faced with the glamour of Marbella and Puerto Banús, Estepona offers a more leisurely environment, full of authentic Andalusian life in a friendly, laid-back setting.

The New Golden Mile, which runs from Estepona eastwards to Puerto Banús, is a beautiful beachside area dotted with luxurious villas and apartments, as well as a great selection of chiringuito beach bars, fish restaurants and stylish beach clubs, while the Laguna Village beachside mall is a select setting for dining and sunbathing close to the five-star Kempinski resort.

Top class amenities
A lot of people love to be surrounded by views of sea and nature, to enjoy the excitement of Puerto Banús while also benefitting from a peaceful home environment. Increasingly, they look for this in Estepona, a town with its own charming buzz, natural setting and close proximity to all that Marbella has to offer.

More and more homebuyers from especially the northern European countries are focusing their property search on Estepona and its surroundings, whether looking for a permanent residence or a holiday home. The demand for this area is therefore strong and growing. If you are interested in viewing properties in Estepona, then please contact us.