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We surveyed over the 5 most popular Medellín neighborhoods for expats to find out current costs to buy new apartments in Medellín.

We previously looked at the prices to rent apartments in the 5 most popular Medellín neighborhoods for expats.

Several Medellin Guru readers have also asked about the costs to buy new apartments. So, we first look at the cost to buy new apartments in Medellín in this article.

The following table summarizes the findings of our survey of costs to buy new apartments in Medellín:

Average unfurnished apartment rental costs

Understanding Estratos in Colombia

It is very important to understand estratos when looking at neighborhoods in Colombia. Residential properties in Colombia are ranked in a socioeconomic scale, which are known as “estratos”. Estratos in Colombia run from 1 to 6, as follows:

  1. Low-low class (bajo-bajo)
  2. Low class (bajo)
  3. Low-middle class (medio-bajo)
  4. Middle class (medio)
  5. Middle-high class (medio-alto)
  6. High class (alto) – the wealthiest

In addition, it is important to understand that middle class in Colombia is not the same as middle class in a wealthy country like the U.S. Also, the wealthy estrato 6 in Colombia represents only about 3 to 4 percent of housing in Colombia.

The majority of Colombians live in estrato 1, 2 or 3 neighborhoods, which represents about 80 percent of the housing in Colombia. And most foreigners tend to live in estratos 3 to 6.

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Estrato 6 apartment buildings near Santafé mall in El Poblado, Medellín
Estrato 6 apartment buildings near Santafé mall in El Poblado, Medellín

1. El Poblado

El Poblado is the most popular neighborhood for foreigners living in or visiting Medellín. In addition, El Poblado is considered the most upscale neighborhood in the city of Medellín.

El Poblado is where the most hotels, hostels and furnished apartments catering to foreigners are located. So, El Pobaldo is where most foreign visitors to Medellín stay. El Poblado is known as Comuna 14 and it has 22 barrios.

El Poblado is the wealthiest neighborhood in Medellín. El Poblado is primarily an Estrato 6 neighborhood with about 74 percent of the households rated at estrato 6. Also, it’s where the most expensive real estate and most expensive apartment rentals in the city tend to be located.

Most of the housing in El Poblado is located in high-rise apartments. And some of the high-rises in El Poblado have spectacular views of the city.

  • Population: 132.688

  • Number of projects: 36

  • Average price to Buy: 26.662 per m2

A typical Laureles street
A typical Laureles street

2. Laureles-Estadio 

Laureles-Estadio is another popular neighborhood for foreigners living in Medellín. It has many areas with tree-lined streets and much fewer high-rise apartments than are found in El Poblado.

Also, Laureles is primarily a residential neighborhood. Laureles-Estadio is known as Comuna 11 and it has 15 barrios (neighborhoods).

Laureles-Estadio is home of Estadio Atanasio Giradot, which is the stadium where Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medellin play fútbol matches. Also, near the stadium is a huge sports complex that has an Olympic size pool; basketball, volleyball and tennis courts; velodrome and many other sports arenas.

The first unfurnished apartment I rented in Medellín was located in Estadio near the stadium. Laureles-Estadio is primarily an estrato 4 and 5 neighborhood with about 99 percent of the homes rated as estrato 4 or 5.

There aren’t many new apartment projects in Laureles-Estadio, as this neighborhood is built-out and new projects tend to be replacements of older buildings.

  • Population: 122.972

  • Number of projects: 9

  • Average price to Buy: 29.311 per m2

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A view from the hills of Envigado
A view from the hills of Envigado

3. Envigado

Laureles-Estadio is another popular neighborhood for foreigners living in Medellín. It has many areas with tree-lined streets and much fewer high-rise apartments than are found in El Poblado.

Also, Laureles is primarily a residential neighborhood. Laureles-Estadio is known as Comuna 11 and it has 15 barrios (neighborhoods).

Laureles-Estadio is home of Estadio Atanasio Giradot, which is the stadium where Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medellin play fútbol matches. Also, near the stadium is a huge sports complex that has an Olympic size pool; basketball, volleyball and tennis courts; velodrome and many other sports arenas.

