The magic of marina homes!
Is your idea of an idyllic view one of yachts bobbing gently in a sparkling blue sea? Perhaps it’s time to consider buying a luxury home by a marina – here are four we’ve found to get you started…
Ibiza, Balearic Islands
You’d never tire of the view from this three-bedroom apartment in one of Ibiza’s most desirable property spots. Located on Ibiza Town’s famous Paso Marítimo, it looks across the Botafoch Marina to the fortified old town, which is just a 10-minute walk away. Talamanca beach is a similar distance. A highlight of the property is its large terrace with covered dining area. It comes with underground parking, access to a communal pool and gardens, and 24-hour security.
One of the hippest places to own a home in the Med, Ibiza combines stunning scenery and beaches with famously lively nightlife and an upmarket bohemian edge (compared to its more glamorous neighbour, Mallorca). Its main town, Eivissa, has a spectacular old quarter, with winding streets, boutique shopping and world-class dining. Elsewhere on the island, hidden coves and secluded hillsides await those who prefer to swerve the clubbing scene. Price: €1,199,000.
Overlooking Vilamoura’s world-famous marina, this two-bedroom luxury apartment is also an easy walk from the popular Falésia beach, as well as the boutiques and plentiful quality restaurants in the resort centre. Not many properties can match it for location! Residents get access to a large outdoor pool with its own natural sand and set within landscaped gardens by the sea. Price: €850,000
Part of the central Algarve’s famous Golden Triangle, Vilamoura is not only home to Europe’s largest single residential tourist community and five championship golf courses but also Portugal’s largest and most popular marina. As the sun goes down, it’s the place be seen, take a stroll or sit and people-watch with a drink or two.
Port Grimaud, France
Opportunities like this don’t come to market often in the Côte d’Azur’s famous waterfront community. Located in the centre of Port Grimaud, this large fishermen’s style house – the most sought-after – boasts six bedrooms within its 200 square metres of west-facing living space. Outside it enjoys a sunny wooden terrace with two private boat moorings and if you fancy a dip, the beach is just 800 metres away. The community has year-round security. Price: €3,250,000.
Dubbed the ‘Venice of Provence’, Port-Grimaud, is a purpose-built marina town of circa 3,000 waterfront homes in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. A charming landscape of seven kilometres of canals, bridges, narrow alleys and fisherman style houses, each painted in a different colour, life there revolves around being on the water. All types of amenities are available, including waterside bars and restaurants, making it a unique place to own a home.
Boasting wow views across Queensway Quay Marina to the Bay of Gibraltar and the mountainous southern tip of Spain, this stunning duplex penthouse is part of the Ragged Staff Wharf complex. It has three bedrooms, the master being en suite and with its own balcony, but a study could be a possible fourth. A highlight is the impressive 50-square-metre semi-wrap-around terrace. It comes with parking and residents have access to a communal pool, landscaped gardens and gym. Price: £1,375,000.
Ragged Staff Wharf forms one section of the residential development built around the prestigious Queensway Quay Marina, which sits in a central location beneath the famous Rock. Restaurants, bars and shops line the waterside there but for more options Gibraltar’s main shopping street is just a 10-minute walk away. Other key locations in Gibraltar, such as historic Casemates Square or Europort and Ocean Village are no more than 10 minutes’ drive.