Puerto del Almendro, Benahavís. The luxury residential community in Marbella known to few

Surrounded by a green Andalusian native vegetation, we find the exclusive urbanization Puerto del Almendro. Located at the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda and a few minutes from the famous residential Country Club La Zagaleta, named one of the best addresses in the World. It also preserves the privacy and tranquility of its residents due to this cul-de-sac being quietly tucked away with only access through barriers to home owners.


A luxurious and quiet residential area


Puerto del Almendro is known as an urbanization of small dimensions with a wide variety of properties, among which we can find luxury villas and apartments located in a privileged environment. Surrounded by wonderful landscaping and lack of traffic, this neighborhood is a true paradise to live in.


Gibraltar on the horizon


Its privileged location provides the possibility of being within short distance of the most sought-after golf courses in Marbella, the beach and Puerto Banús. Due to Puerto del Almendro’s elevated position this elegant Costa del Sol urbanization enjoys incomparable panoramic views. The lucky owners of a property in Puerto del Almendro have the privileged opportunity to wake up every morning by seeing Gibraltar and North Africa on the horizon. Tucked away on the hillside this exclusive address in Marbella, one finds a mixture of fascinating ‘Cortijo’ style villas where traditional design is combined with the most modern features, properties with avant-garde architectural contemporary design and exquisite apartment complexes with low density enabling the guarantee of privacy and calmness to its owners.


From Hidde-James.com we have a stunning auction property in Puerto del Almendro within our portfolio of unique properties in Europe. You can find all the information available regarding this jewel in Marbella on our website from March 10th, 2021.


Bidding from April 22 – April 26, 2021. No reserve. Selling to the highest bidder.


If you wish to obtain more information or learn how to participate in the auction of this magnificent property in Puerto del Almendro, do not hesitate to contact us.

Santa Giustina Abbey and Villa Badia, the most special history of Italy

Between the towns of Alessandria and Acqui Terme, in the Piedmont region, there is a estate with one of the most special and unique stories in Italy: the Santa Giustina Abbey and Villa Badia. A fully restored property that still retains the magic and appeal of its 11th century origins.

A complex of impressive architecture composed of two adjacent buildings; Villa Badia and The Abbey of Santa Giustina.

Santa Giustina Abbey and Villa Badia

The outdoor area comprises 9 hectares of wonderful gardens. In addition, when walking through one of its impressive courtyards it is impossible not to be dazzled by the imposing architecture of the property, with its reddish brick walls. The Abbey of Santa Giustina, considered a national monument in Italy, has unique elements such as mosaics dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, Renaissance frescoes, or the crypt of the church, which dates from the 7th century.

Next to it is Villa Badia, founded in the 11th century as part of the Abbey of Santa Giustina di Sezzadio and rebuilt in 1600. At the end of the 19th century, the Counts of Frascana made it their private residence, not before renovating it.

Santa Giustina Abbey and Villa Badia, the most special history of Italy

This beautiful villa has about 3,100 square meters, its own warehouse of 1,100 square meters and another 11,000 square meters of other types of rural and agricultural buildings arranged around two courtyards. Inside, the floors are the original ones, made of stone and wood. The doors are made up of arches and wrought iron, while a large central staircase leads to the main bedrooms. Summarizing all the characteristics of the Santa Giustina Abbey and Villa Badia, we find a total building of 14,100 square meters. Among them, a villa that has several reception rooms, dining rooms with fireplaces and library; as well as a large professional kitchen, 15 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. In its surroundings we also find five apartments, each with its own kitchen and idyllic views of the abbey and the gardens.

In addition to an outdoor pool and clay tennis court, this wonderful complex has trails for long walks and a lake where visitors can enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities, as well as events and parties, typical characteristics of Italian’s lifestyle.

Château Charbonnières, the emblem of French majesty

In the Loire Valley and Normandy you will find one of the most spectacular castles in Europe, the Château Charbonnières.

This imposing French castle, built between the 15th and 16th centuries on an area of ​​32 hectares. With an interior area of ​​around 10,000 square meters, distributed over its three floors, there are 20 suite-type rooms with different decorative styles, as well as a main room which bed has been made of exquisite hand-carved wood. In this dazzling French castle we can also find a music and games room, library, banquet hall, an orangery and a greenhouse.

