Discover the splendour of La Zagaleta, the most exclusive gated community in Spain

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La Zagaleta: Spain's most exclusive gated community

Dive into a world of unparalleled luxury and tranquility at La Zagaleta, an exclusive enclave nestled amidst the picturesque hills of Benahavis, just a short distance from the sun-kissed shores of the Costa del Sol and the vibrant hub of Marbella. This haven of opulence boasts an exceptional collection of residences, rivaling even the most sought-after properties across Europe.

Introduction to La Zagaleta

La Zagaleta is known as being one of the best, most prestigious gated communities in Spain, if not in the whole of Europe. The ideology of this stunning location with views to the Mediterranean and Africa from its various different ‘sectors’ was Enrique Pérez Flores, today honorary president. His plan was to build 3,000 houses but he decided to limit this number to ensure the survival of the natural environment. Currently, on 230 properties have been constructed with the possibility for 190 more, to total only 420 magnificent homes in this unique enclave.

Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi arms dealer who was the original owner of the estate, named the land Al Baraka. He built a mansion on one of the hills that was seized from him after his prosecution in the US and which today houses the Club House. The properties went up for auction and were awarded to a group of Spanish, Swiss, German and North American investors.

The homes in La Zagaleta are strategically located so that each owner can feel that they crown the coast. The prices oscillate between three and 35 million euros depending on their location within the community and their views, with plots ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 m² and are inhabited mainly by senior managers of multinationals who want a retired life.

La Zagaleta has the obligation to never talk about the owners, although many famous businessmen and politicians such as Hugh Grant, Rod Stewart and Lord Stanley Fink are widely rumored to have properties in Zagaleta. Also, let’s not forget Athina Onassis, whos family have a large property on the estate. It has long been rumored that Vladimir Putin has a palatial estate in La Zagaleta however this is not true.

Where is La Zagaleta?

Immerse Yourself in La Zagaleta’s Luxurious Enclave: A Convenient Haven

Nestled amidst the scenic foothills of the Serranía de Ronda, La Zagaleta stands as a beacon of exclusivity and refined living. Situated just 20 kilometers from Marbella, this prestigious residential estate offers a harmonious blend of privacy,security, and world-class amenities, making it an ideal haven for discerning individuals and families seeking an unparalleled lifestyle.

Prime Location for Seamless Access

La Zagaleta’s convenient location ensures easy access to a vibrant tapestry of attractions and amenities. Marbella’s vibrant center is just a mere 20 kilometers away, while the cosmopolitan hub of Puerto Banus lies a mere 12 kilometers distant.For those seeking a taste of authentic Spanish culture, San Pedro de Alcantara, with its charming old town and captivating coastline, is just a short drive off.

Effortless Journeys: A Gateway to Southern Spain’s Bounty

The well-maintained A-397 highway serves as a gateway to La Zagaleta, providing convenient access to the estate’s two entrances. The South entrance, located west of the A-397, is the closest point of entry, primarily reserved for residents.Four kilometers further up the highway lies the North entrance, the main gateway for residents, visitors, and workers.Here, stringent security measures ensure the utmost safety and privacy for all.

Arriving from Abroad: A Seamless Transition

For those arriving from international destinations, La Zagaleta’s accessibility is unparalleled. Malaga AGP airport,situated just 71.8 kilometers away, is a mere 45-minute drive via the AP-7 motorway. Alternatively, Gibraltar airport, 72.4 kilometers distant, can be reached within an hour via the main coast road.

Elevating Your Arrivals: A Private Helipad

La Zagaleta’s commitment to convenience extends to its private helipad, catering to those seeking a truly luxurious arrival or departure. A mere 15 minutes by helicopter will transport you to Málaga Airport, while Ronda is a mere 10-minute flight away. Sevilla, the captivating Andalusian capital, is just 40 minutes by helicopter, while the snow-capped Sierra Nevada is a breathtaking 45 minutes away.

With its impeccable location, seamless access, and unparalleled amenities, La Zagaleta stands as a testament to exquisite living. Whether you seek the vibrant energy of Marbella’s coastline or the tranquility of the Serranía de Ronda, La Zagaleta seamlessly blends these worlds, offering an unparalleled lifestyle for discerning individuals and families.


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Properties in La Zagaleta

How many properties are in La Zagaleta?

Nestled amidst the tranquil hills of Benahavís, La Zagaleta, a prestigious gated community, boasts an exquisite collection of 230 lavish residences, set on private plots ranging from 3,000 to over 10,000 square meters. These opulent homes, priced from an impressive 2 to 34 million euros, exemplify the pinnacle of luxury living, offering unparalleled privacy, breathtaking views, and a lifestyle of unparalleled sophistication.

