In recent years the creative and lively atmosphere of the district of Neukölln is probably the main cause of its increasing popularity. As the current most in demand area in Berlin for the under-35 demographic, Neukölln is highly appealing to both local and international young professionals as the district gentrifies and attracts more investment. Additionally, with easy commuting distance to a host of universities, the recent growth of interest in this area amongst this demographic is highly unlikely to slow down.
The popularity of the area is reflected by the rapid rental growth, with Neukölln seeing the second highest rental growth of any district last year at 9.6%, a key indicator for future capital appreciation. This, along with the increasing capital growth levels in the district (as high as 20.3% in 2016), is primarily a consequence of some of the strongest levels of gentrification throughout the whole of Berlin. This can easily be recognised, for example, by the significant numbers of international eateries, hip bars and trendy cafes which have opened up in Neukölln in recent years, fuelling this growth in prices.
In addition to the many eateries, cafes and bars that Neukölln has to offer, the streets are also lined with artisan shops and independent businesses that have the classic bohemian Berlin aesthetic. If you are looking for things to do outdoors however, this urban borough also has plenty of green areas to explore too. Close at hand, for instance, is the vast expanse of Tempelhofer Feld. The former airport grounds offer endless possibilities for outdoor activities, including walking, bicycling, inline skating or just lounging on the grass, having a picnic and taking it easy. Other green areas in the vicinity include the grassy banks of the Spree River at Plänterwald and Treptower Park as well as the rolling parklands of Volkspark Hasenheide.
City centre: Alexanderplatz can be reached in just 20 minutes via public transport.
Nearest airport: Schönefeld can be reached in just over 30 minutes and Tegel in 40 minutes.