Château Charbonnières

The imposing Château Charbonnières was owned by an important list of French nobles, such as Jean Guarín in 1472 or Jean D’Oynville in 1557. During this time it was frequently visited by King Henry IV, where he was able to enjoy the Eure river, which flows through the grounds of the estate.

At the beginning of the 17th century, in 1600, the Château Charbonnières passed into the hands of Antoine and Cesar de Baux, later belonging to the Lesseville family.

In the 19th century, it was Count Chamois who established himself as the architect of the great renovation of this French castle, a clear example of the Troubadour architecture of France, giving it that Neo-Gothic style that characterizes it today.

Inside we find numerous architectural treasures, such as marvelous wooden floors, a sumptuous spiral staircase, chandeliers or an original 18th century kitchen that remains in perfect condition even after the Château Charbonnières was occupied during the Second World War by German troops.

Château Charbonnières

Already in 2010, the owner of this historic French castle carried out a large and meticulous restoration, preserving the typical elements while equipping it with a modern cinema room, gym and a large conference room. In addition, the entire electrical system is changed and a new heating system is installed.

Counting on an excellent location, Château Charbonnières is located in the heart of the Perche National Park, an environment which makes its visitors feel like true time travelers.

In this luxurious castle you can find unique characteristics such as its majestic gardens, its own river where you can practice activities such as fishing, spectacular forests near the property, as well as the possibility of enjoying the numerous cultural offerings that its surroundings offer. The proximity to cities such as Paris and Le Mans, seventy and thirty-five minutes away respectively, as well as several international airports, make this place an idyllic destination.

In 2017, a prestigious online auction house, an expert in luxury properties and a favorite of great fortunes, put the property up for sale with no starting price, resulting in sold.

The Château Charbonnières stands out for its high level of luxury and history, as well as for being a privileged enclave for disconnecting in a majestic setting.

La Zagaleta. A guide through Europe’s highest standard of luxury

When talking about exclusive areas in Europe, the jewel of the crown is found in the prestigious urbanization La Zagaleta.


Founded in 1991 and located at the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda, La Zagaleta has been built on an old hunting reserve of 900 hectares full of natural waterfalls, streams and hills that make it an unprecedented landscape in Europe.


Strategically located in a privileged environment, surrounded by centuries-old forests full of fir or oak trees, this wonderful area of the Costa del Sol offers opulence, discretion and privacy. Located in an elevated position within the municipality of Benahavís, its more than 230 luxury villas enjoy enviable views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea during the whole year.


Well connection is also a strategic feature of this luxury urbanization. It has easy access by road through the AP7 and the N-340/A7 and is located near Malaga Airport. Its proximity to the luxurious city of Marbella and Puerto Banus allows its residents to enjoy the most exclusive leisure services of the Golden Mile just a 10-minute drive away.


Its lucky residents enjoy the security of total anonymity and privacy in this place. This is provided not only by the geographical location where La Zagaleta is located, but it is also one of the safest urbanizations in Europe: its access is private and fully restricted. For this reason, La Zagaleta has become the favorite place of residence for famous multinational businesspeople, former presidents or billionaires from all over the world. Among these illustrious residents we can find David Heinemeier Hansson, renowned Silicon Valley computer scientist, or Hans Snook, Orange Telecom founder.


This unique high-end residential complex offers luxurious golf courses at the service of its lucky residents, as well as a sports club, Riding Club and its own helipad. All arranged in order to enjoy luxury at the highest level.


La Zagaleta

Luxury villas for sale in La Zagaleta

La Zagaleta is currently known for being the most luxurious real estate complex in Europe. For this reason, the average price of its exclusive properties oscillates from 10,000,000 euros to around 30,000,000 euros. Then it is obvious to say that in La Zagaleta it is not characteristic to find apartment complexes, but its properties are luxury villas located on huge private plots of more than 3,000m2. In order to guarantee both the natural environment that characterizes this place, as well as the privacy of its residents, these villas are separated from each other.


If strolling around its streets full of carefully maintained vegetation, private roads will lead you to dream properties: from villas with all the most luxurious amenities, to gigantic mansions that have countless private services such as gym, sauna, spa, cinema room, heated pool or the latest technology.


