Property for sale in Sotogrande

Property for Sale in SotograndeIf any resort in southern Spain could put glitzy Marbella in the shade, it’s neighbouring Sotogrande. You won’t find it on most maps because it isn’t a town, or even a village. It’s Cadiz Province’s largest and most exclusive privately-owned residential resort, run by the NH Hotels Group and part of the municipality of San Roque. But with its own swanky yachting marina, championship golf course, equestrian centre and international school, encircled by sandy beaches and nature reserve, it’s better-appointed than many conventional towns. 
Property for Sale in SotograndeOf course it’s the polo (as played here by British Princes Charles, William and Harry) that has created Sotogrande’s exclusivity: the International Summer Tournament, a World Polo Tour fixture ranked among the top three in Europe, brings teams of riders and ponies to compete at Santa María Polo Grounds for Gold, Silver and Bronze Cups, watched by a Who’s Who of high society.

Just as its multi-millionaire Scottish founder Joseph McMicking promised in 1962 when he bought five fincas to create the ultimate family sports resort, Sotogrande has "matured like a good Camembert”. Well-considered planning has created an urban area of startling natural beauty surrounded by cork forests, golf fairways and protected parkland around the River Guadiaro estuary - an ornithologist’s paradise - while trendy Sotogrande Marina has a great Covent-Garden-Sur-Med vibe. It’s hard to believe that this 20km2 community boasts: 

  • a golf academy and five championship courses offering 350 holes of play, including Valderrama of Ryder Cup fame
  • a top-rated equestrian centre which hosts champion show jumping, dressage, gymkhanas and teaching clinics held by Olympic riders
  • a yachting marina with a sailing club, shops, restaurants and a hippy chic Sunday market
  • a Raquets Centre with a hallowed Wimbledon atmosphere for paddle, pelota and tennis and two beach clubs including the Cucurucho which has 7,000 metres of sunbathing lawn by the sea
  • dozens of high-end bars and restaurants and several Argentinean steak houses( to cater for beefy Argentinean polo players) 

Buying Property
Sotogrande is a community of two parts: Costa, on the beach side of the coastal Property for Sale in Sotograndemotorway and Alto on the other side; but if you’re looking for stunning architecture and that elusive ‘wow factor’, you’ll find your bread’s buttered on both sides here – and at asking prices that have never been lower, reduced by as much as 40 per cent on 2007 levels! Sotogrande is an architectural showcase for some of the most magnificent family homes in Spain, built by the European aristocracy over the past 50 years. Set back along wide leafy avenues and often built on a grand scale with eight or 10 bedrooms, these properties normally command top-of-the-market prices so there’s never been a better time to bag a bargain. More affordable but still eminently luxurious is the Ribera del Marlin waterfront development at Sotogrande Marina with room to berth your super-yacht at the end of the garden! For a traditional Andalusian family-sized home flanking the fairways of the Cabell Robinson-designed La Reserva Golf Course,  Los Cortijos de la Reserva comes highly recommended. If character and authenticity are more your style, there are some interesting resale opportunities in and around the town of San Roque, the neighbouring Spanish villages of Guadiaro and Pueblo Nuevo and the small coastal town of Torreguadiaro.