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Prince's Costa del Sol villa could be yours for just €5.3m

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Prince's Costa del Sol villa could be yours for just €5.3m
Left: Prince's former villa in Marbella (Engel & Völkers). Right: The late music icon Prince (KEVORK DJANSEZIAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.
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The late and great music star Prince's former mansion on the Costa del Sol is still on the market years after being put up for sale.

International real estate agency Engels & Völkers reported after the death of the great musical icon last week that his former home in Marbella, Andalusia is still up for sale years later.

The "completely renovated stunning villa" by the name of Adorna Tierra is on the market for a mere €5.3 million ($5.9 million), according to the agency.

A spokeswoman from Engel & Völkers Marbella West told The Local that there has been a bit more interest in the home since his death, from clients who know about its past with The Purple One, as well as those who don't. But the current owner isn't in that much of a hurry to sell.

"The current owner likes the location, likes the house, and likes the fact that it was connected to Prince," the spokeswoman explained.

Photo: Engel & Völkers.

It was a performance in the Costa del Sol town that first enchanted the music legend with the area, the agency said.

"The flamboyant composer, who had given a concert in Marbella in 1990, was captivated by the charms of the Costa del Sol, where traffic jams were caused by Rolls Royce and Ferraris and the rivers were Bollinger and Dom Perignon," the agency wrote in a blog post commemorating his death.

"He decided to do a wedding gift to his future wife, and it could be nothing more than a Palace. A Palace for a Princess, which can not be in another place, that is not a paradise. Prince located a perfect plot in an area called, precisely, El Paraíso. It sounds like a fairy tale, but Prince made it reality."

The company's local spokeswoman told The Local that Prince bought the estate in 1998 as a wedding gift for his then wife, dancer Mayte Garcia, with whom he had a son who died shortly after birth of a rare genetic disorder known as Pfeiffer syndrome.

"The property served Prince at the time as a great source of inspiration for his artistic output. The villa still conveys this special creative charm to this day," Engels & Völkers wrote in a listing.

Photo: Engel & Völkers.

The musician decorated the home with his signature style, including painting rooms in his favourite colour purple and inscribing a wardrobe of crystal, wood and gold with his trademark symbol, the company spokeswoman told The Local.

His former purple office is now a bedroom in the house, and the wardrobe still remains as well.

But Prince and Garcia divorced in 2000 and Garcia put the property up for sale in 2006.

After passing through another owner, the villa was put on the market once again two years ago for €5.6 million and has had no luck since in finding any takers.

This may be because of the artist's unique style of decoration, explained the Engel & Völkers spokeswoman.

"Right now the fashion is more contemporary and the home is more classical, but also very special, very 'Prince'," she said. "When he bought it, he gave it a touch of Prince."

Photo: Engel & Völkers

The more than 7,500-square-foot mansion is nestled in the hills of El Paraiso, west of Marbella and "enjoys impressive sea, mountains, valley and golf views," including "breathtaking panoramic views over the valley and sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea," according to the listing.

It has six bedrooms and six marble bathrooms, a pool, tennis court, private drive and the estate encompasses 1.45 acres.

The sprawling home seems to cater well to fancy parties, as Engels & Völkers touts its grand entry way and extensive terraces, “perfect for those evening soirees”.

“Visitors are greeted with an enormous colonial style double staircase with white marble balustrades sweeping down to the grand, chandeliered entrance hall,” the agency states.

El Paraíso is home to many luxury residences and an 18-hole golf course, making it a haven for wealthy residents seeking privacy and an "ease of life".

Photo: Engel & Völkers.

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