So to follow on from my last post, let’s look at some new areas that are not usually on the radar.
MONCLOA / ARGUELLES
This is a great area to live as it has shopping centres, is a short walk from Plaza de España and is very central. Problem is it is full of either elderly people or students. The university is nearby and it’s a hub for student nightlife. Rents here can be very costly as well with studios rented at 850 euros and higher and apartments with two bedrooms at nearly 2000 euros.
It’s a highly desirable area due to the location and also because it’s close to the university so the people you’ll find around are usually preppy students with well-to-do families and very very elderly people who have lived in that neighbourhood forever. Bonus is that it’s close to the park and great for those who love to cycle and run.
For a cheaper area you can look a little bit further in Guzman al Bueno or Islas Filipinas where you might find flats at a lower rate.
IGLESIA / BILBAO
I love this area, I would move here if I could afford it. It’s just close enough to be walking distance to Malasaña but far enough to be a little quieter. There is a cycle path and a lot of great restaurants and very authentic bars. The area is also more elderly focused as prices are quite high for rentals: 800 euros and up for studios and 1,200 euros for 1 bed places.
Despite the amount of bars and restaurants it’s not a noisy area full of drunks and the people who live here are well-to-do and quite posh.
CUATRO CAMINOS / TETUAN
Cuatro Caminos is not very far from Iglesia or Canal and is slightly more budget friendly. I do like this area as its central but far enough from the centre. I have seen studios here ranging from 700 euros and 2 beds from 1200 euros and upwards.
A little further up you have Tetuan which has a worse reputation, however a fellow blogger, Daniel, has written this post about it: http://www.expatmadrid.com/2018/01/24/tetuan-neighborhood-madrid/
You can judge for yourself. In my opinion as I live nearby, Tetuan has a slightly seedier feel to it and it’s not uncommon as a woman to get wolf-whistles and be cat-called later in the evenings.
I have seen studios here ranging from 550 to 800 euros and 1 beds from 1000 euros and upwards so if your budget is tight there are more options here, including areas such as Francos Rodriguez which is a short walk away.
I live in this area, just between Cuatro Caminos and Nuevos Ministerios and have grown fond of it. Firstly, it’s far enough from the centre to avoid nois
y nightlife, secondly it has excellent transport connections: Cercanias, Metro line 10,8, 6 and a short walk away metro line 1 and 2 in Cuatro Caminos. I discovered living here that it’s become a university student hotspot to go out in Azca (an architects nightmare).
Azca is a network of mazes and bridges that link the business buildings in Nuevos Ministerios. YOU WILL GET LOST HERE. IT IS NOT A SHORTCUT! A
Apparently, there are quite a few latin clubs here and occasionally fights break out, but on the whole I feel this is a safe area to live and less noisy than the centre.
Prices range from 800 for studios to 1,500 for a two bed apartment.
PRINCIPE PIO / CASA DE CAMPO
Principe Pio is a Cercanias and metro line. There is a direct metro line R that can take
you to Opera just a short distance away. Best of all the Royal Palace is a stone’s throw away, as is Casa de Campo and the Madrid Rio.
600 euros upwards for studios and you can still find apartments with two bedrooms for around 900 or 1000 euros a month, this will also suit people under a tight budget.
This zone comes under the name of Aravaca / Casa de Campo.
Last but not least…
CHAMARTIN / PLAZA DE CASTILLA
This area is a little further out of the city but is set to be developed in coming years into a business hub. Most noticeable are the four towers that mark the Madrid skyline as symbols of the city. Prices range from 850 for a studio and 2 bedrooms start at 1,500 euros.
This area is now becoming more expensive with new build properties and business people choosing to live in the area to be closer to work. It’s worth looking at areas like Begoña for cheaper properties where studios start at 550 euros and 2 bed places from 800.
The only thing is that this area lacks much ambience and Madrid character, it’s more noticeable for shopping centres and new developments and lacks the joie-de-vivre of the centre.
If you want to read part 1 click here
I hope that this post has been useful for you. If you want to suggest other zones you want me to write about please let me know.
See you next week!