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Properties in Berlin: A Guide by District

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Berlin’s famous ‘poor but sexy’ persona is undeniably transforming into something a little sleeker and more forward-thinking, without losing its edge and cool-factor. Thriving start-ups, established corporations, and creative types are coming together to make Berlin the place to be in Europe right now, meaning that the property market is absolutely booming. According to a recent global property market study, Berlin is topping the charts in property prices. If you’re looking at properties in Berlin, it’s important to familiarise yourself with what each district has to offer, so you can get a better idea of what living in Berlin will really be like. Each neighbourhood offers something unique.

Central Berlin

Mitte: Mitte, meaning ‘centre,’ connects Berlin’s 12 districts and is a true middle-ground between the past, the present, and the future. From Altbau Gründerzeit buildings and historic sites, to futuristic architecture pushing the envelope of modern design, Mitte offers a little bit of everything. In recent years Mitte has seen the highest population growth in the city, with property prices here skyrocketing. Although apartments here can definitely be pricey, more affordable options in Moabit and Wedding are just as well-connected, but far more budget friendly. Discover properties in Mitte here.

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: Perhaps one of the trendiest places to live in Berlin at the moment, the twin district of Friedrichschain-Kreuzberg marries the east to the west in style. A dizzying array of nightlife options from booming nightclubs to pop-up wine bars makes this district particularly appealing to a younger crowd moving in and driving up the prices. The former home of starving artists is steadily transforming into a hub for high-end boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. While the district still offers many smaller studio apartments mostly in demand with a younger demographic, more and more families are moving in to renovated Altbau loft apartments.

New-build apartments in Mitte.

North Berlin

Pankow: As Berlin’s second largest district, Pankow, and particularly its neighbourhood Prenzlauer Berg, is one of Berlin’s most sought-after residential areas for wealthy and liberal intellectuals. The eastern district has maintained beautiful Gründerzeit Altbau buildings, making it particularly attractive. Despite its reputation as being somewhat upper-class, some of East-Berlin's counterculture can still be found in hip bars, avant-garde galleries, and lively cafés. Discover properties in Prenzlauer Berg and Pankow here.

Reinickendorf: Long overlooked as a commuter city, a collection of satellite neighbourhoods, Reinickendorf, in the north-west of the city, is slowly becoming more appreciated. The district is largely residential and provides housing for a significant amount of Berlin’s workforce. Though it lacks some of the nightlife and entertainment of the more central neighbourhoods, it more than makes up for this with its variety of nature, architecture and residential areas.

Altbau apartments are plentiful in West Berlin.

West Berlin

Spandau: Spandau has Berlin’s smallest population and yet is one of the largest districts, making it the perfect place to live for those looking for the quiet life. Peaceful parks and lakes, historic buildings, and a lovely old town charm residents and visitors alike. Spandau used to be an industrial hub for the capital; however, today many of the industrial spaces have been repurposed as residential properties. Spandau remains a very affordable district to live in Berlin, and despite being somewhat removed from the hubbub, is still very well connected to the rest of the city. Explore properties in Spandau here.

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf: Known as one of Berlin’s more refined districts, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf impresses not just with its famously beautiful tree-lined shopping streets, but also with first-class restaurants, theatres, and museums. While the area certainly caters to the sophisticated and elite, it is also experiencing a quiet, youthful renaissance with a growing number of trendy bars and contemporary restaurants. Beautifully restored grand Altbaus offer classic apartments ranging in size and price, from student-friendly studios to some of the most palatial family properties in Berlin. Discover them for yourself here.

Tempelhof-Schöneberg: Just as beautiful as its name implies, Schöneberg (literally “pretty hill”) combines the elegance of Charlottenburg with Kreuzberg’s cool factor. Also known as the Rainbow district, Schöneberg’s inclusivity and open-mindedness attracts liberals and individualists. Tempelhof has also seen significant growth in recent years, with its wide-open green spaces and beautiful Altbaus providing perfect homes for families. Learn more about properties in Tempelhof-Schöneberg here.

Apartments are valuable assets in popular areas such as Neukölln.

