Best Areas Neighbourhoods in Lisbon 2017
The Lisbon property market in 2017 is set to keep on rising fast.
One of Europe’s lowest crime rates, lots of sunshine, mild temperatures, a relaxing lifestyle and pace of life — all ingredients that give Lisbon a high quality of life. After an exodus to the suburbs since the 1970s, which left the historic centre largely abandoned, the Portuguese capital is once again slowly attracting new residents. They are mostly upper-middle class singles and many foreigners, mostly from other European countries. While new and renovated homes in the centre of the city is beyond the reach of most locals, foreigners find luxury apartments at half or a third of the price of their home cities. But which are the best neighbourhoods to live in Lisbon? The answer will depend on who you ask and what you’re looking for.
Alfama Apartments – Graca Property
A village. It’s the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, found around the castle (Graça) and down the hill towards the river (Alfama). It’s either the most or the least desirable Lisbon neighbourhoods in the city, depending on who you ask.
Pensioners, working-class families that may have lived here for generations since the original fishing community, immigrants and young singles.
It has the charm, the soul, the atmosphere and the small-town quality you dream about. Renovated homes are great deals and many often come with wonderful river views. The best homes are around the cathedral.
Avenidas Novas Apartments & Alvalade properties
A mixture of beautiful award-winning architecture and unattractive late-20th century office and apartment buildings in long, wide avenues.
Middle class and upper-middle class families.
Most of the apartments are quite spacious. Good shopping and transportation links.
Bairro Alto Apartments
It’s the bohemian nightlife quarter. Down the hill are the small Bica and Santa Catarina neighbourhoods which look and feel indistinguishable from Bairro Alto.
Bohemians, pensioners and immigrants.
It’s right in the center, with access to the most popular restaurants, shops and nightlife.
Best Areas Neighbourhoods in Lisbon
Baixa Apartment & Real Estate
A grid of shopping streets, each one once having its own specialty but now mostly occupied by bank headquarters and tourist shops.
Very few people, but that’s slowly changing due to middle-aged investors.
It’s the heart of the city, apartments can be quite spacious and there are many investment opportunities.
Campo de Ourique Properties
A lively residential district.
Mostly upper-middle class families and a recent younger middle class.
A variety of shops and a real neighbourhood atmosphere which gives it a good quality of life.
Chiado Apartments & Real Estate Services
The city’s most sophisticated neighbourhood, known for shopping (now mostly international chains), cafés and theatres.
Upper-middle class and upper-class professionals (yuppies).
Cultural attractions. Good public transportation. Perfect for those with no car. Quality of the renovated buildings.
Príncipe Real Property Agents
A charming residential neighbourhoods with attractive architecture now also known for its sophisticated shops.A good mix of people, of different ages and social status.
Quiet neighbourhood with gardens. Those who wish to be car-free will love to be within walking distance of everything in the center. Good shopping.
Santos & Lapa properties for sale
Santos is a riverfront neighbourhood known as a small “design district” due to its home décor shops and Lapa is the embassy quarter, home to large mansions.
Middle class in Santos, upper class (“old money”) in Lapa.
Quiet residential area. Condominiums in Lapa are of high standards.