The world moves according to the ebb and flow of fashion, trends, fads and styles – the very things that define a particular era or moment in our lives – but within this each town, region or country still manages to imprint its own personality on the process. This is especially true with regards to villas in Marbella, which combine the taste and style of different cultures and society.

Marbella  follows global trends and styles, but does it in its own way. This isn’t born out of controversy, but in reaction to this resort town’s unique location, climate and lifestyle. Due to the climate and the outdoor way of life you will see summery outfits, brighter colours and more emphasis and sports clothing. The area’s architecture similarly responds to the climate and lifestyle, especially in areas like the New Golden Mile where newly constructed properties are rife.

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Typical Villas In Marbella

Think spacious terraces, large windows focused on stunning views and homes and complexes with subtropical gardens, swimming pools and terrace decks. Many even have their own heated indoor pools and spas, all of which feeds into the architectural mix and the look of the properties that emerge. Technical construction standards and levels of comfort have come a long way from the early days of the Costa del Sol, and now include indoor cinemas, automated home control systems and impressive lighting and audio-visual effect throughout many of homes, but aesthetic design follows a less linear direction and meanders between different eras of style and taste.

Modern Marbella Chic

After decades of Mediterranean-inspired white plastered houses and apartment complexes dominating the market, the 1990s gave birth to a sensual style inspired by the region’s Hispano-Moorish heritage. Soft lines, originally in white, gradually turned to terracotta as the designs of renowned architect Melvin Villaroël gained momentum across Marbella and the surrounding areas of Nueva Andalucia and Nagueles. Where he had sought inspiration in the south of Morocco, the next design wave produced ochre and sand-coloured homes that formed a contemporary interpretation of the Spanish country style.


Northern European homeowners were looking for a style that offered cool interior spaces and large, partly covered terraces surrounded by lush greenery and aquamarine pools. Some architects and interior designers allowed the style to incorporate a colonial essence, complete with elegant Asian furnishing, until more recently a new design era swept across Marbella to define the dawn of Modern Marbella Chic.

In timely response to international modern trends, Marbella is rediscovering how white can combine beautifully with the green of its nature and gardens, and the crystalline blue sky, sea and pools. Early flirtations with modern design are recently being revived in crisp, clean lines that are modern and futuristic or even display retro modernist touches. The result is a stunning array of homes with clear white walls, large windows, elegant open-plan interiors that include spa-style bathrooms and state-of-the-art kitchens. In some cases the trend is towards more compact, loft style homes, but all of them combine the evolution of styles over the past few years.


The world would be a boring place if people didn’t have different tastes and styles and thankfully this continues to be true of Marbella. However,  it cannot be denied that modern villas in Marbella, apartments and luxury townhouses are very much in demand, ranking at the top of Marbella property wish lists where supply is once again being outweighed by demand.

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