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Moscow has a number of areas which were built particularly for the needs of the city’s international community. These are usually guarded compounds with 24-hour security. Rents for townhouses range from 1,500 USD to close to 5,000 USD, depending on size and facilities. Among the most popular ones are Pokrovsky Hills and Rosinka.
Pokrovsky Hills is a prestigious international residential area in Moscow’s northwest, adjacent to the Pokrovskoye-Glebovo forest reserve. The compound has a European medical center as well as a community center and sports facilities. The Anglo-American School of Moscow is located directly next to Pokrovsky Hills.
Rosinka International Residential Complex is located in the Krasnogorsk region, northwest of Moscow. As it is quite remote from the city center, commuting from Rosinka is only recommended for those who have their offices in the western part of the city or close to the MKAD. Besides the usual facilities such as a medical center and supermarket, Rosinka also has its own British International School.
Living in the City Center
If you truly want to live in the center of it all, try the area around Tverskaya Street. Starting right at the Red Square, this is Moscow’s most central street. Some even go as far as calling it Moscow’s 5th Avenue. The area is especially popular with young expats as there are endless nightlife and shopping opportunities in the vicinity.
A bit quieter, but almost as close to the center, is the area between the streets Arbat and Kropotinskaya. Arbat Street is one of the oldest streets in Moscow. Today, it is a charming pedestrian area with cozy cafés and a somewhat Bohemian atmosphere. Many embassies and diplomatic missions are located here as well.
Other Residential Areas
Most of the city’s other popular residential areas are located within the Sadovoye Koltso, the Garden Ring. While close to the center, most of them are quiet residential neighborhoods with parks and a number of smaller shops, cafés, and restaurants.
Many Muscovites and expats love the neighborhood of Patriarshie Prudy, Patriarch Ponds. The area has derived its name from a beautiful city park with a pond, which is the center of this quarter. It is located on the north-eastern border of the Garden Ring, within walking distance of four metro stations.
Chystye Prudy, another of Moscow’s favorite residential areas, is also huddled around a lake, where you can rent boats in the summer and go ice-skating in the winter. The area is prized for its European charm, ample amounts of green, and quiet atmosphere. The French School is located close by.