The word ‘penthouse’ universally conjures up a vision of a luxury lifestyle with exceptional views. You could call it ‘life at the top’.
Penthouses date back to the 1920s, when they were more akin to small houses on the top of apartment buildings, but the term evolved to refer to a luxurious apartment on the highest floor. Most of such properties in the early days would have been in the USA, because that’s where the concept of building apartments high upwards originated. Today, the term has changed again, and some real estate agents, primarily in the USA, will list a property as a penthouse even if it doesn’t occupy the highest floor. However, in Marbella, a penthouse listing usually refers to the highest property in a block, and many of them are duplexes.
What do buyers want from a penthouse?
It appears that the primary expectation is a space with magnificent views. Marbella has no shortage of those. A penthouse should also deliver a feeling of privacy compared with residences beneath it. There is a sense that the last floor is somehow removed from the rest of the world, and emphasising privacy and security is an important selling point.
Wealthy buyers set on penthouse living also tend to have a number of other things on their wish list. For example, in the new builds, they may want to be offered a choice in terms of high-end kitchen and bathroom fittings, for example, as well as smart home technology. Basically, what is required is ‘top of the range everything’, including the architect. Developers are aware when planning a project that includes penthouses, that buyers for this type of property are not looking for uniformity; they may demand a degree of personalisation, in terms of the finishes used. According to Mansion Global magazine, European penthouse buyers favour “cutting-edge, machine-made products,” whereas their American counterparts favour natural materials, such as marble.
Marbella penthouses for sale
Owning a penthouse in Marbella has had an allure for decades, and this hasn’t changed. However, we might point developers in the direction of Singapore, where ‘super penthouses’ have really taken off. These are ultra-deluxe residences of around 1,000m2, showcasing the most sophisticated fixtures and fittings. Naturally, being Singapore, they also have a high price tag, with some of them listed at over $100 million. In Marbella however, buyers can purchase a penthouse with sensational views of the coast and across to Africa, without paying anywhere near as high a price.
If you are looking for that ‘life at the top’ in Marbella – contact us. We would love to show you the best penthouses Marbella has to offer, offering style, comfort and convenience for highly accessible luxury living.