Monday, 15 june 2020 | Redacción CEU
Staying at home mandatorily is not a pleasant experience, but it is a revealing one. The quarantine is bringing the strengths and shortcomings of our homes to light. In a small flat, you may experience claustrophobia, whereas in a house with open spaces, you can deal with the lockdown better. Having an adequate space to work when you cannot go to the office is a great relief. Sharing your house with several people in a disorganized space might become a nightmare. There are many things that you discover when you cannot look the other way. Thus, many people are now wondering if their houses really meet their needs. In this scenario, there are other factors such as the embracing of teleworking or the search for a healthier lifestyle, which are also coming into play. Today, on the CEU IAM's Blog, we would like to talk about what people are looking for regarding housing in this turbulent time.
One of the most curious trends which is observed in relation to housing while in quarantine is the worldwide increase in downloads of decoration, building and gardening apps. Many people are using these tools in order to seek inspiration to create a comfortable home that meet their particular needs during this state of alarm. Others are doing so with the purpose of escaping their particular circumstances. These last users have found in these platforms a kind of refuge where they can give free rein to their fantasies and delve into the experience of feeling at ease in an imaginary home. For hours, these users can escape reality by looking after a virtual garden or furnishing a house in which they do not ever plan to live.
A house on the outskirts
The lockdown has also awakened in many people the desire to live in a detached house on the outskirts. In this type of residence, people find advantages such as ample room, open spaces, peace and calm, etc. These are precisely the aspects that people have been deprived of during these months of lockdown. The aspiration to live in these houses has not only been reflected virtually with the use of online platforms, but also in the real interest of many citizens. According to Idealista, the contacts to rent villas have increased by 14% during this period. This percentage increase has been particularly high in the residential outskirts of urban centers like Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Malaga and Bilbao.
While in the city of Madrid the interest in renting a detached house has dropped by 4%, in mountainous areas such as El Escorial or Guadarrama the figure has doubled. The interest in these houses has also increased in the metropolitan area, in small cities such as Leganés, Parla or Fuenlabrada. In the case of Catalonia, in particular in Barcelona, the increase has been 19% and the number of contacts in coastal areas of Malgrat de Mar, Calella, Torelló or Canet de Mar has also shot up in this period.
The data recorded by Fotocasa reflects similar trends. Between January and April, searches on rural housing increased by 46%, on detached houses by 36% and on semi-detached houses by 24%. All of them are typologies of houses that are usually located far from the populated city centers, in the peripheral areas.