If you are thinking of buying property in the Eixample Dreta, you are probably attracted by two factors - the central location and the beauty of the neighbourhood's Modernista architecture.
The Eixample Dreta or Eixample Right as it is often called on Internet is the Dreta de l'Eixample in the real world and runs up from Barcelona's central Plaça de Catalunya on either side of the famous Passeig de Gràcia.
It is the most centrally located of the five neighbourhoods that comprise the District of L'Eixample - Barcelona District II - and includes the Quadrat d'Or or Golden Square, where you'll find the highest density of Catalan Modernist architectural masterpieces not only by Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch but also by a whole host of late 19th-early 20th century architects.
Both these factors make buying property in the Eixample Dreta a very
interesting proposition, but if you are scowering major websites for
your dream property, you should be aware that what is advertised as La
Dreta de l'Eixample and what it really is are often quite different.
So let's make this clear, although very pleasant and also in the Eixample District, Fort Pienc, Sagrada Familia and L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample are not the Eixample Dreta and if anyone tries to sell you Gràcia, Clot or Camp de l'Arpa, you should take whatever they say with a very healthy pinch of salt.
As you can see from the map, the Dreta de l'Eixample extends up from the
streets just below Plaça de Catalunya (Carrers Pelai, Fontanella and
Trafalgar) up to Avinguda Diagional and Carrer Còrsega with Carrer
Balmes marking the left hand border and Carrer Nàpols and Passeig de
Sant Joan marking the right.
If you want to get even more specific, the square marked by Gran Via, Balmes, Còrsega and Passeig de Sant Joan defines the Quadrat d'Or and for most people interested in buying property in the Eixample Dreta, this is the area that we are looking at.
Although you may find something smaller quite a lot cheaper, your budget for any decent property of say 65 m2 with a couple of bedrooms in reasonable condition in the Dreta de l'Eixample needs to start at about €250,000.
However, you are not going to get anything very special for that price and, given that Barcelona has an excellent public transport system with most of the neighbourhoods only 20 minutes, I suggest you use my Districts of Barcelona Guide and look for something much nicer somewhere else.
I'm currently working
with a client who only has a maximum of €350,000 to work with and wants a
ready to move into 80-100 m2 apartment with 2 or 3 bedrooms all with
windows plus a balcony to sit out on and Modernista architectural
As they are in no hurry, prices may drop a little and they might be lucky but in a moment of frustration the other day, one of my collaborating agents said quite adamantly that fulfilling these criteria would be impossible for less than €400,000.
If you have
half a million euros to play with, so much the better because inevtably
the more money you have at your disposal, the wider the choice.
Bearing in mind that penthouses and pisos nobles in a prime location with views of one of Gaudí's masterpieces can fetch as much as €5 million, I thought I'd do a little experiment.
Just to give you an idea, I've taken €1 million - not a euro more, not a euro less - and had a look at the September 2013 Eixample Dreta Property Portfolio and three fantastic apartments are currently available.
The first of our selection of €1 million Dreta de l'Eixample properties is this
lovely 179 m2 attic flat set on central Rambla de Catalunya, which is much nicer than neighbouring Passeig de Gràcia by the way.
Although the apartment is quite traditionally furnished, you can see that the 50m2 living-dining room offers an incredible sense of space.
apartment also has 2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom and a service room with
WC as well as two more fully-equipped bathrooms.
The floors are parquet and although the property may require a little refurbishment, air conditioning and central heating are already installed.
However, from a foreign buyers' point of view, this apartments' best feature is undoubtedly the fantastic 40 m2 terrace.
Not only does it offer incredible views of Rambla de Catalunya and the Barcelona city skyline but it is also perfect for sunbathing and large enough for entertaining friends.
Located on the corner of Pau Claris and Provença just a few metres from the top of Passeig de Gràcia, this magnificent 200 m2 apartment is housed in a listed building and in terms of interior space is definitely my favourite of these Eixample Dreta properties.
It has large windows which give a sense of light and space and offers two double bedrooms, one single, two bathrooms and a dressing room.
The very generous living area, includes a large living-dining
room, and as it is unfurnished the possibilities are enormous.
The kitchen and bathroom have been tastefully modernised and this recently refurbished property offers typical high-ceilinged Eixample rooms with Modernista details and parket and marble floors.
I also particularly like the regal entrance to the building, which shows a real touch of class.
The third property in the Eixample Dreta I have chosen is located on the corner of Consell de Cent and Carrer Bruc is in the heart of the Quadrat d'Or.
This regal 167 m2 apartment is traditionally furnished and decorated and definitely has a classic Eixample feel.
Apart from three bedrooms one with an impressive en-suite bathroom and another separate bathroom, the apartment also offers kitchen and dining areas in soft wooden tones and onarmented ceilings.
Speaking personally, I would consider creating larger spaces by removing some of the non-supporting walls but such modifications could be made as and when the need arises.
A particularly desirable feature, though, is the view of the typical Eixample interior patio-garden and the price tag also includes a parking space located nearby, which is a massive plus.
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