Before starting with the construction of any of these wonderful villas in La Zagaleta its distribution is studied in detail. This makes the most of its natural location, on the hillside, providing all the villas with spectacular panoramic views of both the mountain and the Mediterranean Sea. For that reason, the design of most of its contemporary villas have been created in order to take advantage of these views, with large windows in most of the rooms of the property in order to provide the property with great natural light throughout the day.


Construction with the highest quality materials on the market is present in all properties. In La Zagaleta it is possible to find classic-styled villas with marble floors, delicate interior decorations with famous works of art or mahogany furniture, mixed with properties where avant-garde equipment and the latest technology predominate, whose modern aesthetic is based on the use of natural materials and textures such as stone and wood, and where open spaces take on great importance.


In the properties for sale in La Zagaleta, the exterior is considered just as important as the interior. We can find spacious and perfectly manicured gardens, where in many cases infinity pools are located on the edge of the hill; as well as jacuzzis, barbecue areas where you can spend time with family and friends or chill out areas where you can relax.


From Hidde-James we are proud to have a luxury villa in La Zagaleta among our selection of unique properties, which positions the term ‘luxury’ on a level never seen before.


Luxury services in La Zagaleta

Dazzling private golf courses


At this magnificent place, you can find two of the most important private golf courses in southern Europe. In an idyllic setting surrounded by lush nature we find the Old Course; designed in 1991 by Brand Benz and redesigned in 2016 by Marc Westernborg, and the exclusive New Course, built in 2005.


Both places offer two unique golf experiences spread over 18 and 36 holes respectively, being very different from each other due to their game and configuration characteristics.


Old Course and New Course Clubhouse


Each of these great golf courses in Marbella has its own Clubhouse. In this way we find the huge Old Course Clubhouse, with an extension of more than 5,000 square meters, and the Clubhouse of the New Course, with a smaller extension, but with a similar level of opulence.


Inside the wonderful complex of La Zagaleta we can find both indoor and outdoor spaces with a careful design down to the smallest detail, in which to hold business meetings or social events such as gala dinners, weddings or concerts. The professional team dedicated to the organization of such events have been carefully selected based on their extensive experience and creativity. Taking care in detail of all aspects of the event: from the welcome, arrangement of areas to the decoration, chosen by renowned stylists and interior decorators. All this in order to ensure a great success in your event.


In addition, if necessary, La Zagaleta offers its own catering in which prestigious international chefs design customized menus with the best local products.


La Zagaleta Riding Club


For those most interested in the equestrian field, in the famous Riding Club of La Zagaleta it is possible to find twenty stables, six paddocks as well as training and jumping spaces of first level. The pure-bred horses and ponies of La Zagaleta Riding Club receive all the necessary care, as well as regular veterinary revisions. In addition, here it is possible to receive riding lessons for both children and adults of all levels.


Under a classic architectural design with rural details, this place greatly exceeds the expectations of the most demanding visitors.


Tennis and Paddle Club


Located in a privileged place and surrounded by a splendorous vegetation that immerses its visitors in the authentic Mediterranean atmosphere, we find this exclusive Tennis and Paddle Club. Here, residents can practice such sports privately, as well as receive learning and improvement classes from world-class professionals.


The Tennis Club has a hard court and a clay court, where you can enjoy your favorite sport in a totally private way, with access only to owners, family and friends.


La Zagaleta


Exclusive services for residents

La Zagaleta offers its residents all kinds of tailor-made luxury services, such as helicopter transfer from the helipad of the urbanization or transfers by yacht and car. In addition, if you wish to receive personal advice or buy in the best boutiques of Puerto Banus, it is possible to request the services of a personal shopper who will help you to choose, according to your tastes, among the best brands of clothing, jewelry or decoration.


If you wish to obtain tailor-made services for your home, La Zagaleta provides services for the care and maintenance of gardens, swimming pools, laundry and cleaning or safe custody of keys, among many others.


The residential complex of La Zagaleta combines in perfect harmony the most luxurious villas that your mind can imagine with a series of exquisite services. All this, surrounded by an ever-alive nature, make this place one of the greatest paradises in Europe.


From Hidde-James, we are proud to have one very luxury villa in La Zagaleta among our selection of unique auction properties, which positions the term ‘luxury auction’ on a level never seen before.

