Buy to Let Villa in Marbella
Buying a buy to let villa in Marbella can be an excellent investment. Located in Spain’s sunny south, it’s a hugely popular destination for families, attracting holidaymakers from across Europe all year round. With golf courses that are busy all winter, and a season that starts from Easter and lasts well into October, Marbella holiday lets is big business.
There’s actually never been a better time to buy because, for the first time in years, you can buy a quality villa anywhere from 400.000 to 1,800,000 Euros. With a few nips and tucks, these good value properties can then be rented out very successfully for holiday lets, easily covering their costs so you can sit back and relax.
Choose the right property and you can be certain of a consistent, strong demand for lucrative short-term rentals – bringing in between 4,000 to 8,000 euros per week in high season (June to September).
However, Marbella boasts a very high standard of villa rentals, so to attract discerning customers it’s necessary to meet the grade.
Here are 10 features your buy to let villa will need to become ‘hot property’ with holidaymakers.
1) Great location
Families are attracted to Marbella by its beautiful beaches and the excellent restaurants, bars, cafes and shops of the Old Town and Puerto Banus. Therefore, they’ll want to be located a short drive away or, even better, a short stroll, from the action.
The most successful rentals are in areas such as Golden Mile Marbella, Nueva Andalucia, El Paraiso, Estepona and Marbella East, where some of the Costa del Sol’s best beaches are on the doorstep. Villas located in these areas are very popular, proximity to golf course, tennis, bars and restaurants and of course the beach!
2) Four bedrooms
If you want to attract families you’ll need a minimum of four bedrooms. Because many extended families travel together and, often, families holiday with friends, the more space you have the more appealing your property will be. Properties with staff accommodation are very popular.
Aim to make your villa as flexible as possible, with a mix of double, single and sofa beds, allowing you to accommodate a range of guests.
3) Private pool
A pool is an absolute must for families with children. Parents know their kids will spend many happy hours splashing around while they get to enjoy a well-earned rest!
Don’t forget to make your pool area look gorgeous with quality loungers, outdoor furniture, parasols and attractive pot plants.
4) Sun terrace
Holidaymakers will want to make the most of the great outdoors and Marbella’s fantastic weather, so your property should provide a range of outside spaces.
A stylishly kitted out terrace is an extension of your living space, bringing the outside in. Be sure to include a nice barbeque area, as families will no doubt be looking forward to al fresco meals, too. A proper, easy to use barbeque is essential.
5) Beautiful kitchen
Families with children are more likely to want to ‘eat in’ during their holiday than childless travellers, so make sure your kitchen is both appealing and fully equipped.
Just because they’re on holiday, they won’t want to make do with a dodgy hob and mismatched crockery. A great kitchen will help sell your villa to holidaymakers – no matter how little they use it!
6) Reliable internet access
Professional couples will often need to keep in touch with work while they’re away, so offering fast, reliable broadband or fiber optic that is accessible all over the house is really important.
Meanwhile, children these days come with their own gadgets that they’ll want hooked up to the web. No one wants a stroppy teenager whining about being unable to access social media when they’re on holiday!
7) High quality A/V & Music
Just like great internet access, providing a range of television channels to keep all the family happy is also a selling point. Family movies, Disney, Nickelodeon and Sky Sports will ensure everyone is entertained.
Make sure you provide good-sized flat screen TVs to show them on, too. Music is also important. There are many portable docking stations available at very low cost, allowing guests to play music from (and charge) their own devices. Forget about some old CD player!
8) Air conditioning
Marbella gets hot during the summer months and, although that’s one of the attractions for tourists, they’ll also expect an escape from the high temperatures once they return from the beaches.
Air conditioning throughout the property will be high on their list of priorities and is especially important in the bedrooms, so everyone can get a good night’s sleep. Blackout blinds will also be a bonus for families with young children who need to nap during the day. Also Mosquito nets are a good idea on the windows.
9) Well-made furniture
Don’t scrimp on the furniture – with a high footfall, it will need to handle wear and tear and still look good.
While Ikea flatpack jobs might look ok in the photos, they will let your property down in the flesh and need replacing more often. High quality mattresses are also a non-negotiable.
10) Stylish décor
You don’t need to spend a fortune, but you do want to give your villa a stylish edge that will help it stand out from the crowd. Go for a few statement pieces that will look great in the property photos, such as imposing light fittings, large artworks or an eye-catching contemporary coffee table.
Make sure you buy quality basics such as a good selection of coordinating cotton towels and bed linen. A trip to Zara Home should kit you out in no time and help create that homely, boutique hotel feel that discerning families will love.