My future bedroom

Don’t be jelly.  The views are fabulous, true, but it’s not exactly move-in ready.



Let’s get down to business

Here are the common areas on the main floor (US2nd, ROW1st).  I think the seller did a great job blowing out the interior walls that interfered with movement, light and and air circulation.  This level is now mostly an open plan.  A huge improvement over the “honeycomb” layout of the traditional masia.

I may be getting ahead of myself, but I think I know where I want to put the kitchen island, the banquette and the fireplace. . . .

My humble dwelling

The place may look grand, and with any luck it will be.

But for the next 6-8 months, I will be living in a small apartment in the back of the farmhouse, until recently inhabited by a goatherd and a shoebox full of kittens.

Need to buy some cozy rugs and get that fireplace roaring!

The ceremony

I officially acquired Mas Oms on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11am CET.

The seller and I signed the deed (escritura de compraventa) in the office of the notaria in Barcelona in the presence of my attorney, my excellent estate agent Tom, and some guy from a bank with “caixa” in its name.

Due to a previous engagement, the farm dogs were unable to attend.

The notaria read the 22-page contract ALOUD (for the record) and corrected it where necessary using a pencil to interlineate.

Confession: the key handoff photo was staged a week prior to closing.  Here the seller, Xavier, hands me the massive key to the front gate.

Traditionally, the transfer of a masia required a formal ceremony with the buyer and seller walking around in the courtyard, handing each other dirt, touching objects in order to indicate renouncing and acquiring, and other weird stuff.  I decided to go with the depicted key-transfer instead.