What are the best neighborhoods to live in Tbilisi?

By Traveller September 26, 2017
Tbilisi

What are the best neighborhoods to live in Tbilisi?

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By Guy Traveller September 26, 2017

I am thinking about moving to Vera or Vake. Is there a great place to live in the city that I don't know about yet that you would recommend?

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Well, I am from Tbilisi myself and know city well. You should choose depending on your attitude. Vake is well, the most prestigeous district. There are many cafes, bars, places for shopping and wealthiest residents live there. Vake is central neighborhood, but Vera is standing exactly in the center of the city, so its always full with cars and people. Western Vera (Near Vake) is better place, because Eastern Vera, where central avenue runs is always overcrowded and full. If you love vibrancy and city-lifestile I would recommend near Rustaveli Street, but If you prefer more peaceful lifestyle with not much noise I would recommend upper vake-around Tabidze and Mtskheta Street. If you'll think about other neighborhoods I would recommend Saburtalo or Abanotubani depending on your taste. I wouldn't recommend city's outer neighborhoods, because well city is noy developing as a full city, usually Core is going up and up, so so neighborhoods like Gldani, Dighomi or Varketili are peripheries. Good luck. P.S - Try to stand out from living near ticer Vere, because it flooded city 2 years ago and destroyed some places north from Chavchavadze street
Traveller October 9, 2017
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Irakli, Thank you so very much for all of your suggestions!! I will begin my search online and your recommendations will help me guide the real estate person. I wish you all of the best, and encourage you to contact me again if any other thoughts cross your mind. Cheers!!! :)
Guy Traveller October 9, 2017
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oh sorry to be late but I just read your replies and as I think you are searching for good place with favilities around, not too fancy center and not too forgotten village. In Vake it's probably Abashidze street, it's clise to the central avenua and the street contains many facilities too, there is not high air pollution since it's away grom main road. In other neighborhoods - Mtatsminda is good, not very high on mountain and not too close to central Rustaveli avenue. such as Barnovi, 9 April street are good places.
Once again, Irakli, thank you so much for the added information!! I will keep all of your suggestions. You have been of so much assistance, thank you again. :)
Guy Traveller October 11, 2017
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Seems u know Tbilisi well ....I and my Family will come soon can we communicate?
Posy Traveller November 20, 2017
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If you not mind we have this facebook page and need some information about Tbilisi ....best wishes.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/360243974400721/permalink/360244034400715/
Posy Traveller November 20, 2017
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Hi Posy!! I am an American who will be moving to Tbilisi next summer. I have not yet been, and am seeking information just like you are. Good luck!! :)
Guy Traveller November 21, 2017
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Thank you so much for your advise so far.

We are a family and prefer more peaceful lifestyle and not in the pollution with our son but close enough to train/bus service, parks and shops/markets for daily needs. Not expensive area either.

Which area would you recommend we look at ?
Best neighborhoods are Vera, Vake, Saburtalo, Mtatsminda/Sololaki probably.
Vake is more upscale but isn't as beautiful and leafy as it used to be. Lots of expats here, more expensive (everything from rent to coffee to groceries), there is also no metro/not great public transport access.
Vera is really lovely - in between Mtatsminda/Sololaki and Saburtalo, it's quite a small neighborhood and most apartments are older and more expensive, but there are good green areas and it's centrally located.
Saburtalo is the largest area of central Tbilisi and some parts are really great (near Medical Center metro) and some are more far-flung (near Vazha or the new metro) and then there's Concrete Hell (near Sports Palace). It's a more active and lively place, lots of public transport, lots of students, plenty of shops of all sizes and good restaurants but less historical character. Apartment prices are good, lots of new buildings as well as older ones.
Mtatsminda/Sololaki is the area around Rustaveli and nearer to Old Tbilisi. Here prices are sky high and everything is old. If you can afford it, you could end up somewhere very beautiful and very central, but not that many people actually live here (lots of Airbnbs and businesses), so you might end up a bit further from friends. Tends to be super walkable (not great if you have a car, though). Obviously the most touristy area, so if you don't like eating dinner with Polish backpackers, maybe avoid.

