Le cul entre les deux chaises

An American Spaniard in France or: How I Learned to Make an Ass of Myself in Three Cultures

Barcelona real estate


Watching people running around Barcelona and saying deep things like, “Can you imagine living here and seeing this every day?” got me thinking about what living there every day was actually like. The apartment situation was bad. Really bad. So bad that it was a joke used in marketing.

"Bigger than your apartment. Texas BBQ Whopper."

“Bigger than your apartment. Texas BBQ Whopper.” (March, 2006)

So bad that people planned protests (like this one in the fall of 2006) about how hard it was to find affordable housing.

"You're never going to own a house in your whole damn life."

“You’re never going to own a house in your goddamn life.”

Of the many things I don’t miss about Spain, the living conditions are near the top. (The heat would probably be my number one.)

Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

6 thoughts on “Barcelona real estate

  1. Funny how you always have these impressions that a city would be wonderful to live in when you visit it but once you do live there you realize that it is like any other cities with its bad and good sides. I find it is the same in Paris. It is a beautiful city but it is far from being perfect like in most people’s fantasy.

    • I guess I’m the weird one. I don’t know that I’ve ever imagined living in a place while visiting unless I was there for the express purpose of seeing if I could live there. Some places, like London, I leave thinking how glad I am I don’t live there because there are so many things I dislike about it.

  2. I’d be really curious to compare the living situations in Barcelona versus New York (especially Manhattan), because during the last mayoral race we had a guy running on “The Rent is Too Damn High” ticket. And the New Yorker just published this very elegantly-designed infographic of the income disparities along the various subway lines: http://www.newyorker.com/sandbox/business/subway.html

    • Aw, man. Now I’m going to have to commit to paper my thoughts on the Spanish/Barcelonan real estate situation. The short version is that apartments are VERY expensive, especially relative to average incomes. The longer version is that the situation is VERY complicated. The latter coming soon to this space… h

  3. Makes me happy that I’ve lived in various cities that aren’t prohibitively expensive. While I could never afford to buy in Melbourne, at least you can find a sharehouse that isn’t too $$$ to survive.

    • I remember in college that a friend of mine had rented an entire house with lots of land around it including a small lake for $600/m. I was paying more than that for a shitty walk up in Boston with mice, but he was in Oklahoma, so I figured that I still was coming out the winner. h

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