In a place with as great a variety of settings and property types as Marbella, even the luxury market is known for its opposing yet tantalising options.
Though they are very different kinds of properties that offer a highly distinct lifestyle setting, villas and penthouse generally speaking do belong in the same price category. This means that who can afford the one can usually also afford the other, and while most buyers have a clear idea of what they want, in Marbella a choice between these two real estate extremes arises more often than one might imagine.
Let’s have a look at two even more diametrically opposed options: the country estate and the beachfront penthouse. The latter represents perhaps the pinnacle of penthouses, certainly in a beach-focused location such as Marbella, while rustic estates – yes, we do have them in Marbella! – offer far more space at a broadly comparable price tag, largely thanks to a far lower cost per square metre.
Frontline beach penthouses in Marbella
When you are looking for the pinnacle of frontline beach penthouses for sale in Marbella, the ultimate penthouse location is the Golden Mile. Properties here are so in demand that they command a premium, so this is where the highest prices per square metre in the region are found – often upwards of €20,000/m2.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find stunning beachside ‘sky mansions’ with all the luxury and space of a villa but the convenience and beachfront location of an apartment with 24-hour security, spa and landscaped gardens. What’s more, the best ones are within walking distance of trendy beach clubs, elegant restaurants and laid-back chiringuito beach bars.
For those who want to be close to all the nightlife and leisure action, a penthouse in Puerto Banús is the top choice, while people who wish for peace and amazing sea views close to all amenities will want to look at Los Monteros Playa – east of Marbella town – as well as Estepona and the New Golden Mile in the west.
Country estates on the edge of Marbella
If you want to entertain in a glamorous way, be close to all the life but also lock the door behind you and go on your travels, a penthouse is a great option. If, however, you want the space, privacy and amenities of a comfortable family home, where children can roam around freely and you can entertain with largesse, then a country property is the ultimate choice.
It may be hard for some to imagine, but there are also true rustic villas and country properties for sale in Marbella, mostly in luxurious gated hill club areas such as El Madroñal, the Marbella Club Golf Resort and within the lofty wooded hills of Monte Mayor. The latter offers the most open space and the most authentic country feel, though perhaps the chicest of all is La Zagaleta.
In all you will find gated security, large properties surrounded by lush gardens and an expanse of your own countryside – offering the peace and privacy many yearn for while actually being part of a community and within 15-20 minutes of downtown Marbella and its many amenities.
Ultimately, with a similar budget in place, the property options in Marbella include these two extremes and many other types of homes and locations in-between. Contact us for more details about Marbella’s property and lifestyle opportunities.