Sitting in a quiet, rural location just outside Benahavis on the road to Ronda you will find one of the most exclusive, luxury developments on the Costa del Sol – Club de Campo La Zagaleta.
Only a short drive from the famous Puerto Banus, La Zagaleta is one of the most sought after locations in Spain boasting a small number of large, private properties housing some of the coasts rich and famous visitors.
When you purchase a property in La Zagaleta you don’t only get privacy and luxury, you also get beautifully manicured, landscaped gardens, club houses, 24-hour security and access to two professional golf courses: La Zagaleta and Los Barrancos.
Club House and Sports
The 5,000 m2 club house provides a community space for residents and their guests to relax and enjoy some of the activities that few other developments are able to provide.
Residents can make use of meeting rooms, restaurants, bars, and a cafe. There is a swimming pool and sauna area for the parents to relax in while the children can enjoy a discotheque, billiard room and even a bowling alley. The swimming pool area also provides a barbeque and snack bar.
For the horse lovers there is a fully equipped riding club breeding Arab and Spanish horses. The club offers 23 stables and four training arenas. There is more to La Zagaleta than just luxury properties!
For tennis fans there is a choice of clay or hard-surface tennis courts to hone your skills.
If you are a golfer, then La Zagaleta has everything you could want from two professional golf courses to an on-site pro shop.
A unique 18-hole course, La Zagaleta Golf was designed by the Californian architect Bradford Benz in 1991 and opened at the end of 1993. One of the major objectives for the designer was to preserve the beauty of the natural surroundings and this has been achieved.
From the start of your round until the end you are unlikely to see anything other than nature as there are no parallel holes and the only other thing you will see is the spectacular clubhouse after the 9th and 18th holes. A round at this course is like playing on a nature reserve.
Each hole has four tee positions to allow players of all skill levels to enjoy the course. Choose the closest tee for a tranquil, relaxing round, or the furthest tee to challenge yourself and play like the professionals.
Aided by the natural slope of the valleys the path to each hole is clear to see with clear access to the greens. There are few courses that offer such peace and privacy as this, although you may have to share the fairway with a pheasant or a deer.
Opened in 2005, Los Barrancos is a par 70 course once again shaped by the landscape that surrounds it.
As you progress through your round you will pass cork trees in between which many animals have made their homes and from where they can be seen watching the golfers passing through. The course is situated on the north part of the estate and sits between mountains and valleys creating a unique course with stunning views.
On the par 3 second hole the green is separated from the trees by the Embarcadero Lake, pure mountain water, which adds another level of natural beauty to the course, as well as increasing the difficulty level.
The natural form of the landscape makes for improved bunkering rather than the stereotypical resort style with more traditional, strategically placed bunkers.
The intention to integrate this course with nature has been well realised with several holes having fresh water streams running alongside, while the entire course is surrounded by beautiful local flora. The sound of flowing water with the sounds of local animals and birds makes this one of the most relaxing courses on the coast and is well known for providing an exciting and pleasurable round of golf.
No two properties are the same in La Zagaleta, although they all stick to the Andalusian style so as to blend well into the natural environment.
You have a choice when looking to make a move to this exclusive community as you can either purchase one of the few remaining plots or one of the villas that is currently under construction. Alternatively, you can choose one of their signature villas which provide “a wave of 21st century architecture that blends with the countryside.”
You could also choose from one of the many properties that already stand in the estate, all constructed to the highest standards with the highest quality materials.
The signature villas have been designed with a minimum of 8 metres between each plot to ensure privacy. This also provides space for the local wildlife to make their way around the properties thus causing them minimal disruption.
The modern design of the villas reflects the latest in contemporary architecture and fulfils the five main elements of property design – water, light, landscape, comfort and practicality.
Each of the villas is located on a large plot with sizes ranging from 3,000m² to 25,000m². Many of the villas provide up to 8 bedrooms, with similar numbers of bathrooms. Private pools are an essential in this estate as well as multi-car garages. There is nothing small in La Zagaleta!
This, unfortunately, is also true when it comes to prices. However, most of the properties are owned by the very rich and famous and if you are not in that club you are unlikely to be looking for property here. Rumour has it that Russian President Vladimir Putin owns a property in La Zagaleta, as well as Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich. It is also said that British Actor Hugh Grant and singer Row Stewart also own properties on the estate, so you are in good company.
If you plan to buy a villa in La Zagaleta you should expect a price of over a million euros to buy a plot and anywhere from 5 million to 25 million euros for an existing property. Remember though, for that money you get to live on one of the most exclusive estates not only in Spain but in Europe, with facilities to rival any world class hotel or country club.
La Zagaleta truly is the epitome of luxury living. For more information on the properties of La Zagaleta visit www.villaslazagaleta.com, or call us today on +34 952 907 386.