Our $1,300 3-bedroom house in Granada, Spain

Where's Waldo? A view of our neighborhood as seen from the Alhambra. Our balcony has the U.S. and Spain flags as identifiers.
Where’s Waldo? A view of the neighborhood as seen from the Alhambra. Our balcony has the U.S. and Spain flags as identifiers (roughly in the middle of the photo).

Inspired by a couple of Go Curry Cracker’s posts outlining their digs while traveling to different continents, I thought I’d show you what ~$1,300 per month (1,000€) looks like in Granada, Spain.

Fortunately for us, the U.S. Dollar has strengthened against the Euro quite a bit since we first arrived a mere six months ago.  Back in July, our rent equated to about $1,430 per month.  Now that figure is down to under $1,100.

So what do you get for that kind of money?

With a 1-year lease, you get your own furnished house in the old quarter of town known as the Albaicín district.  This charming World Heritage Site is built on a hill and retains the narrow, winding streets of its medieval Moorish past.

House exterior
Typical white-washed residences in the Albaicín with peeks at the Alhambra in the distance.

There are no cars to be heard.  The “streets” are cobblestoned lanes as wide as your wingspan and passable by foot or the occasional dedicated mountain biker.  I’m planning another post on the logistics of living where we do since it is a commitment to be sure.  For now, let’s carry on with a tour of the inside.

First Floor

Entering the house through a heavy walnut front door leads you directly to one living area.

Living room with traditional hearty Granadine tiled flooring.
Living room with traditional hearty Granadine tiled flooring.

Also on the ground floor is a dining area, half-bathroom, and a modern kitchen.  The kitchen is equipped with all the needed appliances including a dishwasher, microwave, and clothes washer.

Where I'm learning to cook.
Where I’m learning to cook.
Stainless Steel appliances with pass-through to dining area.
Stainless Steel appliances with pass-through to dining area.
Dining room adjacent to kitchen pass-through window.
Dining area adjacent to kitchen.

Let’s head up some steep stairs to the upper floors.

Stairs, stairs, and more stairs.  They're everywhere - indoors and out - in this 'hood.
Stairs, stairs, and more stairs. They’re everywhere – indoors and out – in this ‘hood.

Second Floor

This is simply the floor of bedrooms.  It includes a master with ensuite bathroom.

Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom
Master Ensuite.
Master Ensuite.

Down a hallway are the remaining bedrooms and shared bathroom.

Bedroom 2 w/bunk bed.
Bedroom 2 – with bunk bed.
Great tilework.
Great tilework.
Single room with extra bed.
Bedroom 3 – Single room with extra bed and sunny views.

Third Floor

Up another set of stairs brings you to my favorite part of the house.  A loft that includes a family room…

Loft3

 

Loft2

…and a small rooftop terrace with an incredible view of the 1000-year old Alhambra fortress – one of Spain’s most visited monuments.

Terrace view from Loft

A view that never gets old.
A view that never gets old.
Night view over a couple of Riojas out on the rooftop terrace.
Night view over a couple of Riojas out on the rooftop terrace.

House Quick Facts

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths – somewhat of a rarity to have this many bathrooms
  • Fully furnished
  • ~1500 square feet (140 square meters) – sizeable for Spanish standards
  • Little-to-no private outdoor space on the ground floor, hence I have a bike stored in the living room and no grill.  This is probably one of the biggest downsides of this particular house.
  • 2-car garage – umm, no.
  • Utilities not included in rent (water, electric, internet/TV/phone)

 

27 thoughts on “Our $1,300 3-bedroom house in Granada, Spain”

  1. Wow, your home looks great! It seems great value too.

    I could definitely see myself sitting on the terrace with a nice cup of coffee and a book

    We are also enjoying the rising power of the US dollar, everything is getting a little cheaper each month. It’s definitely noticeable when paying rent

    Happy New Year!

    Jeremy

    1. Yeah, it is definitely reasonable considering what we are renting out our home back in the States for. Geographic arbitrage (moving to a cheaper country) wasn’t one of the reasons we moved but it is turning out to be a pleasant surprise. It’s notably cheaper to live here…if we could stop being lured to take trips to other parts of Europe, that is. Unfortunately that WAS one of the reasons we moved here!

      Happy New Year to you, too. I suspect it’s going to be a big one for you both.

  2. You have captured the essence of your home very well. It is beautiful, and functional, and the Spanish flavor is evident in every room. Enjoy!

  3. That place looks pretty awesome. Definitely as nice as my house here in the states, roughly the same size (with have a few extra sf and 1 extra bedroom/office). And I think our place would rent for about the same price! I continue to marvel at how affordable Europe can be if you’re in the right spot.

    1. Yeah, there are definitely bargains available, especially in southern European countries like Spain and Portugal. I imagine the same can be said for parts of Italy and Greece too. I know before we left how people would advise us how expensive “Europe” is. The problem is lots of reference points for those folks was their visits to London, Paris, and Barcelona. Just like outside of the major metros in the U.S., affordable housing can be found. Heck, this place is considered pretty pricey overall when compared with 3 bdrm housing in the rest of the city.

      1. When we were looking at summer of 2014 travel destinations, I remember Portugal being ridiculously cheap. Factor in the gains in the USD vs the euro, and I bet it is even better now. Like apartments for $500 USD. Too bad I speak Spanish instead of Portuguese.

  4. It is very unusual to have 2.5 bathrooms! Lucky you. I had to adjust my thinking because l kept wanting a 3 bedroom, 2 bath..lol! The view is awesome. I would love it!! 🙂

      1. The 0.5 is a definite bonus and very much needed on the ground floor. That is the one extra toilet I don’t mind cleaning. No one wants to be hiking up those rail-less, steep stairs teetering on a near emergency 🙂

    1. The sunsets hit the Alhambra from the right side and makes dramatic shadows across the rectangular faces of the many towers.

      Great game by the Buckeye’s last night. Big Ten proud!

  5. I’m planning on spending the summer in Granada with my family. Can you recommend someplace that offers Spanish classes for kids – I have a 7 & 14-year-old. The older one has taken classes for a couple years, so has basic Spanish, while my youngest has NO exposure. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Hi Miles. There are several Spanish language schools in Granada – Delengua and Castila being two immediately in my neighborhood. I know there are more sprinkled throughout the city. I’d hit them up with your question. If this doesn’t pan out, there are flyers all over neighborhoods and libraries with offers of private language tutors that charge EUR 6-10 per hour that I know some foreign families have taken advantage of while here.

  6. Finalizing our plans to spend 5 weeks in Granada this summer! How would you recommend getting my family from the Madrid airport to Granada? Thanks, Miles

  7. Absolutely beautiful. I love that part of Granada. This go round, we have the same 3 bed 2 bath with sea views in Almunecar for about 610Euros a month. Not as nicely furnished as yours though. Let us know if you make it to the coast, we would love to have you over.

    1. Oh, we go to the coast quite often and will only do that more now that the summer months are here. We’ll let you know when we make it to Almuñecar.

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