Thursday, November 24, 2011

La Alcazaba Banus

La Alcazaba Long Term Rentals in Puerto Banus

This development is incredibly popular for a number of reasons. Firstly it has been around for a substantial length of time and secondly the complex itself is very attractive, with well maintained gardens and on site restaurants. And finally Alcazaba is near to everything in the Port, but far enough away not to be disturbed with excessive noise.

The development is situated close to the southerly most point of Puerto Banus and relatively close to the N340 (you can´t hear the road). You are very close to the east entrance/exit of the marina so getting to Marbella, Estepona and even Gibraltar would be pretty easy, obviously heading west will become even quicker when the San Pedro bypass is completed (supposedly the end of the year, but looking at its current state of completion this is highly unlikely)

Apartment Prices

We have several Alcazaba Banus long term rentals including this huge 200m2 2 bedroom penthouse for €2000 per month. It is possible to get a good 2 bedroom property within this development for €1200-1400 per month.

Benefits of La Alcazaba Banus

  • Well located
  • Excellent gardens
  • Onsite restaurants including a pool bar and Polynesia
  • Manned from entrance

  • Older development so unrenovated apartments can look tired
  • Heavily rented in summer months
Overall this is a well maintained Puerto Banus long term rental favourite, with many positives. The apartments are spacious and there is plenty to do there in the summer months. The entrance almost feels like a hotel, with the conscierge on the front desk.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Playa Rocio and Granados Banus Long Term Rentals

There are 2 popular developments situated on the east side of the marina in Puerto Banus, Playa Rocio, situated directly next to the Dali sculpture of a rhino and the main road that takes you to the Lavante beach. The second is Granados De Banus, a more expensive development created by the well known developer Espacio, whose office is also in Banus.

Playa Rocio

This complex is a good option for those seeking a long term rental in Puerto Banus as it is beachfront and has a lovely pool area and gardens looking straight at the Levante beach and the La Pesquera restaurant. 2 bedroom apartments can be found here for around the €1100 mark and 3 beds are often marketed for €1300-1400. The apartment qualities are of a decent standard and many have sea views. Bear in mind for the figures I have given above, you could be added as much as another 30% on top of that for a clear sea view.

Los Granados De Banus

This is a well kept, higher level complex that has a whole host of amenities including an indoor heated pool, gymnasium and a 24 hour security desk at the front of the development. Prices for this development are considerably more than Playa Rocio, this long term rental in Granados de Banus is currently being marketed for €6,800, obviously is has amazing views and is pretty near the sea. For a 2 bedroom apartment without views, you would pay approximately €2,500 per month.

Granados Banus is a well known development and the developer, Espacio has a long history of building high quality developments here in the Marbella area and also Estepona. They are always built to a high standard. Granados de Banus is no exception, the interiors however in some apartments can look a little dated, as they have grey marble and older appliances and work surfaces in the kitchens.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Terrazas De Banus Long Term Rentals in Puerto Banus Marina

The level of property with the highest number of prospective renters is without doubt the €900-€1400 bracket. There are several choices within the confines of Puerto Banus and here I will give you an understanding of the complexes that would meet this criteria.

Terrazas De Banus

This development has been around since the late nineties and has always proved a popular choice. Set on Avenida Julio Iglesias, this is as close to the Marina as you can get, without being subjected to a barrage of noise from the bars and restaurants.

The apartments follow the 2 bed 2 bath layout and also the same formulaic 3 bedroom and penthouse distribution of rooms (the penthouse having a spiral staircase in the lounge up to the next level). The properties are finished to what I would describe as an average standard, but because of the location this tends to pale into insignificance. 2 bed properties can be found for the €1000 mark relatively easily. 3 bedrooms and penthouses are obviously north of that figure.

  • Well located
  • Reasonable sizes
  • Good security
  • Nice pool area and facilities
  • 24 hour security

  • Some apartments look tired
  • Often furnishings suit holiday lets rather than long term
  • Can still be noisy internally over summer months due to holiday makers
For people working in the Port or even close by, this continues to be a favourite as there are excellent transport connects very close by. Look at several properties within this development before renting to get a proper feel, also if you can find out whether your neighbours do holiday lets. Here is an example of an apartment in Terrazas De Banus for long term rental.

Finding Long Term Rentals in Puerto Banus

The Puerto Banus area proper is everything directly on the beachside of the road as you enter from the N340. Many people class properties on the other side of the road as being within the Banus area, but in actual fact that is not correct. There are several well known developments in Puerto Banus and with this blog I will try to give you a good insight into what developments are available for you to make your job easier when looking for Puerto Banus long term rentals.

Your Budget

This is an important part of establishing what sort of thing you are looking for, as to be directly in the marina area the least you will pay for a property per month with be around the €700. That would be in one of the older buildings directly on the Marina. Be aware that unless the apartment in this development has really good double glazing, you need to be prepared for some noisy nights, particularly in the summer time, where bars literally go on until 5 in the morning.

Marina Banus

A more prudent option may be the development of Marina Banus, situated opposite El Corte Ingles and therefore away from the bars and restaurants. You may have to dig pretty hard to find a property under the €800 mark, but if you look hard enough they do come up from time to time. Our company does currently have a Marina Banus long term rental, it is however a 1 bedroom property.

I will contiue to give further information on pricing and also the various places to rent in Banus, at all levels and budgets. I have lived and worked in the area for over 8 years, so hopefully you will find my insights valuable in helping you in your search for your ideal rental property.