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prigotkulow47
2/24/2017 07:03 EST

Good morning all. My husband and I are relocating to Barcelona the first of May.

Any info on neighborhoods and/or rental agents would be gratefully received. We have a relatively limited budget--no more than 1500 euros per month and need 2 bedrooms and hopefully 2 bathrooms.

Thanks, Pat

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anlgza
2/24/2017 12:10 EST

We got ideas from websites like fotocasa and idealista. We used Sandra Burela (sandraburela.com) as a facilitator (interacting with agents and translating.) She also helped us with temporary housing but you can use websites like airbnb and homeaway. Viewings are generally set up day to day and not ahead of time. If you have a list of what you are looking for in a neighborhood, I can be more specific with suggestions. Your budget is very reasonable so that should not be an issue. We were somewhat limited because of our pets - it is very pet-friendly here but landlords can be protective.

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prigotkulow47
2/26/2017 07:40 EST

Thanks for the reply. We are looking for a place walking distance to bars, restaurants, shops, and public transport. A 15 minutes walk or less the sea would be fantastic. We have an old cat so that is a consideration. We lived in NYC for 10 years and are currently living in El barrio de las tetras in Madrid so we are very comfortable with urban living. Any advice you have for us re: neighborhoods would be great--thanks, Pat

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anlgza
3/1/2017 12:31 EST

If you find a place near the green or yellow metro lines you will be able to reach the beach areas in less than 15 minutes. If you live off the red, then it would be just one transfer to the other two. If you want walking distance to the beach, you will need to find a place in the old city (Ciutat Vella - divided into Gotic, Raval, and El Born/Ribera) or Barceloneta. Properties here tend to be smaller and more expensive with more tourists, and very few real grocery stores. There are huge mercados with fresh meats and vegetables if you like that kind of shopping. The large area just beyond the old city is called Eixample which is divided into Sant Antoni, Izquierda and Derecha. The red line runs through the part closest to tourist areas and the sea. We live at the southern edge of Sant Antoni near Plaza Espana. Another website to check is technocasa.es, in addition to idealist and fotocasa. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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jldbcn
3/7/2017 09:10 EST

I think you should check the Eixample-Dreta neighborhood (between Passeig de Gracia and Passeig de Sant Joan under Diagonal) because:
* Walking distance to bars and other neighborhoods like Gracia or Born
* There is an amazing food market (Concepcio)
* It is not a very tourist area (there are tourists, but not like other areas)
* If you live around Passeig de Sant Joan you have the Ciudadella park (walking distance)
* Most of the buildings there are refurbished and they have elevator
* There are a lot of restaurants, with "menu of the day"

The only thing is to avoid Arago street (very noisy)

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