Great thread, and interesting to see that it’s still live after 4-5 years!
I moved to Perpignan from Paris last year to be closer to Barcelona yet without the complications of switching all my tax, social security, banks accounts, etc. But after a year here I’ve found that it’s not really close enough to BCN to practically spend much time there, and additionally, the city is quite quiet and doesn’t really offer much of a vibrant lifestyle in-itself.
So, less than a year later, I’ve started the search for apartments in BCN. I just came across this site, and this thread offers some really great insight, so I just wanted to ask a few questions on the off-chance there’s someone who’s willing and able to answer!
I’m a single guy in my late twenties who knows the city center reasonably well to walk around/spend time in, but I’m not very familiar with the different districts to live in. I have a few criteria I want to include with my search, so I would also be interested to see whether you think they’re possible!
In an ideal world, I’d like to live somewhere with a reasonably friendly/vibrant atmosphere, but no so crazy as I work from home (I’m a web designer). I have a car (necessary in Perpignan!) and I love to go snowboarding, so somewhere with easy-ish parking and access to one of the Rondas, though not miles away from the center would be great.
When I come to BCN, I usually park near by Sant Marti, as there’s a decent amount of places to park, and it’s quite practical to get into the center. So I wondered if anyone has any knowledge of this area as it seems a reasonable place to start looking. It also seems that Gracia would be a good option based on the opinions in this thread, though perhaps more expensive?
Price-wise, I’ve seen some pretty good deals on some of the rental search websites, with prices around 10€ per 10m2 for unfurnished apartments. I have a 60m2 apartment here in Perpignan, so it would be great if I can find something similar around the 600€ mark. It seems possible, as so many apartments are being reduced due to the crisis, but is that being overly optimistic?
Anyway, my apologies for the long post, but any responses would be truly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.