BCN Life is a boutique relocation and real estate services agency that provides relocation services for English speaking families, employees, students and expats moving to Barcelona.

The founders of BCN Life are American husband and wife management executives Akida Mashaka and Lia Morse Mashaka who moved to Barcelona from Los Angeles, California in 2017 with their two children.

Akida and Lia created BCN Life after experiencing for themselves and hearing over and over so many complaints of lack of friends, bureaucracy headaches, incredibly slow customer service, bad communication, lack of knowledge and expertise, scams and unreliable services.


Help you to create your new home and best life in Barcelona.


Meet the team



Co-Founder, Executive Director

Lia Morse Mashaka has a background in advertising and marketing as she served as a senior account executive for a prestigious advertising agency based in Los Angeles. She managed the execution of multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns for clients including FORD Motor Company and Nestlé to name a few. At BCN Life, Lia provides personalized service, making sure that everything is going smoothly and clients needs are surpassed. Lia has a constant need to give back and currently also serves as Director of Development for the Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation, headquartered in Boston, USA and Barcelona. During the summer, her favorite time of year, Lia enjoys family trips to Costa Brava and is continually searching for the ultimate cove for maximizing relaxation.



Co-Founder, Managing Director

Akida Mashaka is an entrepreneur, real estate investor, and business development, operations and management specialist. He is a Harvard Law School attorney who previously founded and served as CEO of food and hospitality companies in the United States. Akida makes sure that all of our clients are getting the best deals possible and that we have the best collaborative relationships for you. He also works closely with Barcelona city hall and local attorneys to be aware of issues that may affect our clients. Akida also serves as Director of Barcelona High School. In his free time, Akida plays competitive tennis in the Catalunya region and in leagues at his tennis club.




After years of visiting Barcelona, Alexia "Lexi" Gassert and her family moved to this enchanting city in 2015 for a 1 year experience and never left. In both her professional and non-professional life, Lexi has always been a self-nominated welcome-wagon. She finds joy in welcoming people, helping them get settled in, and connecting them to the city she loves. Lexi has become the go-to person for what to do and what is going on in Barcelona.




Alexander "Sandy" Ogilvie moved to Barcelona with his family when he was 12 years old from Canada. Sandy is both a "native" English and "native" Spanish speaker. He has lived in Barcelona for over 27 years in addition to living all over the world. He has both owned and rented many properties in Barcelona. Sandy's personality is infectious and he knows the city and surrounding neighborhoods inside and out. He is the go to person for anything you need in Barcelona. He also has relationships with many private landlords in Barcelona who don't want their properties publicly listed.


Nicole Salas, Director of Corporate Image and Communications, Werfen

I recently moved to Barcelona, the fulfillment of a childhood dream.

BCN Life has made the transition seamless. Lia and Akida found me an AMAZING — and when I say AMAZING, I mean AMAZING — apartment. 

I literally checked off all my needs and wants. (House Hunters International look out you have some serious competition!).

BCN Life has also introduced me to a great group of expats. I have been accepted and included since day 1.

BCN Life gets 5 ⭐s. I cannot recommend the company enough.

Thank you very much Nicky. We look forward to helping others just like you!

Mark Lui, President, MerchantWords, wife Staci and their 2 kids

MerhantWords is a US based company with rapidly growing sales in Europe. So we decided to explore establishing operations in Europe. After considering different European city options, we chose Barcelona not only for its vibrant city life and great weather but mainly because of BCN Life.

My family and I considered other relocation companies in Barcelona but after speaking with Akida and Lia, we knew BCN Life was the only company that would ensure the best experience and transition for my family and I.

We were BCN Life's first customer and so far BCN Life has been amazing to say the least. Their customer service is incredible. I've heard horror stories of working with companies in Spain, but our experience has been beyond amazing. 

BCN Life helped us choose the best neighborhood to live in and secure a flat perfectly located where we want to be even under our budget. They helped find the best school for our kids based on where we live and based on them not speaking Spanish. They even helped us find a weekend Chinese school for our kids who attend a Chinese immersion school in the US. 

They even guided us through the Visa process in the US. That was very stressful but they kept us calm and we received our Visas within two weeks after applying in the Spanish consulate.  

BCN Life is taking care of our NIE cards too once we arrive in Barcelona this summer. Plus, they also have a great group of English speaking expat families living in Barcelona who I met on an initial visit, which is great for my family because we will already have friends to help us feel comfortable in a new country and culture from the moment we arrive.

I can honestly say we would not have moved to Barcelona if it were not for Lia and Akida and BCN Life. They were truly pivotal in our decision to move to Barcelona. And we are so proud to have been their first client. 

We are 100% positive that by choosing BCN Life, our life will be great in Barcelona.

Thank you so much BCN Life! You are truly the best!

Thank you very much Mark and family. We look forward to helping others just like you!