About This Listing
1 block to the Metro, 1 to the parking garage, 3 to the Train, 20 min. from Barcelona!
Enjoy a tourist-free beach community next to Barcelona with markets, shops, restaurants and bars all within walking distance. Modern flat with great sea views!
This is a fully renovated northern European style flat with custom furniture in the heart of a small town virtually connected to Barcelona by train and metro, a stone's throw away from the flat.
Only 20 minutes from the Sagrada Familia and downtown Barcelona, this is one of the tallest buildings on one of the main street in neighboring downtown Badalona and offers a beautiful view of the coast and the beach, only 4 blocks away.
Fully renovated by a northern European architect in 2010, this 50 meter (538 square foot) bright, sunny apartment flat has custom wood furniture and windows everywhere, a well equipped stainless steel kitchen/living space, a spacious bedroom for two with a classic wooden Japanese futon bed, separate shower and toilet and a small walk-in closet.
The living space has a sofa that converts to a bed for one person or two children. The best part is that the flat boasts a 54 square meter (581 square foot) terrace with a table for four and a spacious sofa that seats up to 8 with a wood and slate awning that creates the perfect chillout area. This is a homey, romantic place for a couple alone or with a child or two.
Wifi, full kitchen, rice cooker, washing machine, elevator.
This flat is dead center in Badalona, the new metro station is right at the crossroads of Av. Marti Pujol and Via Augusta, a block from the flat, where you can take the metro to Barcelona, arriving at Sagrada Familia in 20 minutes or Plaça Catalunya in 25-30 minutes. Walking towards the beach is the Badalona train station and it takes about 20 minutes to Arc de Triomf and Plaça Catalunya (both train and metro accept the same kind of tickets). Right next to the metro is a new, high security automobile parking garage. There's a taxi stand two short blocks up around the corner from the flat, in case you want to ride into Barcelona for about 20€.
But Badalona is a nice place to see as well! The best is the very long stretch of sandy beach that runs along the town and is where families and couples stroll up and down and have something to drink or eat at the many outdoor cafés and restaurants all along the area. (I can recommend a couple of good spots to eat!) Apart from the Museum with the vestiges of Roman village Betulo, there's the famous Anis del Mono (logo designed by Picasso!) factory on the beach, heralding Badalona's recent industrial past and still manufacturing the renown anisette, whose aroma gently wafts through the area near the factory. There's a huge new shopping mall about 15 minutes walking, I've only been there once or twice. Badalona is also known for being the European Basketball Capital, with the Juventud team playing regularly at the pavilion near the shopping mall. About 20 minutes northeast is an old industrial section that's packed with trendy night spots, ask if you really want to go there. There are virtually no tourists in Badalona, the town has a far-away "up the coast" feel even though it's so close to Barcelona, and Badalona is safe as milk.
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The whole flat, the terrace, the other terrace where guests hang clothes to dry (view of Barcelona!)
Interaction with Guests
I drop off the keys, talk and answer questions for about 15 minutes and the place is yours! I am available by mail, text, and telephone.
It's a real local feel, a real neighborhood, all the shops (H+M, Zara, Desigual) as well as bakeries, banks, fresh fish, vegetable markets, supermarkets and late-night convenience stores are within walking distance as well as transit, either metro, bus, train and taxi stands and of course the beach is 3 blocks away.
Metro a block away, train station 3 blocks away, bus stop in front of the flat. Paid high security parking 50 meters from the flat, free outdoor parking 4 blocks away near the beach.
Other Things to Note
The flat buzzer says "Atic 3º", when you get in the elevator, press the "A" button.
This is not some flat that I bought and threw together a few Ikea things, it's my home and everything except that every piece of furniture is hand made to order-
I expect people to be respectful of my place and courteous with the neighbors. I'd prefer if you didn't smoke in there, on the terrace is ok. My neighbors are mostly in their 70's and 80's so it'll be quiet as a mouse up there, I'd expect my guests to not make a lot of racket either. I guess common sense dictates behavior; I'd like my guests treat my home as it it were theirs, as long as they treat their home with the same love I treat mine!
We had a wonderful time in Henri's apartment. It was absolutely perfect and I can't recommend it highly enough. Henri is the perfect host and made us feel really welcome.
The apartment is lovely and certainly even better than the pictures.
We enjoyed being out of the tourist areas, but the two stations (metro and mainline) being very close by so getting into Barcelona was really easy. You are also close to the beach, and a previous reviewer is right you can see a lot more of the sea from Henri's apartment than his pictures let on.
Go - you won't regret it!
nous avons reçu un très bonne accueil, l'appartement était très bien, la terrasse juste exceptionnel et l’hôte très sympa en plus de parler français, anglais et espagnol.
L'appartement est un peu excentrer du centre ville, mais la gare et le metro pour le rejoindre sont a proximité. La plage est a 500m et il y a une zone commerçante a deux pâté de maison.