Hidde-James in cooperation with Concierge Auctions for luxury property auctions in Europe

Auctioning a property is one of the options that the real estate market for luxury properties is opting for. In the United States, auctioning a luxury home has been normal for years. This method is being implemented in Europe in recent years, as this is a comfortable, effective and above all private formula to buy and sell this type of property.

Mr. Hans Veenhuijsen brought the renowned luxury real estate agency Christie’s International Real Estate to the Netherlands and currently has a Christie’s International Real Estate agency in Marbella, on the most luxurious and exclusive coast of southern Europe: the Costa del Sol. Representing currently in Europe, through the company Hidde-James.com, the famous American auction house for luxury properties Concierge Auctions, considers the trust that its clients place in the company as a fundamental aspect of its success.

A luxury property auction system that Concierge Auctions conducts through its reliable international database, which has more than 650,000 millionaire clients and 275 billionaires, in addition to all holders of unlimited credit cards, such as American Express Centurion ‘Black’ cards. To be part of this company it is necessary to have a high economic capacity, since a deposit of € 100,000 is required to participate in any auction. This money will be refunded if the sale does not take place. The market value of a property that wants to be auctioned cannot be less than one million euros, establishing the sale price between 2.5 and 40 million euros.

The confidence of the clients towards the information provided by the company is such that sixty percent of the buyers would acquire one of its properties without having previously visited it.

To illustrate this trust in the company, Mr. Veenhuijsen, representative of Hidde-James.com, gives as an example a North American client who recently bought a luxury villa in Marbella for 11 million euros without prior visit to the property.

The auction becomes the most efficient and fair sale method since the real value is established by the market, although it is not always the one that the seller wants. You may want to sell a property for a high asking price, spending a lot of time for sale and causing doubts to the seller. To avoid this and make the sale within the first six weeks, a fact guaranteed by Concierge Auctions and Hidde-James, the asking price is set as the minimum for which the seller wishes to sell the property, going up from there.

Concierge Auctions for luxury property auctions in Europe

Another example that perfectly illustrates this situation takes us to Gstaad, Switzerland: The luxury villa in the photograph was found for sale at a price of 14 million euros for four years, to no avail. Concierge Auctions took control of this operation and, as the seller set a minimum sale price of 7.9 million euros, the property was sold by the company in just a few weeks for 9.5 million euros.

These auction sales have been very well received by large property owners. Millionaires, billionaires and stars like Michael Jordan or the Kardashians have found in this formula a very private, fast and secure way to sell their properties.

The most expensive property that has ever been auctioned is in Florida, specifically in Hillsboro Beach, going up for auction for an initial amount of 159 million euros. Its owner commented after the sale that he had been pleased with the result of the auction and with the working method of Concierge Auctions, since they have the best organization in the world for the sales of luxury properties.

However, not all properties can choose to be listed at an international auction. To do so, they must have a number of unique characteristics, such as an excellent location and sufficient appeal to attract the attention of international customers. Luxury properties auctioned by Concierge Auctions and Hidde-James as their European agency, are not common. Among its exclusive portfolio you can find from a villa with its own abbey, declared a national monument in Italy; an old Palazzo on the canals of Venice, an estate on a cliff in Mallorca or an exclusive villa in Marbella with the original Picasso signature on its pool.

These are some examples that can be found in the international auctions organized by the company, with areas such as London, Brussels, Saint-Moritz, Marbella, the canals of Amsterdam, Ibiza, Zurich or Monaco being the most desired.

Château Pechrigal, medieval charm

Near the city of Toulouse, in Upper Normandy, is the town of Saint-Clair. A place full of beauty that is perfect for the location of the impressive Château Pechrigal.

Built between the 14th and 15th centuries, this three-floor medieval castle is full of styles and extremely luxurious details that make it a perfect summary of the history and French finery of the time. The property appears for the first time in various historical documents from the year 1354. However, it was in 1368 that the Château de Pechrigal became the property of the nobleman Pierre Casatou, the Coseigneur of Gourdon and Lord of Saint-Clair. In 1648 it was acquired by Jaques de Séguy, whose family kept it until 1782.

Château Pechrigal

It was in 1963 when the Monegasque singer-songwriter Léo Ferré discovered this French castle. Although the condition of the property was not optimal, its medieval style and unique characteristics made it fall in love with this castle.

