The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is fast becoming one of the foremost places in the world for second-home buyers looking for a European getaway. The convenient combination of urban life and a beachfront home makes it a smart city investment for those looking to add to their property portfolio, while the thriving culture and balmy climate makes it a great place to live year-round, too. As an international buyer it can be hard to scout out the most desirable areas for properties in a foreign city, so we’ve put together our top locations in Barcelona to make things a little easier.
If you’re a city person through and through, the Ciutat Vella, or Old City, is one of the liveliest places to be in Barcelona. Considered to be the heart of the city, the atmospheric Ciutat Vella is characterised by its narrow, winding streets and the wrought iron balconies that adorn many of the properties here. El Borne in La Ribera has become one of the most popular areas for second homes, thanks to its impressive selection of boutique shops, bars and restaurants. Just across town, El Ravel has a population of almost 50% international inhabitants, many of whom are artists or musicians who cement the district’s reputation as the bohemian quarter of Barcelona.
Little Barcelona, or Barceloneta, enjoys a more relaxed way of life, often accredited to its history as the old fisherman’s quarter of the city. Apartments here tend to be small and several are as yet un-renovated, creating ideal investment opportunities for those who like to put their personal stamp on a property. In the maze of tiny streets that makes up Gracia, properties range from pied à terre apartments inside homes that were once private, to open, sunny flats that are ideal for families. As one of the most popular places to live, homes here are invariably highly valued. Alternatively, L’Example boasts good transport links and the properties have a more open and modern feel than in other areas. Properties here also tend to be bigger, pushing prices higher for interested buyers.
Out into the suburbs around the city, Sitges is an ideal option for anyone hoping to live conveniently close to the city without sacrificing tranquillity or privacy. This relaxing coastal region has 17 beaches along a four-kilometre coastline, attracting artistic residents and canny investors alike.
La Zona Alta is one of Barcelona’s most recognised and prestigious addresses, home to some of the best international schools as well as an impressive selection of mansions and elegant apartments. The area is off the beaten path for most tourists and as a result is quiet and residential, with plenty of trees and parks. The Ronda highway connects it directly to Barcelona, enabling a luxurious lifestyle that many investors are prepared to pay heavily for.
On average, two-bedroom apartments in Barcelona can be rented out for between £569 and £4,000 a month, while house prices can range into the millions for truly spectacular homes. If you’re looking to expand into Catalonian property, just visit our website to find out how we can help you to find your ideal investment.