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My wife and I are planning to move to Prague - this year, if possible - and we are looking at accommodation options.

All the research I have done seems to suggest that living in a panelak could be the best option for us - we really just want to find a place with a decent amount of space in a safe area with good transport links.

Would posters agree that this is the best option? We don't speak Czech yet (but we are learning) and the rental agencies I have found don't seem to list panelaks.

I am planning to go to Prague for a few days to try to arrange a place to stay before we move. Does anyone have any advice?
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23-07-07, 01:27 PM

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A panelek should be cheaper, they look awful and you can hear the drunken neighbours beating their wives, but they're as safe as any other type of building and some look quite nice inside.
Just make sure you're not paying over the odds.
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23-07-07, 01:34 PM

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Just make sure you're not paying over the odds.


What should we expect to pay?
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23-07-07, 01:41 PM

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Blimey, I'm not sure. I would imagine a panel of the same size and neighbourhood of a brick building may be 20% cheaper? I'm sure those that rent them will be able to help more.
You need to check all prices as some landlords will charge more as a foreigner, if they think you'll pay it.
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23-07-07, 01:45 PM

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Bernie,
In the whole issue, not the material (concrete panels) but the location matters. So there are good panelaks and bad panelaks, some of them renovated, some of them not, some are quite nice neighbourhoods and some are quite ghettos. If you lived in apartment complex before then most of them will not make any difference. If you lived in a detached house before then you would definitely go on a lower standard even in a four rooms flat situated in the best panelak of Prague.
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23-07-07, 02:04 PM

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Bernie,
In the whole issue, not the material (concrete panels) but the location matters. So there are good panelaks and bad panelaks, some of them renovated, some of them not, some are quite nice neighbourhoods and some are quite ghettos. If you lived in apartment complex before then most of them will not make any difference. If you lived in a detached house before then you would definitely go on a lower standard even in a four rooms flat situated in the best panelak of Prague.


Thanks for the advice. I have lived in tenement flats in Glasgow for years so I'm used to living close to the neighbours (even the alcoholics), though always in quite reasonable areas. As far as I can tell Prague has no areas like the worst housing schemes of Glasgow. I don't think we'd be put off by the "rougher" parts of Prague after living all our lives in Glasgow but we do want a relatively safe district.

We don't mind the area being a bit run down and we don't need luxury - just an apartment in reasonable condition with modest amenities in an area well served by trams, buses or metro.
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23-07-07, 02:41 PM

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Hi Bernie,
See, for sure you already know the weather is going to be better most days around your Prague flat :-).
I lived in Praha-Vrsovice in one of those old fashioned but small flats once, that would still be considered as city centre. And then I moved to panelak, and have to say the life in panelak was a better quality. Something of this living in old-Prague-feeling was definitely lost when I moved to Prague-Panelaks-Suborbs but that was just it. What only pissed me off was the fact that a parked car had quite reasonable chance to be stolen overnight in many public parking areas around panelaks. Some of the houses had a possibility of fenced supervised parkings.
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23-07-07, 03:32 PM

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