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Thursday, December 7, 2017


The annual restaurant award "Salt" presented the best restaurant of the year- the Vietnamese bystronomy Chang opened in May 2017 at 23, Yaroslavov Val.


The winners in other categories became:
• The best meat restaurant - Argentina Grill (Kharkov)
• The best fish restaurant - "Odessa" (Kiev) 114, Velyka Vasylkivska St

• Restaurant with the best wine list - Vino e Cucina (Kiev), 82 Sichovykh Striltsiv St

• The best confectionery - Honey (Kiev), 19/21, Nizhny Val

• The best city cafe - Moloko Bar (Odessa)
• The best coffee house - One Love Coffee (Kiev) at 100, Velyka Vasylkivska under the stair of business center Toronto-Kyiv opposite to Catholic Cathedral,  2, Bessarabska Sq and in shopping center TSUM at 38 Khreschatyk St.

• The best bar - Hendrick's bar (Kiev) at 42, Bogdana Khmelnitskogo St.

• The best beer restaurant - "Beer Duma" (Kyiv) – 4 restaurants including one at 10 Khreschatyk St in the center and another on Podol at 5 Spasska St.

• The best restaurant of Ukrainian cuisine - Barvy (Kiev) at 3, Mechnikova St just opposite to Parus business center.

• Best national cuisine restaurant - Shoti (Kiev) at 9, Mechnikova St just next to faimouse Good Wine supermarket.

• The best hotel restaurant - Vogue Café at Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv at 1, Naberezhno-Khreschatitska St
• The best country restaurant - Edem Resort Medical & SPA (Lviv).

And what is the best restaurant in your opinion?

Monday, February 6, 2017


If you are new in Ukraine and have to stay here for quite a long period of time, you have to lease an apartment.  Procedure of apartment renting in Ukraine has some specifics. Please read an article about them here

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Novopecherskie Lipky. Why is this complex the most demanded?

At the moment, Novopecherskie Lipky is the largest and most thought out apartment complex, located on territory 19ha. It currently consists of 11 self-sustaining completed buildings. The onset of construction began in 2007 and its estimated to be completed in early 2018.
The complex is truly unique for it's attention to detail and complexity. It was designed for internal infrastructure, the comfort of its inhabitants, as well as safety. Many call this complex a concrete jungle. However, this is the only shortcoming it has, sporting a garden full of exotic trees, and a pool which will be finished by early 2017.

 I don't think its worth describing the actual complex, as it's easy to find the details online. I want to concentrate on both the qualities that make this complex desirable not only for purchase, but for rent, and also on the apartment rental prices in Novopecherskie Lipki.

Apartment rental is my specialization going on 20 years. I love Kiev. Ive lived here with my family for 7 generations, and because of this, I know the best areas to live in Kiev.

When this complex was just being built, I did have some doubts that the developer would complete such an ambitious project. There were rumors even then that an existing tank polygon and neighbout "khrushevka's", and a complecated way to the complex, would negatively impact the project, as well as the sheer massiveness of the project, and the multitude of buildings under construction would complicate the lives of the local inhabitants. But the developers managed to achieve all of it.
Today, approximately 30% of my clients ask for an apartment in Novopecherskie Lipki. Why this place so desirable? What makes the exposure time (the time between placing an apartment on the market, until the closing of the deal) so minimal by comparison to the other houses in Kiev? The majority of my clients are foreign, yet even they hear good reviews about Novopecherskie Lipki through word of mouth.

1.      Safety

The space is guarded, in the parking lot entrance theres security and a schlagbaum. Truth be told, keeping in mind the substantial flow of people, who not only live, but also work in the complex, security rarely stops cars for checks. Despite this, the physical presence of guards on the property is reassuring.
More importantly, there are guards in each section of the building. And these aren't grandma concierges, but actual militarized (armed) guards. In a fenced in complex with security, when you walk out of your house with your child you can be sure of your safety.

2.      Custodial service

The complex has it's own custodial staff. According to tenant testimonials, their service is efficient and bills don't increase because of it (utility bills of any building can be found here: But I think that the main evidence of the quality of this project is the cleanliness of the complex. Last year, there was a snowfall that lasted 4 days, and Novopecherskiye Lipki appeared to be the only place without snow. It's actually the first living complex which introduced an actual concierge service for the tenants.

3.      The Comprehensiveness of Infrastructure

Novopecherskie Lipki are reminiscent of a small city with it's own infrastructure, with all of life's necessities. Here, you can send a child to school or kindergarten, and to afterschool programs. There's a huge fitness center with a pool, tennis courts and classes, playgrounds, a park, restaurants and cafes. There's a laundry, bank, shops, galleries, and even a supermarket. There's even an open pool which is just about finished undergoing construction. All in all, everything your heart desires!

