Real Estate Purchase in Sofia

Real Estate for Sale in  Sofia, Bulgaria

If you do not speak good Bulgarian then it will be very difficult to purchase  real estate for sale in Sofia, Bulgaria without expert bi-lingual advice and assistance. A larger Sofia real estate agent will display the listings in English as well as Bulgarian but you are limiting yourself to the properties offered by that agency as it is not in their interests to offer  other properties.

An independent agent real estate agent can search the Sofia Real Estate market for properties that meet your requirements without restrictions and converse with you in excellent English. In this page we will outline some of the most important aspects of buying a property in Sofia, Bulgaria.

A Sofia Real Estate Company That Stands Out From The Rest

While the major real estate Agencies in Sofia, Bulgaria have rigid guidelines, such as fixed commission rates and a requirement that all offers be submitted once a deposit (up to 5000 Euros) has been made, we approach each customer individually.

Along with home search and sale, we provide:

  • Video conferences and viewings with clients from other countries
  • Services for orientation upon arriving in Sofia.
  • Hotel pickup included with home search accompaniment.
  • Support with temporary housing.
  • Support in setting up utilities and telecommunications services.
  • Property administration.
  • Guidance on local furniture and fixture purchases.
  • Complete moving assistance.


Our Complementary Real Estate Partners in Sofia

To deliver the finest services possible, Sofia Property Broker has forged alliances with leading businesses in Sofia. These professionals have helped us by contributing their additional knowledge and experience to effectively conclude real estate deals in Bulgaria.

Our Professional Partners

The following are services in Sofia that we have agreed to work with are listed below. Please let us know if there is any other service you require.

  • Mortgage providers
  • Insurance agents
  • Lawyers
  • Designers of kitchen and bedroom fixtures
  • International movers
  • Interpreters and translators
  • Property finishers to complete your residence or investment.

Real Estate Agents in Sofia who Speak Excellent English

Thanks to real estate websites and applications, it is now simpler than ever to find properties for sale in Sofia, but there are still many facets of the Bulgarian real estate market that can cause serious difficulties for foreign investors.

The best method to navigate Bulgaria’s minefield of legal requirements and tax legislation is with the assistance of an estate agent who is committed to your needs rather than just managing inquiries from hundreds of potential customers.

There are many real estate firms in Sofia that “specialise” in the needs of foreign investors for property and have English-speaking staff, but despite the fact that they may all seem quite similar, the quality of services they provide can vary greatly and they frequently do not put you in touch with the right agent.

Also, although they claim to speak fluent English, this is often far from the truth. Often the facts get lost in the detail and mistakes are made which can cost 1000´s Euros to fix. Sofia Property Broker has native English speakers to call upon that will ensure that all questions and answers are clear and accurate.

New-build Developments Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia Property Brokers offer a range of quality new development projects in Sofia which are ideal for investment or as your own home. Each new development that we have selected has been vetted by our team and are built be reputable developers and are in the best locations in Sofia.

Each of these new developments have strong investment potential for capital appreciation and rental returns.

We work closely with the development companies who will provide all the assistance needed to assist in the transaction.

Characteristics of New Build Developments in Sofia

here are so many positives of buying a new build property in Sofia:

The location of new home developments in Sofia is a key reason more people are considering purchasing a new build home in Sofia.

People are generally looking to live in the suburbs with:

  • Excellent roads and public transport, particularly the Sofia Metro
  • A garden, large balcony or roof terrace overlooking Vitosha mountain
  • Preferably underground or covered to avoid having to clear snow or ice from the vehicle in the winter months
  • Close to shopping, restaurants and fitness/leisure facilities
  • Designed to be exactly as you want it as most new builds come unfinished in Sofia
  • A warrantee so that all issues will be corrected in the first 5 years by the developer.
  • Open plan and multi- functional space.
  • Facilities in the development such as security, fitness, swimming pools or restaurants
  • The latest technology such as underfloor heating and smart technology in terms of heating, lighting and music, all remotely controlled.
  • Environmentally friendly built to exacting standards in terms of heating and ventilation.
  • Easier to buy with restrictions in place and no waiting for the seller to sell first.
  • Buying a new house will generally require less immediate maintenance.
  • When you buy new, you are often buying into a ready-made community with friendly neighbours.

Finished or Unfinished Sofia Real Estate?

Practically all properties delivered, after granting of 16, by developers in Sofia come as unfinished. This means that they will need:

  • Walls and ceilings plastered and decorated.
  • Floors tiled or fitted with parquet flooring.
  • Kitchens designed, built and installed.
  • Bathrooms purchased and installed.
  • Heating and hot water systems sourced and installed.
  • Furniture selected, delivered and installed.

This will be practically impossible without help from a Bulgarian native speaker. The problem is made worse by the shortage of quality, trusted personnel to conduct the installation work.

We will introduce you to suppliers who will offer quality products at prices offered to Bulgarians and source the appropriate construction staff to install the equipment.

