Avenida de Liberdade
The area surrounding Avenida da Liberdade is one of the most privileged in Lisbon, characterized by award-wining architecture, baroque palaces and intricately patterned pavements. The Champs-Elysees of Lisbon, its majestic 90-metre-wide boulevard divides 10 lanes of traffic with beautiful pedestrianized walkways of tall trees, fountains and statues. It is here, behind art-nouveau facades, that the likes of Cartier, Chanel and Louis Vuitton have their homes. The cluster of leading luxury brands draws a high influx of tourists, and during the day, the streets bustle with well-dressed shoppers and a chic international set. After dark, the lack of bars and restaurants transforms it into a haven of hush. The world’s 35th priciest avenue, Avenida da Liberdade stretches down a gentle slope that ends with the buzzing commerce hub of Baixa, and the impressive 25 hectare Eduardo VII Park, one of Lisbon’s great gardens.
In terms of transport, Avenida da Liberdade could not be better served. There are three Lisbon Metro stations along the avenue and endless bus and tram routes, although you’d be forgiven for wanting to walk just about everywhere.
Lisbon is complex and unique and until recently wasn’t seen as the obvious choice for a property investment, but in the past few years, it has seen a dramatic increase in popularity. Paris, London, Berlin, Rome are all cities that have a clear identity and cultural offering. Often thought of as the San Francisco of Europe, Lisbon is undergoing a major change.
Portugal’s capital is filled with winding, hilly streets. The architecture perfectly harmonises the old with the new. In addition, Lisbon is attracting young creative talent and because of this fact it is starting to stand out as a city of design. The relaxed ambience is perfect for young artists looking to live a bohemian life. Small independent boutiques are popping up around the city. Lisbon also still manages to provide the ideal environment for an older crowd wanting to enjoy the sun and the sea alongside a city life.
The buildings are bright and colourful and speak to the heritage of the culture. The café scene is very much thriving with young entrepreneurs opening new restaurants and cafés, adding great culinary value to the city. The energy is unpretentious, relaxed and vibrant. It is uncomplicated and certainly one of the most interesting European capitals to invest in at the moment.
The Property Market in Lisbon
Having come out of economic struggle in 2010, the real estate market in Portugal has seen a consistent rise. The price of property for sale in Lisbon increased by 4.9% between 2017 and 2018. Portugal and Lisbon alike have excellent housing markets, which generally tend to offer good value for money. Because of this, Portugal has the highest owner-occupation rate, with nearly 70% of the population owning their homes.
Unlike many European capitals that have become nearly unaffordable, Lisbon allows individuals to buy a house in central and prime locations, making an ideal property investment. A large proportion of foreign investors are French and Scandinavian, who have made Lisbon their second home. They, along with others, benefit from the low taxes and low-cost of living in the city.