Berlin-Lichtenberg, Pfarrstraße 118 / Kaskelstraße 10
Sale of condominiums
Built toward the end of the nineteenth century, this stucco period building sits right on the edge of popular Kaskelkiez, on the corner of the street that lent its name to the quarter and Pfarrstrasse, an opulently decorated street. The highly presentable corner building divides into 28 residential units that are accessed either from Kaskelstrasse or via the entranceway on Pfarrstrasse.
The building is part of the extended conservation area along Pfarrstrasse and is subject to the Kaskelstrasse/Viktoriastadt preservation statute.
Its risers, the heating system and the electricity sub-distribution unit were replaced in 1999. Within the framework of the façade refurbishment and the thermal insulation on the yard side, balconies were added to many of the flats in 2011. On the court side, the windows are double-glazed, while on the street-side, the listed double-cased windows have been preserved.
Countless historic details such as the perfectly preserved stucco façade, plaster cornices in many of the flats, elegant staircases and painstakingly crafted entrance doors make this a property that flaunts the unmistakeable charm of Berlin’s heritage buildings of the Belle Époque like few others.
Moreover, being good neighbours is more than just a phrase in this residential community. Especially during the summer months, the lovingly decorated inner courtyard is used for joint barbecues or small neighbourhood parties in the evening.
Location and Infrastructure
Lichtenberg is gradually evolving into Berlin’s latest trendy district. Here, the city’s bourgeois elite rubs shoulders with its sub-culture and clubland scene. One set seeks to escape the bustle of the inner city whereas the others are on the run from rising rent rates and the square sobriety of downtown Berlin. Over time, the brownfield sites of Rummelsburg were rediscovered, both by the city’s club scene and by property developers. Increasingly, vibrant new residential quarters are emerging that will permanently change the character of the borough.
Over the past few years, Rummelsburg has undergone an impressive development. In addition to the waterfront locations, the district’s excellent infrastructure creates ideal conditions for urban residential quarters with superior recreational benefits. One of the most popular quarters in the area is the Kaskelkiez block, which is not unlike Prenzlauer Berg with its numerous cafés, restaurants and galleries in well-appointed period buildings.
Boxed in between railway rights-of-way and office buildings, Viktoriastadt (the official name) or Kaskelkiez (its popular moniker) is quite a gem on the riverbank of Rummelsburger Bucht. With its very well preserved building fabric from the late nineteenth century, which has now been almost fully refurbished, the locality embodies the old Berlin more than almost any other district. The fact is reflected in the outstanding infrastructure and in the community spirit of the local residents.
Lichtenberg’s sluggish progress in catching up with modern times actually works in Rummelsburg’s favour today. The growing demand for accommodation is spurring the upward push of property prices. As a result, the urban development here retains its brisk momentum.