Real de La Quinta
by Chris Chaplow
Real de la Quinta is a large residential development just north of Marbella (within the Benahavís municipal district). It is being developed by the ‘La Quinta’ group east of their flagship resort, ‘La Quinta Golf’.
The development lies on the mountain side of the A-7 motorway, stretching almost entirely from Rio Guadaliza to the Rio Verde. For reference, these are the rivers that reach the coast via San Pedro and Puerto Banus.
Real de La Quinta is best reached from La Quinta Golf. There are other access roads crossing the motorway awaiting upgrade such as the continuation of Calle Pleyades in the Los Naranjos district of Nueva Andalucia, Marbella.
Sitting on the foothills of the Sierra Blanca, Real de la Quinta offers commanding views of Marbella and the coast and direct access via rustic tracks into the Sierra de las Nieves natural park and Biosphere Reserve.
The building licence for the first development, Los Olivos, was issued by Benahavís town hall in March 2015. Landscaping and infrastructure works began in December 2017 and the new road and bridge over the river Rio Guadaliza were opened in May 2018.
Real de la Quinta has been called ‘a high-quality resort, that’s sustainable for the environment, completely integrated with nature and transmits the lively and positive side of Marbella, alongside the innovative and practical “smart living” philosophy of Northern European countries’ by Rick Volpe, the architect in charge of the conceptual design.
Real de la Quinta is the first project in Spain that has received the infrastructure planning certificate issued by BREEAM, the world's leading organization for sustainability valuation. Applied in more than 70 countries, BREEAM is a global standard for assessing building projects in terms of their ecological and social responsibility. From water and energy use to urban mobility, recycling to local suppliers, landscaping to protecting the local flora and fauna, the BREEAM stamp is a safeguard for the future.
The development is vast and includes a lake, 18-hole golf course and hotel, as well as all the other facilities expected of a residential community including restaurants, shops and a wellness centre.
Every Los Olivos apartment enjoys panoramic sea and mountain views. The first phase consists of 36 apartments, divided between 7 blocks with 4, 5 or 6 apartments in each. In total, there will eventually be three phases.
Two and three bedroom apartments of 150m2 or more configured in seven 3-storey blocks. Construction work on the second project is advancing. The foundations of blocks 1 & 2 have been completed, whilst the bases of blocks 3 & 4 have now been laid. Blocks 5, 6 & 7 are further advanced and are now giving a much clearer idea of the development’s final style.
Vista Lago Residences
This luxury development of 18 design-led sustainable villas is in one of the higher portions of Real de la Quinta. Developed by BRIGHT and designed by architects U-Design, these stylish homes offer a perfect balance of indoor and outdoor living, with the lounge and terrace in each seamlessly merging into one extensive living space. In parts of the villas, both at ground level and upstairs, the windows disappear into the walls, ensuring perfectly clear views and bringing the outside in. A combination of custom designed furniture and world-leading brands along with a stunning selection of artwork make a Vista Lago Residences home something to be truly proud of.