The nucleus of the municipality of Ispaster, Elejalde, can be considered a work of the 19th century, although there is evidence much earlier. It consists of a small rectangular square, with the church and a palace on the smaller sides, and a sequence of neoclassical houses, tavern-houses and back houses on the larger sides. In addition, the square is reached by a narrow street, with terraced houses, which brings this nucleus closer to the model of the pueblas.
The hamlet neighbourhoods are associations of farmhouses, which form a dispersed habitat. Among them we can highlight: Barainka, Mendasona, Goiherri, Solarte, Kortazar, Zatika, Artika, Kurtziaga and Gardata.
Among the farmhouses, the following stand out:
Arana Palace (1700)
A classicist baroque country palace, with a good ashlar facade framed by two towered bodies and a large arched porch entrance, similar to the farmhouses of the 18th century. It is in fact an extension of an old Gothic farmhouse dating from 1500, whose ogival doorway is still preserved in the entrance façade. It was the birthplace of the inquisitor and bishop of Zamora Jacinto Arana.
Aixpe Aurrekoa Farmhouse
Gothic farmhouse from the first third of the 16th century, with a wooden frame and a main façade made up of three sections. The central one houses a linteled porch and the two lateral ones are made of thick masonry with small ogival ventilation openings.
Despite having been renovated, it maintains intact the fundamental characteristics of its historical structure, which follows the oldest model in the region.
It used to have a granary, of which a supporting pillar remains.
Farmhouses in the Gallete neighbourhood
A group of farmhouses on a plain. It shows a variety of the typology of farmhouses in the region. Although they all have a gabled roof and a portico in the centre of the façade, some of them have an arcade (Beitxi), a wooden lintel (Gallete Erdikoa) and a frame structure (Atx Aurrekoa). The oldest is Atxaurre, which still has three arrow slits in its rear stone facade.