Exclusive New York style duplex loft in Barcelona
A SUPER-SIZE LOFT IN BARCELONA TO ENTHRAL ALL YOUR SENSES
This spectacularly stylish loft is in a characteristic, modernist building dating from 1926 and was designed by a famous architect. The apartment, which once housed a delicatessen and a car parts dealer, covers the entire ground floor. It also has a large basement and an outbuilding accessible via a private patio. Altogether, this loft offers a surface area of no less than 500 square metres.
Carpe fucking diem
You can’t miss the current owners’ motto: Carpe fucking diem prominently lighting up the living room wall in pink neon. ‘Get everything out of life and live it up’ is what they mean. And they’ve styled and designed the house to perfection in line with that motto, creating an eclectic mix of artistic flair and edgy style. An article in a local broadsheet published its story on this exceptional loft under the heading Cuando lo bohemio es premium, ‘When bohemian is premium’.
You’ll have to resist the urge to fall in love with this loft as soon as you open the front door. The daring blend of luxury mod cons in a Hollywood Regency-style setting combined with a post-industrial touch makes the interior even more unique and impressive than it already is. Light and space have been brilliantly utilised; the large windows offering a view of the patio give the living room and open kitchen an incredible sense of spaciousness, and this is amplified by the slender white pillars supporting the 5-metre-high ceiling. Features which remind us of the loft’s industrial past, such as the unplastered brick walls and the vaulted ceiling, form a stylish contrast with the clean and simple lines of the black kitchen. That of course boasts a kitchen island with all the high-end appliances and a granite countertop which also doubles as breakfasting bar. A wide hall leads from the kitchen to the entrance hall and the guest wing, which has its own kitchen unit and a mezzanine floor with bedroom and bathroom.
Art combined with comfort
With its many artworks, artistically-finished furniture and often tastefully-quirky accessories, the entire loft emanates an exceptional sense of the bohemian. A must-see in this connection is the eggshell blue dining room with its white corniced ceiling. One of the walls has a larger-than-life-sized reproduction of the head of Michelangelo’s David. The tastefully-selected rugs on the black floor tiles give the room a warm, almost snug feel. But the loft also has plenty of modern comfort: underfloor heating throughout, air conditioning in the living room and open kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and the office, automatic awnings on the large windows in the living room, an advanced video security and alarm system: it’s all there.
But the former storage areas down the inner stairs to the basement perhaps offer the greatest surprise: the master bedroom. Square metres are normally scarce in Barcelona, but the space here feels almost limitless: a bedroom measuring 157 square metres (!), not counting another 30 on the patio outside. The sort of space you’d expect in a palace. With its typically Catalan terracotta-tiled vaulted ceiling and walls of classic, hand-made bricks (of the kind favoured by Gaudì), giving this area an aura of romance lacking in cold and formal royal palaces. The modern king size bed with its blue velvet headend however does give that royal feeling. The same applies to the egg-shaped, free-standing bathtub with its eye-catching brass tap and hand shower (of which a different version can be found in the double walk-in shower against the side wall). The basement also has two toilets and a generous walk-in closet, presently housing a home cinema, measuring no less than 40 square metres.
A small but intimate terrace links the open kitchen with an outbuilding across the patio. This wing, which has its own bathroom and toilet, is being used as an office and studio, but it has a bedroom on the mezzanine floor. This area can be easily accessed from outside via the sliding windows, so that it could be converted into a garage for bikes and one or two cars. Or for the vehicle of choice in Barcelona: a scooter.
Location and neighbourhood
The loft is in a low-traffic area on the edge of the Eixample Dreta, the eastern part of the 19th-century urban expansion plan where famous architecture such as Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, la Pedrera and Casa Battló can be found. The many restaurants and bars give the neighbourhood a vibrant bustle, as does the beautifully-renovated market hall on the square behind the house. Just one minute’s walk will bring you to a daily market for fruit, vegetables, fresh fish and lots more. An easy stroll will take you to one of Barcelona’s most beautiful beaches, while the metro will whisk you to the old inner city, the main station and the city’s international airport.
A poll on the expat-platform Internations recently voted Barcelona as the most attractive city in the world in terms of leisure and climate. “Sun, a carefree lifestyle and happiness. Great culture, fantastic architecture. And not to mention great food and good wine. More than enough social and cultural activities, art on every street corner”, is how an American expat on the platform summed up his enthusiasm about life in the Catalan metropole. And we can only agree. If you opt for this unique loft, you’ll doubtless be able to do exactly what it recommends: Carpe fucking diem
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Plot size: m2 / Constructed: 500 m2
3 bedrooms / 6 bathrooms
- Exclusive property
- Floor heating
- Air conditioning
- Good state
- Village: 0 m
- Beach: 2 km
- Barcelona Plaza Cataluña 4 km
- Barcelona airport 16 km
- Girona 100 km