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The Most Expensive Apartment in Bucharest

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Although most investors perceive Bucharest as cheap, the city does have its luxury properties. The current most expensive apartment in Bucharest costs a whopping $3,800,000 and can make even the most exuberant buyer blink.

The apartment is located on the 4th floor of a 5-floor building and includes 7 rooms and 5 bathrooms. A total living area of 450 m2 is more than generous given the fact that typical block apartments rarely manage to go past 100 m2. The penthouse is fully furnished with the best materials, and the price reflects that no compromises were made here. The offer also includes 3 parking spaces. Because it was built in 2011, the structure is in line with more recent building codes and offers a guarantee of safety and reliability.

There is no surprise that the most expensive real estate intended for a single family is located in the Primăverii Neighborhood, in the northern part of the city. The area managed to build quite a reputation for itself and accounts for an important percentage of the total price. Primăverii was established as a retreat for the wealthy and privileged since Communist times. Even now, the elite of the Romanian society can be found here. Entrepreneurs, specialists or even showbiz personalities appreciate the advantages offered by the neighborhood. A quick stroll through Primăverii makes most think of prime residential areas from cities like Berlin or Vienna.

Located on a small peninsula that protrudes in Floreasca Lake, the property offers a magnificent view of Bordei Park and is minutes away from Bucharest’s biggest park, Herăstrău. However, a quick tour of the horizon can confuse the ones not familiar with the cityscape. Because all of the adjacent properties have generous green spaces, the building appears to be a “relic” of urban development surrounded by green. Primăverii is an oasis of tranquility that has nothing to do with the noise, pollution, and overall commotion that is characteristic to the vast majority of other areas. The low density of constructions, as well as the small height regime highlights that quality reigned over quantity here.

The apartment is clearly not for those that like to depend on the public transportation system. The 12-minute walk separating it from the nearest metro station and the absence of nearby bus stations come as advantages. The street is closed to non-residents. However, the location offers a quick gateway from the city because of its north position.

Selling the most expensive apartment in Bucharest was a job left at the hands of Coldwell Bankers. As of February 2017, the property is still available for sale, and given the growing demand felt on the market, the price will most likely see a steady rise in the future.

Vivenda Residencias Project

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The real estate market in Bucharest and the rest of Romania registered an impressive growth in 2014, despite what some specialists predicted as another year of stagnation. The new optimism found in the market has led to investors reconsidering or restarting projects which were flat-lined when the financial crisis hit the country in 2008 and 2009.

The Spanish developer Hercesa for example has announced it will restart investments in the Vivenda Residencias project located in the eastern part of Bucharest. This would mark the third part of the project and will mean that work should begin on 66 apartments consisting of 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms.

The project was started back in 2007, with 420 apartments being built and sold in the meantime. The Spanish company announced a new stage in the project, with work scheduled to begin sometime between August and September 2015. This new phase would have 2, 3 or 4 bedroom apartments with no studios and will consist in 66 units.

Hercesa has already announced the price range for the new Vivenda Residencias apartments. They start at 55.400 euros without VAT for 2 roomed apartments with 46 usable square meters. A price of 83.000 euros without VAT will be asked for 3 room apartments with a surface of 74 usable square meters. The site is situated in the Eastern part of the city on Basarabia Boulevard. When completed, the Vivenda Residencias project should offer 1.400 high-end apartments, dedicated to middle and upper class income individuals.

According to market analysis, Hercesa came onto the Romanian real-estate market back in 2004. It is estimated that since then the Spanish developers have spent over 150 million euros on land and development. Hercesa sold a 13.000 square meter plot of land next to the Basarab Bridge and Carrefour Orhideea to an association of local businessmen in 2014. The Spanish developer was initially planning on starting a new residential project in the area but plans were suspended when the financial crisis started and were never picked up. The transaction value wasn’t made public, however, market specialists estimate that the total cost exceeded 5.5 million euro.

The same Spanish developers inaugurated the Cismigiu Hotel back in 2014. The hotel is set in a stunning historical building in Bucharest’s center. The total investment is estimated to be around 15 million euros with income for the first year being expected to be between 1.5 and 1.8 million euros.

Bucharest Leads In New Building Authorization

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The real estate market in Romania and especially that in its capital city, Bucharest, has registered impressive growth in the last year with expectations for 2015 being quite high. After a period of seemingly endless stagnation with little to no reason for optimism, it seems that the real estate market registered a much needed growth in 2014. While there are numerous reasons behind the growth, some of the most important are the reduced price for basic materials, the abundance of qualified and unqualified labor as well as the easier to obtain funding and state run projects that aimed to encourage young home ownership and the market in general.

Spring 2015 has also led to more growth with March showing a rise in the number of construction papers released by state authorities with a total of 3.253 being released according to the INS (National Statistics Institute). Of these 3.253 authorizations 62.3 percent were released for rural housing, marking a clear trend that shows crowded city dwellers are retiring and moving to the less polluted, less dense rural part of the country. According to the INS, growth has been registered in all regions with the most significant being in the capital city, Bucharest.

Growth in Bucharest and Ilfov County is marked by an extra 238 released authorizations. The second development region in Romania according to INS data was North-East with an extra 144 authorizations while the Center Region registered a growth of 134 build authorizations. Sud-Muntenia Region had an extra 124 authorizations while the North West Region had a growth of 120 authorizations.

Residential building authorization has also registered impressive growth with the richest regions in the country having the most new projects. Bucharest and Ilfov County lead again with an extra 90 residential building authorizations followed by North East with an extra 53 authorizations, North West with 40 authorizations and South East with an extra 3 authorizations. Decreases were registered in the South West Region with 56 fewer authorizations, South Muntenia Region with 21 fewer authorizations and the Center Region with 9 fewer authorizations according to data from the INS.

Requests for authorizations have also grown in the first quarter of 2015 with 7.176 new documents being found, marking a 3 percent rise from the first quarter of 2014. Growth was seen for Bucuresti Ilfov with an extra 152 authorizations, North West with an extra 114 authorizations, North East with an extra 99 authorizations, South East with an extra 83 authorizations as well as South Muntenia with an extra 32 authorizations.

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