The Quadra D'Or is the area of Eixample which brings together the largest number of houses with surprising architecture. At the time surrounded by ramparts, the district became in the 1960s a place of competition for the rich families in search of a construction outside the Common.It is therefore the greatest architects of the time such as Puig I Codalfach or even Gaudi who designed the bulk of the buildings in the neighbourhood. The Quadra d'Or has a bit of open air museums, there are many apartments and houses that have preserved their styles of that time. Eixample is the economic and commercial center of Barcelona, the properties are now very expensive but allow their buyers, often foreigners, to benefit from a unique living environment while enjoying numerous markets, fancy restaurants, trendy cafes, upscale hotels and others luxury stores.
Barcelona is one of the most expensive cities in Spain ahead of Madrid and San Sebastian, with around 4,093 euros per square meter. In 2016, prices have rose to 7% compared to the previous year. Besides, the number of properties sold has also increased by 27% between 2015 and 2016. Therefore, the 2016 year has been a prosperous period for the housing sector in Barcelona and experts foresee that 2017 will be better than the previous year. All in all, the real-estate market is very active and bullish in the Barcelona area, thanks to various elements such as a great growth in Spain, all-time low interest rates and low prices in Barcelona compared to other European big cities.
Regarding the property purchasing process, the promise of sale is signed between a buyer and a vendor. an itemized list is attached to the promise of sale. This is a document of related transaction costs such as legal fee, property transfer tax, registration duty, notary fee and real estate agent's fee. Then, the buyer usually places a deposit of 10% of the property price on Notary account in order to guaranty the buyer's commitment. For the following step, the Notary must collect various documents such as the entitlement of the parties, the mortgage situation and even the property verification. He will draw up the deeds, the tax due and the registration of the names of the new owners in the Spanish property register and tax register. On completion of the sale of the real estate, the title deeds are registered with local land registry enabling the title to transfer to the new owner.
Before any purchase, it is encouraged to contact a professional of the real-estate market in the area to know the different steps of the buying process.
The period from December to March is the coolest season in the Barcelona area. Temperatures remain constant, but do not promise great heat. It is possible to benefit from preferential rates for this season. However it will be difficult to swim in the Mediterranean sea.
The ideal season to come and enjoy Barcelona is from April to November. The temperatures are around 30 degrees, the sun is shining, the sea is good and the activities are numerous. Throughout the summer, Barcelona sees parades of tourists from all over the world, who come to enjoy the warm Catalan life.The months of September and October are also considered the "Best months", because the tourist influx is less important, and house prices are slightly lower compared to the middle of the summer.
The peak season is illustrated by the months of July and August. They are the hottest months of the year, and correspond to the period of the year when prices climb to the highest, and when the number of tourists is the most important. These three elements make the July and August very mixed months for traveling to Spain.
This monument was the first one to be designed by Gaudi in Barcelona and represents all the strength of his nascent style. Even though it could be considered as a classical-style building, the particular signature of its creator is present. The Casa Calvet House was ordered in 1898 by the heir of the father Martir Calvet, this building was supposed to be a residential monument. You can admire, from the outside, three heads of Saints who observe bystanders, very well-decorated pulley supports as well as surprising wrought-iron balustrades.It is not possible to visit this building but you can have lunch inside at the Casa Calvet restaurant.
Also named "La Pedrera", this monument is the last civil masterpiece of Gaudi and present a corrugated frontage as its creator was inspired by cliffs in the surroundings of Barcelona to design this building. Actually, this house does not have any straight line. The building was at the core of a controversy: few inhabitants appreciated this monument, criticizing it and giving nicknames to it, the owners refused to pay Gaudi for his work. After a long lawsuit that he won, Gaudi gave his indemnity to a religious convent. Nowadays, the Casa Mila House is considered as an exceptional representation of the Catalan modernist style.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of the region of Catalonia. It is also recognized around the world thanks to its importance in the fields of finance, the arts, publishing, and to its international trade. Moreover, the Mediterranean brings it the city a climate with pleasant temperatures all year long, which allows to enjoy the sun and the beach almost during the entire year. Barcelona is one of the most important cultural destinations of the Southern Europe.The city has a history, but also an urban attraction out of the common. Discover its buildings such as the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sagrada Familia, its numerous walks such as Las Ramble, historic walkway lined with tapas ...