Renting an apartment in Sofia – tip 1
If you are renting a house or apartment, there are several things you might want to consider for peace of mind… Here’s the first of our tips for renting in Sofia.
Location: With Sofia’s traffic, location is certainly an issue. Even though it is a fairly small town, the traffic is bad and getting around is not easy – though the gradual expansion of the Metro is helping.
For most people, the key things are to make sure that your commute to work is easy, and that there are good restaurants nearby. With a limited number of supermarkets around town, good access to the shops is also a factor.
Most new arrivals start by wanting to rent in the centre of town – especially Doctors Gardens. But rentals there are few, and expensive.
Old Sofia hands tend to head for the lower slopes of Vitosha: the villages of Dragalevtsi, Simeonovo and Boyana, where the air is fresher and the pace of life less hectic.
Up-and-coming areas for expatriate rentals include eastern Oborishte, Iztok, Manastirski Livadi and Ivan Vazov.