BCN Life is a boutique English speaking expat housing and relocation services agency that helps you move to Barcelona and find happiness in 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 people having an inability to find acceptable housing, a hard time adjusting, difficulties of school choices and objectives, legal paperwork problems, bureaucracy headaches, slow customer service, lack of assistance in English, scams, etc. So we created BCN Life to eliminate these issues for you.

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To help you find your perfect new home and create your best life in Barcelona.

our expat community network is what makes us unique


What distinguishes BCN Life from all other relocation and real estate companies in Barcelona is that we have established various social community groups within our network that make you feel like family when you are here in Barcelona. Whether it’s family meet-ups, a ladies group, after-school sports and activities, fun things to do with kids, tutors, culture events, nanny services, housekeeping, babysitting, gyms, doctors, haircuts, summer camps, sports clubs, tennis, paddle, running, biking, hiking, running, food shopping, Spanish class, public transportation, etc, we’ve got you covered.

the team


Lia Morse Mashaka BCN Life. Moving to Barcelona. Barcelona Relocation Services. Relocation Agency.

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.

Lia provides personalized flat hunting services, 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.


Akida Mashaka BCN Life. Moving to Barcelona. Barcelona Relocation Services. Relocation Agency

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Akida Mashaka is a Harvard Law School attorney who specializes in the visa process to live in Spain. He is also a real estate investor and entrepreneur who founded and served as CEO of 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 is also founder of Barcelona High School that focuses on getting students scholarships to university in the US. In his free time, Akida plays competitive tennis in the Catalunya region and in leagues at his tennis club.


Nicole Salas, Corporate Executive

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!

Emilia Witowska, Grad Student

I have just moved to the perfect (even more than perfect!!) flat in a great location, and all that thanks to Lia and Akida. 

They kept me informed during all the process, answered any questions I had and I didn't have to worry about anything (even the temporary housing between my arrival and the date I could enter the flat). 

I totally recommend BCN Life!

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

Lia & Akida featured in airbnb barcelona commercial