4.      Parking

During the development process the designers made sure to have somewhat upwards of one underground parking space per apartment. Understandably, tenants of this class, living in this type of building have more than one car per family, but even this concern is addressed. Along the roads of the complex, theres clearly defined and guarded free parking. I often visit this complex in the day, notice that all the parking spaces are taken, and have to ride around looking for one. That's why if you're renting an apartment in the complex, it's important to register a parking spot.

There are also guarded paid parking lots, if you're leaving your car for an extended period of time and are worried about it's safety. These parking lots are mostly used by office employees and are located on the first two floors of buildings.
Subground and above ground parking is rentable both from private owners, who bought a spot, and from ZhJeK. On average, renting an underground parking space from private owners would cost you $100/mo., and from ZhJeK $150/mo. Services are paid for separately, about $12/spot/mo.

As for rental prices in Novopecherskie Lipki, they depend, as always on:

  • Area/sq.m
  • Average cost of furnishings,
  • The view

Average apartment rental prices per mo.:

  • Studio $800-$1400
  • 1-bedroom $1200 - $2500
  • 2-bedroom $2000-$5000
  • 3-bedroom $3500-$8000
  • 4-bedroom $6000 -$8000

Usually, the exposure time of studios and one-bedrooms apartments in Novopecherskie Lipki doesn't exceed 15 days. Of course there are times when an apartment sits on the market for too long, but this is usually exclusively the fault of the landlord; either the price is too high, or the interior design is too exclusive.

Apartment sale prices in Novopecherskie Lipki (prices given for studio apt.):

Sale for 1м2 w/o renovation, houses under construction
$2 250
$2 550
Sale for 1м2 w/o renovation, completed houses
$2 500
$2 750
Sale for 1м2 w/o renovation,  secondary market
$2 457
$3 040
Sale for 1м2 w7th renovation and furnishings
$3 850
$4 200

Keep in mind that during the last months, the developer has raised the prices so high, that you can buy an apartment on the secondary market even cheaper than directly from the developer on the primary market.

Below you'll find market information for Novopecherskie Lipki.
Link to the virtual tour of the complex:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

On the Specifics of Ukrainian Landlords

The rental market in Ukraine is relatively young and doesn't yet have strict rules of renter-landlord interaction. It's possible because of this, that foreign first-time lessees sometimes find certain things strange. Further on we'll examine the main differences between the Ukrainian and foreign apartment rental market. 

Landlords prefer fixed rental prices in euros or dollars.

This fact is easy to explain when you take into account the constant devaluation of the national currency. In signing a long term rental contract, the owner insures themselves from the possible fall of their revenue. Actually, listing rental prices in foreign currency is a violation of Ukraine regulations, and yet, owners continue to find loopholes.

Landlords dislike registering tenants

According to regulations, foreigners who arrive to work in Ukraine need to register their place of residence. It seems like there's nothing difficult about this if you have a lease. However, this problem is deeply rooted in the Soviet past. In the Soviet Union, (and up until 2001 in Ukraine), there was a complicated registration procedure. Government registration was mandatory for all citizens, and we were responsible for any violations.

Registration, far from having one purpose, also functioned as a way to distribute housing, subsidies, medical services, education, military, etc. This way, citizens who were assigned an apartment had claimed to it. Now, it’s become a problem. Regardless of the fact that registration has long been simplified and has a different role in daily life, apartment property owners are reluctant to register their renters, being inclined to believe that this registration somehow gives the lessees their own right to the property. As a matter of fact, in April 2016, the registration process was amended and simplified for both citizens and foreign renters.

Landlords don't ask recommendations from renters.

The rental market is still young enough to form a tradition of asking recommendation letters from lessees. Some landlords don't even understand why they should document all the various rules of the lease, and instead sign one page rental agreements.

Landlords worry about their property

 It’s true that the relationship of Ukrainians to their real estate is more trepidatious than, for example, Americans’. For us, real estate is something that we pass on to our children, it’s something that carries weight and is incredibly important. This is probably what explains the lack of popularity of low-quality housing. A house should stand for generations. Because of this, owners expect very careful treatment of their apartments, and are grieved by any damage done to them.

