The sea-front neighborhood that stretches from Villa Olympica down to Diagonal Mar and bordered by calle Diagonal to the north. Twenty tears ago it was a sleepy warehouse district, now it’s one of the hottest areas in town.
It’s under constant renovation with new apartment buildings springing up everywhere. Amazon recently opened a large distribution center here. Prices, especially near the beach, have shot up, but they drop as you move away towards Diagonal. Overall, you can find a broad range of flats at decent prices. Diagonal Mar is at the far end composed of expensive high rises.
Positive. Proximity to the beach, the broad promenade and the parks nearby allowing for recreational activity. It’s well-connected by metro and public bikes. It’s more spread out than other areas allowing for more natural light and less traffic congestion. A true village-like vibe.
Negative. Because it’s spread out you have to walk more and some of the buildings are quite old with strange layouts. Like Gracia, it’s hard to find a terrace or patio, and those with one are expensive. The new constructions are very modern and well-built, but the developers don’t sell cheap. Diagonal Mar is composed of highrises that offer a pool, security and parking, but it’s expensive and lacks the neighborhood feel that Barcelona is famous for.
Opinion. Clients who live in Poble Nou before buying won’t buy anywhere else. It’s the outdoor activities, the sea, the schools, the international community, the open space and large array of restaurants and shops. It’s undergone vast improvement with several renovated buildings and new stores and schools to meet the demand. A cool area worth checking out.