South Berlin

Steglitz-Zehlendorf: With its stately villas, cobblestone streets, charming shops, and beautiful green parks, Steglitz-Zehlendorf is one of Berlin’s most expensive districts. Elegant and refined, the homes here are large and attractive to a more mature resident, as well as affluent families. However, as the Freie Universität is also found in this district, many students also call the area home. Trendy cafés and bars are popping up around the shops on Schlossstrasse in Steglitz. Find an apartment in Steglitz-Zehlendorf here.

Neukölln: Arguably the capital’s coolest district, Neukölln has become one of Berlin’s most desirable neighbourhoods in recent years thanks to an influx of creatives and young individualists. The area is truly diverse, from multicultural hotspots to suburban idyll, Neukölln can cater to just about anyone. The charming village vibe of Rixdorf offers classic Altbau homes for families, and studio apartments in Schillerkiez attract young professionals. Explore Neukölln properties here.

Treptow-Köpenick: Once Berlin’s largest industrial district, Treptow-Köpenick is now one of the greenest and therefore most peaceful districts to live in Berlin. Covered in lakes, parks, and woodlands, residents here enjoy a high quality of life slightly removed from the noisier parts of the city. That being said, the district offers plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafés as well. Discover properties in Treptow-Köpenick here.

Buildings from the DDR on Karl Marx Allee in East Berlin

East Berlin

Lichtenberg: Bordering Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain, life in Lichtenberg is never far from the buzzing nightlife of its neighbours, but residents enjoy a quieter lifestyle. Green space along the river at Rummelsburg and parks surrounding the district’s two lakes provide beauty and a more laidback vibe. Here you will find extensive residential areas and attractive Altbaus at a more reasonable price than other properties in Berlin, which is why Lichtenberg has seen the highest population growth in capital in recent years. Explore properties in Lichtenberg here.

Marzahn-Hellersdorf: With its concrete tower blocks being given a long-deserved makeover, young families moving into the suburban areas and crowds flocking to the spectacular Gardens of the World, everything seems to be looking up for this district perched on the eastern border of Berlin. The vast avenues of pre-fabricated apartments still characterise the neighbourhood, though there are also some large areas of single-family homes in the south.

Berlin may be the largest city in Germany, but the capital is unlike any other big city in the world. What makes living in Berlin so unique is the historic pre-war Altbaus, the green parks, blue lakes, and especially the diverse neighbourhoods, each with their own characteristics and quirks. Living in Kreuzberg can feel totally different from living in Steglitz or Spandau. Every district offers something totally unique, and properties in Berlin are equally as singular. Berlin is on top of the global property market, and yet there are such a variety of properties available that nearly anyone can call Germany’s capital home.

Written by:

Catherine Norris

Tennessee native Catherine loves writing about her new home in Berlin. From interior design inspiration to new developments in the German real estate market, Catherine’s got it covered.

