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La Zagaleta, Benahavís: the most exclusive housing development in Europe


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La Zagaleta is an exclusive residential estate located in the municipality of Benahavís, near Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain. It is known for being one of the most luxurious and prestigious private communities in Spain, perhaps even in Europe overall. La Zagaleta offers a high level of privacy, security, and exclusivity, as well as private golf courses and leisure services, attracting wealthy individuals from around the world. Let’s find out all about La Zagaleta, Benahavís: the most exclusive housing development in Europe.

La Zalagaeta, Benahavís

La Zagaleta, also known as La Zagaleta Country Club, is a luxury development located just a short drive up into the hills looking over Marbella and Puerto Banús and is undoubtedly home to some of the most impressive villas for sale anywhere in Europe. 

La Zagaleta spans over 2,200 hectares (5,500 acres) of beautiful countryside, nestled in the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda mountain range. The estate offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Gibraltar Strait, and the surrounding mountains.

La Zagaleta prides itself on providing a high level of privacy and security for its residents. The estate is gated and guarded 24 hours a day by a team of security personnel, ensuring a safe and secure environment. In order to access La Zagaleta, you must pass through one of the two security booths located on the road between Benahavís and Ronda, located on the Costa del Sol in the region of Malaga. 

La Zagaleta golf

A development as exclusive as this one is of course not only home to luxury homes, but also 2 exclusive golf courses which are one of the many playgrounds for the rich and famous in the area: the ‘Old Course’, with 18 holes and built in 1991; and the ‘New Course’, inaugurated in 2005, also with 18 holes. Both golf courses are home to top level security and are only to be used by paying residents.

The main social clubs of the Zagaleta are also located within the golf courses, and according to the website of the development, the Old Course Clubhouse is an “elegant and sophisticated” place where residents “dine, meet, organise events and enjoy exquisite service in a select atmosphere”. Other activities that residents enjoy at their leisure include horse-riding, tennis and padel, or undisturbed walks through the woods.

How much does it cost to join La Zagaleta golf membership? Both golf courses in La Zagaleta are exclusive to residents and their guests. This ensures a peaceful and uncrowded experience on the fairways. As a resident, you can enjoy the privilege of playing golf on these private courses without the need for public access. Therefore, to access and enjoy the golf facilities in La Zagaleta, you typically need to be a resident and hold a golf membership. The membership fees vary and are separate from the property ownership, with most recent reports stating that there is a registration fee of €100,000 on top of the €11,000 yearly fee.

La Zagaleta property for sale

Those who see themselves in this exclusive urbanisation in Spain’s Andalusia region and have millions of euros to spare have 2 options; buying a plot of land and building the house of your dreams or investing in a property that’s ready to live in.

Villas for sale in La Zagaleta: If you choose to buy a villa in La Zagaleta, property prices are among the highest in Europe, reflecting its exclusive and luxurious nature. The estate is known for its opulent residences, stunning views, and top-notch amenities, which contribute to the premium price tags attached to properties within the community.  The cost of properties in La Zagaleta can vary significantly depending on various factors, such as the size, location, design, and features of the residence. Generally, properties in La Zagaleta start at several million euros and can go up to tens of millions of euros.

On the other hand, smaller villas or plots of land in La Zagaleta can be found in the lower range of the price spectrum, typically starting around €3-5 million. As you move up in size, grandeur, and amenities, the prices increase accordingly. Large, luxurious villas with extensive grounds, panoramic views, and high-end finishes can reach prices of €10-20 million and even exceed €30 million for the most prestigious and exclusive properties within the estate.

In order to find La Zagaleta property for sale, we recommend contacting a reputable real estate agent or agency specialising in luxury properties in the Marbella area. They will have access to exclusive listings in La Zagaleta and can provide you with detailed information about available properties that meet your preferences and requirements. You can also find a wide range of La Zagaleta property for sale on idealista. 

La Zagaleta famous residents

La Zagaleta represents the epitome of luxury living. Its idyllic location, top-notch security, world-class amenities, and stunning properties make it a highly sought-after destination for affluent individuals seeking an exclusive and lavish lifestyle.

But who lives in La Zagaleta? As mentioned, there is very strict private security throughout the whole of La Zagaleta development, and for this reason, no one really knows who exactly lives in or owns houses there. It is a place where the super-rich and famous go precisely to get away from the limelight. Nevertheless, it is said that Hugh Grant, Rod Stewart and even Vladimir Putin all have houses in La Zagaleta, but these are rumours and are not confirmed.

What else does La Zagaleta have to offer?

La Zagaleta offers a wide range of amenities and services to its residents. As well as the two private golf courses already mentioned, these include a clubhouse with restaurants and bars, a riding club with stables, a helipad, tennis courts, and a fitness centre. The estate also provides concierge services, maintenance, and housekeeping services to cater to the needs of its residents.

La Zagaleta has a membership system that grants access to its facilities and services. Membership is limited to the property owners within the estate, ensuring the exclusivity and privacy of the community. The membership fee is substantial, contributing to the maintenance and development of the estate, as well as the high levels of security.

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