14 Nov Food for thoughts on the best location to live in Sofia – Part II
In the first part of this article, we discussed your transportation options. Now it’s time to take a look at the different areas of the city you may consider moving to.
The City Centre
Now, Sofia city center is a broad concept. If you want to live downtown, you should shoot at the area locked between the boulevards Hristo Botev, Evlogi Georgiev, Dondukov and the National Palace of Culture (NDK). In fact, there are situated most of the government institutions, fancy restaurants, bars and clubs. Bear in mind that some real estate agents will try to push Maria Louisa and Luvov Most (Lions Bridge) as attractive locations. Honestly speaking, we don’t recommend them. According to the international City Slickers rule book (accumulated knowledge passed on through generations of slickers), one should avoid living close to the central railroad station of any capital.
Not a bad option
Lately, Zona B5, Macedonia, and Ruski Pametnik square are picking up popularity as approximate cost-effective options. If you plan on driving a car there is one more detail that you have to consider with those areas – “blue and green parking zones”. Those are part of short-stay parking scheme forced by the city, on a week days between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm. Without going into too much detail, finding a parking spot in central Sofia during week days proves to be challenging even for the locals.
Our favourite part
If you look for something a little bit upscale just outside the city center, we recommend Yavorov and Oborishte. As a matter of fact, it tends to be a bit more on the artsy side. In addition, Lozenets, Iztok and Izgrev should be also considered as great options. Those are nice and quiet areas, right next to one of the city parks. Lately a lot of the trendy establishments have been situated there. Their only drawback will be blowing out your budget, but in the words of Niccolò Machiavelli: ”Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great”.
The middle ground
Strelbishte, Borovo and Krasno Selo are southern districts of the city. Those neighborhoods have good infrastructure. Furthermore, they are nice middle ground between price and good location. They will also be your best bet if you are planning on driving a lot with your personal vehicle. Those districts have great accessibility and it’s fairly easy to find parking spots there.
Last, but not least
In the last category, we would like to put Mladost and Manastirsky Livadi. They are further away from the city center. Moreover, the former’s infrastructure needs a lot of improvement (to put it mildly). In the latter’s case, it virtually doesn’t exist. If someone is pushing those areas to you, the only legit reason is if your workplace is over there. Even then, make sure you stock up on some board games since your social life will suffer. Going downtown will be a challenge that you probably wouldn’t like to take on more than a few times a month.
Well, we dropped some knowledge and gave you our list of recommended neighborhoods. But in the end, it comes down to your own research to get the hang of Sofia. Oh, we almost forgot to remind you. We would like to support you through the most important steps of your journey. You can always contact us if you need some help.