How to find accommodation in Moscow? Which are the most popular neighborhoods? Find all that you need to know in this article.
Moscow is deemed to be one of the world's most expensive capitals cities. Stretching over some 2,511 km2, it is also known to be Europe's biggest city, founded on the banks of the Moskva River. According to the 2013 census, Moscow's population amounted to some 27 million people over the whole region, hence accounting for 8.9% of the Russian population. Moscow is also the country's biggest economic hub.
Since the fall of the Soviet regime, Moscow has developed internationally and hence attracted expatriates from across the globe. In fact, people worldwide dream of working and living there. But if you wish to settle in Moscow, you are advised to inquire on its rental market as well as on the cost of living.
Patriarshy Ponds is close to many renovated apartments in the west of Moscow. Muscovites as well as expatriates particularly like this neighborhood.
Tverskaya-Kremlin is close to the capital city's main roads. This residential area, which is also known as the 5th Avenue, is very dynamic, especially in the center.
Tsvetnoy Boulevard is particularly affected by traffic jam as the main road to get to the famous Garden Ring and the city center passes through this neighborhood. It hosts the Moscow Circus, the Sretenka tracts, as well as many restaurants and nightclubs.
Chistye Ponds Lubyanka is a very Europeanized and charming urban region. It hosts many cafes, theaters and museums which are popular with the locals as well as with foreigners.
Frunzenskaya is the ideal neighborhood if you are searching for an apartment overlooking the Gorky Park. It is nicknamed “Moscow's Chelsea”. This neighborhood is found on Moskova River banks, hence hosting many green spaces.
Zamoskvorechie is currently undergoing renovation projects. This neighborhood has also been attracting entrepreneurs who set up their business head office there. You are likely to find new residential buildings there.
Arbat-Kropotkinskaya, which is found near the Kremlin, offers a breathtaking view of the Moskva River, of the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral and of the Kremlin. Pre-revolution buildings have been refurbished. Nowadays, it hosts high-standing apartments.
Taganskaya, which is found in the east of Moscow, hosts many companies. It also has a vibrant nightlife which attracts clubbers as well as foreigners in quest of a thrilling lifestyle.
Kutuzovsky Prospekt is the main road which leads to Moscow's city center. It is also known to be a historical neighborhood with huge buildings dating from the Politburo occupation years. Nowadays, these buildings host fashion and designer shops.
Krasnopresnenskaya, for its part, is developing into a new financial district with a new dynamism. Existing buildings should soon be turned into new corporate offices.
As Moscow ranks among the world's three most expensive capital cities, you should expect to pay high rent prices there. Rent is calculated according to the housing unit's dimension, its condition and standing, the neighborhood, as well as facilities which are attached thereto.
Hence, you will need some USD 800 and 2,000 to rent a accommodation made of brick of 32-40 m2 dating from the pre-revolutionary Stalinist period and some USD 1,200 and 3,000 to rent an accommodation of 50-80 m2 built in the Stalin era. If you prefer to rent a two bedroom 100 m2 modern apartment with parking facilities, you will need some USD 5,000 and 8,000 per month.
On the other hand, rent for a 75-100 m2 apartment built in the Stalin era will cost between USD 2,000 and 5,000. Obviously, figures will vary from one neighborhood to another.
Among the various ways to search for accommodation abroad, turning to a real estate agency seems to be the ideal solution. In fact, real estate professionals will advise you and help you find accommodation according to your needs and budget. You can also inquire with your friends and contacts if you have any in Moscow.
Otherwise, you can still check out housing offers on the internet and in classified ads in local newspapers.
In general, lease periods in Moscow range between one to three years. Lease documents are provided in Russian and English. So no translation or notarization is required. It is also possible to renew the lease for a similar period.
Moreover, tenants are authorized to break the lease before it expires provided they give the owner a three month notice. On the other hand, owners are not allowed to break the lease before it expires, unless the tenant has violated its terms and conditions.
Documents to be produced to rent a housing unit in Moscow are your passport and your visa which will be issued on your arrival in Russia. The owner may also request a work contract or a letter from your employer, stating that you are currently working and that you will be able to pay rent.
If you have signed a more than 365 days duration lease contract, you will have to register the agreement with the Moszhilservis, which is the Government Registration Office. Note that you have to be accompanied by the owner for the formal registration.
If you are renting the housing unit for a maximum of 364 days, you will have to register with the UVIR, which is Moscow's Visa Registration Office along with your lease documents.
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