Some of the earliest properties built in Marbella belonged to the school of modern architecture. In fact, with their sleek white lines and single-storey dimensions, these villas built as long ago as the 1950s and 1960s have stood the test of time and continue to look fresh today. In the years that followed, architects favoured a more traditional Mediterranean style that celebrated the rich variety of decorative detail in this region, though most homes continued to be white. This changed in the 1990s, when famous architect Melvin Villaroël introduced the earthy terracotta tones inspired by southern Morocco that would later become so popular on the Costa del Sol.
Many of those who have gone on to buy a home in Marbella and surroundings, first stayed in one of the hotels in the area, yet now there are also luxury new developments that allow you to have the best of all worlds: your own property in Marbella within a private development with all the amenities of a resort.
While it is true that the travel restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 crisis have greatly reduced the number of international tourists to the Costa del Sol, the impact on the higher end of the Marbella property market has been pretty much non-existent. In fact, local studies and market reports indicate a flood of new enquiries coming in as the lockdown eased, and by mid-June sales began to rise to above the same level last year.
Golf is more than just a sport on the Costa del Sol, it is a way of life. In fact, the picture of stylish homes lining lush green golf courses is as much a part of the region’s scenery as are views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
Marbella has become the first Spanish city to received a Covid-safe certificate.
When we speak of Marbella, we think of it as a collective, an area encompassing the downtown centre, beachfront extending along the shoreline, leafy suburbs following the curves of golf courses and also country club environments in the hills on the fringes of the coastal plain. However, in reality this describes greater Marbella – the jewel of the Costa del Sol – and it in turn is made up of a good deal of different areas, each with its own character and appeal. Here is our selection of the top five areas in Marbella to own a property in: