BRIGHT is a development company that has a radically different approach. And in just over a year since their arrival to the Costa del Sol they are already creating waves in Marbella’s property market.
One of the company’s slogans “Improving Quality of Life through Design” explains perfectly how they are shaking things up. BRIGHT creates sustainable homes that improve quality of life through pure design – home offices where isolation is not a factor, kitchens that inspire a healthier lifestyle and bedroom suites designed for easy sleep.
BRIGHT was set up shortly after its CEO, Michael Rodziewicz, met his counterpart in UDesign, Jason Harris, asking for help in turning his Marbella house into a home. Michael had searched, unsuccessfully, for a cool, contemporary villa that looked as good inside as out, and ended up buying in the traditional Andalusian style. So far, so good...well, good enough. That is, until he purchased a truckload of furniture that should have fitted in, both physically and aesthetically, but didn't. Creative Director Jason did his thing, and the problem was solved. The BRIGHT partnership was born.
For the last 14 years, UDesign has created some of the best addresses in the world, from mountain retreats in Verbier, to listed buildings in London’s Belgravia and magnificent estates in La Zagaleta. Now, as the first developer to bring sustainable architecture to enhance design-led projects to an area like the Costa del Sol, BRIGHT is a trailblazer. Michael puts it this way: "a great home should improve your quality of life, probably more than any other single factor. Together, we're making this a reality".
Vista Lago Residences is BRIGHT’s new landmark project of 18 design-led, sustainable villas located in the mountainside estate of Real de La Quinta. This 200-hectare residential country club lies in the foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves mountain range, overlooking Marbella. The setting is unique, with Marbella’s iconic La Concha Mountain on one side and the exclusive La Zagaleta Country Club & Golf estate on the other. This gated estate borders a UNESCO biosphere reserve, an area which is soon to become Spain’s 16th National Park. Views stretch all the way across the Mediterranean Sea to Gibraltar and the African coastline beyond.
Real de La Quinta offers unequalled amenities: a 35,000 m2 lake for watersports and swimming, a lake club, an executive golf course, a boutique hotel, a spa and wellness centre, an exclusive restaurant, an equestrian centre, jogging trails, cycle routes, tennis courts and much more. This piece of paradise is just a 15-minute drive from Marbella.
But Vista Lago Residences offers a lot more than a five-star lifestyle and magnificent views. It also offers the priceless commodities of space in abundance and clean air in beautiful natural surroundings. The amenities at Real de la Quinta combined with the facilities of each individual villa – gym, private infinity pool and garden, large terraces, entertainment rooms and offices – mean that owners would never need to leave the resort unless they wanted to. It’s an oasis, a true haven where comfort and quality of life are assured, regardless of what might be going on in the wider world.
All 18 villas at Vista Lago have been designed and decorated differently. Not just tweaked to appear different at a glance, but very different, both inside and out, as if each were a separate entity totally independent of the next, which indeed they all are. Clients can choose both the villa they want and the furniture and fittings in it, or in any of the other villas. There is a contemporary style to suit everyone's’ taste, from bold and bright, to elegant and classical.
“Inside each villa,” Jason Harris, CEO and Creative Director of UDesign, says, “nothing stands in the way of the view. The windows slide into the wall, to bring the living area out into the terrace, becoming an extension of the house itself. Even closed, you see very little of the window frame. All are open plan, with no walls in the living spaces and columns reduced to the minimum. All the furniture in the villas has been chosen or designed exclusively for them, either by UDesign or by other top designers.”
Any guests staying in a Vista Lago villa will certainly come away thinking: I love that lamp or that piece of furniture. I’ll go out and buy one like it. But they can’t, because what they see and admire is not available on the open market. What is used in these villas is an excellent demonstration of knowledge of the use of new materials and products that have rarely been used in such ways before, either in private residences or in development homes.
Vista Lago Residences is a perfect example of ticking all the boxes when it comes to property investment. The amenities at Real de La Quinta, the exquisite design of each villa and the extensive facilities available are unequalled in the area. Add to this the privileged location, at just 15 minutes from the centre of Marbella, a short drive to the beaches, and the most magnificent and unique views over the Mediterranean, and you have something that is little short of absolute perfection. And last but not least, having the peace of mind of a fully sustainable home certified by BREEAM. The internationally recognised BREEAM certificate is especially attractive to investors in that it adds value to the property through sustainability and quality construction, resulting in increased market value and long-term resilience. It is, in effect, a guarantee of peace of mind when it comes to signing on the dotted line, and peace of mind is especially attractive to all of us at this time.
Although it may appear to fly in the face of logic, the value of high-end properties in the Marbella area has increased over recent months, and according to many experts in the field, it will continue to rise in the foreseeable future. While the shock to the world economy caused by the pandemic could be expected to adversely affect property prices worldwide, this is not the case with regard to the highest end of the property market in Southern Spain. This is partly due to a historic trend seen over decades, and partly due to the demand, at this time, for luxury living in relatively isolated splendour. Or to use shorter words: getting away from it all, but not too far away.