Bruce Willis, new film shoot in Spain

Bruce Willis fans will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of him in Jávea (North Costa Blanca – Spain), security measures permitting, on the 15th, the 2oth and the 21st of September, 2010, specifically at the Cala Granadella bay where he’ll be recording scenes for his upcoming movie “The Cold Light of Day.”

The plot of the film is set in Spain, the vacation destination chosen by a young and arrogant stockbroker who works on Wall Street and his family, the peaceful days of rest of the main character are altered when he discovers that all his family has been kidnapped. This will draw him into a government conspiracy plot which, in turn, will uncover his father’s hidden secrets. The main chase and action scenes will be shot on the access road to the Grandadella Bay, a beauty spot on the Costa Blanca, within the Natural Park that carries the same name.

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How Marbella became a luxury resort

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“If you make a place beautiful, beautiful people come to it. They are looking for something romantic. They don’t want to show off. They don’t want to live in castles or yachts anymore. They don’t want to think anymore.” These are the words of Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe, who was born 55 years ago into a royal line traceable to the year 1100 and the Holy Roman Empire. Prince Alfonso caters to Europe’s golden crowd at Club Marbella, his lush resort on Spain’s Costa del Sol.

Until the 1940s Marbella was nothing but a village of 900 inhabitants on the Spanish coast. That all changed when, according to legend, a German prince’s coal-powered Rolls-Royce broke down there. Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe fell in love with the place and decided to stay.Born into one of the oldest noble families in Europe (he was godson to the king of Spain), Hohenlohe was a successful businessman and notorious playboy, fluent in five languages and skilled at sports such as rally-driving and tennis. After his fateful stop in Marbella he decided in 1947 to build a grand private residence there – the Finca Santa Margarita, with traditional whitewashed walls, red-tiled roofs, charming patios and terraces and wonderful, sprawling gardens with fountains, thousands of old trees and manicured lawns. There he played host to a constant flow of glamorous visitors with names such as Bismarck, Metternich and Thyssen, many of whom eventually bought adjacent plots to build their own homes.
But Hohenlohe had even grander plans. In 1954 he sold his own home (to his friends the Rothschilds) and used other parts of the estate to build the famous Marbella Club, which quickly became synonymous with Europe’s mid-century elite “jet set” lifestyle. (Indeed Hohenlohe was often credited with having “invented” the jet set.) Regular guests included the

Soon the former village was a fully fledged international resort, with Hohenlohe still a driving force. As head of the Costa del Sol Promoters’ Co-operative, he successfully lobbied for improvements to roads, airports and water supplies in the region. He continued to run the Marbella club and eventually set up another estate, not far away in the hills near Ronda, where he planted Bordeaux grapes and produced his own award-winning wine under the “Principe Alfonso” label.

By the late 1970s, however, Hohenlohe had become disenchanted with Marbella’s move toward mass tourism and so he sold the club to a consortium of Arab businessmen.

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Top 5 most expensive houses in the world

Apparently, France, UK and the United States are home to the most expensive houses in the world. Of course, they are classy and imposing, just like a luxury house should be. Let’s check them out, maybe they give you ideas on how to build your dream house.

5. Three Ponds: $75 000 000

Situated in Bridgehampton, New York, this 75 million dollar gem has its own golf course. Also, it’s called Three Ponds because it has ..three ponds and 14 themed gardens! Other features include two three-car garages, a two-story pro shop, second floor golfclub with a bar, separate staff quarters, a three-bedroom guest house,  barn and other outbuildings. The  main house has seven bedrooms and 12 baths.

4. Donald Trump’s beachside palace

The cost to such opulence? $125 million! The house has 18 rooms and it’s situated in Palm Beach, Florida.

3. Updown Court, Surrey, UK : $140,000,000

The motto of this house, according to its website is: “a tribute to completion”. Updown Court has 103 rooms, of which 24 are bedrooms, each with its own marble en-suite bathroom. Among other features, it has a two-lane bowling alley, five swimming pools, a squash court, a floodlit tennis court, a wine cellar, and a panic room in case of a terrorist attack

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2. Ira Rennert Mansion : $180,000,000.

This house is considered to be the largest residential compound in the whole of America. The house features 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, as well as the usual gigantic dining room, tennis courts, bowling alley. The grounds sum up to almost 255 000 sqm. The owner is Ira Rennert, a self-made millionaire, active in the industrial sector.

1. Villa La Leopolda. Nice, France: $ 398,350,000


This is a house truly fit for the richest man on the planet. Bill Gates used to live here. Now, Roman Abramovich, the Russian millionaire, lives here. Villa La Leopolda was built in 1902 by King Leopold II of Belgium.

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Deluxe apartments in Costa del Sol

Luxury villa for sale

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Luxury Villas for sale in Benalmadena/Malaga. The luxury villas have a perfect location: just 3 minutes from Benalmádena, 12 minutes from the Malaga International Airport and 20 minutes from Marbella and just 5 minutes from the beach. You can choose villas from 3 to 5 bedrooms with a living plot between 292 and 327 sqm. All the luxury villas have modern kitchens fitted with German appliances, finished in high-end materials.

For more information, contact us at info@kinos.es. Or click here for more photos and contact details.

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Characteristics of a luxury property

What exactly defines a luxury property? It’s not all about price. Of course, the price is an indicator of the features of the home, but luxury is a life style not necessarily related to the price of things.

The first indicator of a luxury property is the location. A well known neighbourhood, a beach-side property or a residential luxury development stand out in our minds. Eveybody knows Beverly Hills, Marbella or Côte d’Azur. Luxury properties are almost always secluded, which is an important marketing point for promoters.

A second characteristic is price or price per square foot of real estate. Knightsbridge, Sloane Street and Belgrave Square in London have been home to Britain’s most expensive residential real estate for the last 200 years and they will continue to lead because the richest people in the world own property there. The world’s most expensive apartment is a penthouse at One Hyde Park, in London, sold for £100 million or over 120 million Euros. Now that’s a luxury property!

Also, another important characteristic of the luxury property is the level of interior and exterior furnishings. Now that doesn’t mean that we get back to the roccoco and furnish our houses excessively. Quality is better than quantity!

Wikipedia has a good point: “Luxury real estate entails greater responsibility for agents who handle transactions than ordinary real estate. They must advertise to a national audience to attract non-local buyers, whereas ordinary real estate only generally requires exposure in local media. There are also greater legal responsibilities for the luxury estate agent, which often involve attorneys, trusts, and anonymity issues. Buyers often require more inspections than with ordinary real estate (which are generally bought after a single inspection).”

Luxury is primarily a life style and real estate is an important feature of this certain life style.

Luxury apartments for sale in Costa del Sol

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Penthouses, Apartments and Duplex Deluxe front-line exclusive beach in Costa del Sol

Features:

  • All apartments have an alarm system, security booth and motion detectors in all rooms.
  • The Costa del Sol is true paradise for golf lovers with more than 40 courses and is within Europe the area with more installations due to its favorable climate allowing this sport to be played year round.
  • The Estepona Yacht club is just a few meters away from the development
  • proximity to the The Escuela de Arte Ecuestre de la Costa del Sol and the Santa Maria Polo Club
  • Neoclassical architecture embracing the Mediterranean style: garden, fountains, plazas and promenade