La Sagrada Familia, much more than a neighborhood!
The Sagrada Familia neighborhood is one of the six neighborhoods that make up the famous district of Eixample, located in a central area of the city of Barcelona around the church that gives it its name, the Sagrada Familia.
How was this neighborhood born?
Until the mid-nineteenth century, the Sagrada Familia area only consisted of agricultural land, on the border of the former independent municipality of San Martín de Provensals with the city of Barcelona. Except for the isolated presence of some farmhouses, it was an unpopulated territory until the first urbanizations began in the 1860s. These were very simple homes, like barges and ground floor houses which concentrated between what are now the streets of Marina and Paseo de San Juan. This neighborhood was originally known as the El Poblet neighborhood (“the little town”). The name changed to Sagrada Familia in the twentieth century, in reference to the temple, when its construction began around 1882.
Nowadays, the Sagrada Familia neighborhood of Barcelona is part of the right Eixample district of Barcelona and is one of the most pleasant residential areas in the city. The wonderful Sagrada Familia church is located in this neighborhood and gives it a special charm. This area is also ideal if you are on holidays in Barcelona, as it has great artistic and commercial attractions, as well as good communication by public transport with the rest of the city. It is one of the typical neighborhoods of L’Eixample, as it has wide grid-shaped streets which are all one way streets. More than 50% of the people who live there are from Barcelona and the majority of its inhabitants are older residents. Not as many students live in the Sagrada Familia neighborhood and there is not as much international influence as in the more central areas such as the Gothic quarter.
What kind of apartments can we find in this neighborhood?
Almost one out of four Eixample buildings have been rehabilitated in the last five years. Out of 10,000 properties, apartments and offices, just over 22% have undergone some kind of renovation. In the Eixample district there are three preferential areas of rehabilitation: the Mercat de Sant Antoni, the Sagrada Família and the Fort Pienc neighborhood, due to the age of the buildings and the poor condition of many of them.
This aspect is very positive because accessibility works are promoted and the interior of the flats that do not face the exterior are still spacious and bright as the light enters through the courtyards and / or interior windows. In Eixample you can find the biggest apartments in m2 with up to 5 bedrooms, which is more difficult to find in the old town of Barcelona. The flats are usually bright and come with a balcony or terrace if located on the top floor. It is common that there is an elevator and a doorman service in the building. Because of the larger amount of bedrooms its common for students to have shared apartments in this area.
Despite being one of the best known areas, rental prices are not among the highest of Barcelona. It is a very nice residential area, where one of Gaudi’s main works, La Sagrada Familia is located. If you are interested in a quiet neighborhood, with big bedrooms, easy to get from anywhere and beautiful views it’s the best place to be for you. Would you like to live in this magical area right next to Gaudis masterpiece? Here you can find your dream apartment in your favorite neighborhood: https://smartmovebcn.com/search-property-result?location=eixample
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