Madrid, this city of gentlemen and “chulapas”, a town of cats, grumblers and “donjuanes”, of noisy people and neighbourhoods full of life: the old neighbourhoods, the new ones, the peaceful ones, the familiar ones and the modern ones, each one, in his style, like the people of Madrid, are very different from each other.
It’s curious how much a “Madrileño” values anonymity in his city of more than three million inhabitants. Life encapsulated in the neighbourhood is its tranquillity, its refuge. And, although it may seem otherwise, it is this quality of life that is valued in Madrid.
In fact, a study carried out at the end of 2021 by the Japan Institute of Urban Strategies, which assesses the magnetism of cities to attract workers, tourists and investors, places Madrid as the 9th most sought-after city in the world.
Curiously, when assessing the best neighbourhoods in Madrid, it is not parameters such as the economy, innovation or the environment that give it this enviable position, but the high assessment of its quality of life.
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Renting, the option to live in the central neighbourhoods of Madrid
Long demonized as classic, even boring, Madrid today is a city that offers a lot and not only in an exponentially developed periphery, but also the centre has gained relevance in the last 20 years.
Over time, activity in Madrid has been grouped by zones: living areas, shopping areas and work areas. Thus, there is a shift towards the north in terms of employment centers, while tourism and culture remain in the centre and large housing centres extend to the peripheries of the south and north.
Therefore, the core of the city is today more central than ever and in its neighbourhoods we can find the perfect mix: cultural, social and work life. To the classics such as Chamberí, Salamanca and Retiro, updated districts have been added under this new pull of the center such as Tetuán, with Azca as a great financial center.
How to access a home in the best neighbourhoods of Madrid? Although it is true that Madrid is the most demanded city in Spain for home purchases, it is also true that prices per square meter in the centre can be dissuasive.
Renting is a perfect option to enjoy the most authentic neighbourhoods of a city like Madrid, especially if you chose for a rental building that offers all the services, with fully furnished apartments and flexible rental periods.
The best neighbourhoods in Madrid to live
What are the best neighbourhoods to live in Madrid? These are the most interesting areas to live in Madrid, where you can find comfortable, well-kept and affordable flats to enjoy your stay in the city.
Considered the cradle of the most traditional Madrid, this district adjoins Centro and Salamanca, thus offering a privileged location.
The different neighbourhoods that make it up are full of life, without the tourist agglomeration of Centro and with a much more familiar character, more like a neighbourhood, than the stately district of Salamanca. Its streets are full of traditional shops, terraces and very well placed restaurants where you can have tapas or eat, as well as schools, hospitals, gyms and some magnificent leisure options, such as theatres and museums.
The highly requested quality of life in Madrid reaches its maximum exponent in Chamberí, with its stately buildings and its well-cared environment, although it is one of these neighbourhoods in the central almond where you can miss green areas.
In this sense, of the neighbourhoods that make it up, highlight the area that borders Moncloa/Argüelles and the University City. It is a particularly suitable neighbourhood for students, both because of the proximity of the green areas and because of the proximity of the university and the social life of Chueca or Malasaña.
Likewise, it is a very commercial area, close to the Parque del Oeste, the other great lung of Madrid, and that allows you to walk to the most authentic centre, following Calle Princesa and crossing the recently remodelled Plaza de España.
Proinca Fernández de los Ríos, 104 building: New building in the Chamberí neighbourhood and adjacent to the Ciudad Universitaria area. Facilities: 5*****
In this neighbourhood you will find exclusivity, especially in commercial establishments, fashion stores, jewellers, etc., although neighbourhood stores, small shops, which make life so pleasant in the center of Madrid, are not so common.
Also the price of housing is very high in its beautiful rehabilitated buildings. The atmosphere of its restaurants and the life of its exclusive hotels stand out, without a doubt the perfect place to show off.
A perfect area to live in Madrid with children, due to the proximity of El Retiro Park. Although it has always been a family neighbourhood, full of shops and bars, it has suffered a spectacular renewal of its gastronomic offer in recent years.
This makes it a somewhat more noisy option, but perfect for enjoying the terraces and the Madrid sun. It is also home to some of the most important museums in the city, with the park as a connecting point between its neighbourhoods.
This district began as a military settlement on the outskirts of the capital, until in the middle of the 20th century it became part of Madrid.
It is, therefore, a relatively young neighbourhood, very well connected thanks to the 7 metro lines with which it connects and the more than 30 buses that run through it. You can get to any area of the city quickly, without the need for a car.
You will also find many small shops and specialized stores that will make your life easier, with the commercial street of Bravo Murillo as the main artery, and a multicultural environment that brings new and refreshing international proposals.
It should also be noted that the prices in some areas of this district are still quite affordable and, as an incentive, there are nearby green areas, about a 10-minute walk away, where you can walk and relax.
Proinca Los Molinos and Otamendi buildings: In the district of Tetuán, located next to the metro station Estrecho in Bravo Murillo, a stone’s throw from Azca and close to Paseo de la Castellana and Plaza Castilla. Location: 5*****
AZCA, THE FINANCIAL CENTER in the Tetuán district: the financial lung of Madrid has recovered its splendour and is full of life with restaurants, shopping centers, architectural buildings and large companies, sophisticated urbanites on its terraces and great leisure options: gyms , urban dances, bike, parkour, skates.
A modern neighbourhood within a classic city, where you feel like walking and showing off, frequenting high-class restaurants, the best hamburger restaurants in the city, the most fashionable tapas and the most complete shopping centers in the centre of the city. A place to feel totally immersed in the best life in Madrid.
Proinca buildings in Infanta Mercedes, Lérida and Dulcinea 25, Dulcinea 35 & Dulcinea 39: in the Azca neighbourhood, undoubtedly one of the best areas to live in Madrid. Atmosphere: 5*****
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