Where to Live in Madrid 0

Posted on 26, May 2013

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where to live in Madrid

 Deciding the best place 

It is often difficult to decide where to live in Madrid because the choice of properties available and wealth of neighbourhood vary so much.

First, you have to decide if you want to live in an apartment in the city itself, to take advantage of Madrid’s shops, cultural activities, etc., or if you would rather live outside the city centre where you will enjoy more space, less city stress and more peace and quiet.

In outlying areas there is a better choice of individual detached and terraced townhouses, with gardens and swimming pools.

We can give you lots of ideas on where to live. Then depending on your tastes, budget and availability we will find a place for you that matches the requirements you give us in your questionnaire.

Choosing an area to live is not always easy: work, transport, budget and schools are the main factors to guide you. Our experience shows that there is a high concentration of foreign families in the north, north-west and north-east of Madrid, closest to international schools. Please be cautious when planning your housing budget and remember that Madrid is quite expensive despite Spain’s economic crisis. Often expats think the market is lower than it is. It is true that prices have come down, but they have not fallen as much as expected outside Spain.

Although prices can be reduced sometimes, bargaining for rent or purchasing is not a normal practice and owners may be offended if you intend to reduce prices dramatically.

Another thing to keep in mind is the size of bedrooms, which are normally small. We often find it impossible to fit a king-size bed if you want to be able to walk around the bed instead of “jumping” onto it! The explanation is probably that Spaniards spend most of the time in the living room with family and friends or outside having fun, and therefore apartments or houses have until recently been orientated to this way of living.

Lydia Martínez
CEO at Stepsrelocation

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