Thus, Léo Ferré acquired the property and for five years established it as his home, together with what was then his partner, Madaleine Rabereau, and his famous chimpanzee Péepé. In the wonderful Château Pechrigal he composed much of his work and lived until 1968, when he moved to Tuscany, Italy.

This magnificent French chateau remained without an owner until the late 1990s, when it was acquired by a new owner: French-American John Manchec.

Château Pechrigal

After an exhaustive restoration, respecting the medieval roots of the property and applying the new trends of the time, the Château Pechrigal becomes a luxury hotel, offering its guests a magnificent location on the top of a hill, as well as exceptional views. Its wonderful location, with international airports in its surroundings and daily trains to Paris, makes this medieval castle a unique place.

Within a 108-acre tract of land, we find a main building with three floors, 19 bedrooms, 17 full bathrooms, and three toilets. Inside we can find a large terrace where you can enjoy a glass of wine made in the property’s private vineyard. In addition, it has its own two-floor winery, several tennis courts, a swimming pool and numerous trails where you can enjoy horseback riding, as well as a gym and spa.

All this planned to delight the visitor with an authentic luxury life without having to leave the property. A true refuge to escape from the mundane life of the city.

Villa Passalacqua, the most beautiful jewel on Lake Como

In the north of Italy, near Milan and a place of incomparable beauty such as Lake Como, Villa Passalacqua is located. It is located in a beautiful town called Moltrasio, very frequented by artists and great fortunes as a holiday destination.

Villa Passalacqua originally belonged to Pope Innocent XI, whose papacy was during 15th century, to later be rebuilt by Count Andrea Luccini-Passalacqua in the 18th century. Felice Soeve, a famous architect at the time, and the designer Giancondo Albertolli were chosen by Luccini-Passalacqua for the major renovation that took place in this luxury villa. Years later, Villa Passalacqua became a refuge for the most influential artists, musicians or writers of the time. A remarcable example was the composer Vincenzo Bellini, who made Villa Passalacqua his home from 1829 to 1833 and where he found the inspiration to create two of his most important operas: Norma and Sonnambula.

Its walls have housed such important figures as Napoleon Bonaparte or Winston Churchill. At present it is visited by important politicians, athletes, artists or actors, who choose Villa Passalacqua seeking tranquility and rest without giving up the greatest luxuries.

Villa Passalacqua, The most beautiful jewel on Lake Como

This impressive property allows you to enjoy Lake Como in all its splendor in a private and exclusive way, since tunnels leading to the lake start from the villa. These tunnels run under the garden to the shore of the lake, with beautiful corners and stone walls. In addition, on its route there are numerous underground rooms and cellars. As for the design details, in Villa Passalacqua we find great contrasts. A proportionate and simple construction on the outside collides with an opulent interior decoration, typical of Soeve’s concept. In addition, Villa Passalacqua offers its guests unparalleled views of impressive, carefully tended gardens: an idyllic place full of vegetation and fountains, where a walk becomes a magical experience.

Regarding the general characteristics, we find a complex that has a spectacular dining room dominated by 16 marble columns, decorated with frescoes painted by the neoclassical artist Andrea Appiani. Next to it, a living room with a large fireplace serves as a separation between one room and another. Inside this magnificent property there is also a music room with spectacular views of Lake Como, decorated with frescoes painted this time by Albertolli. The full kitchen is dominated by two large marble fireplaces that contain the emblem of the Passalacqua family. The property also has a cinema, billiards room, gym and a games room for the little ones.

The building is distributed over three floors, with 14 rooms, of which 9 are in suites, all of them uniquely beautiful. In terms of decoration, they all have Persian rugs and numerous works of art. Also noteworthy are its ornate 19th century bronze doors, which are spread throughout the villa, the greatest representation of which is found in the majestic main door built in 1727.

As for the exterior, in the property we can find, in addition to its spectacular gardens; great areas of olive trees and lemons, an over 200 years old and a large swimming pool. Noteworthy is the private stone-lined dock, beautifully decorated with flowers such as roses and jasmine.

Villa El Martinete, the most famous swimming pool in the world

In Marbella, a town of Malaga, Villa El Martinete is located. An impressive home with a very particular history.

