Diverse, economically strong and family friendly
Property market Berlin-Marzahn
Marzahn-Hellersdorf has abandoned its reputation as a prefabricated housing estate long ago. Today the district is versatile, economically strong and family-friendly. It is indeed true that Hellersdorf will always be characterised in its urban structure by large prefabricated housing estates, which were built after 1980 in the GDR era in an "industrial prefabricated construction method". Today, however, the buildings have been almost completely renovated, modernised and landscaped. The stigma of living in the "Platte" no longer exists, and in times of housing shortage the attractiveness of Hellersdorf is increasing. The contrast to the prefabricated housing estates in Hellersdorf are the single-family house areas in Kaulsdorf and Mahlsdorf, where there is more of a village atmosphere. Since 1997, the people of Hellersdorf have been proud of their newly built district centre "Helle Mitte", which offers a multiplex cinema in addition to numerous retail stores and cafés. The Hellersdorfer Promenade is not just a pedestrian zone in the middle of the prefabricated housing estates, but also a neighbourhood management area of the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development. This is where positive impulses are given to improve the quality of life and the neighbourhood life. The situation in Marzahn is similar to Hellersdorf. Here one finds a heterogeneous building structure of prefabricated buildings and single-family house locations. Biesdorf and Friedrichsfelde-Ost have a garden city character and together with Mahlsdorf and Kaulsdorf form the largest connected single-family house area in Berlin.
Property prices in Marzahn
The housing stock in Marzahn-Hellersdorf consists of over 132,000 apartments, at least 100,000 of them in prefabricated housing estates. The ownership rate in the district is in line with the Berlin average at just under 14 percent. The vacancy rate is less than 3%.
One of the trends of the coming years will be the shift of new residential construction from the centrally located urban centres to the outskirts of the city and the surrounding area in view of scarce building areas. The outskirts of Berlin, including Marzahn, Hellersdorf and Spandau, will become more important. Marzahn-Hellersdorf is already well ahead in terms of building permits for detached and semi-detached houses. In the districts of Kaulsdorf, Mahlsdorf and Biesdorf there is currently a real construction boom. This trend is already reflected in housing and house prices in Marzahn.
Migrationals flows Marzahn
Not surprisingly, by far the largest exchange takes place between Marzahn and Lichtenberg and, in second place, with Friedrichshain. All in all, Marzahn recorded significantly more arrivals than departures.
Technologies of the future, Cleantech Business Park and IGA
Marzahn-Hellersdorf counts as an innovative base for industry and health-research. Companies profit from the location factors thanks to the well-developed infrastructure, public transport system (BVG), access to the highway.
Around 2.500 companies are settled at “Berlin eastside”, which is the biggest connected industrial- business park in Berlin (1.200 hectare). The area is shared with the district Lichtenberg.
Next to it the Cleantech Business Park opened in September 2015. With 90 hectare it is the largest industrial park in Berlin. The park has been especially built for manufacturing businesses in the Cleantech sector. Ecological factors have already been considered at the exploitation of the area. The goal is the fusion of economic growth with climate and environment protection.
The “Gärten der Welt” in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, with more than 800.000 visitors a year, are exhibiting Chinese, Japanese, Oriental, Balinese and Europe gardening art. In line with the international gardening exhibit (“IGA”) in 2017 the English Garden was opened.
Living in Marzahn- Hellersdorf
Residents are happy and in good health. It has not always been that way: between 1990 and 2009 suffered from high vacancies and an overaged population. The worst year was in 1997, when approximately 28.000 people moved away and only 17.000 moved to the district. Today around 262.000 people are living in the district, with 2.500 “New-Hellersdorfers” moving here every year. Younger people have a positive impact on the district. With the many families moving to Marzahn, including children between 9 and 18 years, the birthrate in the district is also rising again. The cheap apartments and the well-developed social infrastructure are especially appreciated by young families. Hellersdorf offers a variety of kindergartens and schools close to the houses and apartments.