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Large Flats, Small Flats – on the Varying Apartment Sizes in Berlin's Neighbourhoods

1.7 persons on 70.7 square metres: This is the profile of a typical Berlin household in a typical Berlin flat if you take the average flat size and the average number of persons per household. The ratio implies that the average Berlin has the use of around 40 square metres of residential floor area. These are the findings of the latest Housing Market Report (“WohnmarktReport”) compiled by GSW and CBRE as well as of the Berlin Housing Market Report 2012 (“Berliner Wohnungsmarktbericht”) published by the IBB Investment Bank Berlin and by Berlin's Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment

Aside from the figures as such, the reports show that the reality of living in Berlin is far more diversified than the average flat size would seem to suggest. The historically evolved boroughs offer a bountiful variety of flats from all eras as well as the most diverse apartment sizes depending on the housing needs they were originally designed for.

Generous Floor Plans in Formerly Posh Suburbs

Apartments have particularly generous layouts in the districts of Grunewald, Dahlem, and Wannsee. These are areas where the affluent upper and upper-middle class settled around 1900. Back then, going with the times meant to have a large spread, and to flaunt your wealth. Which explains how these green settlements with their mansions and prestigious multi-family residential buildings came into being. Berlin's largest flats are found in the Borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf with an average of 113 square metres, followed closely by Dahlem in Steglitz-Zehlendorf with 112 square metres, and Wannsee and the neighbourhood of Sybelstrasse in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf with average apartment sizes of 107 square metres each. If your are looking for up-scale apartments in a quiet area not far from woods and lakes, these are the places to come to.

Former Working Districts Offer Perfect Homes for Singles and Couples

By contrast, small-scale apartments of the type found in the districts of Neukölln, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, and Wedding are ideal for the growing number of people living by themselves, and for two-person households. The former working-class districts were usually more densely built up in order to accommodate as many people as possible in tenements close to their workplace. Given their favourable locations and Berlin's large stock of historic buildings from the Belle Époque with their high ceilings and stucco ornaments, these districts have now become highly popular residential areas This smallest flats anywhere in Berlin are those found in the Schillerkiez ward east of the former Tempelhof airport in Neukölln, which have an average size of 53 square metres. Not much larger are the apartments in the ward at the northern end of Sonnenallee (54 square metres) as well as on Weigandufer and Maybachufer (56 square metres in either location), all of these neighbourhoods being in Neukölln. Next in line is the Wrangelkiez neighbourhood in Kreuzberg with a 57-square-metre average. Residents of the wards Afrikanisches Viertel, Gesundbrunnenviertel, and the area around Amrumer Strasse live on an average floor area of 62 square metres.

In other words, Berlin's has apartments of every size for every need, whether small and central inside the rapid transit circle line or generous and family-sized in the greener outskirts. It is this very diversity that enables people from all walks of life to find and buy the right kind of condominium. For our condominium listings, click here