If you are thinking about moving to the El Rosario Marbella area of Málaga, read what local resident Marina Nitzak has to say about the area …
We´re a young family of 3 – myself, a self-employed NLP Coach and Trainer, my husband Juan, who works from home office as forex broker and our little 15-months old daughter Sofia.
We moved to this wonderful urbanisation of El Rosario Marbella almost exactly 1 year ago from Madrid and haven´t looked back since. Our villa is on the beachside of El Rosario in one of its palm-tree lined roads leading to the beach and there is only one more thing that we could possibly ask for at this idyllic home, which would be a seaview!
It is literally daily that we give thanks to be part of such a privileged location, lifestyle and community, where it feels so safe, so homely and so California-like (which, to be fair, is probably also in part owed to the very trendy and popular “South Beach” restaurant and beachclub we have at the bottom of our road!).
Our neighbours a real mix, many are Scandinavian and German and in their 30´s and 40´s.
The famous Las Chapas College is right in front of us, which keeps the immediate area very busy during the week from the morning until about 5pm in the afternoon throughout the year. The equally popular and extremely prestigious English International College is also within a few minutes’ walk.
El Rosario boasts many high-quality bars and restaurants, both on the beach side and on the mountainside across the motorway. Apart from the South Beach, you´ll also find the fashionable Bono´s Beach, one of my personal favourites Poco Loco Beach and others, like the Hippopotamus Beach, amongst several others. Another great venue is the modern and spacious Mozaic resto-lounge just at the motorway exit.
Across on the mountainside of the motorway, we have an array of restaurants and businesses in the El Nuevo Rosario shopping centre – from the Tennis Club and Gym, to Hair salon, estate agents, SuperSol supermarket, newsagents, car mechanics and car hire and even a German bakery!
Just 1 minute´ drive away is the Repsol petrol station with a pharmacy, Opencor and a nursery, amongst other businesses, which makes it handy for late-night shopping too!
Hospital Costa del Sol is just 3 minutes´ drive at the next exit of A7.
There are several bus stops in the vicinity which connect the non-drivers with Marbella through to Elviria Hills and beyond, although the service is not that frequent or reliable.
El Rosario is an extremely well looked after urbanization with private security and many beautiful mansions. I find it hard to imagine who wouldn´t love living here. It is particularly favoured by Scandinavians who like having a 2nd home to come to during the summer and several other times throughout the year. Very few of the villas are let out for holidays, which creates a lovely neighbourly atmosphere, rather than a whirl of short-term revolving tenants that many other urbanizations get during the summer months.
It has a perfect mix of tranquil with “just busy and buzzy enough” during the winter months and not too overpopulated by tourists during the summer, mostly due to lack of hotels or large quantity of holiday rentals in the area.
It has to be said, that without a car it would be difficult to commute to the nearby towns. El Rosario is one of the more expensive urbanizations, which is also reflected in the prices of its bars, restaurants and other amenities, which wouldn´t make it ideal for those on a tighter budget.
With regards to property in the area, there is a very good mix of apartment buildings and villas on the beachside and townhouses and villas on the mountainside.
A few insider tips: Mozaic now has a newsagents selling international press (even my favourite UK Grazia!) inside the restaurant, which also sells yummy freshly baked bread & croissants, which is great, so there is no better Sunday morning plan than to enjoy a big long brunch there (delicious breakfast served until 13h!) with a morning paper and take home a couple of warm rolls too!
Also, it took me ages to find the Drycleaners which is hidden away behind SuperSol, you can access it though a little pathway just by the Loor Hairdressers.
More about Marina Nitzak: I combine my coaching and e-learning business with workshops and conferences, and in my “spare” time I enjoy organising Costa Women Marbella events and parties! www.marinanitzak.com
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