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Andalucian charm… and cutting-edge contemporary chic

Many people moving to the Costa del Sol over the years have focused their home searches on discovering a classic flavour of Andalucía. For some, this has meant heading inland, to one of the mountain hinterland’s majestic “white villages”; for others, the priority has been to find a more convenient location along the coast, in one of the main towns or nestling in the more tranquil avenues of their sprawling outskirts. Many have immersed themselves in the daunting, but rewarding, task of renovating an old farmhouse, while those with a preference for more urban pleasures have found their dream home in one of the Coast’s superbly appointed “Andalucian-style” luxury urbanisations. Whatever their respective and varying personal tastes, they have usually also had one other common objective: to transform their new property into a haven of modern amenities and cutting-edge technology – while preserving and celebrating its traditional Andalucian style and décor. Today (28 February), as the region celebrates Andalucía Day, we check out one 21st innovation that truly does provide the wow factor to any home, be it a revamped cortijo in the country or a stylish Mediterranean apartment in the city. Master Link Gateway is the “mastermind” behind Bang & Olufsen’s state-of-art world of home integration. BeoLink technology is integral to each Bang & Olufsen product, enabling seamless communication across a wide and varied range of systems, from curtains to coffee maker. “Imagine a home,” says Bang & Olufsen, “that welcomes you the minute you step through the door. After keying in the alarm code the lights turn on, the curtains glide open and your favourite music starts to play, while the thermostat automatically adjusts to your preferred temperature… Virtually everything you own is yours to control. All at the touch of a button.” The surroundings are just as important as the activities themselves. So… “Set the perfect scene with just a touch of your remote. ‘Cinema’ setting dims your lights and starts your movie, intensifying the sound to sharpen the senses. ‘Good Morning’ opens the curtains, turns your lights on and tunes the radio to your favourite station, while the coffee machine brews up a fresh cup to welcome you out of bed.” [caption id="attachment_831" align="alignleft" width="300"] Picturesque haven in Istán[/caption] The philosophy behind Bang & Olufsen’s “statement of timeless excellence” is to ensure that each new generation is as compatible with the past as it is with the future. Much like the design concept behind this villa, which brings together the two worlds of Andalucian charm and contemporary comfort. Located in a highly sought after urbanisation in Istán – a picturesque lakeside and mountain municipality bordering Marbella – the property has good road access, is the ideal home for families and country lovers, and is conveniently located for golf, tennis and schools. It is in immaculate condition, with panoramic south-west views, spacious accommodation, private terrace, pool, attract garden (including fruit trees), air-conditioning, under-floor heating, marble floors, living room with fireplace, automatic irrigation system, electric entry phone and 24-security system and guard. The home also has excellent rental potential for investors. Click here to see more.