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The Advantages of Living in Sant Cugat del Vallès

Are you looking for the best place to live close to Barcelona? Do you need to be close to town, but enjoy rural tranquillity? Sant Cugat del Vallès is the perfect city for you, because is combines the best of a bustling metropolis with the peace and community of a medium-sized population. Choosing a home is more than simply about the location of the real estate: we must take into account a number of factors. After all, where we live affects just about every aspect of our lives! However, of all these variables, location is, perhaps, most important as this determines access to public services, leisure opportunities as well as setting the standard for our overall quality of life.

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Currently, Sant Cugat del Vallès boasts a population of about 87,000 inhabitants – a perfect level for maximum comfort and access to amenities, without overcrowding! Another great advantage of the area is its proximity to magnificent Barcelona, a mere ten kilometres away which makes visiting the Catalan capital an easy task. A daily commute, working in the capital and returning to Sant Cugat del Vallès every day, is a simple and enjoyable journey, well worth it for a tranquil atmosphere and many attractions of the Sant Cugat del Vallès area. These attractions include a thriving local fabric trade, markets and plenty of family- and child- friendly areas and entertainments.

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Another attraction for families is the wide variety of schools and colleges in the immediate area, offering quality education. Sant Cugat del Vallès is the third largest city in Spain regarding per capita income, which means that the quality of life within the confines of the city is of a good standard. The natural environment of Sant Cugat del Vallès is another real estate draw, boasting residential areas with all modern conveniences close to the beauties of nature. The city is surrounded by two mountain ranges, the Collserola and Galliners respectively, and more than 8,000 hectares of protected land. It is almost a privileged environment, perfect to escape the pollution and the crowds and bustle of everyday life.

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Art and culture are also aspects of Sant Cugat del Vallès in which its inhabitants take great pride. On one hand, there is a large modernist heritage thanks to the area's days as the 'go-to' place of holidaying Catalan bourgeoisie in the early twentieth century; on the other, can be found unique historical buildings, such as the monastery which was built between the ninth and fourteenth centuries. The monastery has been designated as a place of Cultural Interest. It stands on the Plaza Octavia, one of the nerve centres of the city – a meeting place for visitors and locals alike, teeming with vibrant Catalan joie de vivre. The population of Sant Cugat del Vallès tends to be young and family oriented and watchers can see toddlers taking their first steps or being pushed, wide-eyed, through the friendly streets in their pushchairs.

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Sant Cugat del Vallès' market is another strong draw. It is completely unique in Spain, open all year round for the purchase and sale of antique furniture, pottery and many curiosities. It is sited inside an old ceramics factory and can hold almost one hundred dealers and salespeople, all vying for custom. The Vintage Market is a monthly feature, and foodies have yet another reason to live in Sant Cugat del Vallès – local chefs offer up their wares, tempting delicacies created from local produce using traditional methods. It is even possible to partake in a medieval gastronomic tour of the city!

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Perhaps the strongest draw to Sant Cugat del Vallès is its location. By train, you can be in the heart of Barcelona in a mere 25 minutes, while Sabadell and Terrassa are similarly accessible by public transport. 

To pinpoint your perfect slice of Sant Cugat del Vallès, Engel & Völkers have a comprehensive 'cheat sheet' to help clients define and refine their choices, drawing on their deep knowledge and understanding of the whole city, including the urban core, comprising Golf San Cugat, Parc Central and Coll Favà. No matter what your perfect home is you are sure to find it in Sant Cugat del Vallès.

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