Simply put, it has a ridiculous amount to offer. For good reason, living in Spain continues to be a romanticised and sought-after dream for many people. Its rich culture and traditions are iconic and its welcoming people help create a charm like no other. The Spanish lifestyle and environment, along with the great public healthcare system, creates an exceptional quality of life for its residents. In fact, Spain was ranked the healthiest country in the world in 2019, by the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index.
Spanish cuisine, such as Paella and Tapas, is world-famous and is an attractive part of living in Spain. In Andalucía, one can taste a variety of famous dishes like jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) and pescaíto frito (fried fish) which are typical of the region.
Spain not only offers fantastic food but has some of the world’s most gorgeous coastlines, islands and climate. This country truly has an amazing number of attractive qualities which make it a great place to consider buying a luxury property.
You may be wondering whether now is the right time to invest in a property in Spain. We assure you it is. Despite the pandemic creating uncertainty, the property market in Spain continues to grow and the rental market is rising fast. Demand for luxury homes has increased as the villas provide a lifestyle better suited to the home-working situation that the pandemic has created, where owners can use the abundance of open space for work and leisure all year round.
Spain is the 14th largest economy and is ranked 9th with regard to open regulations for international investment. It is also 4th in the world as expats’ favourite country to live and work in, according to HSBC. Therefore, as an investment or as a place to live, Spain is ideal.
Marbella is magical
Vista Lago Residences is a luxury development of 18 design-led sustainable villas in the country club estate of Real de La Quinta. It lies in the foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves and overlooks Marbella, which is in the Costa del Sol area. Costa del Sol (meaning “Coast of the Sun”) is a stretch of the Spanish coastline which has the best of both worlds with its Mediterranean cliffs and rocky coves and its sandy beaches. Spain has three different climate zones, however, the climate around Andalucía and specifically the microclimate of Marbella allows you to be outdoors all year round. Marbella enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year while experiencing less of the extreme heat that the inner parts of Spain do due to the shelter of the Sierra Blanca mountains. This makes it the most desirable part of the Spanish coastline.
Marbella has a million things to do. It has nearly 30 kilometres of sandy beaches as well as a dozen top golf courses. The opportunities for shopping and dining are endless. Puerto Banús has a good balance between small boutiques and famous brands and is home to some of the best restaurants in Spain, with three Michelin star restaurants. If partying is something you are looking for then there is plenty of that too, and museums like Museo Ralli and art galleries remain popular among tourists.
At the heart of the city is the Old Town. The enchanting old Moorish town features cobbled roads lined with whitewashed houses and ironwork balconies which are covered in bougainvillea. In between the sunbathing and relaxing time on the beach, many people enjoy the various historical and architectural attractions in Marbella such as the famous Plaza de los Naranjos.
The tax-friendly region of Andalucía for inheritance and gift tax is a very attractive feature of the area which will greatly benefit families looking to move to high-end properties. Estates over €1,000,000 are only taxed 1% over what exceeds the one million threshold. The area is also extremely well-connected with Malaga international airport and train station only 40 minutes away from Marbella. This allows for stress-free extensive domestic and international travel for those who need to travel for work. There are numerous signs of confidence in the Marbella property market too. Relative to the national real estate market, greater Marbella is two years ahead. So, if you’re looking for a house in Spain, choose Marbella.
Most of all, the luxury lifestyle in Marbella is why most people decide to live here. Both long-term residents, occasional visitors, and tourists have a unique experience in this place due to the vast choice of activities. From the sport and leisure industry to the mountains, beaches, and urban areas, Marbella has it all.
Vista Lago Residences is the place for you
Imagine sitting on your terrace, with a glass of wine in hand, looking over the blue waters of the Mediterranean right to the edges of Africa. In the foreground would be a lake surrounded by golf courses and greenery, with La Concha Mountain towering behind. These magnificent views aren’t imagination, they are very real at Vista Lago Residences.
If you look between the mountains of Andalucía, the sea, and the urban areas of Marbella and Nueva Andalucía you will find the paradise that is Real de La Quinta. This complex of five-star luxury villas is the best place to have a holiday home, or second home, with its perfect balance of entertainment, relaxing natural environment, and stunning views. It borders a UNESCO-protected area (the Sierra de las Nieves biosphere nature reserve) and is only a 15-minute drive from Marbella. So, with regards to location, this place can’t be beaten.
The design-led homes prioritise space and comfort. A particular design aspect to note is the outside/inside living concept that these villas have, where the lounge and terrace merge seamlessly into one large living space. Some of the windows seem to disappear into the walls, creating a unique effect that the outside views can be experienced from within. The carefully selected artwork, as well as the custom-designed furniture, provide a rich, luxurious style inside. Privacy and security are understood to be of great importance and so this community is gated and each property has its own generous plot of land.
Sustainability has been a key theme in this property development. The Real de La Quinta estate has received the highly valued BREEAM Urbanism certificate which guarantees that this development’s construction has been eco-friendly and sustainable. The estate has constantly taken nature, climate, and energy concerns into account in the construction of these homes and, as a result, is proud to be the first recipient of these certificates in Spain. This development has sought to use minimal resources for construction and has focused on protecting and creating green areas, comprised of native animal and plant species. Effective irrigation is necessary to keep the area looking lush and an aim is to recycle the irrigation water from homes after domestic usage. As well as water recycling, the estate intends to harvest rainwater and reduce water consumption, especially since water scarcity is an issue in the south of Spain. The resort supports the local economy too by using local suppliers for its development. Solar energy and high-quality insulation will be used in these homes, making them more energy-efficient and minimising the heating and cooling needed. Not only are these houses stylish and luxurious but they show care for sustainability, the environment, and the local area.
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You will never run out of things to do in Real de La Quinta. It features the largest man-made lake in Costa del Sol where one can peacefully swim and take part in non-motorised water sports. Around the lake will be an executive golf course, a lake club and some shops. There are many more golf courses in the surrounding area, including some of the most famous courses in Southern Europe such as Real Club de Golf Las Brisas. So, if you’re into golf then you will love it here. Additionally, there will be fine dining restaurants, a wellness centre and an equestrian centre in the area and activities such as tennis, cycling and rambling are of course on offer.
Vista Lago Residences has the location, the views, the design and all the amenities that you could ask for. You have an incredible opportunity here, so why not take it?