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Property of the month: 4 reasons to buy this classic Catalonian mansion

Property of the month: 4 reasons to buy this classic Catalonian mansion

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It's packed with history

If you want to live in a slice of Catalonian history, this is it. High up in the mountains of Serra de Collserola Natural Park, with views of the Mediterranean, marina and Barcelona Cathedral, Villa Paula is an architectural marvel where Lluís Companys i Jover, president of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, is believed to have hidden when Franco’s forces invaded. The property’s current owner – only the third in its history, since he bought it from a family who had owned it since 1947 – was dubious about the legend, but when he dug down into the house’s foundations during renovations, he discovered a secret basement, with two stools still inside, that seemed to validate the story.

The owner, a former New Yorker, bought the property in 2008 without even stepping inside. “We were driving past and thought the exterior and the views were just extraordinary,” he says. “We mainly bought it for the views.”

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