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Mokotów - from a cluster of office buildings to diplomats villas

One of the key districts of Warsaw and home to 200,000 inhabitants. It offers everything from office buildings in Służewiec, through cozy tenement houses and former villas, to modern residential architecture.

Mokotów
Based in Warsaw, Poland
Mokotów
Based in Warsaw, Poland

General Info

Directly south of the centre, Mokotów’s vast footprint defies any easy attempt to classify the district. Home to well over 200,000 people, this sizeable area is a core part of Warsaw and though its subdivisions include many quiet and affluent neighbourhoods it would be wrong to think of Mokotów as merely a dormitory suburb. Służewiec, for instance, has emerged as one of the country’s major office hubs over the last 15-years. Although humorously nicknamed Mordor on account of its perceived commuter monoculture, its rows of glass office blocks have been considerably humanised in recent years and the sheer number of transnational firms that are present have helped neighbouring subdivisions blossom to contain vibrant international communities that are home to many short- and long-term expats. Quite often perceived as comfortably middle-class, there are also many highly-affluent nooks, and residents of these enjoy the many benefits associated with life in Mokotów. Straddling the middle ground between the centre and outliers like Wilanów, Mokotów bridges the best of both worlds to present attractions both large and small – from giant, landmark malls to tiny specialist stores, there is a social and visual variety here that simply does not exist in quite the same form anywhere else in Warsaw. Equally known for its lively restaurant and café scene, it is perhaps in these that the diverse spirit of Mokotów is best expressed.

Architecture & Property

Many of Mokotów’s more prestigious properties can be found in Stary Mokotów (Old Mokotów), an area whose architecture fluctuates between attractive pre-war modernist apartments to ostentatious villas and mansions – that many of these serve as ambassadorial residences says much for their size, quality, style and privacy. With swathes of Mokotów surviving WWII with just token grazes (some of which remain visible), the rich visual tapestry is a joy to see, even more so given that many of these architectural gems are squirreled down atmospheric tree-lined side streets. Heavily counter-balancing this are the communist tower blocks that dominate Stegny, though to all intents and purposes Mokotów is now fast becoming known for its new build solutions – covering varying income bands these include many premium investments such as the Fort Piłsudskiego villa development to the acclaimed Bialy Kamien apartment complex.

Architecture & Property

Many of Mokotów’s more prestigious properties can be found in Stary Mokotów (Old Mokotów), an area whose architecture fluctuates between attractive pre-war modernist apartments to ostentatious villas and mansions – that many of these serve as ambassadorial residences says much for their size, quality, style and privacy. With swathes of Mokotów surviving WWII with just token grazes (some of which remain visible), the rich visual tapestry is a joy to see, even more so given that many of these architectural gems are squirreled down atmospheric tree-lined side streets. Heavily counter-balancing this are the communist tower blocks that dominate Stegny, though to all intents and purposes Mokotów is now fast becoming known for its new build solutions – covering varying income bands these include many premium investments such as the Fort Piłsudskiego villa development to the acclaimed Bialy Kamien apartment complex.

Green & Recreational Areas

Mokotów has an abundance of greenery, yet nowhere (in the entire city) is as user-friendly as Pole Mokotowskie – this fact is underlined by Mokotowskie’s cycle paths, art trails, bars and the surprising presence of a golden retriever statue. Other highlights include Morskie Oko, a park scattered with Neo Gothic elements, Dreszera, a charming English-style garden that hosts jazz concerts in the summer, not to mention Służew, Poland’s most famous horseracing track. And there is Królikarnia (a.k.a. Arkadia), as well. Built in the 18th century for the hunting parties of Augustus II, today its grounds house an eccentric sculpture park that surrounds the former royal palace. Notably, Mokotów is fringed a number of military forts dating from the 19th century – often penned in by woodland, many of these brick shells have now been turned over to leading-edge gastronomic projects such as Fort 8.



Transport

Car: Mokotów’s main artery, Pulawska, and the area around Służewiec are prone to heavy rush-hour traffic. Outside of these though, the area is usually easily traversed by car.    

Cycling: buoyed by the number of young workers, cycle paths have become especially prominent around the office district. The main arteries leading to the centre remain under-served though this stands to be corrected.

Metro: Mokotów has five metro stations with the underground often regarded as the most convenient and efficient way to reach the centre.  

Airport: Poland’s busiest airport, Chopin, sits directly on Mokotów’s south-westerly border.

Transport

Car: Mokotów’s main artery, Pulawska, and the area around Służewiec are prone to heavy rush-hour traffic. Outside of these though, the area is usually easily traversed by car.    

Cycling: buoyed by the number of young workers, cycle paths have become especially prominent around the office district. The main arteries leading to the centre remain under-served though this stands to be corrected.

Metro: Mokotów has five metro stations with the underground often regarded as the most convenient and efficient way to reach the centre.  

Airport: Poland’s busiest airport, Chopin, sits directly on Mokotów’s south-westerly border.

Local Amenities

The area has many modern large-format malls, including the towering Plac Unii which rubs shoulders with the centre, and Galeria Mokotów. Marketed as Warsaw’s original modern generation retail centre when it opened in 2000.

Neither are public and private hospitals medical facilities in short supply with Damian, Lux-Med and Medicover all boasting a presence. The Canadian School of Warsaw has three campuses in the area, and there are also outposts of the Thames British School. Various Montessori schools further dot the map. The educational offer is broadened yet further when one considers the proximity of Wilanów to the south.

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