Long overshadowed by its glamorous neighbour, Marbella, Estepona is a charming coastal town that is now really coming into its own. Though it has been popular with foreign tourists, homeowners and residents for some time, Estepona still retains an authentic Andalusian look and ambience about it.
Ever since Michelle Obama decided she needed a little Costa del Sol sunshine while Barak was attending meetings in Spain, the Villa Padierna six-star hotel has been placed firmly on the map. Indeed, Villa 603 where she stayed has been renamed the ‘Villa Obama’.
There is renewed construction activity on the Costa del Sol, particularly in Marbella, Benahavis, Estepona and Mijas. This is not a fanciful notion; it is backed up by the latest statistics from the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos, who report that Marbella has 134 plans for apartments and houses approved so far.
The question is not a new one, but it continues to have undiminished relevance, particularly in Marbella, where penthouses and villas are among the two most prominent property types.
In the past few years there has been a veritable design revolution in Marbella that has seen tastes shift from more traditional and colonial style architecture to sleek, white-washed modern Marbella villas and apartments.
With prime locations such as the Golden Mile, La Zagaleta, Sierra Blanca and Los Monteros, Marbella is a residential destination known not just for its choice of luxury homes, but also a category known as ‘Super Luxury’. This is the segment that caters to a highly discerning international market of High Net Worth Individuals.