Living on two levels

A maisonette is just the thing if you want your apartment to feel like a house

Hard to beat a maisonette if you want wide vistas in your living space

Buying a maisonette in Berlin

In the nation’s capital, the demand for exceptional residential space is on the rise. In 12 districts and 96 neighborhoods, this world metropolis with a thousand faces combines the advantages of rural charms with urban flair. Tourists, guests, Berlin old-timers, and newcomers from around the world fulfill their dream of living and working in style in a multicultural environment. The city has a lot to offer:

from the idyllic, exclusive neighborhoods in the woods near the Spree, Havel, Grunewald, or Tiergarten to energy-efficient new buildings in the quiet side streets of the trendy neighborhoods to the ornate old buildings of the lively district of Berlin Mitte, property owners can find whatever they're after. Every bit as diverse as the people of this cosmopolitan city is the range of leisure activities on offer, excursion destinations and sights, and – not least – the residential options offering outstanding quality of life. Especially in demand are maisonettes – intimate dream properties for the extravagant life.

That je ne sais quoi of a maisonette

Spacious, individual and unique, a lucrative sale price against disadvantageous rental: that's a maisonette in a nutshell. Here you quickly get the feeling that you're living in your own home. The inspiring contiguous living space of a maisonette with its exclusive rooms spread across at least two floors – connected by an interior stairway. In many cases these apartments are located on the top floor, crowning the architectural masterpieces of the founding era. The second floor is located directly under the roof, with views of the silhouetted skyline. Only the bottom floor of the maisonette has access to the staircase of the residential complex.


This house-style character creates a spacious feel in various functional areas. A feel-good floor for relaxing, reclining, or whiling away the time? A workroom on its own floor? The kid's floor with lots of room to play? The apartment usually features an open kitchen. Balcony and bathrooms on every floor and brightly lit rooms facing the courtyard characterize the maisonette style. This is the life! The name, incidentally, derives from French and means “little house.” Maison means “house” and “ette” is the diminutive form.

Endless variability

The possibilities for adapting a maisonette to the requirements of the occupants are all but inexhaustible. Two rooms on two floors are perfect for a two-person household, singles, or artists. A bright studio on the top floor shows the artist's work in the best light. Freelancers can take advantage of having an office on a separate floor to cheaply combine living space with their workspace. Three to five rooms – distributed across multiple floors – can be designed to accommodate families with children with ample space for all.

The refined standard amenities – including atmospheric hardwood corridors, modern built-in kitchens, and white-tiled sunlit bathrooms – leave buyers wanting for nothing. A hobby room and the long-dreamt-of game room for the little ones are easy to accommodate. The intricately designed interior stairs lead into your personal residential dreamworlds. The somewhat increased heating costs with multi-floor apartments with integrated spiral or space-saving stairs. The atmosphere of having your own house with multiple floors in the heart of a world capital is priceless. Central districts such as Berlin Charlottenburg, and trendy areas such as Prenzlauer Berg, as well as more laid-back neighborhoods close to the workplace, offer these residential surprises to enterprising owners.

Outstanding infrastructure

The well-developed public transportation network that covers every part of the city makes it easy for commuters to reach their nearby workplaces. It's a hop and a skip from the charming outer districts to the pulsating city center for an extended shopping tour along Kurfürstendamm, at KaDeWe, or Alexanderplatz. Numerous buses, metro lines, and trams ensure fast transportation at any time of day or night. The friendly Berlin bear directs travelers in every imaginable direction along the well-organized and well-signposted road network via the inner city ring to the Autobahns to the world outside.

Along with the Central Station in Berlin Moabit, the inner-city airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) will remain an important traffic hub until the completion of the Berlin/Brandenburg (BER) airport. Once Tegel Airport is decommissioned, the site will be converted into an industrial park with forward-looking green technology. This, in addition to the emergence of completely new city neighborhoods in the Tempelhof district and Molkenmarkt in the center, will create new labor market opportunities for newcomers to Berlin.

The new residents of a maisonette in the capital will find themselves drawn into the center of the Berlin/Brandenburg metropolitan region thanks to

  • inexpensive location factors
  • the combination of the advantages of rural living and urban flair
  • a low unemployment rate of 11.8%
  • the international reputation and site of great historical significance

As a leading location for attractive real estate projects, Berlin offers investors appealing maisonettes to live in or as investment properties. The future is Berlin!

Domestic and foreign on offer

The service industry is one of the most important economic engines in the Berlin metropolitan area. Few other cities can boast 180 cultures living side by side. Tourists stream to the German capital, while trade fair and conference guests need hotel rooms. The range of

  • local specialties in traditional Berliner locales
  • foreign delicacies from around the world
  • trendy clubs
  • street festivals and events

is huge, and residents have the choice: green recreational areas are as plentiful as the sights, shopping opportunities, and wide range of clubs and organizations of all sorts.

In the quiet apartment buildings, owners of a maisonette come home at the end of a long day to their own parking spot in an underground garage. Your personal living home world with a fantastic space enables you to escape from the stresses of the daily grind and the city. Here you have multiple floors of calm to choose from – an amazing luxury at home in the city.

As an alternative to a maisonette, you might find penthouse apartments or studio apartments more to your liking.

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