The story behind Cumbre Villas

About us

Cumbre Villas is the leading luxury real estate agency on the Costa Tropical of Granada, Spain. We have been developing, building, buying, selling, and renting amazing villas with stunning views in this special part of Andalusia for more than 20 years.

Cumbre Villas was founded in 2001 by Juan Ruiz Díaz and Marla Marquez and has been very successful ever since. Thanks to the continued growth, in 2007 our new real estate office opened in the coastal town of Salobreña, located at the entrance of the exclusive Urbanization Monte de los Almendros, where the majority of our villas for sale were located then. Today, our property portfolio expanded along the Costa Tropical and we are currently mostly active in Salobreña, La Herradura, and Almuñécar. Over the years, we have become the leading luxury estate agent specialized in selling beautiful villas with breath-taking views.

In 2021, Juan and Marla started to focus entirely on the construction of exquisite new development projects on the Costa Tropical. As a result, Cumbre Villas is now owned by the Dutch-Spanish family Van Der Vorm Peñalver; by Pieter and his daughters Serena and Fabiola. Nevertheless, Cumbre Villas is still a family owned and operated real estate agency with the same spirit it has always had: “Arrive as a client, stay as a friend”.

Pieter and his wife Julia first arrived at the Costa Tropical in 2012 and they immediately fell in love with the area, climate, and local culture – just like many of our clients do. They bought their first property with Cumbre Villas back in 2013, which was the start of a close relationship between the two families. In fact, Pieter is the only business partner the company has ever had in all these years! So, it was a natural progression that the family Van Der Vorm Peñalver took over the estate agency Cumbre Villas.

Pieter is a successful entrepreneur who founded and ran various international companies back in the Netherlands and Germany, before moving to Spain and starting to invest in real estate on the Costa Tropical of Granada. Serena studied International and European Law (LL.M.) in the Netherlands and Law and Legal-Private Relations (LL.M.) in Spain. She previously worked at a Belgian law firm specialized in real estate and inheritance law in Marbella, and she currently assists our clients as legal counsellor. Fabiola studied Business Administration (BSc.) and Marketing (MSc.) back in Amsterdam, and she formerly worked for Google in Barcelona as performance marketing and sales consultant for the Benelux market. At Cumbre Villas, she is responsible for all marketing and sales activities.

Cumbre Villas is a 360º full-service real estate agent. As property owners and significant investors here on the coast, we know the real estate market intimately. We have the experience and expertise required to help you find, purchase, renovate, build, rent and eventually sell your dream home in the sun. The team of professionals speaks English, Spanish, French, German, and Dutch, and consists of knowledgeable agents, solicitors, accountants, and contractors. We also offer excellent after-sales support that includes everything from legal and fiscal affairs, inheritances, tax declarations, transferring services, setting up the payment of bills on standing order, obtaining homeowner’s insurance, arranging pool and garden maintenance, and so on.

Cumbre Villas can help you find the villa or plot of your dreams and assist you through every step of the process.

If you are interested in buying or selling your property on the Costa Tropical of Granada, our multinational team will be pleased to help you. We will be happy to explain how we at Cumbre Villas can help both buyers and sellers closing the best deal. 

We look forward to meeting you in our office in Salobreña!

Warm regards,
The Cumbre Villas Team


Cumbre Villas is a 360º full-service real estate agent. We have the experience and expertise required to help you sell or buy a property on the Costa Tropical.

Property Marketing

Your property marketed on international real estate portals. Unlike other agents, at Cumbre Villas you do not pay any fees for the creation of a photographic report or virtual 3D tour.

After-Sales Support

Everything from transferring services, setting up the payment of bills on standing order, obtaining homeowner’s insurance, to arranging pool and garden maintenance.

Project Management

Assistance with and supervision of small renovations up to large reforms. We also offer planning and accompaniment of completely new construction projects.

Legal Counselling

Complete purchase guidance, including the correct registration in the Property Register and Land Registry, and the evaluation of sell or purchase structures with a view to tax savings.

Financial Services

Ranging from obtaining a mortgage, taking out insurances and valuta exchange, up to tax and rental income declarations, and preparing or managing your inheritance in Spain.

Property Valuation

Get to know the value of the property you want to sell with a free, non-binding appraisal on the current market value of your home. We can also request an official valuation report.

Property Management

If you plan on using your new property on the Costa Tropical of Granada for holiday rentals, we can refer you to qualified professionals who will take care of everything.

Property Finder

Finding your ideal home in Spain can be hard and time consuming. If we don’t have your dream home in our portfolio, we can help to find your perfect place in the sun.

Home Staging

Make your home stand out with a small investment. Stage your property to make it appeal to more potential buyers, in order to sell your home faster and at a greater value.

Meet our team