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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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Plenty of land in a desirable locale

Villa Paula is 765 square metres but is on a huge plot of 41,000 square metres. The landscaping is rustic, with 100-year-old pine trees and a vegetable garden (recent crops include pumpkin and courgette) modernised with a high-tech lighting and watering system.

Sarrià in Zona Alta, one of Barcelona’s oldest neighbourhoods, is especially popular with buyers looking for that extra bit of space. It is about 20 minutes from the city centre and about 30 minutes from the marina, but here you can find some of the city’s biggest villas, with extensive plots of land, from €3 million.

Here in Zona Alta, you are isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city itself but not far from all the essentials. It’s a hop, skip and a jump to the fancy neighbourhoods of Vallvidrera, where early 20th century Barcelona’s elite used to have their summer houses and from where you can catch the funicular railway all the way into the centre of the city in minutes. Sandwiched between the mountains and the marina, this is a house that combines sea, sun and mountain air in a way that few urban centres can.

On the market for €7.5m with Sotheby’s International Realty (+ 34 934 675 810, barcelona-sothebysrealty.com) and Lucas Fox (+ 34 933 562 989, www.lucasfox.com). Francesa Steele is a property writer at The Times.

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