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Showpiece Homes and Luxury Living… El Madroñal

Many people planning a move to the Costa del Sol face something of a quandary when it comes to location. Should they opt for convenience and look for a beachfront apartment or frontline-golf villa on the coast, close to town amenities, leisure facilities and international schools? Or would they prefer a more rustic life away from the hustle and bustle, with a sprawling Andalucian-style home in the mountains? One of the great lures of the Costa del Sol, which has made it such a popular destination for people seeking a new life in the sun, is that many of these distinctive aspects – urban or rural – often cross over somewhere in the middle. Okay, it might not be possible to enjoy a country club ambience on the outskirts of a traditional white village and also be able to step out of your garden directly onto the beach for a swim in the Mediterranean, but neither does the choice need to be black or white. One stunning area that provides the best of both worlds is El Madroñal. It doesn’t share the same global attention as its other illustrious neighbour in the hills above Marbella, La Zagaleta, being something of “well-kept secret” (which many residents believe is one of its great advantages!), but it does offer a similarly rustic-luxury lifestyle in the midst of a verdant forest, magnificent views over the Mediterranean, and meticulously maintained 24-hour gated security. This elegant residential development of sophisticated, semi-secluded homes, surrounded by nature, is conveniently located on the Ronda Road in the highly-regarded Benahavís municipality, just a few minutes by car to Marbella, Puerto Banús and San Pedro de Alcántara. Even closer, for those preferring not to head all the way down to the coast, ample commercial services (supermarkets, restaurants, bars and specialist shops) are available in the nearby Monte Halcones and La Heredia urbanisations. And in both directions, east and west, there is an ample and varied range of sports and leisure amenities, including top golf courses, tennis clubs and fitness centres. In the heart of this haven of refined living is the newly-built villa featured here, with luxury fittings and furniture throughout and ready to move into. The house is on a 4,017 square metre plot with 1,027 square metres of built area and a separate guest-house of 210 square metros. This light and airy property features an exceptional interior design and stunningly landscaped gardens that complement its high-quality building standards. Special Selections We appreciate your taking the time to read about this exceptional property, but perhaps it’s not exactly right for you? If not, we invite you to have a look at our other special selections for: La Zagaleta, Luxury Villas, Golf Properties, Seafront Properties, Apartments and Special Offers. Click on the category of your choice and follow the link. Also please feel free to roam around our website: www.villamarbellanow.com. Many current residents of El Madroñal will be making the trip down the hill on Saturday 14 February, to enjoy a special Valentine’s Day dinner with a loved one – accompanied by a bunch of aromatic roses, exquisite Swiss chocolates or (for the truly fortunate partner) a glittering gift of jewellery or a watch. [caption id="attachment_2789" align="alignright" width="150"] Pierre de Roche[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2787" align="alignright" width="150"] Carrrera y Carrera[/caption] For those who might have been living in a Papua New Guinea jungle without Wi-Fi the past six months, and have overlooked the date of this celebrated international day of romance, there might still be time to rush into Banús and pick up a memorable 11th-hour gift, like this rather kitsch but certainly eye-catching “sweet Valentine” watch from Pierre de Roche, the GrandCliff Milady Royal Retro; or something slightly more understated such as a figurative piece from Carrera y Carrera’s “Love” collection.