Barcelona, which is the second most populous city in Spain, has 10 districts, each with its own characteristics. And although the price-quality ratio plays a decisive role when choosing real estate for permanent or temporary residence, these features also deserve special attention.
As in any other metropolis, Barcelona’s neighborhoods are very heterogeneous in terms of a range of indicators, from development to safety. If you want, you can adapt in each of them, but there are not always opportunities for this, including financial ones. For example, as of October 2020, the average cost of 1 sq.m. residential real estate in the two most prestigious areas, Sarrià Sant Gervasi and Les Corts, was significantly higher than the city average. In general, the picture looks like this:
Les Corts – 5184 euro/sq.m
Sarria Sant Gervasi – 5159 euros/sq.m
Eixample – 4614 euros/sq.m
Ciutat Vella – 4279 euros/sq.m.
Gracia – 4273 euros/sq.m.
Sant Martí – 3664 euros/sq.m.
Sants-Montjuic – 3462 euros/sq.m
Horta-Guinardo – 3234 euros/sq.m
San Andreu – 3173 euros/sq.m
No Barris – 2490 euro/sq.m
At the same time, the average price of one square meter of housing in Barcelona is 4,082 euros, in Catalonia as a whole – 2,261 euros, and throughout Spain – 1,752 euros.
Each of Barcelona’s districts is divided into several blocks, and prices in them can also differ significantly from each other. The prevailing type of development should also be taken into account, since in some of them it will be quite problematic to find objects that meet certain requirements. For example, in Pedralbes, where wealthy Spaniards and foreigners prefer to settle, villas and chalets prevail (almost every house has its own swimming pool, garage, plot), so it is almost impossible to find housing here for less than 500 thousand euros.
Barcelona’s most expensive neighborhoods also include Les Tres Torres, Sarria, Diagonal Mar and Sant Gervasi-La Bonanova, but individual luxury apartments can be found almost everywhere. However, most luxury housing projects are concentrated in Les Corts, which is considered the financial, economic and business center of the Catalan capital. At the same time, the world famous Camp Nou stadium is located here, although this feature is unlikely to appeal to those who like silence, since on the days of football matches there is a large flow of pedestrians and cars, not to mention noise pollution.
The Gràcia and Eixample districts are particularly popular among foreign property buyers in Barcelona. The first is considered an area for “bohemians”: artists, writers, musicians and people of other creative professions. This is noticeable not only in the appearance of the buildings, but also in the interior decoration of the premises, in which there are still elements dating back to the last and even the century before last.
The second is home to representatives of not only the elite, but also the middle class, as well as native Barcelonans. Its main disadvantages include the fact that there are no chain supermarkets here, and all food and essential goods have to be purchased in small stores at higher prices. However, this does not pose a serious problem for vehicle owners.
Ciutat Vella (Old Town) differs from all other areas in the significant number of foreign tourists and immigrants, among whom immigrants from Southeast Asian countries predominate. The vast majority of properties are dilapidated housing stock, and renovated spacious apartments are quite expensive. Local real estate is of interest mainly from the point of view of investment for the purpose of subsequent rental.
A wider choice of accommodation takes place in the Sants-Montjuic area, which is the most extensive in the city. However, many apartments put up for sale require minor repairs, and the authorities do not yet plan to carry out large-scale construction here. In addition, just like in the center, there are many tourists and immigrants here, forming compactly living diasporas.
From the point of view of comfort, Horta-Guinardo looks more preferable, which is chosen mainly by families with children, single middle-aged people and pensioners. It surpasses other areas in terms of green space, but at the same time is not inferior to them in terms of infrastructure, although there are few entertainment venues for young people here. As for the other three districts – Sant Martí, Sant Andreu and Nou Barris, it is strictly not recommended to settle in the northern part of the latter, where the high crime rate and poor transport connections overshadow all the few advantages.