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alternative Assets News: Spanish Real Estate Intelligence

OneCoWork Invests €5.5M to Open 3,700m2 Coworking in Barcelona

18 March 2019 - Eje Prime

OneCoWork is going to invest €5.5 million to open its third shared office space in Barcelona in 2020. The company, founded in 2016 and led by Benjamin Nachoom, will open its new centre on the corner of Via Laietana and Avenida de la Catedral, in a building owned by the insurance company Zurich.

The office will span 3,750 m2 and will be opened on a gradual basis, with 1,800 m2 due to be inaugurated in April 2019, 600 m2 during H2 2019 and the remainder in 2020.

The group plans to have 40 coworking offices across Europe by 2022, including one in Madrid and another in Valencia, Bilbao or Málaga.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

 
Traffic Restrictions in 'Madrid Central' Drive up Parking Space Prices

16 March 2019 - El País

The Town Hall of Madrid, led by Manuela Carmena, introduced new traffic restrictions in the city centre (Madrid Central) in November last year on a provisional basis. As of Saturday 16 March, fines are now being levied on vehicles that enter the area illegally.

Only those vehicles owned by people who own or lease a parking space within the designated area may access the area, regardless of the environmental label assigned to their vehicles, if they are not residents. As such, parking spaces are in demand and so their prices have soared in the last 4 months.

In fact, prices have risen by between 20% and 30% following the imposition of the traffic restrictions. For a parking space that used to cost €20,000, vendors are now asking €25,000, and for a space costing €40,000 previously, vendors are now asking between €45,000 and €48,000, according to Daniel Lucía, founder of the company ParkingYa!, created twenty years ago and which sells more than 250 parking spaces per year.

According to Pisos.com, the average price of a parking space in the Centro district is now €52,100. In the Spanish capital in general, the average price amounts to €21,300. Moreover, even though the prices of parking spaces rose by between 10% and 20% across Spain in 2018, they are still 30% cheaper than in the years before the real estate bubble, when parking spaces in Centro and Salamanca were sold for €90,000 or €100,000.

These assets generated stable returns of 6.2% across Spain in 2018, compared with 5.5% in 2017, according to Idealista. In Madrid, the yield was 3.4%, although that figure varied by district. Location is key, as that typically determines the ease with which a space can be leased. Parking spaces in the city centre are always less profitable (generating less than 4%) than those on the outskirts but they are safer investments as are rarely unoccupied.

Original story: El País (by Sandra López Letón)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

 
The Student Hotel to Invest €110M in 2 New Mixed-Use Student Halls/Hotels

15 March 2019 - Eje Prime

The Student Hotel is going to invest €110 million in order to open two new mixed-use student halls/hotels over the next few years in Madrid and Barcelona.

The first, located in a former print house at number 28 Cuesta de San Vicente in Madrid is expected to open in September 2020 following a €60 million purchase and renovation project. Once completed, that property will have approximately 340 rooms, a parking lot, a coworking office space and common areas including a lounge bar overlooking the Royal Palace.

The second, located on Calle Provençals in Barcelona, in the heart of the 22@ district, is scheduled to open in January 2021, following a €50 million investment. It will comprise around 300 bedrooms, a coworking office, common areas as well as a cocktail bar on the rooftop.

TSH is launching a new operating model for these properties, which combines short term lets with accommodation for students. The mixed-use aspect of these building means that between 45% and 50% of them will be used for student residences and the rest for hotel purposes, which will offset the seasonality of the two models.

Besides the two openings described above, TSH is also considering opening other hotels in Valencia, Málaga, Sevilla and País Vasco, in Bilbao and San Sebastián.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake