New RE Record: 450m2 Luxury Apartment In Barcelona Sold For €10M

29 June 2017 – Expansión

The Spanish real estate market is starting to reflect clear signs of a recovery after years of decline. These first indications of revival are already a reality in some areas of the large cities, such as Madrid and Barcelona and, above all, in a particular type of product: luxury housing.

An example of this boom can be seen in the record prices that have been achieved over the last few months in the high-end residential market. “The trend in the last three years has been a gradual increase in residential prices. If we focus on prime products and areas, we see that this increase has been considerably greater. Last year, nevertheless, was a year of transition due to the political uncertainty, and so, although prices continued to rise, in general, they did so at a more conservative pace, whereby stabilising. This year, the increase is continuing to display a bullish trend”, explained Carlos Zamora, Residential Director at Knight Frank in Spain.

The latest example is a home measuring 450 m2, located in the L’Antigua Esquerra neighbourhood of l’Eixample, alongside Barcelona’s famous Paseo de Grácia. The new owner has spent €10 million to acquire this 4-bedroom apartment, which has four bathrooms and a terrace measuring 250 m2 with views over La Pedrera and Paseo de Gràcia, explained the real estate agency Coldwell Banker Prestige Barcelona.

The home, which has been completely refurbished, includes an intelligent home automation system and a Zen garden located in an inner courtyard. In addition to the habitable surface area of 500 m2, the flat comes with five parking spaces for cars, two parking spaces for motorbikes and a storeroom in the basement, according to the estate agent’s advert.

Its price per m2 amounts to: €16,500/m2. “This price is due primarily to the fact that it is a unique property, located in the most prime area of Barcelona, which has been completely redecorated and furnished”, explained François Carriere, founding partner at Coldwell Banker Prestige Barcelona, who highlights that the average price of apartments in the area stands at around €12,000/m2, whilst the price of penthouses and ground floor apartments with gardens increases to €15,000/m2.

“An apartment with these characteristics in London would be sold for around €25,000/m2”, according to Carriere.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

HNWIs Want To Live In Madrid

21 September 2015 – Blog Anida

Luxurious and cheap. Numerous houses in Madrid meet these two criteria and as such, the richest people in the world increasingly want to purchase property in the Spanish capital.

A study performed by the company Coldwell Banker regarding the average price of luxury housing in Europe’s major cities explains why: Madrid ranks towards the bottom of the list, with an average price of €9,000/m2, well below Monaco (€60,000/m2), Paris (€25,000/m2), London (€18,000/m2) and Milan (€14,000/m2).

In addition to its low cost, the capital has significant urban appeal and strong economic growth forecasts. The complete package has meant that Madrid has appeared in The Wealth Report, the Top 40 cities that spark the most interest amongst high net worth individuals (HNWIs) for the first time.

The report, prepared each year by the real estate consultancy Knight Frank (which specialises in the sale and rental of exclusive properties), analyses both the investments and purchasing trends of HNWIs, i.e. those that have fortunes of more than $30 million (of which there are 172,850 individuals in the world, 3% more than in 2014).

Madrid is ranked 18 out of 40, ahead of cities such as Dubai, San Francisco and Amsterdam. Monopolising the podium for yet another year are London, New York and Hong Kong.

This ranking refers to trends, but a more rigorous data set can also be used to assess Madrid’s evolution: the number of wealthy individuals that now live in the Spanish capital. According to The Wealth Report, there are 544, up 5.1% from a year ago, the same increase as seen in London. This places the city in ninth position in Europe, with more ultra rich people than, for example, in Munich, Stockholm, Oslo and Barcelona (with 438).

According to Humphrey White, Managing Partner of Capital Markets at Knight Frank, “the cities of Madrid and Barcelona are home to 982 wealthy individuals, 63 more than last year, and are now following a clear and growing trend, which is contributing to the increase in the prices of luxury residential property”.

