Districts for Expats in Prague
For expats moving with a family or individually, Prague is an ideal place to settle. The history, cultural and nightlife along with ample outdoor and natural escapes make this capital city a major draw. Prague is especially welcoming to newcomers thanks to its active expat community and established support system. In order to assist transferees with their move to Prague. This article presents an overview of the best districts for expats.”¨”¨
For expats moving with a family or individually, Prague is an ideal place to settle. The history, cultural and nightlife along with ample outdoor and natural escapes make this capital city a major draw. Prague is especially welcoming to newcomers thanks to its active expat community and established support system. In order to assist transferees with their move to Prague, Lindsay Grant presents an overview of the best districts for expats.”¨”¨
The most popular districts for families with children are Prague 4, 5 and 6 while singles and families with no children choose Prague 1, 2 and 5. Read on to learn more about these districts and what makes them so desirable.
Major benefits: downtown atmosphere, proximity to businesses, embassies, universities, tourist attractions, social and nightlife activities
Rents: 570 EUR to 6 117 EUR/month (14 000 CZK – 150 000 CZK/month) + short term options
Schools: Festinka, US Embassy Prague Preschool
Shopping: Various retail shops for fashion, music, souvenirs around Wenceslas Square and in Lucerna Palace
You Might Also Like: Stvanice Island Sports Complex, National Theater, Collegium Marianum
Prague 1 is the central and historic district of Prague. As a popular tourist destination, it's full of restaurants, cafes, pubs, stunning gothic architecture and monuments along with museums and other cultural centers. The urban setting and convenience to businesses and shopping make it ideal for individuals and families without children. Prague 1 is divided into sub districts: StarÃ© MÄ›sto (old town), NovÃ© MÄ›sto (New Town), MalÃ¡ Strana and Josefov, to name a few.
Prague 1-MalÃ¡ Strana is home to many embassies including those of the United States and the United Kingdom. Prague 1 – StarÃ© MÄ›sto (Old Town) is the main historical and tourism center; one can find tourists wandering the cobblestoned streets and visiting the many souvenir shops. Close to StarÃ© MÄ›sto, NovÃ© MÄ›sto (new town) is modern yet still contains charming buildings and homes.
Prague 1 is an excellent choice of residence for those staying in Prague for the short term. There are a variety of refurbished short term options in lovely, old buildings with fantastic views and access to all of the charms of Prague's city center. Long term rental properties in this district start at 570 EUR/month (for a one bedroom apartment) and can top 6000 EUR/month.
Major benefits: proximity to city center, access to public transportation, parks
Rents: 400 EUR to 5 000 EUR/month (10 000 CZK to 122 000 CZK/month) “¨Schools: Happy Child Vegetarian Nursery School, International Preschool of Prague-The Little Mole
Shopping: Farmer’s Market along the River
You Might Also Like: Riegrovy Sady Park, Muzeum hlavnÃho mÄ›sta Prahy (The Prague Museum), plus a variety of additional theatres, museums, clubs and libraries in the link below
Prague 2, and in particular Vinohrady, is one of the most desirable districts for expats inPrague thanks to its city-center access, tranquility and safety. The district offers nightlife options along with parks, coffee shops, local restaurants and convenience stores.
One can find spacious apartments with high, vaulted ceilings, a popular feature in Czech homes, and plenty of Art Nouveau architecture. Property rental fees of homes in Prague 2 range from 400 EUR to 5 000 EUR/month.
Major benefits: close to major offices, schools and families
Rents: 530 EUR to 4 000 EUR/month (13 000 CZK to 100 000 CZK)
Schools: English Garden School, English International School, International Montessori School of Prague, International School of Music and Fine Arts Prague, SkÅ™ivÃ¡nek Smarties, Cubbyland Preschool, Vrbicky – International Montessori Nursery School, International Montessori School of Prague, The Prague British School, Kinderwelt Maja Preschool, Montessori House Preschool in Prague
Shopping: ArkÃ¡dy PankrÃ¡c
You Might Also Like: KulturnÃ Centrum Zahrada, The National Marionette Theatre
Prague 4 is popular with expat families who have children or work at the many international offices and newly constructed business centers in the district. British schools like English Garden School and the English International School are located in the southern part of the district, and Subway Line C runs through the district and into the city center.
Prague 4 consists of many modern apartments and detached houses. Rents in Prague 4 range from 530 EUR to 4000 EUR.
Major benefits: proximity to city center and green areas
Rents: 500 EUR to 4 500 EUR/month (12 000 CZK to 110 000 CZK)”¨
Schools: German School Prague, LycÃ©e FranÃ§ais De Prague, Magic Rainbow Preschool, Blue Sky (Modre Nebe) Prague Preschool, La Ribambelle, Little Bear English Preschool”¨
Shopping: NovÃ½ SmÃchov”¨
You Might Also Like: ProkopskÃ© ÃºdolÃ hills, The National House SmÃchov, Zahrada KinskÃ½ch Gardens, Staropramen Brewery of SmÃchov
Prague 5 continues to grow in popularity and is a common choice for both families and singles moving to Prague. Popular areas include AndÄ›l, meaning “˜Angel’ in Czech, which is a major transportation hub on the West side of the river. At Home Prague real estate agent Tereza Veberova describes it as a “lovely, living location"; it is situated in “the greenery of the famous PetÅ™Ãn Hill, close to the riverbank, and about 20 minutes’ walk from the Castle". One can also find NovÃ½ SmÃchov, a well known shopping mall nearby.
The district is home to many international schools and preschools including the French LycÃ©e, La Ribambelle (French language), Magic Rainbow Preschool (English) and Abacus Adventures (English).
Apartments in this area rent for about 500 EUR while detached houses rent for 2000 EUR to 4500 EUR.
Major benefits: green area, proximity to schools, selection of houses
Rents: 430 EUR – 6 000 EUR (10 500 CZK to 137 000 CZK)”¨
Schools: International School of Prague, several International preschools (see map)”¨
You Might Also Like: DivokÃ¡ and HornÃ Å Ã¡rka nature reserve, proximity to Stromovka Park in Prague 7
This district, situated in Northwest Prague, is popular among expat families for its parks and nature reserves, beautiful homes and proximity to a large number of schools, including The International School of Prague. Well loved green areas include DivokÃ¡ and HornÃ Å Ã¡rka (lower and upper Sarka), a large nature reserve with cliffs, rocks and trails of varying degrees of difficulty and Stromovka, a former hunting ground that is now a beautiful, calm park with lakes and walking trails.”¨
Houses in Prague 6 can rent for 2000 EUR to 4000 EUR. Those seeking the utmost in premium property can find a stunning apartment with a spacious living room, dining area and terrace for 5 600 EUR/month.About the Author: Lindsay Grant writes for At Home, a real estate agency with offices in Bratislava, Budapest, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw. More resources and information regarding property and expat life in Central and Eastern Europe can be found on their blog: www.athomenetwork.blogspot.com
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