Our real estate motto is: if you can’t afford your first home, don’t worry; just move on to your second. That’s why we long for this wonderful warehouse in Barcelona from the comfort of our small rented apartment. This former factory for sale by Sotheby’s International Realty is now a spacious 3,000 square foot single-family home near Gaudí’s famous and unfinished Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
The building was originally built in 1961, did its best imitation of a factory for four decades, was abandoned in the early 2000s, then transformed into an ultra cool loft-style living space. But aspects of its past history linger both in the industrial elements of the structure — worn brick walls and exposed pipes — and in some furnishings, like those dark cabinets that were never kicked out. Please also note that it is apparently acceptable to park your motorbike in the kitchen when living at this property.
In a building like this, the fashionable the decoration style is old-meets-new. Here, a sleek new fireplace and bright yellow sofa are paired with the building’s original water tank, which looks right at home in the living room thanks to a fresh coat of bright blue paint.
True to its warehouse feel, the main living room is one giant space separated by furniture arrangements into three different sections. Things get cozy in the first seating area set around a fireplace, they get real in the second seating area on giant face-to-face sofas, and they get playful in the third where rousing pool games take place.
Right now you are probably thinking to yourself, “There were stained glass windows in a factory?! OK, you crazy risk takers! But it’s Barcelona, the bustling city of art and religion whose favorite son, the radical Antonin Gaudí, exemplifies why it makes perfect sense to have religious-themed stained glass in a factory. .
Cement floors are part of the modern design range these days. But if you buy this house, you can call yours “vintage”. Speaking of home ownership, it will cost you just under $1.6 million to deed this home. That’s a lot of money, but bear in mind that your neighbor – the one and only Sagrada Familia – is due for completion in 2026 after almost 150 years of construction. This new acquisition is therefore really an investment for the day when this capital step will (finally) be completed.
So many homeowners spend stacks of Benjamins and too many expensive designer hours trying to achieve that authentic industrial feel. Here, you get it for free (OK, free after the $1.6 million bill is paid) thanks to little touches like that quirky steel staircase and wood built-ins. (Is it just us or could these built-ins also house a denominational booth? Forgive me dad for cheating at the pool last night!)
The master bedroom is a true work of art. Not only is it massive, but it has an entire wall of gorgeous windows and exclusive access to the building’s terrace. May we suggest charging for a blanket for any other residents or visitors who want to walk around your room for a little sunbathing?
We love a bathroom with plenty of natural light, but when yours has a wall full of large factory windows and a shower that may not have walls, you may need to invest in some good curtains to don’t flash the whole thing Barcelona. #to live in town
There are three bedrooms in addition to the master bedroom, two of which are currently converted into bedrooms and one of which is an office. However, if you’re shelling out over a million to call it all your own, you’re free to ignore those labels and do whatever you want with your space.
That’s one of the real prizes of living in an old factory. Imagine a few planters, some outdoor furniture and a glass of wine and you’ll find that there’s no need to go to nearby La Sagrada Familia because you’ve found heaven on your own terrace.
It’s our climate change reality year 2022, so solar panels aren’t just a plus in your new home, they’re a must. This factory sports beautiful panels on the roof. While they don’t provide all the power of this large space, they provide a nice clean energy that will meet a good part of your electricity needs.
This room showcases the cool barrel vaulted ceilings that dot the entire space, just one of the many original features and furnishings that were retained during the factory renovation.
Real estate ads use all sorts of hyperbolic language to make a space more appealing. But this one really hits that sweet spot of reality check, describing this warehouse space as “practical and attractive.” What more could you ask for in your new home?
And finally, the basement. Game room? wine cellar ? It’s up to you to decide. Although this house may be in the same neighborhood as one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions, the listing swears the street is quiet and residential. Which means you might just have to host the party yourself via a club in your own basement. Hey, that’s just a suggestion!