Guide to different districts of Tbilisi Georgia (country)
This guide will offer you an outline of what to anticipate in each location so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
Every tourist to Tbilisi is likely to be familiar with the ancient Old Town. The region between the Sulphur Baths and Liberty Square is known as Sololaki, while the area on either side of Rustaveli Avenue is known as Mtatsaminda.
Empty construction sites are few and far between in this neighborhood, which has been evolving for hundreds of years in some instances and is not designated for towering structures. Because the limited available land parcels are so costly, they are frequently turned into hotels rather than residential structures. As a consequence, during the last 10 years, just a few new residential developments have been created in the area. Due to the rarity, prices are very expensive, beginning at over $2,000 per m2 and rising to far over $3,000.
Vera is a tiny area that stretches from the Rustaveli Metro Station to the Vake border, and begins on either Petriashvili or Kekelidze Street. The region, which is mostly made up of classic red brick houses, has a lot of character and is often referred to as one of the greatest areas for foreigners to reside.
Vera, like Tbilisi's city center, has been expanding for a long time, which means there aren't many land parcels left. The majority of Vera is constructed on a steep slope, and costs vary depending on where the projects are placed. Prices might approach $2,000 at the foot of the slope. Prices are lower higher up the hill, and many enjoy fantastic vistas. However, from these developments towards the top of the hill, it's a very steep walk down to the city center.
Vake is regarded by most Georgians to be the most affluent and attractive section of the city, stretching from the boundaries of Vera to Vake Cemetery and separated from Saburtalo to the north by the River Vere valley. As a result, most of the city's most luxury projects are situated here. Vake is home to Vake Park, the city's biggest green space, as well as the majority of the city's main embassies. Because Vake draws Tbilisi's richest people, the nicest stores, restaurants, and pubs have opened here throughout the years.
Vake is another region where land plots are becoming more scarce, resulting in fewer new developments being built. Except for Mtatsaminda/Sololaki, prices here are greater than anyplace else in Tbilisi. New buildings along Vake's major thoroughfare, Chachavadze Avenue, start at roughly $1500 per m3 and may reach over $3,000 per m2 in the most opulent complexes like Axis Towers.
Upper Vake, which is adjacent to Vera, is located above the Round Garden and up the slope. Prices are cheaper here than at Chachavadze Avenue, but it's a long, uphill walk to the city center, and there are few shops and restaurants within walking distance, except from a few convenience stores.
What used to be the little community of Bagebi is located west of Vake, along the Tskneti Highway. This region has witnessed a lot of growth in recent years due to its closeness to Vake. In comparison to the core Vake region, prices are quite reasonable.
In comparison to Vake, Saburtalo is a rather huge region. Because of its vastness, the neighborhood is likely to have more foreign residents than the rest of Tbilisi combined. One of the reasons for this is that the region is home to a number of institutions that draw a large number of international students. The region also benefits from the fact that Tbilisi's second metro line, the green line, runs straight through the heart of it.
Because Saburtalo is so huge, I split it into two halves. The eastern portion, which finishes at the river, is what I refer to as 'Busy Saburtalo.' Most of Saburtalo's institutions, including the Medical and Technical universities, as well as City Hall and Pekini Avenue, one of Tbilisi's main retail districts, are located here. During rush hour, traffic in this region may be rather terrible.
The western part is what I term 'Quiet Saburtalo.' Because this area is not as developed as 'Busy Saburtalo,' there are more opportunities for new projects. The University Metro Station opened at the end of 2017 and has improved the area's living conditions. There are several green places in this portion of Saburtalo, the most noteworthy of which being the former Hippodrome, which is now being refurbished and renamed 'Central Park.' The new City Mall, which opened in 2019 and is the biggest mall in the city's core district, is also located in this region.
The majority of Saburtalo is flat, however the Nutsubidze Plateau, located on the northern outskirts of the city, provides spectacular views over the city. Because there are more old Communist buildings here and fewer retail alternatives than in the center of Saburtalo, prices are often lower.
The Lisi Lake region, which is close to Nutsubidze, is a famous tourist destination. There hasn't been much progress in this area. Because most of it is exclusively designated for low-rise developments, costs are relatively expensive.
Dighomi is a huge region that encompasses the most of the city's northwestern outskirts. It takes around 30 minutes to travel into the city center in regular traffic, and there are no metro stations in the neighborhood. The US Embassy and the QSI School, which is regarded the greatest (and most costly) foreign school in the city, are both located here. To the north of Dighomi, the enormous Tbilisi Mall is located just outside the municipal borders.
