Building your luxury villa in Marbella: The essential guide to everything you need to know

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Image - Marbella and Co

So you’ve perused all the gorgeous beachside city of Marbella has to offer and found yourself admiring a jacuzzi here and a rooftop terrace there, but even with a fully equipped at-home gym and an infinity pool overlooking the beach, none of them quite match up to what you had in mind. Well, with the help of a knowledgable estate agent like Marbella and Co, you can design the perfect off-plan luxury villa which fits the image of your dream home to a T. 

Not quite sure how to make your dream a reality? The Euro Weekly News has put together a useful guide on how to go about purchasing your off-plan luxury villa in Marbella, from the best spots to locate your property, how much it’s likely to cost, and what makes your villa so luxurious rather than just any old run-of-the-mill holiday home! 

The best spots in Marbella for an off-plan luxury villa

Marbella is an area in southern Spain in the Malaga province amongst the foothills of the impressive Sierra Blanca mountain range. It is one of the most popular parts of Spain’s gorgeous, sun-drenched Costa del Sol thanks to its beautiful weather, naturalistic scenery and growing infrastructure, it attracts many expats and tourists all looking for a little slice of Mediterranean heaven. 

This area belonging to the autonomous community of Andalucia is a great option for those wanting to move to a private estate or luxury urbanisation, and who can afford it. Better yet, why not look into an off-plan home that fits your specifications, exactly in the perfect place, that will only leave you regretting that you didn’t do it sooner! Here are some of the best spots for your luxury villa in Marbella. 

The Golden Mile 

Probably the most well-known spot in Marbella is The Golden Mile, the stretch between Puerto Banus and Marbella Town which has earned its name not just because of the golden beaches and shimmering sunshine, but also because of the many luxury properties you’ll find dotted along its expansive coastline. You definitely won’t have to worry about sticking out with your luxury villa here amongst the exclusive beach clubs, resort hotels and millionaire-owned penthouses and villas. 

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Image – Marbella: AlexeMarcel/shutterstock

Sierra Blanca 

Known as the jewel in the Marbella Crown, and often dubbed The Beverly Hills of Marbella, it’s no secret that Sierra Blanca is a highly desirable place for those looking for a luxury property along the Costa del Sol. It has its own high level of security and takes the safety of its residents very seriously in order to ensure their ongoing comfort and uninterrupted relaxation in the Spanish sun. 

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Image – Sierra Blanca: Joseph d Leduc/shutterstock

Nueva Andalucia 

Although definitely worth including on the list of desirable spots for a luxury villa in Marbella, Nueva Andalucia boasts a plethora of different property options and settings. Here, residents are guaranteed peace and tranquillity without missing out on nearby amenities and bars and restaurants to enjoy within walking distance in Puerto Banus. Known as the Golf ValleyNueva Andalucia is a great option, especially for the keen golfer, or if you’d rather sit back and people watch, there are plenty of cafes for you to chill out in and watch the world go by. 

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Image – Ronda, Andalucia: Wirestock Creators/shutterstock

San Pedro de Alcantara 

If your ideal Spanish location is somewhere where your luxury villa will fit right in, but also offering the quintessential, authentic Spanish experience, then look no further than the ancient farming community of San Pedro de Alcantara. From narrow cobbled streets, traditional tapas bars and bonny little boutique stores, you can all but step directly onto the beach front after you’ve crossed the palm tree-lined Avenida del Marques del Duero and the picturesque boulevard.

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Image – San Pedro De Alcantara: Ekaterina Chuyko/shutterstock

Puerto Banus 

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself rubbing shoulders with uber-rich yacht owners and the occasional celebrity in Puerto Banus, who flock here (especially during the nicer-than-usual weather in the summer months) for the high-end designer shops and expensive clubs and parties. If you tire of ogling jaguars and Ferraris (and oh did we mention the yachts), Puerto Banus also has three beaches upon which you could lounge, or admire from your luxury villa if you so desire. 

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Image – Puerto Banus: Vladimir Sazonov/shutterstock

The best estate agents in Marbella for your off-plan luxury villa

Our recommendation

Marbella & Co

Based in central Marbella, the team at Marbella & Co have unrivalled knowledge of the real estate sector on the Costa del Sol and use their 20 years of experience to find their clients the perfect home. Whether you are looking for an off-plan villa, a modern house in the hills, a beautiful beachside apartment or bright and trendy penthouse, Marbella & Co are the best and most well-respected estate agency in the area.

Committed to providing clients with a service that is second to none, Marbella & Co has built up an extensive list of contacts and perfected their knowledge of the Costa del Sol property market since opening in 1996, so that you have the peace of mind that you are in the right hands with your investment.

The impressive, highly-skilled multilingual staff will keep you informed every step of the way in a language that you can understand, assuring you of honesty, integrity and transparency from the first moment you make contact and throughout the buying process until the transaction is complete. The staff at Marbella & Co can communicate with you in Spanish, English, Swedish, Dutch, French, Polish, German and Norwegan.

