The Bairro Alto housing market report summarises key trends in Bairro Alto’s housing market in Lisbon. The analysis covers house prices and new developments. The report primarily draws on publicly available datasets. The Bairro Alto housing market (houses & apartments) report is updated regularly.
Prices per sqm in the Bairro Alto district in 2021 €6.200€ > €7.500
At a Glance
Welcome to Bairro Alto
The high district (in Portuguese) is a popular neighbourhood of Lisbon composed primarily of cobbled streets, old houses and small shops. Built at the end of the 16th century following a roughly octagonal shape, Bairro Alto is one of the most picturesque districts in the city. With countless bars, restaurants, fado venues, it has been the best-known area of Lisbon’s night life since the 1980s, and is now highly prized as a living district by the younger generation. The price per square metre in Bairro Alto remains reasonable.
There are good deals to be had in Lisbon and quality properties available, even if, often, a lot of work is required. Depending on the notoriety of the district, the quality and the location of the building, prices can double. Things to see and do in Bairro Alto!
Good to know
Bairro Alto is one of the best-known districts of Lisbon. Everyone has read or heard about this special area, located on one of the seven hills of Lisbon.
Criss-crossed with narrow streets, this part of the city is mainly known as one of the top nightlife spots. Its daily activity actually begins early, with boutiques and Portuguese fashion designer galleries, then it is the turn of all types of restaurants, from the most basic to upmarket and finally at night with its countless bars, clubs and fado venues which remain full until the small hours of the morning. Bairro Alto is a very central district.
It is very easy to walk to Chiado or walk down to Rossio and in Baixa by using the Gloria funicular.
Carcavelos Beach: 20 minutes by train (Cais do Sodré)
Train station: Rossio Train Station : 20 minutes’ walk
Bairro Alto is located in downtown Lisbon
Bairro Alto – a picturesque quarter dating from the 1500s
Characterised by the alternative countercultures of the city, all tastes are catered for here: punk, gay, metal, goth, hip-hop and reggae to name a few. Fado also contributes in large part to the charm of the district, but avoid the more touristic fado venues where passers-by are enticed into expensive fado bars owned by chic owners. Fado is often performed in restaurants and clubs around Bairro Alto, but the best fado venues are generally found off the beaten tracks. A new interesting characteristic of Bairro Alto is its status as a fashion centre for the new upcoming Portuguese designers.
Every year, the district presents a generation of new designers during the annual fashion event of Lisbon, Moda Lisboa, an event that showcases the collections of its most renowned design houses to the world. Take a stroll, walk up and down the streets and typical alleys full of charm. Enjoy the atmosphere of the Place LuÌs de Camıes in the old lower district, adjoining the chic Chiado, then go up the narrow streets of Bairro Alto and its trendy bars and small original boutiques. Among the trendy bars are located many picturesque locations, such as the cafe Adega do Ribatejo.
A word from the real estate expert of Bairro Alto district of Lisbon
«Bairro Alto is located in the historic heart of Lisbon Bairro Alto is busy day and night, reasonably priced apartments can be found, but they are small and generally without parking in this central district of Lisbon.»
There are a lot of ongoing renovations, but some great opportunities can still be found between €5.200/sqm for properties to be renovated and €7.500/sqm renovated.
Bairro Alto: real estate market conditions
The purchase prices being already a little high, the potential for growth may be quite limited.
Discover the detailed prices for an apartment in Bairro Alto per sqm.
Location: Bairro Alto Lisbon
Type of property: Renovated apartment
Lowest average sale price (including agency fees): €6.200 /sqm
Highest average sale price (including agency fees): €7.500 /sqm
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