by Nancy A. Ruhling | Mansion Global
A Contemporary Compound in Lagos, Portugal
The 16.5-acre estate offers beautiful oceanfront views
Location: Lagos, Portugal
Price: €8.5 million (US$9.68 million)
Offering a commanding view of the Atlantic Ocean, this contemporary compound—a five-minute drive from the Portuguese city of Lagos—is sited on 16.5 acres.
The white geometric mansion, built 12 years ago on the top of the hill overlooking the resort town of Praia da Luz, used to be a farmhouse.
"Due to building restrictions now imposed on cliff sides, properties of this kind are extremely hard to find," said owner Michael Halsall, adding that the site is set between the luxe golf club Golf da Boavista and the waterfront.
The estate, which is decorated in a contemporary style, is designed to bring the outside in: The windows on the southwest waterfront façade rise from floor to ceiling.
The 10,882-square-foot house has five bedrooms and five bathrooms and a small maid’s apartment in the basement that includes a kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom and bathroom.
Outdoors, there’s a significant lounge area with a pool, garden and a glassed-in terrace, and the basement houses a large lounge, a bar, a high-tech home cinema, a games room and a gym/fitness center.
"The property offers one of the best views the Algarve region can offer," Mr. Halsall said. "Its location, sheer size and contemporary design make it a one-of-a-kind dream property–there is no other house like it."
He also points out that although the house, whose architecture and interior design "are of the highest standard," is large and is on an enormous plot, it still offers the utmost in privacy.
Lagos, which is in Portugal’s southernmost region of Algarve, is an ancient maritime town famous for its beautiful beaches, sandstone cliffs, vibrant nightlife and resort-style amenities.
The historic city center, defined by narrow cobblestone streets, is home to a variety of vintage buildings, notably Santo Antonio church, the Mercado dos Escravos (Europe’s first slave market) and Bandeira Fort, which dates to the 17th century.
The Algarve region is a sometime celebrity playground—singer Bonnie Tyler, for instance, has lived there for decades, and rocker Sir Cliff Richard recently put his 30-acre working vineyard on the market, slashing the price in October to €6.5 million. It also attracts surfing and bodyboarding fans, who congregate at Praia de Mós beach to try to tame some of the region’s largest waves.