The first unfurnished apartment I rented in Medellín was located in Estadio near the stadium. Laureles-Estadio is primarily an estrato 4 and 5 neighborhood with about 99 percent of the homes rated as estrato 4 or 5.

There aren’t many new apartment projects in Laureles-Estadio, as this neighborhood is built-out and new projects tend to be replacements of older buildings.

  • Population: 232.900

  • Number of projects: 41

  • Average price to Buy: 26.895 per m2

Pool with a view at the apartment complex in Belén where I lived for two years
Pool with a view at the apartment complex in Belén where I lived for two years

4. Belén

Belén is a neighborhood that is slowing becoming more popular for foreigners living in Medellín. Belén is located west of El Poblado on the other side of the Medellín river. Also, Belén is located south of Laureles-Estadio.

Belén is considered a middle-class area except that it has more of a blue-collar feel. Belén is known as Comuna 16 and it has 22 barrios (neighborhoods). In Belén, 98 percent of the housing in estrato 2 to 5 and only 2 percent in estrato 1.

Similar to Laureles/Estadio, in Belén you will find many tree-lined streets lined with one-story, two-story and three-story attached homes that are more difficult to find in El Poblado. In addition, Belén has some areas with high-rise apartment buildings, especially in the Loma de los Bernal barrio.

Furthermore, Belén is the comuna where I lived for over four years in three different barrios (Fatima, Loma de Los Bernal and Los Alpes).

Belén like Laureles-Estadio is nearly built out and has few new apartment projects.

  • Population: 197.493

  • Number of projects: 6

  • Average price to Buy: 24.938 per m2

Apartment buildings in Sabaneta near Aves Maria mall
Apartment buildings in Sabaneta near Aves Maria mall

5. Sabaneta

Sabaneta is located directly south of Envigado. Sabaneta is a separate municipality from Medellín, like Envigado. Sabaneta has been booming with developers building many apartment buildings over the past several years. With all the new apartment buildings in the area there are many unfurnished rentals available.

Sabaneta has a total area of about 5.8 square miles, which makes it the smallest municipality in all of Colombia. The Sabaneta municipality has 31 barrios (neighborhoods).

Much of the daily life in Sabaneta is centered around Parque Sabaneta, which is a one square block plaza that is filled with trees for shade. Also, this park is surrounded by several small restaurants, bars and shops.

In addition, Sabaneta has become increasingly popular with foreigners looking for an alternative. Rentals in Sabaneta can be much cheaper than in El Poblado, Envigado or Laureles-Estadio.

Sabaneta is more of a working-class community. 98 percent of the housing in Sabaneta is estrato 2 to 4. And only 2 percent is estrato 1, 5 or 6.

I currently live in Sabaneta. I have lived in Sabaneta for over three years and I hear English more and more around town as more foreigners discover this area.

  • Population: 103.217

  • Number of projects: 43

  • Average price to Buy: 23.206 per m2

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Medellin Guru's guide to buying, selling and renting apartments and choosing a neighborhood

On the Medellin Guru website, we have a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to buying, selling, and renting apartments and choosing a neighborhood in Medellin found in several articles, including:

Buying and Selling Apartments

Renting Unfurnished Apartments:

Renting Furnished Apartments:

Choosing a Neighborhood in Medellin:

Also, we have several articles that can be used to help foreigners choose a neighborhood in Medellin:

The Bottom Line: Current Costs to Buy New Apartments in Medellín

The different neighborhoods in Medellín offer a wide range of costs to buy new apartments. El Poblado remains the most popular neighborhood for foreigners out of all of the Medellín neighborhoods.

But El Poblado has the highest average costs to buy new apartments in Medellín, as seen in our above survey results. Also, El Poblado has the highest average costs for buying used apartments and renting unfurnished or furnished apartments.

Furthermore, new home prices in Medellín have been increasing at a faster pace then inflation. According to DANE, new home prices increased 8.5 percent in the past year in Medellín.

The bottom line is you have many neighborhood choices in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley and to each his own, everyone’s priorities are different. Also, there are a wide range of amenities and a wide range of cost-of-living.

Used apartments in Medellín can be purchased for significantly lower prices than new apartments. And the prices can vary dramatically depending on the age, location and amenities of apartments. We plan to look at the prices for used apartments in Medellín in a future article.

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