Amid a mini Marbella property boom, a villa once owned by pop legend Prince has seen a surge in interest since the singer’s recent death after being on the market for two years. The palatial structure was originally a wedding gift to Prince’s then wife, Mayte Garcia and is for sale for a mere €5.6million.
Having previously been on the market for such a long period reflects a possible shift in public taste for luxury homes, and comes as the market for high-end real estate in Marbella is on the rebound, as the sunny Marbella coast retains its lure as a playground for the world’s rich and famous.
It seems buyers are gravitating towards better value but equally elegant homes in exclusive areas of Marbella.
According to the agent, Prince spent ‘simultaneously the happiest and the most miserable time of his life’ at the property, as he suffered a tragic loss when his son passed away a week after his birth followed by the breakdown of his marriage.
Prince was no minimalist and the house features a variety of opulent details including a sweeping, white marble staircase, the couple’s intertwined monograms appearing throughout the dwelling, as well as an enormous portrait of the couple in the main hall.
Prince’s private bedroom suite is suitably lavish, decorated in Moorish style, whilst the bathroom is generously decorated with rare marble.
The mansion, overlooking both the sea and the mountains, has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three garages, a golf course, guest apartment, jacuzzi, gym, tennis courts, a terrace, and sprawling garden.
Olivia Valere, who knew Prince commented: “The house is very glam, very luxurious, but also very flashy; it’s a bit outdated in that sense.”