Living Luxury in Barcelona

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There are few cities that offer the variation and diversity of Barcelona. This dynamic city not only offers chill-out beach get-a-ways, but also cosmopolitan city breaks, bursting at the seams with history, culture and world class architecture. This ever changing city offers luxury accommodation at its very best and most diverse.
Barcelona was once renowned for being a city of villages. Over time, as the city has grown and developed, these villages joined together to form what we now know as modern Barcelona. The many 'barrios' (districts) which we are left with, are full of distinct and enchanting personalities and styles, so knowing where to base yourself in the city can be a challenge. With each area offering something different it's important to find the right location to suit your particular brief.
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The Barceloneta is the ideal location for those beach lovers, looking for convenience, a mere flip-flopped footstep away from the beach. Whether you're looking for an investment in the city or a holiday rental, this area is exceptional value for money for being smack-bang on the seafront. Packed with beach bars and restaurants, this lively area is full to the rafters with great apartments at highly competitive prices. Moving further up the coast a little, the many newly built penthouse apartments, overlooking the sea, are the perfect option for those looking for beach-side luxury.
For those looking to be in the heart of the old town, in amongst the Roman ruins, the Gothic Cathedral, cobbled streets and winding alleys, the possibilities are endless. To really live the Barcelona experience there is nothing better than walking out of your front door into the hustle and bustle of the old town’s charm. The Gothic quarter, and its very close neighbor the Born both boast some exceptional apartments. Some typical features in this area include exposed brickwork, beautiful Catalan ceilings with wooden beams and vaulted archways.  Live like a local, indulging in tapas in one of the many plazas in the area, and indulge in a city crash pad fit for a king. 
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The most famous street in Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia is home to some of the city’s most prestigious apartments and some of Barcelona’s most impressive modernist architecture.  Surrounded by designer shops, Michelin star restaurants and roof top terraces, this fashionista area is the playground for the cities well-heeled and well-groomed.  Whether you're looking for long-term or short term lets, or whether you are considering buying a property, this street really is the crème de la crème of Barcelona’s finest. Distance yourself from the crowds by perching yourself up on one of the luxury penthouse suites and indulge in the outstanding contemporary design and city views. Entertain your business colleagues and friends on your spacious terrace and watch the cosmopolitan city buzzing below.
Two of Barcelona's most distinguished but perhaps lesser well known areas are Sarrià and Pedralbes. Historically home to the most well off Catalan families and perched at the top of the city, these highly-esteemed locations boast some of the most exceptional properties in the city. Sarrià has a much more relaxed and slower pace than the center of the city and offers some of the most upmarket flats in Barcelona. Even the market place is spotless with top quality food in a beautifully modernised old structure. Walking the neighbourhood has a laid-back village feel, with a highly sophisticated twist. Pedralbes, which is the most expensive area of Barcelona, is a truly peaceful retreat, perfect for those that want the best of both worlds. With luxury apartments and practically the only place in the city you can find villas, this is the top end of the market, and Barcelona's luxury at its very best.


Living Luxury in Barcelona (photo credit: HJAPÓN)
Those looking for more space should venture outside of the city; Catalonia offers some of the most fabulous retreats in Europe. 'Fincas' or country homes are rife in the lush mountains of Catalonia and the luxury end of the market is their specialty. Offering exclusivity in peace and tranquility, take your pick from the many peaceful areas, far from the stresses of everyday life. The hills of Sitges are a favorite for the international crowd, the perfect ambience for a luxury holiday or your dream holiday home.
If you are looking to buy or rent a luxury house in the Maresme, (a coastal and hilly area located to the north of Barcelona), with all facilities and easy access to Barcelona city centre, do not hesitate to contact the experts at HJapón. They will be all too pleased to advise you on some of the best options not only in this area, but also in the uptown districts of the city. So, whether you prefer a villa or flat, for a long or short-term stay, you are sure to be made to feel like a local in no time at all.
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