I’m moving to Milan, where should I live?

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I’m moving to Milan, where should I live? 

Well, my suggestions (and favorite areas of town) for a young professional moving to Milan would be:

Brera/Solferino: prices are outrageous but if it is short term, it will be very memorable to have lived in the center of town. There are also some of the old canals and winding cobblestone roads.

Porta Romana: near enough to the center and far enough removed to not be so chaotic. Anywhere between metro stops Crocetta and Pt. Ramana is a great location.

Magenta/Vincenzo Monti: is very central, and very charming and close to the Parco Sempione, – great if you have a dog or like playing Frisbee/jogging on the weekends.

Corso Sempione: No metro stops bu very accessible by tram line 1 that goes right into the center. The area is very residential and quiet on the weekends. There is also alot of greenery around. Rental prices will be higher closest to Arco della Pace (Parco Sempione).

Città Studi: a bit off the center, but it is an affordable area- near the university. The buildings are typical block apartments usually but there is allot of green and park areas. You will need a scooter, transportation is a bummer from that area.

Naviglio: the old canals and cobble stone streets are very charming. There is a lively cafè and pub culture, especially in the summer. The buildings are usually called ‘ringhiera’ characterized by long balconies connecting each apartment. The weekend markets could prove to be a burden or a blessing- depending on what you think of Sunday markets.

All of these areas are quite easy to get to Linate airport for national traveling and easy to get to Cadorna station for the Malpensa express.

If you want to live in Suburbia, there are areas like:

Arese, Milano 2, Milano 3, and San Felice, that all offer apartment complexes. Some are closed communities. You will need a car.

Live in another city and commute to Milan:

Monza  – 10 minutes train commute

Varese – 54 minute train commute

Live on Lake Como and commute to Milan:

Lecco – 40 minute train commute

Como -36 minute train commute

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Celia Abernethy

Celia is the founder and managing editor at MilanoStyle.com. Originally from New York, she now spends her time between Milan and Lake Como sharing her discoveries and experiences living in Italy. Follow @CeliaAbernethy on Twitter