Everything from its Mediterranean climate, culinary achievements and its beautiful beaches make Barcelona one of the hottest international destinations for travellers worldwide. Now, with real estate activity on the rise, it isn’t just travellers setting their sights on The City of Gaudi, but homebuyers and international investors as well. “Barcelona is a region with a healthy economy and a very good infrastructure, which offers a high quality of life,” said Oriol Canal, Managing Director of the Engel & Völkers Market Center Barcelona. The neighborhoods of Barcelona offer a variety in culture, history, architecture, and amenities. Here are four you should know about, right now.
High-End Homes in Zona Alta
Zona Alta, is one of the most exclusive residential neighborhoods in Barcelona. Its 19th-century charm and elegance is still evident today. Though modernized, the palatial buildings, generously spacious apartments and residential homes maintain a timeless quality. The neighborhood is a desired place to live for those seeking high-end properties, privacy, security, parks, and international schools. There is diversity among the many international families who live in Zona Alta, but all share the same passion for the Spanish lifestyle, especially in Barcelona.
Contemporary Living in Diagonal Mar
Americans are among the many international buyers purchasing homes in this former industrial zone, which is now considered one of the most modern districts in Barcelona. Families from Russia, France, Bulgaria and Argentina are also calling Diagonal Mar home because it possesses everything a contemporary neighborhood should have including luxury hotels, shopping centers, museums, access to the beach and easy public transportation to the city center. Llevant Beach, is one of the newest and quietest beaches in Barcelona, and the award-winning Parc Diagonal Mar is said to represent the new Barcelona.
Spanish artist and architect Antoni Gaudí gained global popularity through his unique and innovative approach to Catalan Modernism. His most famous work, which was recently named the most viewed tourist attraction worldwide, is the Sagrada Família cathedral in Barcelona. The Eixample district of Barcelona is where you can find additional buildings designed by Gaudi, such as the Casa Milà and Casa Batlló. It also has the highest international demand for property. Last year, prospective buyers from over 30 countries looked to buy a home there. The most desirable properties are classic apartments designed with high ceilings, large ornate windows and mosaic floors.
The Historic Ciutat Vella has Come Alive
Ciutat Vella, which in Catalan means “old city,” is at the center and the most historic part of Barcelona. The Cathedral Barcelona, the Liceo Theatre, the Picasso Museum and the historic restaurant Els Quatre Gats, enjoyed by Picasso and other artists of the time, are just some of the many attractions found in Ciutat Vella. Alongside the extensive range of cultural offerings, the proximity to the sea makes this district even more attractive.
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