Pop-up dinners, concerts, vintage artisan markets, art exhibitions and djs spinning on roof-terraces - it’s all happening in Intendente. Along with the neighbouring barrios of Mouraria and Anjos, Intendente is having a serious moment, fast evolving into one of Lisbon’s coolest neighbourhoods. A significant turning point came when Lisbon’s mayor Antonio Costa moved his offices here a few years back, claiming the former factory of Lisbon’s iconic tile brand ‘A Viúva Lamego’ as his own. This sparked the cleaning up of Intendente’s streets and the regeneration of its central square, once frequented by the more marginal portion of society and now a honeypot for hipsters to have brunch on sunlit pavements. Soon after the beggars and prostitutes moved out, the city’s artists and hipsters moved in, attracted to its cheap rents, central location and the potential they saw in its crumbling 19th century palacetes.

The neighbourhood’s labyrinthine streets and elegant squares now combine innovative co-working spaces, creative ateliers and hip bars with more traditional workshops, while in the many cafes, local residents mingle to discuss how to improve the neighborhood and turn Intendente into a model for social transformation rather than gentrification.  Here in Intendente is where boundaries blur beautifully between Lisbon’s traditional past and multi-cultural future.

One of the big draws for the city’s younger generation and the tourists who have started to flock here is its location, just 10 minutes by foot from Baixa, which is considered by many to be the heart of the city.  Unlike most of Lisbon, the neighborhood is also predominantly flat, which proves a draw for young families looking for an affordable place to raise children.

The experts say

Intendente is an exciting place to invest in. Bubbling with excitement, blossoming into its potential, it draws parallels with London’s East-End or New York’s Meat-Packing district when they were on the cusp of transition. Prices here have yet to jump up as much as central Lisbon, and you can find high-quality developments for between €4,500 to €6,500 per square metre. Due to its trendy reputation and central location, properties here are an attractive place for buy-to-let and short-term rentals, as well as to invest in whole buildings for commercial use. Our tip? Don’t wait around too long - this part of town is on the up.

The property market in Intendente

The architecture in Intendente is a mix between the traditional townhouses of Mouraria and the neo-classical mansions of Baixa.  Developments here are in keeping with the neighbourhood’s trendy vibe - you’ll find loft-style conversions with concrete ceilings and shared gardens rather than the lofty marble of Avenida Liberdade.

As property in Intendente can be rented out both long and short-term, it is ideal for Portuguese Golden Visa investors seeking a flexible property investment opportunity.

Three insiders tips for Intendente

EAT: The best seafood in town at the most traditional Cervejaria Ramiro
DO: Dance to DJs on the roof-terrace of Casa Independente
SHOP: Pick up the best of Portugal’s home-grown products at A Vida Portuguesa

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