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20Apartments
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460,940 - 545,786
2Apartments
Wildflower
576,468 - 732,960
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IV&V
151,240 - 583,946
4Apartments
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676,000 - 2,840,000
9Apartments
Tegeler Strasse 27
328,950 - 426,112
2Apartments
SKY LOFT
1,250,000
1Apartment
Stephanstrasse 11
229,376 - 575,792
4Apartments
Stephanstrasse 52
1,715,000
1Apartment
Zionskirchstraße 34
1,193,672 - 1,535,260
2Apartments
COSYYARD
822,150 - 1,568,700
3Apartments
MOVE
248,650 - 519,656
5Apartments
Nau!
214,720 - 286,000
3Apartments
Kroneck
195,000 - 308,300
4Apartments
COR MITTE
970,000 - 1,650,000
9Apartments
MoaBeat
346,095 - 542,537
8Apartments
Winterstein
291,830 - 327,080
2Apartments
Wegelystraße 6A
1,685,000
1Apartment
GuntherVier
151,700 - 553,758
5Apartments
UPSIDE Berlin
717,035 - 2,970,000
16Apartments
WYND
1,689,000 - 1,695,000
3Apartments
PURE
749,000 - 8,850,000
12Apartments
Niebuhrstraße 65
1,774,000
1Apartment
Sebastianstraße 87, Luckauer Straße 10
1,192,380
1Apartment
SYBEL
1,720,600
1Apartment
Lützowstraße 107-112
1,150,000
1Apartment
Uhlandstraße 173
3,483,250
1Apartment
the OYSTER
586,360 - 959,790
3Apartments
SCHOENEGARTEN
1,199,500 - 2,199,500
4Apartments
Markgraf-Albrecht-Straße 9
2,700,000
1Apartment
Hektorstr. 19
371,920 - 900,000
3Apartments
Wiliam Bay
606,804 - 1,281,600
4Apartments
Vierundfünfzig
324,300 - 449,000
3Apartments
STREAMLINE
394,884
1Apartment
Sorauer 18
302,500 - 449,999
3Apartments
MARTIN`S
1,987,335
1Apartment
Capsule
1,062,000 - 1,955,000
5Apartments
Studio09
191,160 - 798,310
4Apartments
Mariannenstraße 33
378,140 - 815,575
4Apartments
HYPE & HIDE
690,000 - 2,500,000
9Apartments
Westfälische Straße 32
770,000
1Apartment
Marbelous
301,382 - 944,265
3Apartments
U_TOPIA
311,120 - 422,876
3Apartments
New_Topia
786,250 - 1,259,795
4Apartments
LIEGNITZER
249,695 - 495,925
4Apartments
URBAN²
984,000 - 1,869,000
12Apartments
Blütezeit Berlin
490,296 - 1,137,521
5Apartments
Grunewaldstrasse 89
1,617,000
1Apartment
Salzbrunner Straße 14a
490,000
1Apartment
Charlottenbrunner Straße 5a
999,000
1Apartment
Meraner No. 7
1,305,005 - 2,107,892
3Apartments
CITYAUE
398,000 - 1,287,000
11Apartments
EHRLICH: herrlich
300,000
1Apartment
VIERFALT
646,000 - 1,469,000
5Apartments
Wild Soul
450,898 - 595,680
4Apartments
FEHLI
532,850 - 533,300
2Apartments
RIX
487,701 - 599,999
13Apartments
Richardplatz 3-3k
1,594,406
1Apartment
NEW WEST
368,000 - 2,080,000
35Apartments
Leine51
339,890 - 629,937
4Apartments
Braunschweiger Strasse 49
173,025 - 261,870
3Apartments
Germaniapromenade
263,676 - 299,452
2Apartments
Safe & Sound
184,500 - 277,000
6Apartments
Alarichstrasse 5
496,000
1Apartment
Am Generalshof
439,000 - 1,403,000
17Apartments
Dahlissimo
553,000 - 2,255,600
15Apartments
Müggelseedamm 114,114A &114B; 116
337,170 - 339,000
2Apartments
RIVA LIVING BERLIN
515,237 - 1,288,595
37Apartments
siebenundneun
471,000 - 592,500
2Apartments
Am Postufer
440,000 - 1,134,588
11Apartments
Dahme5
620,000
1Apartment
Stromstrasse 39-41a
398,000 - 607,000
9Apartments
HUMBOLDT-ZWILLINGE
364,000 - 835,000
7Apartments
Linde34
84,000 - 245,575
6Apartments
Plutostraße 66
118,800 - 164,400
18Apartments
VIVE LA VIE
324,500 - 492,500
5Apartments
Mona
197,400 - 239,400
7Apartments
Wiederitzscher Straße 25
270,000 - 342,000
6Apartments
Volbedingstraße 23
142,000 - 348,000
10Apartments
Wolfener Straße 2
95,000 - 320,000
9Apartments
Villa Auwald
528,000
1Apartment
Barbarastraße 24
181,000 - 257,000
3Apartments
Christianstraße 25
218,000 - 326,000
6Apartments
Eisi
108,646 - 261,050
26Apartments
Eckpunkt Ost
162,700 - 309,000
6Apartments
Slott Gustav
549,000
1Apartment
TOLLKÜHN
406,400 - 467,300
4Apartments
Dresdner Straße 69
182,000 - 239,000
4Apartments
FROMI
224,700
1Apartment
Eilenburger Straße 36
399,000 - 479,000
2Apartments
High Five
329,900
1Apartment
Schwarzackerstraße 12
273,000 - 320,000
3Apartments
Ensemble 29
180,300 - 698,500
5Apartments
AM WÄLDCHEN
376,000 - 696,000
12Apartments
FERDY
174,500 - 255,000
11Apartments
KarLi 129
488,000
1Apartment
Pörstener Straße 13 -15
123,000 - 188,000
6Apartments
EDEN
565,700 - 955,800
8Apartments
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