As you might glean from the name, Meisho Hills is an exclusive property development with a touch of Japanese inspiration. The man who gave shape to these homes, renowned avant-garde architect Angel Taborda, however hails from Argentina – another bastion of advanced modern design.
The combination of Argentinean design skill, the stylish clean geometry of Japan and a Marbella hillside setting overlooking blue skies, green pine groves and the azure waters of the Mediterranean, makes for a particularly seductive mix.
Not surprisingly, the properties at Meisho Hills have created somewhat of a stir in Marbella, a place famous for its interpretations of rustic Spanish, Moorish-Andalusian and colonial style, but still in the process of developing its own avant-garde language. Taborda has been a proponent of the latter for some time, and with his latest offering has produced some of his finest work ever.
Meisho Hills is at once crisp, sophisticated and desirably up to date. It incorporates many of the best features in today’s leading trends but never feels like a prototype or indeed even just a show house. These homes certainly impress, but they are very liveable too, combining the space, comfort, refinement and features of a villa within a highly practical home set within a gated community in Marbella’s upmarket Sierra Blanca area.
Privacy and magnificent views are key characteristics here, yet it only takes a few minutes to get to Marbella, Puerto Banús and the many surrounding golf courses, sports clubs and health and beauty facilities. Outside, the Meisho Hills properties have an almost modernist appeal, their elegant white-plastered lines beautifully set off against the greenery, blue skies and the majestic outlines of La Concha Mountain.
Japanese-style gardens and American wooden decking ensure the outdoor areas are every bit as stylish as the interiors, and the larger homes also feature an infinity edge swimming pool that adds a certain dramatic effect. The focal point is, as it should be, the bright and spacious living and dining room, a superbly stylish area just made for refined living that connects with the terrace and offers expansive views.
Other features include a modern designer kitchen with breakfast room, a stylish ground floor bedroom suite or study, and three luxurious bedroom suites on the first floor. Though all are impressive the main suite offers grand villa comfort and style in the form of a generous walk-in wardrobe, a panoramic bathroom and a large wooden-decked terrace. Follow the gorgeous chrome and wood stairs to the rooftop and the lifestyle possibilities soon become apparent, for this expansive area is more than a conventional rooftop terrace.
For one thing it includes a large Jacuzzi, elegantly finished terracing and lots of potential to fit gazebos, bars and other amenities within an architecturally refined setting that boasts some of the finest 360-degree views around. Instead of walking all the way back down, take the lift down to the basement floor, home to a stylish modern family room/home cinema, as well as a separate area that can be used as a Spanish bodega (wine cellar) or small private spa. Add garaging for your car collection and it makes for a lifestyle that is as practical and desirable as it is stylish and refined.