Major Tom was at home in Schöneberg
Housing report Schöneberg

Schöneberg is not only a very popular district for its lively nightlife and cultural scene. Besides its central location, the district, which together with Tempelhof forms the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, is characterized by the proximity to the large universities, the shopping streets Kurfürstendamm, Tauentzienstraße and Schloßstraße as well as to the major local recreation areas of Berlin.
The district with over 150,000 inhabitants has many, very diverse quarters and locations. From the Motzstrasse scene, to flea markets and life-style neighbourhoods at Kleistpark, to bourgeois living in Friedenau, there are all the nuances of Berlin. The residential areas range from simple to very good. In post-war buildings there are many compact apartments that belong to the most sought-after segment. Demand had already led to high purchase and rental prices in most of Schöneberg's districts since the 1980s. Around 66 percent of households are single-person households.

Percentage of people between 18 and 65
Internationality (2016)
Population (2016)
Living space per capita
Unemployment levels (06/16)
Balance of migration (2016)

Property prices in Schöneberg

The central location, the proximity to Kreuzberg and an agile, very international scene keep Schöneberg busy. Small single apartments are particularly sought after. The price trend is clearly rising this year.

In the third quarter of 2018, the asking prices for condominiums in Schöneberg will be around EUR 4,200/sqm, 10 percent higher than in the previous year. Only with penthouse apartments there was a small price dent. Attics continue to rise in price. As of 2018, there are five milieu protection areas in Schöneberg: Schöneberger Island, Schöneberger South, Barbarossaplatz / Bayerischer Platz, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz and Schöneberger North. For the Quarter Grazer Platz there is an official resolution. You can find more information on this in our report on milieu protection in Berlin.

Evolutionary stages of the real estate market in Schöneberg

Chart above: The three different price segments show how the price structure in the district has changed between 2007- 2016. It also describes how many apartments have been offered in each price segment. The curve represents the development of the average offering price of all apartment types and their price segment.

Apartment buildings in Schöneberg

The market for apartment buildings in Schöneberg is characterized by very different typologies. Of the approximately 5,750 residential buildings in Schöneberg, almost 58 percent were built before 1919. The predominantly renovated, classic old buildings predominate the street scene in most central districts. About 25 percent of the residential buildings are post-war buildings.

Of the total stock (as of 2014), nearly 2,000 units were in the hands of condominium owners' associations (WEGs), with a further 2,200 owned by private individuals. Only just under 520 apartment buildings are municipal, or belong to the federal or state administration.

The average price per square metre in demand in 2018 is around EUR 2,650, unchanged from the previous year. The number of offered apartment houses has continuously decreased over the last four to five years.

Schöneberg: Influx and outflux European Union 2017

Source: Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg. Eigene Berechnung.
Country Influx Outflux Balance
Belgium 45 21 24
Bulgaria 114 36 78
Denmark and Faroe Islands 41 35 6
Estonia 9 0 9
Finland 25 21 4
France 213 104 109
Greece 74 27 47
Ireland 35 15 20
Italy 253 128 125
Croatia 47 19 28
Latvia 21 3 18
Lithuania 37 12 25
Luxembourg 9 3 6
Malta 6 3 3
Netherlands 64 48 16
Austria 87 74 13
Poland 230 82 148
Portugal 30 15 15
Romania 206 18 188
Sweden 55 34 21
Slovakia 3 3 0
Slovenia 0 3 -3
Spain 130 86 44
Czech Republic 15 6 9
Hungary 58 18 40
United Kingdom 203 117 86
Cyprus 6 3 3

Central and diverse – this is Schöneberg!

Not only the district but also its residents are heterogeneous. The facets of the district are colorful and diverse: quiet and lively, alternative and modern, simple and exalted.
Berliner’s and tourists meet at the traditional pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés at Winterfeldtplatz, which was once the stronghold of the squatter scene. People can enjoy Berlin’s biggest farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday here. Center of the gay-lesbian community are the streets around Nollendorfplatz. The neighborhood is hosting Europe’s biggest lesbian and gay street festival every year for two summer days since 1993. Schöneberg stands for diversity, acceptance and tolerance. That fact was also highly valued by David Bowie, who lived at Hauptstraße 155. Also Kurt Tucholsky, Albert Einstein and Marlene Dietrich lived in Schöneberg. Whereas Einstein resided at the elegant quarter “Bayrisches Viertel”, Marlene Dietrich was born at Leberstraße, the so-called “Red Island”. The “Red Island” got its name from the left oriented working class.
Red Island, quarters around Bayrischer Platz, Bautzener Straße and Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz are all social preserved areas.