Grandeur on the Moskva RiverIyna Bort Caruso
Moscow is a city more than eight centuries old, evolved from a hunting village on the Moskva River to the crown jewel of Eastern Europe.
Iconic monuments such as St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and the Kremlin are the soul of the city, yet expressions of its architectural and artistic achievements are everywhere, including its 100-plus parks, gardens and squares. Life here is not lived cheap. Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in the world, according to rankings by Mercer Consulting, giving New York and London a run for the money.
Like many European cities, Moscow is laid out in concentric circles radiating from the Kremlin at its center. The area between Bulvarnoye Koltso [Boulevard Ring] and Sadovoye Kolso [Garden Ring] is where many sought-after neighborhoods are located.
They include the small residential area of Patriarchy Ponds in the Presnensky District, a fashionable address for both Muscovites and expats alike and the site of many embassies. Chistye Prudy, once known for its butcher shops, is now a cozy area of lime trees, lilacs and elegant pre-Russian Revolutionary buildings. Buyers, especially the new moneyed class, are drawn to its tranquil European charm.
The Tverskaya district has a history of grand residences dating back centuries. Quiet side streets, easy access to parks and international schools and limited residential building keep prices high.
At one time, Moscow’s nobility took up residency in Arbat, an area celebrated in Russian literature. Its Art Nouveau mansions as well as trendy estates, curved lanes and gracious courtyards giving rise to its moniker Moscow’s Golden Mile. Immediately outside the Garden Ring is Frunzenskaya, an oasis of greenery, which stretches along the river overlooking Gorky Park.
Famed Russian author, Leo Tolstoy once wrote, "Happy is he who is happy at home." In Moscow, what makes many high end home buyers happy are residences with extraordinary bones that have undergone Western-style renovation, known as evroremont.