Because Dighomi spans such a big area, there are still plenty of accessible construction sites. As a result, there has been a lot of building at some of the city's more inexpensive costs. Dighomi Village, located in the northwestern portion of Dighomi, is designated for villas, making it one of the greatest choices for someone searching for a private home rather than an apartment.
The Gldani region is located on the other bank of the river from Dighomi. It has comparable benefits and drawbacks as Dighomi in that it takes a bit more than 30 minutes to get to the center. The fact that Tbilisi's major metro line crosses through Gldani gives it an edge. Around Gldani Metro Station, there is a bustling retail district with a handful of small malls and a plethora of businesses.
The bulk of the flats in the region are of the old Communist type, but they are being joined by a slew of new projects that are among the city's more inexpensive alternatives, thanks to the abundance of vacant construction plots and the ability to construct high-rise structures.
The Didube area is located under Gldani. Didube is closer to the city center than Gldani, but it is still considered an industrial region, thus it is still rather inexpensive. The region is well-served by metro stations, and various markets, including the major home improvement megastores, are situated nearby. Because the region is far smaller than Gldani and has been developed for much longer, there are fewer construction plots available. New developments under construction, on the other hand, provide quite excellent value for money for someone on a budget who wants to stay near to the city center.
The Chughureti region, which includes Plekhanov and Vorontsovi, is located south of the Didube and on the other side of the river from Mtatsaminda. This is a classic historical neighborhood with largely low-rise buildings and characteristic Georgian red brick architecture. After being completely refurbished in 2012, David Aghmashenebeli Street has become a famous tourist destination, particularly among Middle Eastern visitors. The famed 'Fabrika,' a popular 'glostel,' co-working center, and collection of stylish pubs and eateries, is only a few steps away. This has evolved into a hub for 'digital nomads,' who have been flocking to Tbilisi in ever-increasing numbers.
The region is growing more popular with 'hipster types,' despite the fact that it is still a touch 'ragged around the edges.' Prices are still low compared to Mtatsaminda on the other side of the river, but they have the potential to rise quicker than in other locations.
Avlabari is located below Chughureti and on the other side of the river from the Old Town's core. This is the region if you've seen photographs of ancient old wooden buildings teetering on the edge of a steep cliff face, as these structures exist in Avlabari. The Holy Trinity Cathedral, with its brilliant gold dome, is also notable in the neighborhood.
This is a low-rise neighbourhood with numerous historic red brick buildings, many of which are in bad condition, similar to Chughureti. Because of its prominent location, this neighborhood is home to a number of boutique hotels, as well as Tbilisi's first five-star hotel, the Sheraton.
The Isani region, to the east of Avlabari, is designated for high-rise constructions. There are still some property plots available in this neighborhood, indicating that the area has seen a lot of development in recent years. The prices are lower here than in Avlabari. Isani provides a fair combination between reasonable pricing and convenience of access to the city center, being just a 10-15 minute drive from here or three metro stations from Isani Metro Station.
Varketeli/Vazisubani is a neighborhood in the city's far east. On their way from the airport, first-time visitors to Tbilisi pass through this section of the city. The region is comparable to Gldani in that it has a large concentration of old Communist-style buildings, although there are plenty of vacant construction sites. The fact that the final metro station is here in the center of Varketeli and that there is a decent mall on the outskirts of the city in the shape of East Point are both advantages of the region.
As with Gldani, prices here are among the most reasonable in the city. However, with so many land plots still available, purchasers in this location are unlikely to realize significant capital gain over time compared to homes in more centrally placed places.
We wrap off our tour of the city by crossing the river to the Ortachala neighborhood on the west side. The location is advantageous for visitors, since it is less than 20 minutes' walk from the Sulphur springs in Old Town.
Despite its advantageous position, Ortachala had minimal growth throughout the Communist era and resembled a little settlement until recently. However, the fact that there are still some decent plots available, along with the handy location, has resulted in considerable building during the last several years.
The lack of a metro station (although there are several buses traveling through the region on their way to the city center) and the lack of stores are also disadvantages of the area. The absence of shops will be remedied in a few years, since permits for a new mall to be built here have been approved.
Despite the fact that the region is not exceptionally huge, prices in the area vary greatly depending on location. The cheapest flats in this area are also some of the closest to the city center (although are located quite high up the hillside). The section closest to the river, where prices are average, is seeing the most new building.
The Krtsanisi region, which is up the slope from Ortachala, runs into Ortachala. Because of the views and the fact that there are more embassies here than anyplace else in the city, including the British, French, Japanese, and UAE embassies, this is one of the most exclusive locations in the city. Tbilisi's lone golf facility, the Tbilisi Hills 18-hole course, is about 10-15 minutes away from the region.