Petit bemol concernant le futon qui est bien dur, mais qui va visiblement être remplacer prochainement.
Pour conclure si je devais acheter un appartement a Barcelone ce serais celui la^^
Merçi Bastien! Trés sympá de laissez un commentaire! Je vous souviens que l'appart n'est pas a Barcelone, c'est la petite ville a coté, Badalona. C'est normal que l'appart est loin du centre...de Barcelone!!!
Revenez quand vous voulez, peut-etre un jour je vous vend l'appart! :)
Der Kontakt mit Henri-Pierre war von Anfang an sehr herzlich und hilfreich. Schon vor der Abreise gab er viele Info´s und eine umfangreiche Anreisebeschreibung. Vor Ort zeigte er uns alles und bot auch an ihn bei allen möglichen Fragen kontaktieren zu können. Wirklich ein sehr schöner und zuverlässiger Kontakt. Gerne wieder!
Die Wohnung ist sehr schön und liebevoll eingerichtet. Die Aussicht herrlich. Man kann morgens mit Blick auf´s Meer frühstücken. Einziger Schönheitsfehler war das Bett, das war uns persönlich zu hart. Man kann aber bei Bedarf auf das Schlafsofa ausweichen. Ansonsten waren wir sehr zufrieden.
Zum schönen Strand sind es nur wenige Gehminuten. Auch Badalona an sich lohnt sich zu erkunden.
Die Metro ist ganz in der Nähe, von dort kann man sehr geschickt die Sehenswürdigkeiten von Barcelona entdecken.
Insgesamt ein gelungener Urlaub mit einer schönen Wohnung, traumhafter Terrasse und super netten Vermieter. Gerne wieder!
Hey! Now that's a good review! Thanks and come back! Having guest like you is a pleasure! Here's what Sabine and Andreas wrote:
Contact with Henri- Pierre from the beginning was very welcoming and helpful . Even before departure he gave many Info's and an extensive description of way. In the field, showed us around and also offered him all sorts of questions to contact you. Really a very nice and reliable contact . Gladly again! The apartment is very nice and loving. The views magnificent. You can have breakfast with view of the sea . The only drawback was the bed which was us personally too hard. But you can dodge as needed on the sofa bed . Otherwise, we were very pleased. The beautiful beach are within walking distance . Badalona also worth to be exploring. The metro is very close , from there you can very skillfully explore the sights of Barcelona. Overall a great holiday with a nice apartment , fantastic terrace and super nice landlord . Gladly again!
Henri-Pierre is a great guy. He will do whatever is possible to make things happen. The place is great, at 200m you can find a subway stop that takes you to Barcelona center within 20 min. The view is nice. Appartment is renovated lately, it is clean with a great balcony. No smoking in the inside, but with a view like that, this is no reason to stop you.
Henri-Pierre ist ein sehr symphatischer, offener und hilfsbereiter Mann. Die Wohnung ist toll eingerichtet mit schönen Möbeln. Von der Terrasse sieht man das Meer. Nur das Bett war uns ein wenig zu hart. Sonst aber alles super. Wenn es mal wieder nach Barcelona geht, sehr gern wieder in dieser gemütlichen Wohnung.
Felt really at home and welcomed.pierre was waiting for us and showed us around and was a phobe call away...(website hidden) is like the pics but way better i mostly stayed out side cow its so nice and the weather was still good.good water presure in the shower....as for the bed...strange but i i got used to it...just had prob the first night.....as to inform people do not take a (website hidden) need and no parking.ull need to look for along time....but the beach was 2min away.great for surfing and resturent are open till 1 some time..thanks again pierre....
Hey Kinda! Thanks for the good review! yeah, I have an independent 300 litter water tank just for the bathroom so the water is always on strong and hot if you need it, I have to get new pictures! yes, cars a a headache in Badalona, unless you park down by the beach, it's free down there. It was great having you , best of luck and come back whenever you like!
In one word great! The view is much better than you'd expect after seeing the photo's. You can see the sea, it's just 500 meters away. You have a lot of privacy on the terrace, but above all: a lot of space. It's very quiet at night, during (working) days, the school below makes it a bit noisier, but that didn't bother us at all.
Henri gave a nice tour through the house, and told a lot about the neighbourhood. In spite of the time we arrived (1.00 am!).
Only small negative point were the beds. The matrasses were very hard.
When the matrasses are replaced, you've found a really small paradise here! Absolutely recommended!
Hey! I wrote an inaccurate review of your stay- my cleaning lady exaggerated. If you guys took out the garbage, washed the dishes and swept up, that's inconsistent with what my cleaning lady said. If I could take down my review I would, but the system admin says I can't. Sorry for the inaccurate review and I will make it up to you next time! And I'm getting new mattresses, absolutely.
About the Host, Henri-Pierre
Middle aged expat American of French and Spanish parents, living in Catalonia for 20+ years. Loves his partner, her kids, his motorcycle, having a few laughs, working hard in sales and trying to enjoy life and all it's challenges.