Bogotá, recognized for its urban development, It has also earned a reputation that it would not want to bear: the desperate traffic jams that torment its citizens. The particular mobility problem makes nearly 2.5 million inhabitants decide to use public transport every day, an efficient option to save time and money.
These conditions make Transmilenio play a fundamental role in the daily life of Bogotanos and living near a trunk line becomes essential if what is sought is precisely to save time. Taking all this into account, a question arises as to the decision to move closer to the big streets where this transportation system travels. Is living near Transmilenio more expensive or cheaper?
To answer this question, the specialized portal Properati calculated the average rental price for around 79 Transmilenio stations out of the 138 that exist. In addition, they also calculate how much these increase or decrease compared to the average rent of the surrounding neighborhoods.
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The results of the study showed that in 58 percent of the stations near Transmilenio, the average rent is lower compared to neighboring or neighboring neighborhoods.
Among these, for example, Carrera 53 stands out in the town of Engativá, since the rents of the sector are 40 percent less, than neighboring neighborhoods such as Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Simón Bolívar and Los Andes, according to Properati. A similar behavior is replicated in Calle 19, (37 percent), Salitre El Greco (29 percent), Prado (27 percent) and Avenida 39 (27 percent).
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In contrast, in 42 percent of nearby stations in the study, the rental
is higher than that of neighboring neighborhoods. The most representative case of this behavior is 21 Angels in Suba. In this sector the cost of living for rent is 79 percent more than in neighboring neighborhoods. According to Properati, the variation is given by «the offer of luxury apartments on the avenue and the Cerros de Suba».
Other visible cases where the rent is more expensive for living near a station is Virrey, with an increase of 71 percent compared to neighboring sectors, Maloka Time (54 percent), Calle 187 (47 percent) and De La Sabana (40 percent).
The stations with the most expensive rent
The results of the study showed that the most expensive rents are found mainly around the North Freewaybetween the towns of Chapinero and Suba.
The most prominent case of this relationship is the Virrey station, where the average price of nearby rentals is around 4,811,043 Colombian pesos; followed by Calle 106 and Calle 85, with a rental cost of around 4,289,143 and 4,004,614, respectively.
Other similar examples from the sector It is the Calle 100 station, where the average rental price reaches 3,976,442 pesos. However, the ranking of the five most expensive places to live ends with a location that is not on the North trunk line, but on the Suba. This is Gratamira, where the average rental price reaches 3,909,999 pesos.
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The sectors near the cheapest stations to live
On the contrary, the surroundings of the Portal de las Américas, in the town of Kennedy, are the ones with the cheapest rents close to the transportation system. In these places the rent reaches an average price of 801,773 pesos.
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And they are accompanied by other sectors such as Carrera 53 on the Calle 80 trunk line in Engativá, with a cost of around 830,000 pesos and Ciudad Jardínin Antonio Nariño’s Tenth, with a rental price that is close to 830,603 pesos.
JUAN DAVID CANO LOPERA
SCHOOL OF MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM EL TIEMPO
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