19 December 2016 – Inmodiario
Good views are a key component of the appraisal value of luxury homes in Barcelona. They account for between 30% and 50% of a property’s value, depending on the type of skyline on offer, in such a way that south-facing homes with views of the sea are worth up to twice as much as properties with similar characteristics without any views.
In this sense, of the 600 properties in Barcelona that are worth more than €2 million, 301 are located in the neighbourhood of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, i.e. 50.1% of the total. That district is followed by El Eixample (with 103 properties or 17.2% of the total), Les Corts (with 102 or 17%), Ciutat Vella (with 42 or 7%), Sant Martí (with 14 or 2.3%), Sants-Montjüic (with 9 or 1.5%) and Horta Guinardó (with 2 or 0.5%). None of the properties in Nos Barris and Sant Andreu are worth more than €2 million, given the low price per square metre of homes in those neighbourhoods, and the limited supply and demand for luxury properties there.
“Our buyers want to make their idealistic visions of Barcelona a reality. For them, the city is all about beauty, art, sun and sea. They come here for those reasons and they want their homes to fulfil those criteria of exclusivity”, said Emmanuel Virgoulay, Partner at Barnes International, the master franchise network in Spain.
Besides good views, other important factors that influence a property’s appraisal value are: its location, its size, its condition and its layout (whether or not it needs to be renovated), the monthly maintenance charge and the circumstances in the real estate market at the specific time when the sale is completed.
The apartments that cost more than €2 million range between 150 m2 and 350 m2 in terms of size, whilst the houses in the same price bracket range between 400 m2 and 1,000 m2 in terms of constructed surface area, plus any land. These types of properties tend to have large lounge-dining areas, 4 or 5 bedrooms, three bathrooms, lifts, high ceilings, large terraces, good sound proofing, a lot of light, a concierge/porter service and parking spaces. They also have special security systems and some offer a 24-hour security service.
Original story: Inmodiario
Translation: Carmel Drake