The estate agents´ in-depth knowledge, built-up over two and a half decades and the result of surviving several financial crises, ensures that you will find the right property for your lifestyle at the right budget.

To make the buying and selling process stress free, Marbella & Co also work with a select group of highly-skilled, multi-lingual lawyers, bankers and accountants, so you can have the peace of mind that every rule and regulation is followed correctly.

Speak to THE EXPERTS in the Marbella real estate market now and make your dream life on the Costa del Sol a reality!

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Address: Marbella & Co, Santa Clara Golf, Calle Sand 17, 2ª planta, 29603 Marbella, Malaga, Spain

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How much does it cost for a luxury off-plan villa in Marbella? 

Off-plan property is a pre-construction property homeowners and real estate investors can purchase at a lower cost. These cheaper properties are just blueprints and they have not been built yet. For investors, the appeal of purchasing off-plan properties is the lower price point and the potential for capital gain.

Properties with a large surface area and beautiful landscapes, like a villa in Marbella, might not be the most affordable option for everyone and few buyers may know that off-plan properties offer a cheaper alternative to resale property.

Now, the time has come to talk costs, so you can get an idea of exactly how much your off-plan luxury villa on the Costa del Sol will set you back. 

Marbella & Co´s new development offering continues to grow, as the Costa del Sol is one of the most desirable places in Europe to own property and will always attract foreign buyers. Not all of the homes they offer are off-plan, some projects are already completed but still have units available.

Any new building project in Spain is now bound by strict rules that protect buyers. By law, the developer must either have a Bank Guarantee or Insurance before being granted a Building Licence and the title deed can only be issued when the complex has received the First Occupation Licence. These licences guarantee full consumer protection. The deal cannot be complete until both licences have been granted.

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Image – Marbella and Co

At Marbella & Co, you can select the perfect off-plan villa for your budget, lifestyle and taste across the Costa del Sol, including in the prestigious and highly sought-after areas of Marbella, Estepona, Benahavis, La Cala, Mijas, Fuengirola, Benalmadena and more. Let´s take a look at how much some of these incredible off-plan and already complete development builds cost!

Villas in Marbella with Marbella & Co

Take these plots in Marbella, in a beautiful location close to Marbella in Real de la Quinta and in the spectacular Sierra de las Nieves, a UNESCO declared biosphere reserve, close to the busy coast. The villas look out on the Mediterranean but enjoy their own enclave in a resort that offers many recreational facilities such as golf, tennis, spa and equestrian centre.

These incredible and luxurious villas will cost From €2,711,000.

Building your luxury villa in Marbella: The essential guide to everything you need to know
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Villas in Manilva with Marbella & Co

This development of 11 modern, contemporary style villas is in a beautiful unspoilt area of the Costa del Sol, close to La Paloma Beach, 7 minutes from Sotogrande and only 5 minutes from La Duquesa Port with its beautiful views, shops, services and choice of fine dining restaurants.

Each home has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, (optional 4 bedrooms), a large open plan living and dining area, and a modern style kitchen with quality fittings. The interior leads directly out through large windows onto an extensive private garden with a swimming pool and barbecue area.

These beautiful luxury villas will cost from €875,000.

Building your luxury villa in Marbella: The essential guide to everything you need to know
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Villas in Estepona with Marbella & Co

These villas are in a new development of 17 modern, stylish villas with a contemporary design on three levels, all are West facing and enjoy spacious, bright, and open plan living areas with a modern fitted kitchen and huge windows that open out onto the terrace, pool, and gardens.

There are different floor plans to choose from and homeowners can have a say in finishes and upgrade materials. The villas are located close to a clubhouse with its restaurant, gym, golf course and other facilities. There are other numerous prestigious championship golf courses nearby such as El Paraiso and the Atalaya Golf and Country Club. About 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Puerto Banús, this area really does satisfy the majority of wish lists!

A villa like this one will cost from €990,000

Building your luxury villa in Marbella: The essential guide to everything you need to know
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Villas in Mijas with Marbella & Co

These villas, for example, are located in a small development of 12 modern and spacious 3 or 4-bedroom villas with large terraces that provide panoramic sea views, in a peaceful residential area just outside the picturesque white village of Mijas.

Overlooking the gentle coastal slopes to the Mediterranean Sea, this elegant new residential complex combines the traditional Spanish lifestyle with the comforts of a modern home. Beautifully designed homes for elegant living on the Costa del Sol!

A villa like this will cost from €845,000.

Building your luxury villa in Marbella: The essential guide to everything you need to know
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Villas in Benahavis with Marbella & Co

These modern and stylish 3-4 bed villas have three configurations, built on 1, 2 and 3 floors, to suit lifestyle choices. All the villas have huge floor-to-ceiling windows with minimal framing to let in the maximum amount of light so that the homeowner can enjoy the amazing views, all with their own garden and private swimming pool.

This gated and secure complex with clubhouse, spa and gym is in a privileged location nestled at the foot of the mountains some 10 minutes from the charming whitewashed authentic Andalusian town of Benahavís and only a 5-minute drive from the beach and the exciting nightlife on the Costa del Sol!

These amazing villas cost from €1,690,000.

Building your luxury villa in Marbella: The essential guide to everything you need to know
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For further information on how much you can actually expect it to cost for a luxury off-plan villa on the Costa del Sol, see Marbella and Co’s website here, or get in touch with them for more information.

What makes a Marbella villa luxurious?

As one of the most famous holiday hotspots for the rich and famous in Spain, it is no surprise that Marbella is considered somewhat of a luxury destination, and its properties, especially its villas, are no exception. However, when you’re surrounded by so many yachts and private swimming pools and gated communities, you might be wondering what actually makes a villa a luxury property, rather than just a regular villa (albeit a posh one, we are talking about Marbella, after all). 

So, taking it back to basics, the term villa stems from Latin, where in Rome during the 1600s, the word ‘villa’ was used to refer to the suburban summer ‘country mansion’ of Rome’s elite society. That means that essentially, as soon as you drop the v-bomb when you’re talking about property, you can expect pretty great things from the get-go. 

Since then, we’ve elaborated on this even further, because who doesn’t look at a perfectly good mansion and think, I wonder what would make this better? Thus was born the luxury villa, a property usually built for one family’s use, on somewhat secluded land; it turns out such a lavish property can often take up quite a bit of space. However, in places like Marbella, villas often form part of a wider community of people who’ve had a similar idea. Well, if you’ve got the wealth, why not flaunt it?! 

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Image – Marbella and Co

Luxury villas in particular are often established on exquisite landscapes (Marbella, check!) with their own private gardens and sometimes even vineyards; if Oprah gets her own avocado orchard, why shouldn’t you have your own unlimited access to wine! 

Although if you’re living in Marbella, you’ve probably bagged yourself a spot for your luxury villa with a sea view, that’s not to say your own private pool (or two) wouldn’t go a miss. Plus, why make the difficult decision between a luxury in-ground pool and an infinity pool when you can just have both, just to be safe. That’s not including the jacuzzi of course. Where else will you relax with your champagne after a long day (or mid-way through the long day, whatever takes your fancy!) 

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Image – Marbella and Co

In terms of amenities, if you’re designing your own off-plan luxury villa, you may as well make sure that it has everything you need, or you may as well just choose any old one from off the market! If you’re a total gym bunny, why not install your own personal gym on your property, and to relax in the evenings you could have a cinema room as well. 

To enjoy the gorgeous mountain range scenery and stunning sunsets along the Costa del Sol, you could add a spacious balcony to your property and if you fancy a spot of exercise during the cooler hours of the day, you could have your own tennis or basketball court for you and the rest of your family to enjoy. 

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Image – Marbella and Co

Things to keep in mind when purchasing off-plan

One of the biggest selling points for off-plan properties is the lower price point, but the reduced cost comes with some increased risks. Marbella & Co will guide you through the process, but you should also keep these steps in mind.

1. Get a Bank Guarantee

After the 2014 economic crisis in Spain, banks now offer guarantees to protect the buyers and developers. Outbreaks sometimes result in financial issues and a bank guarantee protects buyers in the event of such unpredictable cases. A bank guarantee obtained for an individual property will offer proper protection for your new villa.

2. Know the off-plan property specs

Like with renting a home, knowing the exact details of your property keeps both parties accountable. A detailed list helps buyers hold their developer accountable for the designs and developments they promised. It also protects developers from buyers who may hold unrealistic expectations of the property and requests outside the scope of the project. Review your contracts before signing and ensure the details and specifications about the off-plan property are listed.

3. Access the quality of the surrounding area

As with regular buildings, the area around a property helps determines the value of the property – usually, properties surrounded by amenities and green areas like on the Costa del Sol are more valuable than properties without.

4. Talk to the developer about deposits

The law states that all deposits must be secured with a bank guarantee following the approval for planning. Your developer should have all the legal paperwork and a record proving the land is registered to them – Marbella & Co will guide you and put your mind at ease. Certificates will provide information about the land, boundaries, and the planning situation with regard to restrictions, public footpaths, green zones, and other construction plans.

5. Sign the contract

Signing a contract is the final step to securing your beautiful off-plan villa. When you sign the contract, it will detail the total balance and deadline for completion. Once the construction is done, you will receive a Finalisation Certificate from the developer and a license of First Occupancy proving the property is in livable condition. 

Although all of this seems quite daunting, Marbella & Co are experts in this field and once you’re relaxing on your own terrace, soaking in the rays of the Costa del Sol, you will know it was all worth it!

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