Please note that properties purchased from developers in Bulgaria are subject to 20% VAT.

If you are purchasing a property from an individual, the furniture in the house or apartment will generally be included in the sale but this must be negotiated with the seller.

Fully Finished Apartments in New Build Developments in Sofia

Now there are fully finished apartments in new build developments in Sofia. Traditionally in Bulgaria, new buildings have been delivered by the construction company “unfinished”. This means that the apartment will certainly not be ready for use and come in the following condition:

  • Rough walls and ceilings
  • Rough floors
  • No bathroom fixtures and fittings
  • No kitchen appliances or cupboards
  • Maybe no interior doors
  • No electrical lights or switches
  • No heating or air conditioning

This means that the purchaser must find someone to complete this work before they can move into the apartment or house. This is a problem for all purchasers is, due to the amount of new residential construction in Sofia, finding a quality company or individual to perform this work.

This issue is compounded for international purchases, whether they are buying the property to live in or as an investment, is that they may not have the contacts to easily find a quality home finishing business in Sofia and will run into communication problems as few of the finishing businesses speak adequate English.

The team at Sofia Property Broker will act as the buffer between you and the finishing business in Sofia to ensure that you get what you want and at local rather than inflated ‘foreigner’ prices.

In addition you will need to purchase the tiles, appliances, bathroom fixtures and fittings, floors, doors and a multitude of smaller item. Sofia Property Broker will introduce you to quality suppliers that mostly speak English and interpretations when required.

Key Property Characteristics of Sofia Real Estate

These are some of the main things to consider when buying a property in Sofia.


Roadside parking is very difficult in Sofia so purchasing a property with the desired number of parking spaces is very important.

Covered parking is better as winter in Sofia is often harsh and you will avoid having to scrape snow or ice off your vehicle when you want to use it.

Balcony, Garden or Terrace

The Covid pandemic has highlighted the importance of access to fresh air and properties with access to large balconies, gardens and terraces are in high demand. In general, the older the property the less likely it will have a good balcony.

Floor Level of Apartment

Most properties in Sofia are located in apartment blocks and the higher the floor the higher the cost of the property as you will have better views and less people looking down on you.

Proximity to Public Transport

The continually expanding Sofia Metro system is excellent and makes travelling around the city much faster and convenient.

Where there is no Metro station nearby, there is likely to be a bus or tram stop which run frequently but still get caught up in the heavy Sofia traffic.

We will closely listen to your requirements and only show you properties in Sofia that meet your requirements.

Property Purchase Completion

Some property purchases will require a legal assistance while others will just require notarisation. Whatever is required, we have access to English speaking professionals including lawyers, surveyors  and bankers who will be able to offer you the appropriate advise.

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Bistritsa, Boyana, Dragalevtsi, and Simeonovo used to be villages at the foot of Vitosha Mountain which turned into suburbs due to Sofia’s growth. All four areas have preserved the slower pace of life and you will enjoy a very experience to living in the Centre of Sofia, you will see houses with beautiful gardens as opposed to blocks of apartments. This article examines the benefits of investing in property for sale Simeonovo Sofia.

Where Dragalevtsi and Simeonovo slightly differ is that they both have a lift to the top of Vitosha Mounatin (a cabin lift in Simeonovo and a chair lift in Dragalevtsi).

Simeonovo is one of the most prestigious districtsin Sofia. It is situated above, to the south, the Sofia Ring Road.

Travelling to Simeonovo Sofia

The main road from the centre of Sofia to Simeonovo is Simeonovoshusse. Simeonovoshusse ends at the Sofia Ring Road where the Simeonovo district begins.

There are frequent buses which connect Simeonovo to the Sofia city centre, you can find details of the bus routes at this useful website.

If you wish to drive to the city centre it would usually take no more than 30 minutes. From the Sofia Ring Road it is easy to travel to the other areas of Sofia such as Boyana, Mladost and Sofia Airport.


Lozenets is definitely one of the best districts to live in Sofia. Lozenets is known as a high-end, very desirable residential district with number of modern luxury residential developments interspersed with traditional Bulgarian homes.

To the south, the district heads to the slopes of Vitosha Mountain via Cerni Vrah Blvd, and to the west to one of the biggest and nicest Sofia parks – South Park.

The whole of Lozenets is packed with top quality shops, bars and restaurants, so you will never be short of entertainment.

In the past quarter was named “Korubaglar” (which means “vineyards in the woods”) because the quarter was at end of the town. Nowadays Lozenetz is amongst the most in demand and preferred districts and is still undergoing a lot of development of Sofia.

Lozenets can be split into two parts – Lower and Upper Lozenets. This can be slightly confusing as Lower Lozenets is to the north. You can easily reach the centre of Sofia by foot in 30 minutes while you will need to use the excellent public transport service or very cheap taxis to go to the centre from Upper Lozenets.


