Between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo
Between Quinta do Lago & Vale do Lobo there are a vast number of properties in several developments close to the sea. These can be very interesting options, as they have lower costs than their neighbor resorts and still benefit from a privileged location, good infrastructure, proximity to 7 golf courses, and a vast commercial area with all the services you one can need: from shopping malls, to restaurants, private security, lawyers, post office, etc., surrounded by nature, ocean and the beautiful Ria Formosa at the door step!
Living near the sea between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo is a great option for those who want to be part of the Golden Triangle, and stay close to golf courses, beaches, restaurants, however prefer to live outside the resorts, or invest in more “value for money” properties. It is an area that has improved a lot in the past recent years mostly due to infrastructures being currently managed by Infralobo or Infraquinta. The roads are well maintained, and the appearance in general has been greatly modernized, enhancing the conditions and values of the real estate market. Throughout the surrounding of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo resorts there are interesting different developments:
With the exception of the Quinta Verde housing development, the Vale Verde housing development and the Fonte Algarve housing development, all other housing developments are located south of Av. Almirante Mendes Cabeçadas, which connects the resorts of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago.
Quinta Verde, is an excellent condominium. Located very close to the Quinta do Lago entrance, Quinta Verde has approximately 50 detached villas with swimming pool, built on plots with an average size between 1000m2 and 1500m2. Condominium services are offered, with own private security, gym, hairdresser and spa. Most of the properties have good construction quality, and prices vary between 2.5 and 4 million euros. It is a condominium that has been very popular amongst famous international athletes. Quinta Verde is located on Avenida Sacadura Cabral (between Almancil and Quinta do Lago), close to SEAU.com Real Estate office, approximately 900 meters from the first roundabout from the entrance of Quinta do Lago and Quinta Shopping.
Quinta do Mar
Quinta do Mar, is a development with an excellent location very close to the beach, which allows owners and guests to easily walk to the beach. Most of the houses have been built to good quality standards, and the development looks immaculate. Plots of land have approximately 1000m2. Currently Quinta do Mar is being turned into a condominium with their own security 24/7 and tennis, paddle tennis, and other services can be found in the development. Purchase prices start at 2 million euros.
Pine Woods is a beautiful apartment condominium (one and two bedroom apartments) located opposite to Quinta do Mar, with amazing views over the pine forest and the sea, and a nice big communal swimming pool. These apartments front the reserve area and no more building is allowed in front so views will always be protected. They rarely come to the market, creating a waiting list of potential buyers. The values of Pine Woods apartments currently range between 1 million and 2 million, depending on which floor they are located, if they have been refurbed and views.
Quinta das Salinas
Quinta das Salinas is the southernmost development making it the closest to the Ria Formosa and the beach. Despite it bordering Quinta do Lago resort, the entire perimeter that separates the resort is fenced, with the exception of the paths to the south, on the Ria Formosa that allow pedestrian passage. The paths to the south allow access making Quinta do Lago Lake less than 10 minutes away. As the development was one of the firsts you can still find different property styles and standards due to the years of construction. However since 2017, many properties in Quinta das Salinas have changed hands and new architectural projects are now the new normal. It’s a very popular location both for international and local investors that agree on the excellence of this location, that had been little explored until then. Villas with very good construction quality have appeared, making it more and more difficult to find older projects to invest. However, it is still possible to find houses with several decades. The size of the plots is variable. There are double lots with more than 2000m2 and smaller lots with dimensions between 500 and 600 m2. Villas prices can vary between 1.5 million euros and 3 million euros.
Varandas do Lago
Varandas do Lago, is the largest development between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, with more than 150 properties, and perhaps the development with more residents. Most of the houses have a very similar traditional architecture, with traditional Portuguese roof tiles, mostly built after 2000. The individual plots have quite big villas occupying most of the plot. Values around 1.3 million to 2.5 million euros, depending on the quality of construction and finishings, location, year of construction, size, etc.
Clube do Ancão
With an excellent location, Clube do Ancão, is one of the oldest developments in the area with a few dozen building plots and two touristic townhouses buildings. Construction is still quite dispersed as there are still many plots available – although not on the market. The existing aparthotel building, at the end of the development has been sold and a high end project for residency apartments is undergoing. Currently there are townhouses for sale, with traditional construction, and values ranging between 400,000 and 500,000 euros.
Vilas Alvas, is a development that grew with medium quality properties, however it has developed in recent years with new architectural projects, and good quality constructions. With few plots for sale at the moment, it has two townhouses projects which are expected to start construction soon. The urbanization has been “boostted” in recent years and a mix of 90s houses and modern houses can be currently found. The values have doubled in recent years, with detached houses with swimming pool, selling above 1.2 million euros.
