Where to live with 200.000 €? (4) Lisbon


According to idealista.pt, the offer of homes under 200.000 € in Lisbon is rather large. According to the location and age of the building (few new buildings in this price range), you can reach up to 100 sq m for that price.

71 sq m in central Lisbon (second level, no lift)

71 sq m in central Lisbon (second level, no lift)

Where to live with 200.000 €? (3) Paris


In Paris city (not considering suburbs), according to logic-immo.com, 200.000 € would let you pay usually less than 15 sq m. In some cases you can even reach 25, even 30 sq m, in less central districts, but it seems uncommon. This is the cost of a very liked city, not just for tourism.

Where to live with 200.000 €? (2) Amsterdam


According to funda.nl, the Dutch realtors association portal, there is a large offer of homes for sale in Amsterdam under 200.000 €. The Dutch market is not at its highest moment, with prices falling during 2013. In the most central areas the offer is made up of flats under the 50 sq m. Out of the inner ring surfaces are often over 80 or 90 sq m, a surface that is also reached north of the Ij river, already with individual homes.

40 sq m in central Amsterdam

40 sq m in central Amsterdam

80 sq m north of the Ij

80 sq m north of the Ij

Where to live with 200.000 €? (1) Madrid


What is the euro for? Among other things, you can compare the cost of items across cities in Europe. As housing goes, 200.000 € can buy a home, but where and at which surface?

55 sq m of recently built housing, close to the M30 inner ring

55 sq m of recently built housing, close to the M30 inner ring

In Madrid, according to idealista.com, there is a relevant offer at such price. In the most central areas there are homes of different areas, usually under 75 sq m; the construction year of the building and the conservation state are relevant. In peripheral areas you can reach larger surfaces, especially among the recently built housing stock still in the market.

Biblio (70) 2011 Spanish census

The Instituto Nacional de Estadística has published on December 12 the detailed results of the 2011 people and housing census. Among other results:

–           The average number of persons in a household has gone down to 2,58 (2,86 in 2011)

–           Some 4 million households are couples with no kids

–           1,7 million people work at home

–           The number of rental housing units has increased 51% in the last ten years, but the global ratio is still low.

–           The ratio of home ownership has decreased for the first time in decades

A quick summary: Spain is subject to relevant evolutions.

Individual homes in Madrid (5)

5colonias-vivLet’s come back to the inception of this series, the question raised on monday by biblio (66): has there been or not a residential densification in these neighborhoods?. Cadastral data (upper image, with all the subdivisions at the same scale, displaying the number of residential assets by lot) can be misleading, as in some cases built elements are not properly coded and there seems to be a lack of homogeneous criteria (at least from an urbanist viewpoint, just remember cadastral data is used to levy taxes). Sometimes ancillary elements as a pantry are inscribed as separate elements, but no one would say they are dwellings from a common sense approach. Just trust me, there has been some densification, but to have a better measure it will be better to wait until the release of the new census data in december.

Individual homes in Madrid (4)


This is no longer a pre-civil war design, but rather one from the sixties. Madrid was still a rising capital in a southern Europe country that was far from buoyant, but a minority was already able to look for a home in a peripheral setting to be accessed by car. So this is no longer inspired by social housing laws, being rather an affluent suburb that had learned, if not from Vegas, at least from Uncle Sam…

This being a large development, many of the lots were built in subsequent years.

Lot area is substantially larger, on average, when compared to precedent examples.

There are some offices, but homes are still most of the built surface.

Covered garages are common, but they are not present in all lots. Lot area allows for easy parking on gardens.

Individual homes in Madrid (3)


What once was an area created under the low cost homes act has become, just north of the posh core of Madrid, an exclusive zone.

Altough it is a pre-civil war development, there are almost no homes from the original period, as many have been demolished to build new ones or refurbished beyond recognition.

Variations in size between lots do depend often more on a series of rearrangements between neighboring properties.

In many cases homes have dissapeared (0 sq m of housing built area on the above image), as there are clinics, offices or restaurants. Nevertheless, housing is still the main use.
colonia3-supaparcGarages are rare but for some cases; but people park sometimes in their gardens.


Individual homes in Madrid (2)


Again an eastern neighborhood, but in a more central location and subject to clear transformation dynamics

Building year is not that homogeneous: there is a number of buildings dating from 1926, others were built just following the 1936-1939 civil war, and there are even some that have less than a decade. Visiting the area it is clear that there are many recent middle range interventions (the old suburb has become central, so it is more attractive)

Lot area is more homogeneous, taking into acount the irregular site.

Most of the lots still have dwellings, but a bunch have none. There is a set of private kindergarten, a restaurant and even a notary’s office.
colonia2-superfaparcIn 1926 a covered garage was an uncommon idea, but today there are many (the rest usually park their car on their gardens…)

Individual homes in Madrid (1)



Faced with the issues mentionned in biblio (66), I asked myself what is happening in Madrid. Some exemples follow regarding neighborhoods created at the begining of the XXth century, locally called “colonias de hotelitos”, a local version of the french or british garden cities; in some, Madrid has witnessed an evident gentrification, linked to their position in the city. Cadastral data, open to everyone on the web, show some elements.

This first case corresponds to an area by a freeway, on the east side of the city, surrounded by low grade 1960’s buildings.

Building year or last overall refurbishment year for each lot. Here, a nearly total homogeneity

Lot areas are different, but on a coherent range. A rather oddity in Madrid, the inner street is private.
colonia1-superficie vivienda

Residential built area by lot. Nearly all the buildings keep the original buildings.
colonia1-supaparcCovered parking area by lot. Only two here overall.

So, here we can conclude that the land use evolution is rather undevelopped.