sofia center real estate

Live Close to the Heart of the Action in Sofia Centre.

Most of the buildings in the centre of Sofia were built in pre-socialist (communist). Some of the apartments in these buildings have been very tastefully renovated but as soon as you see the outside of the building, the entrance hall and the antiquated lift (if the building has an elevator) you will be reminded of days gone by. So if you are looking for Sofia center real estate it may be better to look at some excellent new developments towards the southern end of Vitoshka Boulevard towards South Park where the prices are high, but you have the convenience of being able to travel to the centre of Sofia on foot.

Two of the main streets, Vitoshka and Graf Ignatiev have now been pedestrianised, and the parks have been renovated so the centre of Sofia is a very nice place to spend time in.

Sofia Metro System

The main interchange station for the Sofia Metro is Serdica (a past name for the capital) but there are several other stations that are in the centre such as NDK, Vasil Lekski Stadium and Orlov Most that you can use to get around if the weather is bad. The Metro is very modern, continues to be expanded and is a very convenient way to get to the airport.

Sofia Center Shopping

Like many major cities, most of the popular shops are found in the Malls located in the Sofia districts, such as the Ring Mall and Paradise centre although there are some nice shops situated nearby the Sheraton Hotel.

Sofia Eating and Drinking

There are many good restaurants in the centre of Sofia and the main problem seems to be getting a table, so we recommend making a reservation as soon as you decide on a place and time. We are always willing to make suggestions if you are new to the city.

There are also many bars in the city centre although many seem to be hidden and do not stand out like the pubs in the UK. A bar that we like to use is called Eddie Sacoys which is situated just off Vitoshka, has excellent drinks and is very popular with foreigners.

Apartments for Sale in Sofia Center

If you are looking for an apartment in the centre of Sofia, we suggest investing in a studio or 1–2-bedroom apartment. Now the best places to purchase an apartment in Sofia are close to:

  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Parliament buildings
  • Sofia University
  • Doctor’s Garden
  • National Palace of Culture (NDK)
  • Vitosha Boulevard
  • Graf Ignatiev Street
  • Patriarch Evtimii Boulevard

As mentioned above, most of the apartments for sale in Sofia Center will have been constructed in pre-socialist times where parking can be difficult, and some do not have elevators. If the apartment does not have an allocated parking space, then secure parking is available in many places for around 100 Euros a month although you may have a short walk to your apartment. Note that near the end of Vitosha Boulevard, near NDK, there are some modern buildings.

If you are looking to purchase an apartment in Sofia center as investment you can achieve an annual yield of 7-8% due to the high demand.

If you are looking for a more long-term investment, there are areas near to the bus and train stations that are undergoing development that we can advise you on.

If you purchase a property in the centre of Sofia that needs re-development, we partner with teams of builders who will refurbish and furnish your Sofia apartment to your requirements.

Apartments for Rent in Sofia Center

Nice apartments for rent in the centre of Sofia are hard to find. Expect to pay 1000 Euro a month for  a fully furnished and fitted 1-bedroom apartment ranges for a long term let and more for a short 1500 Euro for a short term rent or a serviced apartment in the centre of Sofia. Of course, larger properties will cost more.

You are likely to want to rent near your place of work or where your children go to school but the best areas to rent in Sofia are the same as the ones listed above in the Apartments for Sale in Sofia Center section of this page.

This is where a professional real estate agent becomes invaluable as they have the knowledge and experience of living and investing in the centre of Sofia.

Sofia Centre Neighborhoods

These are some of the key locations to consider when investing in Sofia center real estate:


The upscale area of the centre is called Oborishte. The reason for this isn’t that the quality of the homes is so different from that of other areas of the city centre, but rather that historically, Oborishte was the diplomatic neighbourhood that housed the upper class, foreign residences, and embassies. Due to its fashionable but calm ambiance and proximity to the bustling ideal centre demand remains stronger than ever.

Ndk, Graf Ignatiev, and Vitoshka

For those who want to be in the thick of things, this is Sofia’s real hub. This region offers excellent investment options for short and long-term rental houses for buyers not scared of a refurbishment work.

Women’s Market, Pirotska, and Tzar Simeon

This area of Sofia’s centre, where costs are cheaper, is currently undergoing gentrification. Historically significant buildings include the public baths, which are now the National History Museum, the mosque, the synagogue, the catholic church, and of course the renowned Halite indoor market. The area was formerly the city’s old Jewish neighbourhood.

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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.