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Real Estate in Barcelona

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 02, 2023

Summary: The most desirable neighborhoods in Barcelona, Spain are Eixample, Gràcia, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, and Ciutat Vella. The average cost to buy a nice 2 bedroom home in Barcelona is around $400,000 USD, while a nice 3 bedroom home can cost around $600,000 USD. These properties typically include modern amenities such as air conditioning, balconies, and terraces. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Barcelona, however, they must obtain a NIE (Foreigner Identification Number) in order to do so. When searching for a home to buy in Barcelona, expats should consider their budget, desired location, and the type of property they are looking for. It is also important to research the local real estate market and consult with a real estate agent who is familiar with the area.

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How do I find a place to live in Barcelona?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Came over to look at properties to buy and having visited Barcelona all my life (my father is Spanish) pretty much knew where to look. Made up our minds after seeing 5 flats. We bought it through a wellknown local estate agency - too much red tape to try and do it privately, although many Spanish natives buy direct from sellers to cut out some of the (high) costs associated with buying property over here," remarked one foreigner who made the move to Barcelona.

"One of the best ways to find a place to live in Barcelona is to use online rental websites such as Idealista, Fotocasa, and Habitaclia. These websites allow you to search for rental properties in Barcelona by location, price, and other criteria. Additionally, you can contact local real estate agents who specialize in renting properties in Barcelona. They can provide you with more information about the rental market and help you find a place that meets your needs. Finally, you can also look for rental postings on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter," explained one person living in Barcelona, Spain.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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