Most overseas homeowners in Spain opt for a place near the beach and who can blame them, but it’s a big country, and look a bit closer and you’ll find just about every style of home and setting you could wish for even within the Costa del Sol.
A beachside apartment, a villa on a golf course, a traditional finca or village house, or even a pied-a-terre in a bustling city like Malaga – whatever type of home you’re looking for, Spain and particularly the Costa del Sol will tick the box.
Most people’s first impressions see the Costa del Sol as a beach destination but the more time you spend here, you will discover some wonderful alternatives to a typical Spanish beach apartment. We have the ski resorts of the Sierra Nevada, the cultural city of Malaga, the historical delights of Granada and the rich fertile Ronda Valley.
Luxury seaside penthouses, duplexes, comfortable two bedroom apartments and studios – different styles of apartment are aplenty in the region. You could opt for a sleek urban city apartment in Malaga or a frontline golf villa in Estepona, an apartment in Marbella East or a luxury residence in La Zagaleta.
There are benefits to new builds and off plan developments – they often have energy efficient heating and insulation, and come with up to date technology and modern kitchens and bathrooms, quite often offering an open plan layout to make the most of the space. These type of developments are excellent if you are looking to lock up and leave just visiting at times throughout the year as there is an added security.
In most towns on the Costa del Sol, there are elegant apartments built around the turn of the 20th Century, with high ceilings, double doors and attractive cornicing and plasterwork. These are usually located in the most sought-after areas.
Villas on urbanisations in popular tourist resorts are popular as both second homes and main homes with resorts such as Marbella and Puerto Banus offering international schools to tempt families. The outdoor lifestyle and climate is really what beckons people here but you really do get so much more property for your money.
Venture inland and you’ll find fincas aplenty for example in the Axarquia area. These will be old properties, many of which have been well renovated and are full of character. Village houses may have a small garden or terrace.
Living here though you become used to the amenities being within easy reach so dining out in the great resorts of La Cala, Mijas Pueblo, Marbella and Estepona become the norm. Watching or playing polo in upmarket Sotogrande or joining a yacht club out of Marbella. Being a member of an exclusive golf course or just playing your way around the region. You can create the lifestyle you want here, so whatever you are looking for you’re sure to find it in Spain.