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

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.

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.

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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EXPLAINED: What you need to know about locksmiths in Spain

If you get locked out, have a break-in or need to change or fix the door lock at your home in Spain, here are the rates and advice you need before calling a Spanish locksmith (cerrajero).

EXPLAINED: What you need to know about locksmiths in Spain

Like anywhere, locksmiths are generally expensive and the price can vary greatly depending on the service you need and where you are.

It also depends on when you need them, as it’ll cost much more to call them out on a Saturday night than a Monday morning, for example.

Nor would it cost the same to open your front door as it would a reinforced security door.

But locksmiths don’t just make copies of keys and bail you out when you’re stuck outside your flat.

They also offer a whole host of different services including, but not limited to, opening safes, creating master keys, installing security doors, anti-drill doors, cutting specialist locks that reject copied keys, and even unlocking the boot of your car.

How much does a locksmith cost in Spain?

Given all these variables, the price can range massively.

According to Cronoshare, the average price for a nationwide call out in Spain can start from €80 anywhere up to €400.

On average, for a basic service, you can expect to pay anywhere between €40-€70 an hour for the labour, with the price of changing or installing a basic lock anywhere between €80-€200. 

For basic door openings, it depends on the situation you find yourself in: for doors locked with a key, which is a more complex task, prices average around €200, and for doors that are jammed or slammed shut, slightly cheaper in the €80-€100 range.

For an armoured or security door, prices can start at around €300.

In short, a general rule is that the more complex the task is, the higher the prices.

And as always, prices can vary depending on where you are in Spain, the quality of the locksmith, the time of the day and week you need his or her services, and if its a public holiday or not. 

So, as always, compare prices to try and find the most economical solution without skimping on quality.

As such, the following rates are estimations taken from average prices from locksmith.

Weekend/holiday rates

Where prices can really start to add up, however, is when you have an emergency situation requiring a locksmith’s assistance at the weekend, on a public holiday, or outside of normal working hours.

And if you live in Spain, you probably know there’s quite a few of those days throughout the year.

If you really need a cerrajero on a public holiday or during non-working hours (usually defined as anything between 8pm-8am) prices can reach €300 or €500 due to the fact you’ll have to cover the cost of travel, which starts from around €40 plus the increased rate.

Then you must also include the price of labour to the flat rate, which is usually somewhere between €40 and €70 an hour regardless of when you call them out.

Key vocabulary 

We’ve put together some of the basic vocabulary you might need if you find yourself needing a locksmith while in Spain.

el cerrajero – locksmith

la llave – the key

la llave de repuesto – the spare key

la puerta – the door

la cerradura – the lock

la bisagra – the hinge

día festivo – public holiday

cambio de bombín – change of cylinder lock

puerta blindada – armoured door

coste de mano de obra – labour costs

quedarse afuera – get locked out 

puerta cerrada de un portazo – door slammed shut

puerta cerrada con llave – locked door

Tips relating to choosing a good locksmith in Spain 

If you’ve just started renting a new place or have bought a property, it’s advisable to change the lock as you don’t know who has keys to your front door. If you’re a tenant, try to negotiate this with your landlord as it’s in both of your interests that only you two have keys to the property.

If there has been a burglary in your property while you’re living in it and there’s no sign of forced entry, then there’s a very big chance that the burglars had a copy of your keys, and you should definitely change the locks. 

If you’ve lost your keys and you think it happened close to your home, again it’s advisable for you to change the locks.

One of the best ways to avoid being locked out and having to cough up a hefty sum is to give a spare set to someone that you trust that lives in your town or city in Spain. 

When it comes to choosing a locksmith in Spain, you should make sure he or she is a reputable one. Asking friends and family first can be your first port of call.

If not, make sure you read reviews online if available to get any insight beforehand.

In order to avoid any nasty surprises, ask them on the phone for a budget (presupuesto) for all the costs attached to their services before accepting.

Be wary of cerrajeros that automatically want to change the whole lock when a simpler and less costly option is possible. 

Usually they should offer you a contract for you to read carefully before signing. It should include a three-month guarantee for the potential new lock or at least a breakdown of the costs.

Make sure that they are not charging you an excessively high price if it’s an emergency, as this is not actually legal.

There’s also asking them to prove their accreditation with the Unión Cerrajeros de Seguridad (UCES).

Weekend and holiday rates can be higher nonetheless, so consider your options and if it’s worth staying with a friend or family member for a night to save some money. A trustworthy and honest cerrajero will let you know about the money you could save if you choose to wait as well.