Iztok District is located just to the east of Sofia city centre. Iztok is Bulgarian for East and, originally, Iztok was the most eastern part of Sofia. Now the capital has far extended to the east and includes districts such as Mladost and Druzhba. Because of its proximity to the centre of Sofia, and the high quality of the property for sale Iztok Sofia is one the most elite and expensive quarters in the capital of Bulgaria.

Iztok is probably a little to far to walk to Sofia city centre for most people, but it an ideal cycle ride as it is relatively flat, unlike most districts outside of the centre of Sofia.

Borisova Garden Iztok Sofia

Borisova Garden is known as “Sofia’s lungs” because of the huge green area it occupies in the very heart of the capital. It is a monument of garden and park art of national importance.

Over the years, Borisova Garden has become a favorite place for walks and entertainment for several generations of Sofia residents and has earned the reputation of the most beautiful and preferred park in Sofia.


Dragalevtsi is definitely one of the best districts to live in Sofia, and property for Sale definitely comes with a premium price compared to the rest of Bulgaria, but compared to the cost of property in the rest of the European Union, it is an absolute bargain.

Dragalevtsi is part of Vitosha municipality and situated in the southwestern part of the city, in the foothills of Vitosha mountain.

Dragalevtsi now is an affluent district built up with luxury properties, as well as the old-style village houses that have not yet been re-developed into luxury modern properies in Dragalevtsi.

Location of Dragalevtsi Sofia

Dragalevtsi is located 7km from Sofia city center on the slopes of Vitosha Mountain.

Dragalevtsi has spectacular panoramic views and the excellent transport system which makes it an extremely attractive for location to live in. Indeed, Dragalevtsi is the preferred area in Sofia for many business people of high social status.


Boyana is an upmarket district of Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. Many businessmen and foreigners have invested in property in Boyana due to its quietness and high standard of living. If you choose to invest in property for sale Boyana Sofia you will be living in the same neighbourhood as the President, Prime Minister and the Speaker of the National Assembly.

Boyana is located 7km from the centre of Sofia in the foothills of Vitosha Mountain, which was declared the Balkan Peninsula’s first National Park.

Features of Living in Boyana

Boyana offers lots of greenery and peaceful ambiance that contributes to the healthy lifestyle of its residents:

  • Wonderful views Vitosha Mountain
  • Fresh summer and winter than the rest of Sofia
  • Fresh, clean mountain air
  • Good communication with the city center and the test of Sofia using Boulevard Bulgaria and the Sofia Ring Road
  • Gasification
  • Famous landmarks, such as
  • Boyana Church, The National History Museum, Boyana Residence, Boyana Fort and the Living Water Spring
  • Excellent shopping and places to eat and drink


Bistritsa is the least well-known of the 4 villages, (Bistritsa , Boyana, Dragalevtsi, and Simeonovo) which lay at the foothills of the magnificent Vitosha Mountain to the south of Sofia. Property For Sale Bistritsa is fast becoming the most sought after in Sofia

Bistritsa is a large village in the Sofia municipality, located in a small valley just 15 km to the south of the capital Sofia.

Crystal-clear streams (the name Bistritsa origin from Bulgarian “бистър” that means “clear, lucid, limpid”) flow through its teritory, and there are mineral hot-springs close to the village.

Travel to Bistritsa

The quickest way to travel  to Bistritsa is to use the Ring Road from the Darvenitsa junction to travel up the mountain.

If you wish to travel into the centre of Sofia by public transport, the best way is to take the bus to Mladost Business Park, where you can take the Sofia Metro all the way into the centre of Sofia.

You can also change trains on the Sofia Metro to quickly get to Sofia Airport.

Also, all four villages are connected by a mountain road, which provides for spectacular views of Vitosha Mountain and the whole of Sofia. The road runs from Boyana in the west to Lake Pancherevo (more on the lake below) to the east of Sofia.


Vitosha District is located towards the south of Sofia, between Lozenets District and Sofia Ring Road. At this moment there is a lot of construction of property for sale Vitosha District.

The weather is a little cooler and fresher than central Sofia, but the winters are not so harsh as you will find in Boyana, Dragalevtsi, and Simeonovo – this is one of the reasons that Vitosha district is becoming one of the best places to invest in real estate in Sofia.

Transport Communications and Shopping in Vitosha District

One of the major advantages of buying a property in Vitosha District are the excellent transport communications between Sofia city centre, the ring road and other areas of Sofia.

A major reason for the spectacular growth in the real estate market in Vitosha District was the opening of the Vitosha Metro station.

The bus connections are also excellent in Vitosha Distict, and will enable you to connect with many of the areas not yet covered by the Sofia Metro.

There is also a tram service from the northern part of Vitosha District which runs down Cerni Vrah Blvd into the centre of Sofia.

Talking of shopping, there is, arguably, the most up-market mall in Sofia located right in the centre of Vitosha District. Paradise Centre has an excellent selection of shops, supermarkets, restaurants as well as a cinema complex.