The leafy centre of Marbella

For most people, there are two mental pictures of Marbella – the downtown area and the residential zones that radiate out from it. The latter is known for its frontline beach areas dominated by luxury apartments and penthouses. Just inland from here can be found villas and apartment complexes in leafy residential zones often with frontline golf views, as well as country club settings in the foothills of the coastal mountain ranges.

The town, on the other hand, is a more urban environment, where apartment blocks, shops, cafés and restaurants line the main Ricardo Soriano avenue. Between here and the beachside area are apartments overlooking quieter streets and shaded squares until you get to the Paseo Marítimo beach walk. Marbella town is also home to an old quarter complete with quaint historic homes, cobbled streets and squares. It’s a wonderfully ambient area to have on your doorstep, not least because of the many charming restaurants, tapas bars, coffee shops and boutiques that the ‘Casco Antiguo’ is known for.

Though there is increasing interest in living in the town itself, most foreign residents believe the options here are rather limited when compared with the residential surroundings of Marbella. Many would love to live within walking distance of the town’s beaches, café society, shops, the fresh produce market and the classic Andalusian vibe, and the good news is that quite apart from the beachside and old town zones there are, in reality, some very interesting downtown residential areas to choose from.

The latter include Huerta Belon, a peaceful, leafy suburb just north of the main avenue that is within strolling distance of the centre yet tranquil and private. It is an established area, so the properties consist mainly of medium-sized villas on comfortably-proportioned plots, most of which are level. It’s a little-known gem of a suburb where you can find luxurious renovated properties as well as reasonably priced ones just waiting to be modernised.

La Pavona is another villa suburb that offers a similar profile of properties, though a little further removed from the main centre – and closer to the Golden Mile – as well as featuring somewhat larger, more luxurious villas on grander plots. Here too you will find a mix of fully up to date homes and those that offer investment and redevelopment potential. A little further up and you come to Nagüeles, a charming well-established villa zone where the Fuerte de Nagüeles Park area is of particular interest to those looking for real estate opportunities.

Such hidden gems remain just that, as even long-time residents seldom know about the residential areas that belong to the town of Marbella itself. Offering a wonderful blend of suburban peace and space combined with close proximity to the appealing town vibe of Marbella, they are well worth taking a look at. Please contact Lamar Properties for more information – we are the experts in these and other selected areas of Marbella.

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