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Showpiece Homes and Luxury Living… Nueva Andalucía

A municipality of many contrasts, Marbella’s allure for people looking for a new home, and lifestyle, varies from the traditional and relaxed charm of its old town to the sybaritic pleasures and glamour of Puerto Banús. And then there is Nueva Andalucía, a mix of the two plus a distinctive appeal of its own. Marbella has been recapturing its magic in recent years, and Nueva Andalucía has been a standard-bearer of that resurgence, a family-friendly environment and multi-national focal point of Marbella that is home to both Spaniards (many from the northern regions) and foreigners, able to enjoy classic tapas on an al fresco terrace, gourmet cuisine at an international restaurant or cocktails at a chic cosmopolitan lounge. Extending from the western end of the “Golden Mile” connecting Marbella city and Puerto Banús all the way to San Pedro de Alcántara, and up into the hills that border Benahavís municipality and down to the outskirts of the Port, Nueva Andalucía is a key area where many of the more affluent expatriates have moved to over the past three decades. During the real estate boom up until a few years ago, the area grew spectacularly in all directions, with numerous gated luxury urbanisations being developed throughout the valley and on the hillsides, accompanied by a blossoming infrastructure of top amenities and services. One of the stand-out properties that is part of that celebrated history is the exceptional frontline golf (Las Brisas) villa featured here. Stunningly presented and immaculate throughout, the seven-bedroom home was built in 1982 and refurbished in both 2000 and 2009. Extending over 885 square metres of built area with 400 square metres of terraces, the home’s 4,796 square metre plot (in one of Nueva Andalucía best streets) features lush landscaped and tropical gardens with a barbecue area, chiringuito with outdoor bar, and 17 by seven-metre private pool (pre-installed for heating) – offering mountain and golf views. Inside it includes a large living room with open fireplace, a new open-plan and fully fitted kitchen (AEG and Siemens), a guest house and staff apartment, a TV-cinema-entertainment room, a wine cellar, and a carport for two cars which could be converted into a garage. It features marble floors, central heating (oil) and under-floor heating in the kitchen and bathrooms, and alarm and infra-red security. Special Selections We appreciate your taking the time to read about this one-of-kind 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. In the meantime, returning to Nueva Andalucía, the people who made their homes in the area in the early years of its development were mostly attracted by the golf. Las Brisas (then known as “Nueva Andalucía Golf Club”) was founded by José Banús in 1968, Aloha opened in 1975, Los Naranjos (designed by legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones in 1977) was inaugurated in 1977 and La Quinta was launched in 1989 – while Spain’s first 24-hour illuminated course, the nine-hole La Dama de Noche, opened in 1992. [caption id="attachment_2673" align="alignright" width="150"] Aloha Golf[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2671" align="alignright" width="150"] Andalucian Open[/caption] These courses form Marbella’s “Golf Valley”, and over the years they have hosted two World Cups (Las Brisas in 1973 and 1989) and several events on the European Tour, European Senior Tour and Ladies European Tour – most recently the 2012 Open de Andalucía promoted, organised and hosted by Málaga-born Miguel Ángel Jiménez. The list of champions in these events is a veritable roll-call of international stardom, including Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Lee Westwood... and Jiménez himself.