With all the excitement of the Royal Wedding and romance most definitely in the air, we wanted to show you the three most romantic European cities to buy a home. Take a peek at these beautiful places and their gorgeous homes.
The regional capital of Tuscany – an area famous for its beautiful landscape, authentic rich cuisine and artistic legacy, Florence is often considered as one of Europe’s prettiest cities. Florence’s romance is achieved by its enormity of stunning masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture that define the city’s appearance and history. Cobbled streets packed with medieval chapels, palaces, fresco churches and striking basilicas make it a perfect location for wandering through aimlessly, taking in all the beauty and tranquillity.
As a location to live, Florence has a great lifestyle. It’s not an enormous city which prevents it from being too chaotic and preserves its established characteristics. While it is unsurprisingly a very popular tourist spot, it doesn’t succumb to typical tourist pitfalls but benefits from the accompanying perks such as an abundance of great restaurants, shopping opportunities, and efficient transport links.
Average prices rose 2% in 2016, yet prime prices fell by 2% which was still a lower rate than the rest of Italy. Sales also increased by 16%, with several areas that are particularly off the tourist route being in high demand among international buyers. In the surrounding areas of Florence there are several popular hamlets with traditional villas and country houses that offer spectacular scenic views and come with more space.
For €530,000 you can purchase a 2 bed apartment with a terrace, in a quiet street in the historic Duomo area in the heart of Florence. See this property currently listed.
For €790,000 you can purchase a traditional 3 bed detached house with 3 bathrooms in the Tuscan countryside just outside of Florence, with its own land including olive groves and vineyard. See this property currently listed.
For €1,250,000 you can purchase a modern renovated 3 bed, 200 sqm apartment in a prestigious area in the centre of Florence, complete with a panoramic terrace and parking. See this one currently listed.
The City of Love o la Ville de ‘amour would be impossible to leave off our list of the most romantic cities to buy a home for obvious reasons. Paris is one of Europe’s most visited cities and one of the best places to enjoy some of the best food, culture, and art in the world. Popular romantic activities include visiting Paris’ historic landmarks such as Notre Dame, the Champs Élysées, walking along or taking a river trip down the Seine and of course, ascending Paris’ most famous building and enjoying a meal at the 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant.
Paris has been compared to a smaller more compact London, better designed for people to inhabit and with arguably a better quality of life with less hustle and bustle but equally stunning. Furthermore, although like London there’s a huge tourist element to the city, Paris has a defined character with a very vibrant culture that’s prevalent everywhere, but you may have to be a bit of a Francophile to always enjoy it.
Buying in Paris has however become more and more expensive. Average property prices have increased to over €9,000 per square metre, with prices across all of Paris’ 20 arrondissements rising in 2017 at an average rate of 8%. Sales have also increased by 7% within the last year, and many predict that this will continue to rise in the build-up to Paris’ hosting of the 2024 Olympics.
For €750,000 you can purchase a 2 bedroom fully serviced penthouse that has access to a swimming pool and underground parking in the 15th Arrondissement, within easy walking distance of the Eiffel Tower. See this one currently listed
For €1,470,000 you can purchase a 2 bedroom apartment with a balcony and cellar in a much sought after area of Saint Honoré Street, next to shops, the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre and Place Vendome. See this one currently listed
For €1,160,000 you can purchase a 4 bedroom 19th century townhouse split over 3 levels in Suresnes Park du Chateau – just outside of Paris if you’re looking for quieter surroundings and want somewhere to add your personal touch. See this one currently listed
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In much of a likeness to Florence and Paris, Barcelona is a global hub for beautiful art, stunning architecture, fantastic cuisine and an all-round thriving atmosphere. Barcelona’s many attractions offer romantic expeditions such as taking the journey to the mountaintop church and amusement park on Tibidabo, and enjoying a panoramic view of the whole of Barcelona and its coastline. The abundance of Gaudi architecture throughout the city, as well as the very famous Park Guell, make Barcelona the perfect place for romantic walks, while, its stretching beach and numerous rooftop bars and cosy cafes offer countless ways to relax for hours.
Fairly consistent sunny weather all year round combined with the relatively relaxed style of living that’s characteristic of Spain, makes Barcelona a great place to live. Barcelona’s efforts to establish itself as an iconic international city is seen by its large expat community. In terms of property prices, Barcelona is booming as a place to buy – 2016 saw a rise in prices of 14.4%. The prices of properties in the centre districts of Ciutat Vella and Eixample have increased by 8% and 8.2% over the last year, rises that have largely been attributed to investments from foreign buyers – a trend that is looking set to continue.
For €308,000 you can purchase a 2 bedroom refurbished apartment in a recently developed building between two of the most popular neighbourhoods – Poble Sec and Sant Antoni. The apartment comes equipped with full concierge service as well as a lift. See this one currently listed
For €475,000 you can purchase a 2 bedroom flat in a historic building in the Gotic area next to Las Ramblas, with an open plan kitchen and living room and balconies. See this one currently listed
For €1,150,000 you can purchase a 3 bedroom stunning duplex that blends modern design with original elements set over 450 sqm, with a patio, garden and two terraces, all while being a short walk to the beach. See this one currently listed