One For The Books: Check Out The Stellar Library Inside This $4.45-Million Spanish Villa

There’s an unexpected find inside this architecturally appealing villa in San Pedro de Alcantara, Malaga, Spain.

The second level of the double-height living room is lined with hundreds of books accessed by clear banister catwalks that lead to the loft library’s reading area. Exposed heavy wooden beams and crossbars embellish the vaulted ceiling.

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José Ribes Bas of Inmobiliaria Rimontgo is the listing agent for the San Pedro de Alcantara property. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

The formal dining area sits below the loft reading room. Terracotta floors unify the open-concept space. Glass doors open to an extended covered terrace with lounging and dining areas.

High ceilings with thick beams shelter the terrace. Beyond that sits a blue-tile swimming pool with a fountain.

The other side of the house opens to a landscaped courtyard centered on a fountain. Another patio, this one partially shaded, includes banquette seating.

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Exposed heavy wooden beams and crossbars embellish the vaulted ceiling, which can be seen from the living and dining rooms. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

The updated kitchen has a center island, light wood cabinetry and a tile backsplash.

The primary bedroom contains a dressing room. Its en-suite bathroom features dual basins, a separate shower and a marble bathtub.

Three of the en-suite bedrooms share a terrace. Including staff accommodations, there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms within 490 square meters – nearly 5,300 square feet — of living space.

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Glass doors open to an extended covered terrace with lounging and dining areas. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

Other amenities include a security system, a video phone entry system and underfloor heating.

José Ribes Bas of Inmobiliaria Rimontgo is the listing agent for the property, which is priced at 3.75 million euros or roughly US $4.45 million.

Bordered by hills and the sea along the Costa del Sol, San Pedro de Alcantara is about 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, west of the larger resort city of Marbella.

shaded patio area with lounge area and banquet seating

Another, partially shaded, patio includes banquette seating. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

Prized today for its beaches, the town was once a Roman settlement. Among ancient ruins are the stone outline of an early Christian church, Roman baths and a watchtower.

San Pedro de Alcantara was established in 1860 as an agricultural community. With the introduction of an irrigation system using small dams, sugar cane thrived in the once barren soil and a sugar industry was born. Historical structures from that era include La Iglesia church, the Model Farm School on Agricultural Training and the local sugar mill.

Beyond beach-going, other attractions include golfing and bullfighting. Hotels, restaurants and shops are plentiful. A weekly farmer’s market offers locally sourced vegetables, fruit and meat.

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A blue-tile swimming pool with a fountain is completely private thanks to the property’s landscaping. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

The nearest airports are Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport, 60 kilometers – 37 miles – up the coast, and Gibraltar Airport, about the same distance to the south.

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During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.