Charlottenburg: Coveted Residential District in Downtown West Berlin
With nearly 340,000 residents, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf is one of the four most populous boroughs in Berlin. It covers a large part of the western inner city and is one of the boroughs with the largest share of the town centre, along with Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Mitte. Charlottenburg is considered the borough’s more glamorous, elegant district, teeming with activity and yet suavely cosmopolitan. The posh period building charm of its Belle Époque façades still radiates the pomp of imperial times.
Given its proximity to the borough of Mitte, it is also a popular location for the business community. The City West sub-district, which includes the area along Kurfürstendamm and its extension, Tauentzienstrasse, past the square around Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church, is considered one of Berlin’s business centres. The retail sector, the trades and the service industry are the district’s main industries, and they are characterised by diversity above all: advertising, publishing, finance and real estate are some of the key segments. But Charlottenburg has also made a name for itself as a site of international trade fairs and conventions, being home to the city’s fairgrounds and the ICC convention centre.
Charlottenburg’s central location within West Berlin also makes it one of the most sought residential areas in this alluring and steadily growing metropolis.
Luxurious Period Flats in Charlottenburg
The grand five-storey Belle Époque townhouse at Uhlandstrasse 173-174 divides into a front building, two side buildings and a back building, grouped around an aesthetically designed inner courtyard. The front and back buildings are equipped with lifts. At the moment, extensive refurbishment works are under way to upgrade the courtyard, the lifts and stairwells and the basements.
Terraced flat or attic apartment—all of the units at Uhlandpalais radiate a manorial flair. This exceptional property divides into generously proportioned flats of 3 to 9 bedrooms that range from 108 to 319 square metres in size and have ceilings up to four metres tall. Some of the flats come with loggias, Juliet balconies or roof terraces. All of the flats emanate a specific period building charm with their plaster ceilings, mostly preserved in their original state, wooden double-cased windows and wooden floors. Upscale details such as the original brass door fittings and the ornamental glass preserved in some of the double-panel coffered doors turn these apartments into veritable gems.
A particular highlight are the two attic flats of 3 and 4 bedrooms, respectively, both of which extend over around 146 square metres. They are located in the quiet standalone back building, and each comes with a large west-facing roof terrace of 14 square metres overlooking the yard. The kitchen is designed as an open-plan area and with its footprint of 46 and 72 square-metres, respectively, radiates a particularly bright and open ambience. If you are looking for a classy but quiet residence in downtown West Berlin, look no further than these two loft apartments.
Due to the keen demand for housing, condominium prices and rent rates are both subject to an upward trend of moderate to fast pace. With a growth rate of more than 10 percent in 2018, Charlottenburg ranks third behind Mitte and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in terms of rent performance. Yet people continue to move into the central locations in the inner city, either renting or opting for homeownership. Although Charlottenburg plays a pioneering role in Berlin when it comes to the implementation of new-build construction, many people, be they native to Berlin or recently arrived, continue to dream of period flats. Thus, bourgeois Charlottenburg takes the top spots in a number of categories: apartment sizes, rent rates and condominium prices. This means inversely that owning a condominium in the heart of this elegant district is a forward-looking investment of stable value.
Timelessly Elegant and Modern
Each flat combines aspirational design with safety engineering requirements.
The door entry systems of the flats feature a video intercom function and every room is equipped with a smoke detector.
A bright and cosy atmosphere turns these exceptional flats into veritable gems, not least because of their spacious floor plans and floor-length windows. Open-plan eat-in kitchens lend themselves to gregarious get-togethers with families and friends. The living areas will feature real-wood parquetry in warm earthy colours. Overall, the flats will exude a timeless elegance. Most flats will have one or even two balconies, which in some cases will be accessible from several rooms. In other flats, the floor-length windows will combine with balconettes in the form of picket railings.
The stylish interior decoration and the high quality standard will carry over into the bathrooms, equipped with both tubs and showers. They will be finished in high-end wall and floor tiles in select fashionable hues. Floor-level showers and flat panel heated towel rail are typical for contemporary bathroom design. Some flats include a guest bathroom and a storage room for extra storage space.
Moreover, a dedicated basement store room is allocated to each flat. Residents share the use of a bicycle storage room and a buggy park. The plans also call for 18 underground parking spots in the basement. A lift serves all floors of the residential building.
Acquiring a condominium in this extraordinary house with the bright brick façade is a lucrative and aesthetic buy-to-let investment that will add safety to your future.