When it comes to living in a quality area like Marbella, security is everything, so today we are visiting the best gated communities in Marbella and the surrounding area. So without further ado, let’s get straight through those gates into our first gated community.
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 finally raised only 420 to guarantee the survival of the natural environment.
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.
PROPERTIES IN LA ZAGALETA
If you are looking for a property in La Zagaleta then click here to check out a selection of properties we have available. Remember to contact us directly if you cannot find what you are looking for as many owners in this community do not want their homes published online.
Adjacent to La Zagaleta lies El Madroñal, an estate comprising 6 separate gated entrances and covering an area of some 600 acres, perched atop olive, cork, and pine-covered ridges. Home to approximately 150 private villas, many of them on large plots, the El Madroñal estate was originally owned and developed by the Parladé family, part of Marbella royalty, and later sold on to Thierry Roussel.
During the 1980s, the Saudi multi-millionaire Adnan Khashoggi fell in love with the area and purchased the estate, which was subsequently divided and led to the creation of the developments known as Reserva de Alcuzcuz, El Madroñal and La Baraka, later known as La Zagaleta.
Similar to La Zagaleta, the estate is home to abundant, free roaming wildlife including boars, mountain goats and deer.
Due to its exclusive, private location, El Madroñal continually attracts the international jet-set, high-profile politicians and businessmen, plus the usual plethora of A-list celebrities. The community was home to the El Cortijo recording studio, memorable as where artists such as the Icelandic star Bjork composed her iconic track ‘So Broken’ in 1997. Mariah Carey and Cher also stayed here during their album creation. El Madroñal was also a retreat for several members of Hollywood royalty, including the quintessential ‘Hitchcock blonde’ Madeleine Carroll.
One of the most important details when it comes to properties in this area is that El Madroñal has a minimum plot size of 2600m², which guarantees privacy and ensures property owners are not overlooked by neighboring villas. Property styles vary from traditional Andalusian style homes to contemporary, state of the art villas that are currently in trend among many buyers.
PROPERTIES IN EL MADROÑAL
If you are looking for a property in El Madroñal then click here to check out a selection of properties we have available. Remember to contact us directly if you cannot find what you are looking for as many owners in this community do not want their homes published online.
SIERRA BLANCA & CASCADA DE CAMOJAN
For those looking to live in the lap of luxury and privacy closer to the Mediterranean Sea and Marbella’s hustle and bustle, the exclusive communities of Sierra Blanca and Cascada de Camojan are for you. Ensconced between wooded groves and protected nature beauty while looking out over Marbella, Puerto Banus and the Mediterranean shoreline all the way along to where it meets the Atlantic ocean in Gibraltar.
Both communities are home to impressive properties, ranging from luxury apartments inside individual communities to mega mansions of both classical and contemporary styles. Whilst plot sizes are generally smaller than in La Zagaleta or El Madroñal, homes in this area still main a sense of space and privacy, plus of course the orientation towards the sea and the iconic Marbella landmark of La Concha mountain.
Sierra Blanca was born under the former mayor of Marbella, Jesus Gil, in the early 1990s. It started as a few luxury mansions however the area started to grow rapidly in the mid 90s. Developer Antonio Rodriguez is the creative mind behind the grid-style roads, named after famous composers such as Bach and Mozart, which feed into Sierra Blanca’s private, secluded feeling that covers an area of just over 60 acres and near 300 homes. Famous residents of Sierra Blanca include Serbian tennis legend Novak Djokovic and actress Eva Longoria.
PROPERTIES IN SIERRA BLANCA & CASCADA DE CAMOJAN
If you are looking for a property in Sierra Blanca or Cascada de Camojan then click here to check out a selection of properties we have available. Remember to contact us directly if you cannot find what you are looking for as many owners in these communities do not want their homes published online.
So there we are, a short guide to our favorite gated communities in Marbella and the surrounding area. Of course there are several other gated communities plus developments with 24 hour security so if this is something that is an important factor when it comes to choosing a property and area to live then be sure to let us know! You can also browse the full selection of properties we display on our website by clicking here.