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Real estate in Spain: The 7 most exclusive neighborhoods on the Costa del Sol

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A guide to the most exclusive neighborhoods on the western Costa del Sol and the type of beautiful homes for sale there!

One of the most beautiful sections of the Costa del Sol lies between Sotogrande and Estepona. A less developed part of the coastline with a dramatic mountain backdrop and green landscape. This area offers a beautiful natural environment. It is therefore not surprising to discover that it is also home to some of the most exclusive neighborhoods on the western Costa del Sol.

Some enjoy proximity to the sandy coastline, while others are nestled in the rolling foothills of the mountains. Stunning views are standard, as are some of the best homes you’ll find in southern Spain (and in fact, Europe).

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In this article, Gunther de Vleeschouwer, co-founder of and an expert on Costa del Sol real estate, shares his guide to these sought-after neighborhoods on the western Costa del Sol and the types of beautiful homes for sale there.

1. La Zagaleta in Benahavís

When it comes to exclusive neighborhoods on the Costa del Sol, La Zagaleta stands head and shoulders above all others. This secluded private estate (900 hectares), located on the road to Ronda, about 13 km from Marbella, is a select sanctuary of multi-million euro homes. Many belong to the world’s rich and famous, and all enjoy unparalleled on-site amenities.

What makes this area so exclusive? The privileged location and absolute discretion – you will never know who your neighbors are.

2. La Reserva in Sotogrande

At the far western end of the Costa del Sol lies the beautiful private community of Sotogrande. It has been synonymous with exclusivity since its inception. The luxurious residential development is among the best in Europe, and like La Zagaleta, it offers privacy and discretion. One of the best neighborhoods in Sotogrande is La Reserva, located in the foothills of the interior. It has its own golf course (there are five in total in Sotogrande), as well as an inland beach club with a freshwater lagoon.

What makes this area so exclusive? The beautiful scenery with world-class amenities at your doorstep.

3. Finca Cortesin in Casares

Tucked away in a privileged location near the beautiful white village of Casares, Finca Cortesin brings together all the elements of luxury living. Within the gated residential development are one of the world’s finest hotel resorts and one of the top five golf courses in Spain. Finca Cortesin is immaculately maintained and has stunning views of nearby mountain ranges, the Mediterranean Sea and Gibraltar. It offers world-class services to residents and guests.

What makes this area so exclusive? The beautiful location and the low density of the development.

Terrazas de Cortesín seaviews: Prestigious apartments located in the best golf resort in Europe; Cortesín Golf- from €455,000

One of the main features of the residential Terrazas de Cortesin Seaviews is its openness with low residential density. The exclusivity of the complex with spacious apartments and large terraces are visually very attractive. The result is a collection of 44 high level homes, distributed in 3 blocks, divided into 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses. The favorable B-energy performance certificate of Terrazas de Cortesin Seaviews, is also a nice plus.

4. El Paraiso in Estepona

One of the most established neighborhoods on the western Costa del Sol, El Paraiso enjoys an optimal location. Located at the eastern end of the New Golden Mile, it is within easy reach of Marbella and Estepona. Established in the early 1970s around a golf course of the same name, El Paraiso offers stunning sea and mountain views that all villas on the tree-lined avenues rising from the coast can enjoy.

What makes this area so exclusive? Its well-designed layout and tranquility, all within very easy reach of Marbella.

Mirador del Paraíso: Unique villas in Benahavís – from €1,350,000

Mirador del Paraíso is a gated community that features luxurious villas. All villas have a private pool and spacious terraces are provided in each case. In addition, the properties are surrounded by lush green gardens and a clubhouse is also provided. Mirador del Paraíso is located on a site of about 123,000m2 and offers plenty of peace and privacy to its residents.

5. La Quinta in Benahavís

Enjoying one of the best locations on the western Costa del Sol, La Quinta is located in the foothills west of Marbella in a beautiful setting. It offers an oasis of peace and quiet within a short drive of the bright lights of Marbella and Puerto Banús, just minutes away. Established about 30 years ago, La Quinta includes one of the best golf and country clubs on the Costa del Sol, the 5-star Westin Quinta hotel plus three excellent restaurants.

What makes this area so exclusive? Its elegant design and privacy within easy reach of Marbella.

Quercus: Apartments in Real De La Quinta Resort – from €577,500

Quercus is part of the Real de La Quinta resort. This is a complex consisting of 7 blocks of apartments in phase I and 11 others in phase II, which together form a stylish village. The properties consist of 2 to 4 bedrooms, spacious terraces and have very good mountain and sea views.

Real de La Quinta itself is located in a beautiful enclave surrounded on the north by National Parkland, on the east by the La Concha mountain, on the south with beautiful sea views and on the west by the Sierra de Las Nieves national park.

6. Los Flamingos in Benahavís

Los Flamingos is located slightly inland east of Estepona, in a green valley, complete with natural lake and panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Designed as a paradise for golf – Los Flamingos is home to three excellent golf courses – and known for its privacy, this residential area offers one of the most exclusive neighborhoods on the western Costa del Sol. The area is also home to Villa Padierna, one of the best hotels in the world.

What makes this neighborhood so exclusive? The development is in complete harmony with the beautiful natural surroundings.

Los Flamingos Views: 6 luxury villas in the exclusive 5-star golf resort of Los Flamingos- €1,800,000

This community of 6 exclusive villas features great sea views and is located near Marbella and Puerto Banús. You will find different types of villas from 3 to 7 bedrooms. Each property features open spaces, spacious terraces, dressing rooms and en-suite bathrooms. Moreover, you can also enjoy the services and golf courses that are nearby!

7. La Finca in Sotogrande

La Finca is part of the higher elevation area of Sotogrande and enjoys some of the most beautiful natural settings in the area. Cork oak forests crisscross the landscape, while beautiful mountains rise to the north and the Mediterranean Sea shimmers to the south. La Finca has impressive views of all this and the advantage of being just a few minutes’ drive from the Sotogrande marina and the local beach.

Designed as an exclusive hideaway, this part of Sotogrande may be one of the most recently developed, but it is already among the best.

What makes this area so exclusive? A secluded location, but with easy access to the amenities of Sotogrande.

La Finca Sotogrande: Luxury homes from €410,000

LA FINCA Sotogrande is a residential project of 176 luxury homes located on the edge of La Cañada golf course in la Reserva of Sotogrande. It offers peace in a safe and discreet family environment with views over the sea, golf course and Gibraltar.

Within this project there are different types of villas with 3 to 5 bedrooms and areas from 177 m2 to 257 m2. The homes feature open living spaces that let in a great deal of natural light. There are also spacious terraces with sea views. In addition, there is also the possibility of an optional Jacuzzi or private pool.

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