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"Where to live in Madrid: La Moraleja"
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Where to live in Madrid: La Moraleja

Stunning properties, strategic location, great international schools, fabulous sport clubs and excellent transportation combine to make La Moraleja real estate highly coveted

Living in La Moraleja, Madrid is ideal for those wishing to:

  • Live in a prestigious and safe neighbourhood
  • Be close to Madrid’s best international schools and sports clubs
  • Live in a family-friendly environment with all modern conveniences
  • Enjoy a strategic location between Madrid’s city centre and the airport
  • Be in an area with plenty of greenspace and parks

La Moraleja is the Beverly Hills of Madrid

La Moraleja is an exclusive residential area located in Alcobendas, a town 13 kilometres north of Madrid and seven kilometres from Madrid-Barajas International Airport. It is Madrid’s residential area par excellence, close to the city centre, offering the highest quality of life.

Its reputation as a luxury estate originates, in part, from the many famous people who have chosen it as their place of residence. Its strategic location, as well as its high level of security – with its own security team and many gated communities – and selection of private schools, plus many leisure, sport and health facilities, have made La Moraleja a residential bench-mark in Spain. Educational institutions include King’s College, Runnymede College and International College Spain. The Real Madrid training ground is nearby.

Apart from enjoying plenty of green areas and a strategic location, La Moraleja offers two 18-hole golf courses and tennis clubs, several health centres and shopping areas. The gold club is the largest club in the country and the largest inner-city club in Europe. Founded in 1973, the golf club currently has four 18-hole golf courses, all designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Moreover, the La Moraleja complex – consisting of La Moraleja, El Soto and El Encinar de los Reyes – boasts the most prestigious haute cuisine to be found across Madrid.

Life in La Moraleja means quality, comfort and wellbeing in multicultural and international surroundings, created with a clear focus on family living.

The exclusive neighbourhood is very popular with international families, especially diplomats and business executives, because of its proximity to the centre of Madrid, its lovely surroundings, great amenities and schools.

Here one will find stunning villas and a wide variety of accommodation, set amidst fabulous green spaces. Affluence, exclusivity and filled with all the necessary convenience – La Moraleja has it all.

For those in search of the great out-of-doors, the Valdelatas natural reserve offers excellent facilities for walking and cycling. A trip to Madrid Sierra for a day in the mountains is an easy commute.

The heart of Madrid is just a 20-minute drive away. Alternatively, take the metro to the city centre in just 40 minutes. Madrid is easily accessed also via bus and the train station of Plaza de Castilla is nearby.

The head office of Telefonica is located here and international companies abound, including Toyota, ING, Indra, P&G and Mercedes. There is an American-style mall called Diversia, with many restaurants and a movie theater. There is a supermarket shopping centre called Alcampo right behind the metro stop. Another large mall called Plaza Norte 2 offers everything from Ikea to Zara.

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For those in search of the more upscale, there is La Plaza de La Moraleja, with its array of fine restaurants, the place where Madrid’s crème de la crème meet.

This area is proving to be very much in demand, an upmarket community where many of the country’s politicians and famous figures from the sporting and entertainment worlds live.

Geographically, the neighbourhood is enclosed by the A1, R2, and M40 highways. Owning a car is a good idea, unless one lives in El Soto, close to the metro, but even then a car is helpful for shopping and exploring the area.

La Moraleja is further broken down into the residential zones of La Moraleja proper, El Soto and El Encinar. Between these areas there are several shopping centres, a good range of restaurants and schools. La Moraleja offers the most exclusive properties in the Madrid area.

Besides its four 18-hole golf courses, Golf La Moraleja also boasts a nine-hole, par-3 course, eight tennis courts, 12 paddle tennis courts, two squash courts, two formal clubhouses and a prebuilt modular clubhouse for courses three and four, a children’s chalet and a tennis clubhouse, plus one covered and three open-air swimming pools, a gym, and women’s and men’s spas.

Here is a closer look at the community’s sub-neighbourhoods:

El Encinar De Los Reyes

Located on the southern portion of the neighbourhood closest to the Scandinavian School and La Moraleja´s Pony Club, it used to be housing for the U.S. military, and now consists of American-style homes. It is perfect for professionals working in the nearby business parks of Alcobendas or San Sebastian de los Reyes. El Encinar features three types of properties: flats, semi-detached houses and detached houses, most of which are inside closed estates, with security and pleasant common areas that include gardens, swimming pools and sports facilities.

El Encinar de los Reyes is 7.5 kilometres from the centre of Madrid, and opposite the La Moraleja Business Park. It is a unique and complete space, with ample green space and selected residential communities, which have quality equipment, architectural harmony and interior design. It is the ideal place for family leisure and relaxation and is equipped with medical facilities. The residential community consists of luxury properties and homes with unique elegance and good taste.

There are several malls and leisure areas: El Encinar de los Reyes Mall, Moraleja Green, El Bulevar, La Gran Manzana and Plaza de la Moraleja. The Sports Club, Club Deportivo El Encinar, located within the development itself, is a spacious, modern and exclusive sports club for adults, children and seniors. Nearby is the Club de Golf La Moraleja, the golf park and Club de Tenis de La Moraleja.

El Soto

Close to the metro, schools, and shopping centres, it is located on the side of a hill and in the valley at the north end of La Moraleja. Most properties are located within gated communities.

La Moraleja

This is the most exclusive of the sub-neighbourhoods, and lends the entire community its name. It is located on a hill and many houses overlook Alcobendas or Madrid. It is perfect for professionals working in the nearby business parks of Alcobendas and San Sebastian de los Reyes. Here plots of land are larger and most houses are single-family.

La Moraleja is one of the most popular and exclusive areas to live in the Spanish capital thanks to its privileged location, its proximity to the airport and its luxury accommodations, surrounded by greenery and peaceful surroundings.

Real estate in La Moraleja, Madrid offers some of the most luxurious and unique properties to buy in the city, thus affording the option of enjoying a luxury family home in a dream location.

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