If you're thinking of buying property near El Born, you should know that the neighbourhood is actually called Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera and is definitely Barcelona's upcoming inner city area.
In fact, Passeig del Born and Mercat del Born are just are small area in La Ribera close to the sea and the lovely Santa Maria del Mar church.
However, the whole area is delightful and extremely upwardly mobile while retaining its Gothic character.
Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera was actually part of the Barri Gòtic until the two were separated by the building of the Via Laietana in the early 20th century.
Bordered by Rec Comtal, the man-made canal that brought water to medieval Barcelona, it was enclosed by Jaume I's city walls.
Being close to the sea, the area became Barcelona's commercial neighbourhood and home to craftsmen and skilled tradesmen, which can be seen in street names such as Espaseria, Mirallers, Agullers, Sombrerers - Swordmakers, Mirrormakers, Needle Makers, Haberdashers.
Furthermore, Carrer Montcada which leads onto El Born itself is lined by medieval palaces and was home to Barcelona's nobility and merchants in the 14th and 15th centuries.
The area was the main point of attack during the Siege of Barcelona in 1714 and much of La Ribera was demolished to built the hated Spanish military citadel.
This caused the whole neighbourhood to fall into decline and by the late 19th century Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera was one of the most densely populated slums in Europe.
It remained like this until shortly before I arrived in Barcelona in 1988 when gentrification had only just begun.
Since then this inner city neighbourhood has become a fashionable mix of great bars and restaurants, arty progressive hangouts and medieval monuments, so buying property near El Born really is an excellent idea
IYou may find a bargain property near El Born that requires renovation work but gentrification began in Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera in the 1990s so you really need to budget around €200,000.
If you are prepared to go up to around €300,000 obviously the choice is wider but given the nature of the late 19th century buildings, it is very likely that there won't be a lift installed, which can be tough because the most desirable flats near El Born is on the top floor close to the communal terrace.
However, given the nature of the area, I find that most enquiries come from youngish professionals or couples who have recently moved to Barcelona and want to to enjoy the exhilarating lifestyle on offer in Ciutat Vella.
Similarly, there is a lot of interest from people looking for a holiday apartment in Barcelona city centre which they can easily rent out to tourists when they are not using it.
Their budget is generally around €200,000 and they are looking for a two or three-bedroom flat in reasonably good condition ideally with some kind of balcony or terrace.
So for this property near El Born page these are the examples we're looking at.
If you're looking to spend around €200,000 and want a two or three-bedroom apartment in Barcelona's most fashionable city centre neighbourhood, the following El Born properties are examples of what you are likely to find.
This magnificent floor apartment is on the corner of Carrer Carders very close to Plaça Sant Augustí El Vell and just a short walk from El Born.
The bright rooms look out onto the street and include a large living-dining room with a small balcony and two double bedrooms one with a toilet.
There is also a separate bathroom and kitchen and the apartment is
equipped with heating, modern aluminium and wood windows, tiled floors
and ceilings with visible wooden beams.
The building has been completely renovated and there is a communal roof terrace available for residents use.
This 73 m2 first floor apartment dates from 1900 and is located behind the Picasso Museum on Carrer del Corretger just off Carrer Princesa in fashionable El Born.
With two double and one single bedrooms and an open plan kitchen measuring 17 m2, the property is ideal as a permanent residence or as a holiday home to be rented out when not in use.
The living-dining room is even larger than the kitchen and the bathroom is fitted with both a bathtub and a separate shower.
The wooden beams and stone walls give the apartment an air of Catalan authenticity making this El Born property highly desirable.
This 70 m2 5th floor apartment was built in 1900 and is located on Sant Pere Més Alt right next to the Palau de la Música and about 5 minutes walk from El Born.
With one double and two single bedrooms, the apartment has a large bright living-dining room.
There is an ample fully-equipped kitchen, heating and the bathroom is divided in two parts.
The building has no lift and there is a communal rooftop terrace for residents' use.
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