These are probably the main, albeit not the only, specificities of Ukrainian apartment owners.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Oasis in Kiev or one of the best place to live in Kiev

Nikolska Slobodka & Levoberezhka. Metro station "Levoberezhna"

View on Raisy Okipnoy 16 and Raisy Okipnoy 10 & 10a buildings from the bridge between Levoberezhny and Rusanovka

I was recently frustrated by a review of a Dnepr neighborhood written by a Kiev journalist. In the article, he said that the Dnepr neighborhood was"dirt and water." This really bothered me. How about Rusanovskaya Riverbank, or Nikolskaya Slobodka, or Pozniaki, or Telbin Pond, or the riviera? Are these all also "dirt and water"? Why throw these insults? The Dnepr neighborhood is 66km2 and has 330,000 residents. Yes, it has some less prosperous areas, but mostly, there are new buildings, beautiful parks, and the Dnepr river with its beaches.

View to new buildings of Nikolska Slobodka. Kyiv

In this article, I'd like to focus on the massive Levoberezhka (left bank), and Nikolskaya Slobodka, both beautiful modern residential goliaths, located right next to the Levoberezhnaya subway stop.
The residents of these microneighborhoods have access to all the amenities in this resort town. There's a sand beach on the Dnepr, floating restaurants, the sports fields in the Hydropark, and a manicured park along the Rusanovskaya Riverbank. In the summer these microneighborhoods really do resemble a resort. People in swimsuits and flip flops, holding towels and balloon floats, head out en masse to the Dnepr, across the Rusanovskaya Riverbank.

View to the right bank of Kyiv from Rusanovsky bridge

Dozens of great restaurants along the riverbank make this street a real promenade. Nowhere else in Kiev did I ever see so many health enthusiasts. Starting early in the morning, young and old, they head out for a run in the park. And the fields, sporting outdoor exercise machines, are never empty. Even in the winter, the street never dies down, from the constant current of “morzhi”, cold weather swimmers. Most importantly, all of this is within 10-15 minutes away from the subway, and only 4 stops away from Khreschiatyka.

School 128

Statistically, according to children's polyclinics,  these microneighborhoods are regarded as some of the most environmentally clean in Kiev, and clean air means less illness.

As for schools, Rusanovskiy Licée and school №128 regularly lead in educational quality ratings, and when you count exit exams, they outperform other schools. And, after renovations, school №128 now boasts not only modern classrooms, but also a modern swimming pool.

Now let's examine the real estate market in these microneighborhoods. The microneighborhoods themselves finished construction by the late 70s. Then in 2002, there was a rebuilding of the area. Due to that, you can now feel a difference in the quality of the buildings that arose even within a few years of each other. One of the main differences that is reflected in, are the prices.
Let's take a look at the new buildings in these microneighborhoods. These include the residential houses on P. Okipnoy St., Nikolsko-Slobodskoy and Lunacharskovo, the last two streets with older architecture, and thus, lower prices.

There's a special proposition on Levoberezhnaya, a residential house with the address of 16 P. Okipnoy St. Here the rental prices are a level higher than that of the rest of the houses in this microneighborhood. This  is due to the class of building, better security and the quality of its apartments (area, view and construction).

Lobby of residential building at 16 Raisy Okipnoy St

View from an apartment of the residential building at 16 Raisy Okipnoy St

Below are the apartment sale prices on the same streets. Of course, the apartments for sale have been renovated.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


 Today is my fist post in this blog and at the same time is a start of heating season. Heating season in Ukraine is the period from early fall to the spring during which additional heat is needed to keep houses comfortable for occupants.

 Usually, a heating season in Ukraine starts either from October 15th and finishes on April 15th or it can start is the temperature is below 8C. For example in 2015 heating season started October 1st and last until April 30th. This year it starts on October, 14. It means that the transition to the temperature conditions for the heating season throughout the country will take place on October 14-15, which is 5-10 days earlier than usual. 

Generally, the duration of that season depends on such factors as temperature regime, the amount of the planned budget expenditures with the price of gas, and the possibility of thermal infrastructure. And the second factor may play a crucial role in determining the heating season opening and duration. This explains regular heat outages that even occur without prior notification. 

 This year Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center (НС) forecasts that the heating season, from the viewpoint of temperature conditions, will last no less than 160-180 days. This was stated by Anatoly Prokopenko, thewinterDeputy Director of HC during the annual conference. At the same time, according to weather the winter 2016 – 2017 will be relatively warm as it has been in the last few years. According to the HC, after October 13, daytime temperatures in Kyiv and most parts of the country will not exceed 6-7°C, and it starts to rain and snow. 

It is well known that conflict with Russian Federation negatively affected the price of the gas supplied to Ukraine. According to the thoughts of the head of country's main energetic company, in terms of coal shortage, Ukraine will have to launch the oil-gas units of the central power plant. This is one of the least expensive heating options, which may be used. Nevertheless, the head of state assured that there are no reasons for concern.