There’s an unexpected find inside this architecturally appealing villa in San Pedro de Alcantara, Malaga, Spain.
The second level of the double-height living room is lined with hundreds of books accessed by clear banister catwalks that lead to the loft library’s reading area. Exposed heavy wooden beams and crossbars embellish the vaulted ceiling.
The formal dining area sits below the loft reading room. Terracotta floors unify the open-concept space. Glass doors open to an extended covered terrace with lounging and dining areas.
High ceilings with thick beams shelter the terrace. Beyond that sits a blue-tile swimming pool with a fountain.
The other side of the house opens to a landscaped courtyard centered on a fountain. Another patio, this one partially shaded, includes banquette seating.
The updated kitchen has a center island, light wood cabinetry and a tile backsplash.
The primary bedroom contains a dressing room. Its en-suite bathroom features dual basins, a separate shower and a marble bathtub.
Three of the en-suite bedrooms share a terrace. Including staff accommodations, there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms within 490 square meters – nearly 5,300 square feet — of living space.
Other amenities include a security system, a video phone entry system and underfloor heating.
Bordered by hills and the sea along the Costa del Sol, San Pedro de Alcantara is about 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, west of the larger resort city of Marbella.
Prized today for its beaches, the town was once a Roman settlement. Among ancient ruins are the stone outline of an early Christian church, Roman baths and a watchtower.
San Pedro de Alcantara was established in 1860 as an agricultural community. With the introduction of an irrigation system using small dams, sugar cane thrived in the once barren soil and a sugar industry was born. Historical structures from that era include La Iglesia church, the Model Farm School on Agricultural Training and the local sugar mill.
Beyond beach-going, other attractions include golfing and bullfighting. Hotels, restaurants and shops are plentiful. A weekly farmer’s market offers locally sourced vegetables, fruit and meat.
The nearest airports are Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport, 60 kilometers – 37 miles – up the coast, and Gibraltar Airport, about the same distance to the south.
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