It was during the celebration of the 80th birthday of the famous artist Pablo Picasso when he attended the performance of a young Antonio Ruiz Soler, better known as Antonio El Bailarín. The performance pleased the genius of art Picasso so much, that he decided to give Antonio El Bailarín a drawing dedicated by him. The dancer had it reproduced in ceramic in the pool of his property, Villa El Martinete.

This magnificent villa witnessed the golden age that Marbella lived with Alfonso Hohenlohe, becoming the “Alhambra in miniature” of its first owner, Antonio El Bailarín. Entering this majestic 4,017-square-meter villa means being surrounded by magnificent gardens and terraces from which to enjoy incomparable views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

Villa El Martinete

This Villa El Martinete, with Renaissance influences, was designed by Antonio himself. Its construction took place over two years and today the most modern luxury is combined in a completely balanced way with the original style of the property. A monumental lobby surrounded by large columns is in charge of receiving visitors. Its interior is distributed in 9 rooms with bathrooms and large marble fireplaces, a large dining room and bar area and a large kitchen with the latest equipment. In its exterior we also find a great variety of privileged features such as two guest houses, an indoor pool, sauna, solarium, elevator and parking. Endless amenities that will delight the most demanding luxury lovers and that have contributed to the fact that Villa El Martinete has been the location for different film shoots.

Villa El Martinete

Villa El Martinete has an unbeatable location on the beachfront, facing the Mediterranean Sea. Located in exclusive Marbella, about 40 minutes from Malaga airport, capital of the Costa del Sol; enjoying a great luxury hotel and gastronomic offer in its surroundings.

This stately villa has been sold at auction through the luxury auction house Concierge Auctions. As a matter of interest, in 2010 various artistic objects from the legacy of Antonio El Bailarin were auctioned, such as a ring from Picasso, sold for € 1,800,000, photos signed by Pepa Flores and María Callas or a stone painted by Jean Cocteau, for an amount of € 425,000.

Palladio in Palazzo Molin, symbol of Venetian elegance

If we are looking for a romantic and magical city in Europe, without a doubt that is the Italian city of Venice. Taking a gondola ride through one of its many canals or visiting its most picturesque corners becomes a unique and magical experience. In addition, for art lovers, Venice also gives us a trip through the great cultural and architectural heritage that remains throughout its history.

A few minutes from the wonderful Piazza San Marco, “The most beautiful hall in the world” according to Napoleon, and near the famous La Fenice Opera House, we find the Palazzo Molin. A marvelous 15th century Venetian palace, representative of Venetian Gothic art, which has been divided into four apartments with an exceptional location. With privileged views of the Rio dei Barcaroli and Rio dei Fuseri is the Palladio in Palazzo Molin, an impressive apartment completely renovated with an air of modernity, taking into consideration and preserving the character that it had in its origin, achieving a perfect fusion between the current and the the Moorish and Byzantine style.

Palladio in Palazo Molin

Respecting the original Gothic facade, today the Palladio in Palazzo Molin has been converted into an exclusive and luxurious duplex apartment. It has a surface area of ​​132 square meters, soaring 6-meter ceilings and marble floors with authentic Venetian marble walls. Bathed in an always warm natural light that filters through its windows, we find an exquisitely decorated interior. This unique Venetian palace has two bedrooms from where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the central courtyard and the Bacarole canal. Two full bathrooms with travertine marble, a kitchen integrated into the living room and equipped with all the latest generation appliances; In addition the home automation systems, elevators and integral air conditioning, put the final top on the cake to consider the Palladio in Palazzo Molin as one of the most desired properties on the market.

The magnificent hall is the work of the prestigious Milanese design house Culti, achieving its purpose of creating a space full of the comfort and elegance typical of a place like Venice.

An apartment designed to offer its occupants a dream life. In addition, Palazzo Molin offers 24-hour concierge services whose mission is to solve any problem or doubt that may arise.

A few minutes from this luxurious apartment, the most exclusive and elegant boutiques of great brands are located, being accessible through the Grand Canal by water taxi, that you can find a short distance from the property.

Concierge Auctions was in charge of selling the Palladio in Palazo Molin under open auction for an amount of 1 million thirty-seven thousand euros.

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