It’s hard to put a value on a sun-drenched mound with sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Costa del Sol – views that stretch all the way to Gibraltar and beyond.
This villa in the seaside resort of La Zagaleta, near the Spanish mountain village of Benahavis in the province of Malaga, capitalizes on its elevated position. Located on a green hill in the exclusive gated district, the modern house represents a place of life as well as a way of life.
La Zagaleta covers 900 hectares, or about 3.5 square miles, on the site of what was once a hunting estate nestled between the SerranÃa de Ronda mountains and the water.
In addition to luxury residences, the area of ââvalleys, woods and streams contains two golf courses, two clubhouses and an equestrian center. There is also a snowshoe club and a helipad.
But it is not necessary to leave the house to enjoy the leisure facilities. The villa has an infinity pool and a covered, lighted seating area. Some 614 square meters, or nearly 7,000 square feet, of patio space allows for indoor and outdoor living.
Large columns support the balconies on the second floor, creating sheltered outdoor spaces below. Clear balustrades allow unobstructed views from the upper level and reveal the symmetry of the expanse of the lawn and landscape below.
Elements of strategic lighting and fire flank the illuminated pool. Palm trees and boxwood hedges line the expanse of greenery.
Cream-white walls soften the exterior, while the tiled roof ties the dwelling to the Mediterranean setting.
A portico is at the entrance of the house. Inside, 1,311 square meters of contemporary living space, approximately 14,000 square feet, contains two above-ground levels of massive rooms with windows that overlook the courtyard and pool.
The sea views are even evident from the grand foyer. A massive skylight ceiling bathes the central two-story reception hall, which has sight lines all the way to the rear of the house.
Designed to receive and receive guests, the mansion includes a formal dining room, a reading nook, nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
The sleek kitchen features two prep islands, both with sinks and dark cabinets. Bright cabinets define a wall with two ovens and plenty of storage. An adjoining breakfast room is set against a wall of windows.
The lower level contains an indoor heated lap pool, spa and gym. The theater hall features wooden plank walls with upward lighting on either side of the screen.
A wine cellar provides ample storage space for those wishing to visit and stock up on the many wineries and vineyards in the region.
Cristina MartÃnez d’Inmobiliaria Rimontgo is the listing agent for the property, which is priced at 23 million euros, or approximately 28 million US dollars.
Hikers will find plenty of trails starting from Benahavis, a quaint town with narrow, winding streets and an abundance of good restaurants.
Malaga airport is approximately 55 minutes by car.
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