DDBC – Dunas Douradas Beach Club
DD – Dunas Douradas is a big development with a fantastic location, situated between Vale do Lobo 1 and Vale do Lobo 2 – Ocean Club, subdivided into two different developments. The Dunas Douradas Beach Club is a beach front turistic condominium. It is a 5 star luxury development with two and three bedroom apartments with panoramic sea views** and beach front location. The apartments have a current value starting at 1.3 million euros, reaching values close to 2 million euros for ocean front apartments. The condominium values are expensive but rental prices are also very high and the unbeatable location makes it a favorite for many investors.
Dunas Douradas (old village), is a quite big and diverse development. From big plots, to smaller plots, townhouses with swimming pool, apartments, and a common area to support the owner, the condominium offers good location and several services: a restaurant (Xénia restaurant), two tennis courts, and communal swimming pool. The different areas have different property types: zone 9, with bigger houses closer to the beach, zone 7 with some good size villas also quite close to the beach, and as the numbers go down location properties are further from the beach and plot and property sizes get smaller. In the past years, many older villas, townhouses and apartments, have been renovated giving a fresher look to the development overall.
The Beach Villas, is the newest development consisting of only 6 detached villas located next to the Dunas Douradas Beach Club. Designed by architect Jutta Hoen and developed by Dunas Douradas Beach Club group, they sold while they were still being planned. Very understandable as they are very cleverly designed and have an amazing location.
Seabreeze, a development belonging to the Dunas Douradas group, with good ocean views, and top quality finishings. Designed by architect Matias dos Reis the condominium has only 7 apartments with two and three bedrooms.
Fazenda Santiago is a luxury condominium located on the northwestern border of Vale do Lobo. With approximately 20 plots with detached villas in large plots ranging between 2000m2 and 4000m2 and a set of 5 townhouses. It is a very quiet urbanization, located on a hillside overlooking the sea and only 1.5 km from the beach. The first buyer in Fazenda was Michael Jackson's manager for Europe who loved spending a lot of time in his beautiful double plot property.
Quinta Jacintina, is a development located to the north of the Vilas Alvas urbanization, close to the Royal Golf of Vale do Lobo, closer to the restaurants and to Av. Almirante Mendes Cabeçadas that connects the Vale do Lobo and Vale do Lobo resorts. Quinta do Lago. It is a development of approximately 30 houses with plots between 500m2 and 1000m2, built with a predominance of detached houses of traditional Portuguese architecture with swimming pool. Some plots were built with two townhouses, with individual swimming pools. Quinta Jacintina is the place chosen for the residence of famous people and some renowned entrepreneurs of Quinta do Lago, leading to an improvement in the surroundings. Here we also find a small boutique hotel.
Garrão, one of the oldest developments in the area and located on the eastern border of Vale do Lobo resort, very close to the beach. It was one of the developments that benefited the most from Infralobo's infrastructure, with new roads, and the overall aspect being greatly improved. Here we find detached villas with plot sizes between 500m2 and 1000m2, townhouses and apartments. It is an area with its own charisma, consolidated vegetation, where we find houses of various types and architectures. The Portuguese, French and Belgium love this location.
Quadradinhos, is a development located inside the Vale do Lobo resort, but not part of the resort. It is also an urbanization from the 80’s where a mix of properties can be currently found. Many older houses have been completely reformed and a couple even knocked down and new modern villas built. Market value in Quadradinhos around 1.5 million euros for a renovated property. Regarding the apartments, there are Jardins do Golfe and Golfe Jardins.
Encosta do Lobo
Encosta do Lobo is also a development located within the resort Vale do Lobo, but not part of the resort. It is located on a hillside immediately above Dunas Douradas Beach Club, with great sea views and a walkable distance from the beach. The development is half built with detached houses and townhouses and there are still available plots. The market values for detached villas are currently around 3 to 4 million euros. The townhouses plots are approximately 400m2 with market values below one million euros. The sale price for a 4 bedroom semi-detached villa is above 1.5 million euros.
Peripheral area of the Golden Triangle…
In the peripheral area of the Golden Triangle of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago there are still some urbanizations that have been increasing their values due to the increase in demand, namely:
The Village, a previously underdeveloped urbanization, has been the target of interventions in recent years, however it still needs some improvements. Here we can find townhouses with values around 500 thousand euros, and detached houses with swimming pool with affordable values between 1.2 million euros and 1.6 million euros.
Fonte Santa, an urbanization made up of houses on large plots, ranging between 5000m2 and 2500m2, located close to the beach, surrounded by a pine forest environment. The buildings are a mix of 80's, 90's, and modern architecture houses. Infrastructures have been improved over the past few years.
Fonte Algarve, an urbanization comprising just over 30 plots of detached villas with swimming pool, and a new allotment of luxury townhouses, designed by architect Vasco Vieira. Fonte Algarve is located between Quarteira and Almancil, with medium-sized houses on plots between 1500m2 and 900m2, with affordable values between 1 million euros and 1.8 million euros. Fonte Algarve is a very central urbanization, however it is the most peripheral of the Golden Triangle.