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Gothic Quarter | €640,000 ($690,000)

A redesigned two-bedroom apartment close to cafes, museums and landmarks.

This newly rebuilt two-bedroom apartment is in an 1860 building in the Old City’s Gothic Quarter, with sidewalk cafes and tapas bars lining labyrinthine streets. Medieval landmarks include the remains of the Roman wall, Barcelona City Hall and the ancient Jewish quarter, including parts of the former Major Synagogue, which predates the 1391 anti-Jewish riots. The apartment is also close to the Picasso Museum, at the heart of the restored Berenguer d’Aguilar Palace. The Moco Museum is next door in the 16th-century Palacio Cervelló.

For oysters, octopus or paella, Els Quatre Gats, a cafe founded in 1897, is tucked down a side street. A haven for modernist artists, the cafe hired Pablo Picasso for his first commissioned work in the early 1900s, designing the menu’s front cover.

Sant Josep market, better known as the voluminous “La Boqueria,” is a five-minute walk along Las Ramblas, which is lined with stalls selling flowers and food. The closest metro stop is Drassanes line 3, just off Las Ramblas in Barcelona’s Old City. The bus at Placa de Catalunya is a minute from the apartment.

Size: 1,227 square feet

Price per Square foot: $562

Indoors: Mikel Irastorza, an interior designer known internationally for his eclectic and colorful style, recently redesigned this newly air-conditioned two-bedroom, two-bath apartment.

The open living, dining and kitchen area has 11-and-a-half-foot ceilings with grayish exposed beams and Catalan vaults painted a soft turquoise. Neutral ceramic stoneware covers the floor. Richly toned Modernist Catalan tiles in a rectangular rug-like pattern punctuate the floor in the living room seating area.

The contemporary kitchen island has a burnt-orange Silestone quartz countertop and facade, light wood cabinetry, integrated appliances and pendant lighting. Camel-colored rectangular porcelain tiles cover a side wall and the backsplash.

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