The golden triangle of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis
If real estate experts have one golden rule it is: location, location, location. This old but undeniable truism also applies to the Costa del Sol, where it can be said to translate as: Marbella, Estepona, Benahavis.
These three municipal areas are the most hotly desired when it comes to real estate on the Costa del Sol, and as such represent the core of its property market – especially in the upper and holiday home segments.
Naturally, within each you can zoom into specific top locations such as beachfront, frontline golf and those endowed with magnificent views, but the first thing most buyers want to ascertain is that the properties they are looking at fall within this golden triangle.
Magna Estates has a great selection of properties in each of these areas, covering the full range of setting and property types ranging from beachside apartments to golf and country club villas, residential townhouses and city penthouses.
The best known of all is of course Marbella, which counts such classic addresses as Puerto Banús, the Golden Mile, Sierra Blanca and Nueva Andalucía, the latter of which is home to Magna Marbella, an emblematic complex of luxury apartments endowed with commanding views of the coastline, surrounding mountains and just frot Magna Marbella Golf.
Situated on a ridge overlooking the coastal area, Magna Marbella is one of the most sought-after luxury apartment complexes in Nueva Andalucía, an area of villas and apartments set amid the famous golf courses that have earned this area the nickname of Golf Valley.
From here you are close to Puerto Banús, the glamorous marina dominated by stylish penthouse apartments near yachts, nightclubs and designer boutiques. Its eastern extension is linked to Marbella town through a palm tree-lined avenue known as the Golden Mile. The properties on its exclusive beachfront are among the most impressive anywhere in Europe, though on the far side of the road you will also find more ‘down to earth’ areas of villas and apartments surrounded by lush greenery.
From its position on the foothills of the iconic La Concha Mountain, Sierra Blanca is a top-end residential area of large villas with commanding views over Marbella and the coastline. A similar country club environment can be enjoyed within the select gated communities on the lower reaches of the Ronda road, situated amid the stunning natural scenery and vistas within the Benahavis municipal area. Though it falls under a charming mountain village just seven kilometres from the coast, this is the largest Ayuntamiento, or town hall in the region, including such sought-after residential areas as El Madroñal and La Zagaleta – one of Europe’s most exclusive gated estates. The latter comes complete with its own golf courses, sports club and old hunting grounds where the animals are now protected, while also within Benahavis’ municipal boundaries are such popular golf-side areas as Los Arqueros and El Paraíso.
Head a little further west, just past the villas of Guadalmina and the up-and-coming coastal part of San Pedro Alcántara, and you come to the residential zones of Estepona, which include luxury modern seaside properties on the New Golden Mile, apartments overlooking the lively Estepona marina and rustic properties in the valleys bordering the town.
Between them, the suburbs and residential zones of Marbella, Benahavis and Estepona form a golden triangle of properties and environments suited to a wide range of budgets, preferences and above all, lifestyles – explaining just why this sun-kissed part of Europe remains so much in demand.