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Summer in Spain: Five Luxe Homes For Sale on the Iberian

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Maybe while the Brits are all busy with the Olympic hoopla, now is the time to snap up a property in Spain, that sun-kissed land so frequently clogged with English tourists. The fact that the Spanish economy is in dire straits also means that many luxurious legacy properties are hitting the market for the first time in a long time. This towering townhouse in Barcelona, built in 1906 and a contemporary of some of Antonio Gaudi's finest work, also enjoys some Catalan design flair, exemplified by the intricately-carved floral facade. Inside lie 7,500 square feet of classic interiors, with five bedrooms, 5.5 baths, parquet floors, a grand staircase, delicate period moldings, a formal library, one absolutely stunning butler's pantry, a rear terrace with fountain, and parking for four cars. It should come as no surprise that a house of this caliber is waiting for the right buyer to come along before revealing its price, hence, "Price Upon Request."

? This hypermodern vacation home in Sitges, a seaside town just south of Barcelona, offers up a contemporary counterpoint to the city townhouse, but it too is listed as "Price Upon Request," also boasts five bedrooms, and has been done in a similarly decadent fashion, if more than 100 years apart. The angular main house presides over a triangular swimming pool and patio area that spills out onto an immaculate patch of grass dotted, just so, with palm trees. "Steps from the beach," this modern mansion boasts amenities like rain showers and a media room.

? Finally, a place willing to reveal its price! And what a price it is: $13.26M. That's one hefty price, especially considering the modern minimalism of the design, which is all stark white and floor-to-ceiling glass. The sleek summer villa is, however, in the highly desirable resort town of Palma, on the island of Mallorca and spans some 13,200 square feet, with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and unreal hilltop views.

? For something a bit less austere, try this stone number in Llafranc, on the coast near Spain's northern border with France. Listed for $18.9M, the sprawling waterfront compound is surrounded by dense trees that offer privacy and keyhole views of the aquamarine water below. Outfitted with an astounding 18 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, this place seems built for entertaining large groups, with "an underground garage for seven cars, a saltwater pool, a tennis court, and a small lake with a waterfall," but those massive—and massively dated—interiors could use a redo.

? Built into a cliff overlooking the Bay of Pollensa—the setting of an Agatha Christie mystery—this similar sprawling stone estate comes in at, what seems by these standards to be, the bargain price of $7.3M. Enjoying staggering sea views and direct waterfront access, the estate has just four bedrooms, four baths, and interiors in need of a facelift, but who cares about nitpicking with a view like that and so many terraces from which to take it in.

· Exclusive property on Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Contemporary villa close to the beach in Sitges [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Amazing Villa With Breathtaking Views To Palma [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Magnificent estate on the sea front in Llafranc [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Superb First Line Villa [Sotheby's International Realty]