11 April 2017 – Cinco Días
Unless you have €5,000 a month to spent on the service charge, then these exclusive villas are not for you. In fact, they are a concept that has rarely been seen anywhere in the world: a residential development comprising seven homes, each of which is going to be designed by an internationally-renowned architect, in a natural setting designed by a famous landscaper. The development is called The Seven. And it is the latest ultra-luxury initiative in Sotogrande, San Roque (Cádiz).
Sotogrande is undergoing a complete transformation. Established in 1962 by the millionaire Joseph Rafael McMicking, a businessman of Filipino origin, it quickly became one of the poles of attraction for domestic and overseas millionaires alike. Following the purchase from NH Hoteles in 2014 by the funds Cerberus and Orion, for €225 million, the management company has spent a while reflecting on what this urban complex in the Mediterranean should look like in the future. And the answer came from the past. “When you look at the history of Sotogrande, everything revolves around exclusivity and quality”, explains Marc Topiol, CEO of the company. (…).
The villas will crown a small outcrop in one of the highest areas of Sotogrande, with views over the sea, in the closed reservation of La Reserva, spanning 467 hectares. Construction of these dream homes, in the middle of this natural setting, will begin this year, with the aim of selling the properties by 2020.
The company has chosen seven internationally renowned architects to integrate their designs into The Seven (…).
A home in The Seven will cost between €14 million and €18 million. Each property will have a surface area of between 1,800 m2 and 2,400 m2, with the main bedroom measuring more than 120 m2. All of the homes will be equipped with everything a millionaire could wish for: a private spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a cinema and gym. “We will take care of everything. From paying bills to maintaining the garden and the home, opening up the home when the owner so requests, daily room service, chef, shopping, cleaning, restaurant reservations, transport, it will be live living in a hotel”, says Topiol. All for €5,000 per month (excluding extras).
In addition, residents will enjoy use of the shared facilities that Sotogrande has designed for La Reserva: a spa resort, one of the largest navigable lakes in Europe, tennis courts, golf, an artificial beach, a beach club….in an investment made by the company amounting to €40 million. Not to mention the well-known facilities at the urban complex, such as the Santa María Polo Club, horse riding facilities, the port and the famous golf courses, such as Valderrama and Real Club de Sotogrande. (…).
Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)
Translation: Carmel Drake