During the same period, the number of HNWIs resident in Spain increased by 2%. “Wealth continued to grow around the world last year” – says Kate Everett-Allen, Partner of International Research at Knight Frank -. In fact, around 15 people per day joined the ranks of the ultra rich. In one decade (since 2004), the number of HNWIs has increased by 61% and that trend is set to continue, with a forecast increase of 34% over the next 10 years. And in Spain, in particular, the number is set to grow by 24%.

Original story: Blog Anida

Translation: Carmel Drake

Prices of Luxury Homes To Rise In Madrid And Barcelona

14 May 2015 – Expansión

Recovery / The prices of high-end homes will increase by 5% in Spain’s largest cities in 2015, but they still fall well below those seen in Monaco, London and Paris.

Madrid and Barcelona are two of the large European cities in which luxury housing is least expensive. Nevertheless, it is clear that high quality properties are going to become more expensive in 2015. Specifically, by 5% in the “most prestigious areas” of Barcelona and by between 2% and 3% in Madrid.

Those are the findings of a study by Coldwell Banker – one of the largest networks of real estate brokers in the world – which compares prices per square metre for new, used and luxury housing in prime areas of the continent’s main real estate cities: Monaco, Prague, Rome, Milan, Paris, Valeta (Malta), Berlin and London, as well as in the Madrilenian and Cataluñan capitals. The comparison is linear; it does not take into account the (respective) income of citizens.

In the urban centre of Madrid, the average price per square metre of new housing developments is €5,610, i.e. €110 more than in the centre of Barcelona (€5,500). Those figures are light years away from the (prices seen in) London (€11,500/m2) and Paris (€10,000/m2) and from the stratospheric prices of €80,000 per square metre in the principality of Monaco.

Thus, whilst a 100 m2 apartment in a well-located area of the Spanish capital costs €561,000 on average; in the centre of Monte Carlo, the price of the same property would soar to €8 million. In other words, the same price as 14 such properties in Madrid and 14.5 in Barcelona. We should bear in mind that Monaco has a surface area of just 2 square kilometres, in which almost every centimetre contributes exclusivity and luxury.

Other European cities have less prohibitive prices. The price per usable square metre of a new residential property in Milan amounts to €10,500 and in Rome, to €8,500.

Of the 10 individual real estate markets covered in the report, only three are cheaper than Madrid and Barcelona: Berlin (€4,800 per m2, on average), Valeta (Malta, €3,650/m2) and Prague (€2,770/m2).

The price of luxury housing is increasing with respect to central areas in all of the cities, except for Monaco, which is an extremely “limited” market, says the report. The price per m2 of a new luxury apartment – not necessarily in the centre – is €60,000 in the state of Monaco.

Far below the prices seen in the Principality, the most exclusive capital in Europe is Paris, where the average price per square metre of luxury homes amounts to €25,000. In third place and still in a bubble is London, where residential properties of the highest quality have an average price of €18,000 per square metre.

Prices in London are double those in Madrid (€9,033). Luxury homes in Madrid are 20% more expensive than in Barcelona (€7,500 per square metre).

Limited supply

In Barcelona, “prices will start to recover slowly in the main areas. In the areas of highest demand and prestige, we expect to see an increase of between 3% and 5%”, says the report. In Madrid the increases will amount to between 2% and 3%.

According to Coldwell Banker, the “high quality” residential market in Madrid “is still very limited” and in Barcelona “supply is limited, since there are few new buildings in the centre of the city”. In Madrid, there are approximately 200 developments of this kind in the centre and around 400 in the wider metropolitan area.

That is not the case in other capitals. The supply of new homes in Berlin is “extremely strong”. Investors mostly seek “small furnished, high-end luxury apartments”. Penthouses can cost as much as €20,000 per square metre.

The other goldmine is still London: “In Mayfair and Marylebone, there is a large supply of new projects that are just coming to an end now”, says the report.

Original story: Expansión (by Juanma Lamet)

Translation: Carmel Drake