Despite the current count of 230 properties, La Zagaleta’s expansion plans envision a future where the community will house a maximum of 420 villas. This ambitious expansion is fuelled by the availability of additional plots, earmarked for the construction of another 60 villas.

Furthermore, La Zagaleta is poised to elevate its grandeur with the addition of a six-star luxury hotel, an exceptional addition to the community’s already impressive amenities. This opulent hotel, set to feature its own private entrance, will be constructed in a separate sector of Zagaleta, ensuring minimal disruption to existing residents and properties.

As La Zagaleta embarks on this expansion journey, it remains steadfast in its commitment to maintaining its reputation for exclusivity and unparalleled living standards. The community’s dedication to preserving its tranquil ambiance and ensuring the privacy of its residents will continue to solidify its position as a haven for discerning individuals who seek an exceptional lifestyle amidst the grandeur of Marbella.

I’ve heard there are many different parts to the community. Can you tell me more?

The estate is divided into different sectors, which are currently named A through to H. The most privileged sector in terms of both price level and views is sector H, located at the highest peak of La Zagaleta and very close to security at the North entrance. In sector H, almost all properties are southwest-oriented and enjoy fantastic views of Africa and Gibraltar. Many properties in sector H are listed between 10 and 20 million euros, like this stunning mansion pictured below, priced at 19,500,000€.

Villa for sale in La Zagaleta

What types of property are there?

La Zagaleta is mostly villas, ranging in sizes from 500 m² to over 3000 m² in the largest mansions. However, there are a couple of townhouses near to the Golf Clubhouse. These are rarely available however one unit did sell in 2023 for just under 1 million euros.

As mentioned earlier, there are some plots available to purchase however these are few and far between. What is available varies from 3.000 m² up to approximately 15.000 m².

Prices for plots depend on their location within the community, the views they have and the terrain. As La Zagaleta is built on a mountainside with just a few flat areas, you may find a large plot where a retaining wall is required.

For more information on property costs, visit our La Zagaleta Property Market Data.

How much is a property in La Zagaleta?

La Zagaleta boasts a captivating landscape of opulent villas, each meticulously crafted to embrace the essence of luxury living. While the overall price range spans a significant spectrum,ranging from €2,000,000 to €34,000,000, the average property value hovers between 8 to 10 million.

A Spectrum of Luxury: Villas for Every Budget

For those seeking a taste of La Zagaleta’s grandeur without delving into the upper echelons of luxury, a plethora of properties within the €10,000,000 to €15,000,000 range offer exceptional value and impeccable craftsmanship. These villas exude elegance, seamlessly blending contemporary design with timeless Mediterranean aesthetics.

The Most Coveted: Villas Over €30,000,000

At the pinnacle of La Zagaleta’s luxury spectrum lie the most sought-after villas, valued at over €30,000,000. These masterpieces of architecture and design represent the pinnacle of opulence, boasting expansive estates, opulent interiors,and breathtaking views.

A Haven for Discerning Investors

La Zagaleta’s diverse price range caters to a wide spectrum of discerning investors, offering a wealth of options to suit every taste and budget. Whether seeking a pied-à-terre for occasional escapes or a permanent residence to savor the essence of luxury living, La Zagaleta promises an unparalleled experience.

Navigating the La Zagaleta Market with Expertise

For those seeking to navigate the intricacies of La Zagaleta’s property market, a trusted real estate professional can provide invaluable guidance. With our in-depth knowledge of the area and a keen understanding of client needs, the team at Verdin Property can expertly match buyers with the perfect villa, ensuring a seamless and successful investment journey.

Embrace Luxury Living in La Zagaleta

La Zagaleta, with its exceptional villas and diverse price range, stands as a haven for those seeking a life of refined luxury.Whether embarking on a grand investment or pursuing a personal dream, La Zagaleta offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the pinnacle of Mediterranean living.

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La Zagaleta Property Market Data

Average Asking Price: €5,387,778

Average Build Size: 969 m²

Average Plot Size: 3041 m²

Average Price per Square Meter: €6,378

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the table above is gathered from various sources, including official figures plus data from our own company and collaborating agencies. The details are updated on a quarterly basis and is generated based on properties currently available for sale in the public domain. Properties being sold in an off-market capacity are not included in this data. Only properties located within the community of La Zagaleta are included. Please note that any and all figures shown here are accurate at the time of publishing or updating and therefore may not always represent accurate figures.

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