Warsaw just won the title of most congested city in Europe (for the third year in a row)
Warsaw may be one of the most congested cities , but according to another survey it is the 19th most prosperous city :o)
I have also been looking at buying a house somewhere in the Wilanow area, within easy access to British School as that's where we'd be sending our kids if our planned move to Warsaw goes ahead next summer.
Saw one house ...... detached which was priced at a ridiculous 4.5 million złoty; okay it was 680 m2 but for a house that size I'd have expected a larger plot.
When I was viewing this house I looked over at the houses in the neighbourhood and recognised Lawendowe Ogrody a development I had viewed on my previous visit .... garage linked semi-detached properties of 344m2 on plots of 600-810m2 - these properties are available at 1.9million to 2.2million złoty, but I got the impression 20-30% could be knocked off that asking price.
On my last visit I also saw a few other semi-detached properties in Zawady area, 1.5million złoty , and 1.95 million złoty (2.3million in a finished state) but again I'm sure a good discount could be negotiated.
We'll probably buy ourselves an apartment first, and then look around for a house once we have more time to explore the area and get a good feel of the place; I agree that buying in close proximity to metro stations, tram/bus stops is essential. I like the Powisle area, and I know Nowe Powisle (Menolly) has only a few apartments left, but prices there are in the region of 16,000 -18,000 zloty/m2. Closeby are the Solec 24 Apartments but I have to check the prices on my next visit ( around 12,000 złoty/m2 I think), but both these developments will be close to a planned metro station, and a good base to start looking, as well as a good investment for the future.
At the moment we're trying to sell a property in London, and once that is sold I'll be able to spend some more time in Warsaw looking for property.
It's interesting to hear the different views and opinions of living in Poland, and if I have any interesting comments/observations then I'll join in :o)