Local Ambassador September 26, 2017
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Hi again, Samantha. I just now read your profile. You had a shout out to Peru I see. A couple of years ago I spent 14 months living in Arequipa Peru. Great food, sweet people, breathtaking scenery and delicious food!! Oh, I forgot to mention all of that glorious sunshine!!
Guy Traveller September 27, 2017
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I just moved into a great apartment in Vake. Really like the neighborhood but it's too far from the metro so be aware. I used an agent, named Shalva at GPM Management and I'm very pleased, he speaks English and worked within my parameters.
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Traveller June 25, 2019
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Hi, it really depends on your lifestyle and budget. Vake, Vera are great if you’re into city life with lots of things going on nearby.
Local September 26, 2017
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Thank you Roberts!! Budget is important to me, as is access to public transit. I would say that being close to a supermarket and a few nice little places to eat would be more important to me than a go-go, spend, spend atmosphere. Someone mentioned Marjanishvili area; what do you think of that part of the city?
Guy Traveller September 26, 2017
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Nice places to stay near the sulphur baths or rustaveli
Local September 26, 2017
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Thank you Rajat!! I will be staying in Tbilisi for many months, and do not want to live in a touristy zone. Are Sulphur Baths and Rustaveli regular residential places or are they overran with tourists and visitors?
Guy Traveller September 27, 2017
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As touristy as Tbilisi gets
Thank you Samantha. Touristy is exactly what I am not looking for.
Guy Traveller September 27, 2017
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Dear sir.
Tbilisi has many good neighbors to live, but it depends on how much mony you want to spend or also where is important for you to be near to that! But totally I think houses in “Vajeb Shavela”&”Nutsubidze”& so one streets which are near to “Pekini st.” Are great to live.
Local September 26, 2017
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Ali, thank you so much!!! Your suggestions are going to help me narrow down the search for my new home. Much appreciated!!
Guy Traveller September 26, 2017
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(for the record, he means Vazha Pshavela, not Vajeb Shavela)
Once again, Thank you Samantha!! I have noted the change. :) Samantha, I posted a question on here about dog culture in Tbilisi, and so far have had no answer. I have two small Shih Tzus. Super friendly and cute, and very well potty trained. My question is, are my dogs going to make finding an apartment difficult and/or expensive.
Guy Traveller September 27, 2017
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Guy, I'm honestly not sure about the dog issue. Lots of people have dogs here, and the majority of buildings don't have collective rules, so I wouldn't expect a pet fee, but some owners might refuse renting to someone with pets. I don't expect it will be an overwhelming burden, though!
(and yes, I am a big fan of Peru, and I hope to go back for the third time again soon!)
Thank you!! Your answer relieved a lot of stress. Not that I stress out that easily, but we are talking about my babies after all, LOL!!
Guy Traveller September 27, 2017
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Oh, also a sort of new, up and coming neighborhood due to recent renovations is the Marjanishvili area. The newly refurbished Aghmashenabeli St is really stunning (although it could use more trees) and although it's on the other side of the river, it's still very well connected and pretty central. Some people call it Turkish Town or something along those lines due to more Turkish and Arab business, tourists, and residents, but don't think that means you won't feel comfortable there!

Overall, I recommend you visit different neighborhoods to get a feel for them and get a good real estate agent!
Local Ambassador September 26, 2017
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Samantha!! Thank so much for your thoughtful and detailed answer to my question. I had really been thinking about getting a real estate person to help with the search, and your advice to do so, "sealed the deal" for me. Also, my spouse and I have been traveling for the last three years, (We are American) and have only lived in one area with a lot of other North Americans and I did not like it. Thank you for letting me know where the expats are........I shall keep my distance!!! Polish backpackers at dinner......loved that, LOL!!! :) No offence directed at the people of Poland or to backpackers in general. :)
Guy Traveller September 26, 2017
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No problem at all - good luck with your search, and I'm sure you will have a wonderful experience in Tbilisi!
The air in Tbilisi has become very bad over the last few years unfortunately. I am therefore looking to live outside Tbilisi where the air is better. I realise that this means the way to the center of Tbilisi is longer, but I am more than happy to do this. Moreover, I am looking for a very nice surrounding and a very nice place. Money is not really a concern. What would be good places to look please?