Located in the hills surrounding Marbella (Spain), La Zagaleta is considered one of the most exclusive private estates in Europe. Indeed, simply gaining access to it is a rare privilege, but since nothing is out of reach for SoBARNES, we’re taking you on a private tour of this 20-room villa nestled between the sea, the mountains and the golf course and presented by BARNES Marbella to be auctioned online from 15 to 20 April.
If you still have space on your list of the Top 10 spots you dream of visiting, make sure you add La Zagaleta! Oh, and by the way, you can forget everything you thought you knew about private estates, even the most exclusive ones... It all started back in 1990, when a group of investors bought La Baraka, a 2,224-acre hunting estate just 10 minutes from Marbella with the (not so) crazy idea of creating the most exclusive residence in Europe, one that was in harmony with nature, just a few minutes from the beaches of Marbella, and at the foot of the Ronda mountain range. Thirty years later, La Zagaleta is home to 230 villas whose architecture and design would be quite at home in the world's glossiest interior design magazines, along with two championship golf courses and a riding centre that certainly does the great Spanish equestrian tradition proud.
As you’ll have gathered, the (lucky) owners of these villas are among the crème de la crème of the business, arts, sports and cultural worlds. Unsurprisingly then, it takes more than a knock to open the doors of the villas at La Zagaleta, except when Jeremy Lauwers of BARNES Marbella takes on the task of selling this one, that is...
“This 7,750 sq ft villa, accessed via a private road, is an estate in itself”, Jeremy explains. “Its many terraces, both covered and open, mean you could spend a week there without ever having to enjoy your sunset aperitif in the same spot twice! The large master suite is very much separate from the three guest suites on the garden level for maximum comfort and privacy, and the garden level also includes a separate fully equipped apartment for guests or staff, a home cinema and a gym with a breathtaking indoor pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi to guarantee maximum relaxation in your own private oasis”. The ‘cherry on the green’ is the Old Golf Course at La Zagaleta, some of the most beautiful fairways of which run right past the villa, just beneath its terraces.
It would be difficult to fit all of the luxury and comfort that this villa offers into these few lines, but at least the video should have given you a taste of what to expect...
Even the sale of the property is out of the ordinary, set to be auctioned online between 15 and 20 April 2021 by means of an innovative procedure adopted by Concierge Auctions that involves placing a confidential starting bid in advance. The closer it is to the final auction sale price, the better your chances of winning without any additional costs! The following video offers a clear explanation of the process:
“A direct sale can be made prior to the start of the auction”, Jeremy Lauwers explains, “provided that the reserve price set by the owners is reached from the outset”. Hmm, tempting... but how much is this villa worth? “Contact the BARNES Marbella office for a ballpark figure!”, the Costa del Sol expert adds.
After that, it's up to you, but if yours is the winning bid, do let us know (it’ll be our little secret, of course...).
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