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Showpiece Homes and Luxury Living… El Paraiso

El Paraiso might not be one of the “heavyweight” residential areas on the Costa del Sol that tend to capture most of the limelight but it does have unique boasting rights to at least one significant milestone. No other area has a golf course designed by one of only five players in history to have won at least one edition of each of the sport’s Grand Slam tournaments (US Masters, US Open, British Open and US PGA Championship). South African legend Gary Player followed Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan in achieving that honour (subsequently matched by Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods) and, at the height of his fame on the fairways, in between winning a total of nine majors, in 1973 he designed El Paraiso Golf Club in Estepona municipality. Located in the tranquil folds of El Paraiso valley, with a picturesque backdrop of La Concha mountain peak to the north, the club officially opened in 1974 and that same year hosted the inaugural El Paraiso Open, won by European number one Peter Oosterhuis. In the four decades since then it has become established as a fine championship course while also being considered one of the friendliest and most welcoming international golf clubs on the Coast, for both members and guests. In many ways, this social bonhomie and cosmopolitan charm is also reflected in the whole El Paraiso residential area. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, it offers a select lifestyle for people seeking tranquillity yet is conveniently located for those times when it is necessary to venture out into the wider world – San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella and Estepona are just a short drive away. Not that such excursions are absolutely necessary: El Paraiso is well serviced with top restaurants and bars and a wide and varied range of commercial outlets, as well as extensive leisure amenities, including tennis and lawn bowls. Most importantly, the community authorities are strongly committed to ensuring that any new construction maintains the exclusive aesthetic, balance and harmony of the urbanisation. This is stunningly highlighted by the completely renovated villa featured here, Located in Paraiso Alto (Heights), in the direction of Villa Padierna, the property sits on a 5,850 square metre plot, with 900 square metres of built area and 250 square metres of terraces. It is built over two floors, with one master bedroom, four en suite bedrooms and six smaller bedrooms. An impressive entrance hall leads to a double staircase, expansive living room, and dining and breakfast areas, all offering panoramic views, while the kitchen is fully equipped with all appliances. A park-style garden is planted with subtropical trees, and also includes a heated pool, townhouse with bathroom, and private tennis court. The residence has three garages and a security room, and is completely walled and protected by outside security with a camera system. 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. [caption id="attachment_2851" align="alignright" width="150"] Porsche Cayman GT4[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2849" align="alignright" width="150"] McLaren 675LT[/caption] As we noted above, El Paraiso is so well serviced with amenities that residents could hole up there for months without having to venture out of the urbanisation. But most of us are social animals and we like to enjoy experiences away from home. That, of course, requires a car and with the Geneva Motor Show (the second of this year’s five major international automobile exhibitions) about to start (5 to 15 March), we thought we would test-drive two of the magnificent machines being unveiled at the show. The track-focused but road-legal McLaren 675LT, which takes just 2.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h, is making its world debut in Geneva; while Porsche is also premiering its new Cayman GT4, with a 3.8-litre engine, derived from the 911 Carrera S, that produces 385 hp (283 kW).