Mets: Central and classy real estate in Athens
Underrated by many, a treasured secret for others. Mets is an area that combines just about everything on offer in Athens.
Just a 10 minute walk to Syntagma Square and the Plaka area, Mets is a quiet, leafy neighbourhod in the heart of the city. Sitting on top of Ardittos hill, apartments in Mets offer spectacular views of the Acropolis that can't be found elsewhere. A favourite haunt of artists and intellectuals over the years, Mets is often likened to Paris' Montmarte, an area known for its artistic history.
"When you walk through Mets, you get the feeling that people here still take afternoon naps," writes Greek musician Foivos Delivorias, a longtime resident of Mets, on Lifo.gr.
The suburb rests between Ardettos Hill, the First Cemetery of Athens and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It has picturesque streets, features well maintained neo classical buildings, and homes with influences of Bauhaus architecture. Unlike many parts of Athens, there are no abandoned buildings here.
"The neoclassical houses, which are the work of some exceptional architects, and low rise apartments, thanks to building restrictions introduced in 1993, have helped turned Mets into a favourite hang out for the artistic world," says Evita Eleftheroudaki, owner of real estate brokerage Epsilon Team.
"The fabulous views of the Acropolis on offer also draw intellectuals and foreign buyers," she adds.
A major drawcard is the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro, where the first modern Olympic Games were held. A track alongside the stadium's upper rim is a popular training run for local joggers, while the adjoining Ardittos woods provide a breathe of fresh air to the neighbourhood. Across the road from Panathinaic stadium, several foreign embassies can be found, in a reflection of the international flavour of the neighbourhood.
Towards the east, lies the First Cemetery, a 170,00-square-metre necropolis that is officially a national museum, where a number of key Greek figures have been buried, including former prime ministers and film stars.
Like just about any Athens neighbourhood