Housing Prices in Lisbon Soared Over the Last 5 Years

Lisbon saw significant growth from 2016 until the third quarter of 2021.

In recent years, housing prices have been increasing throughout Portugal, both for new builds, existing housing, and even rentals. The country’s capital is no exception. Lisbon experienced significant growth from 2016 until the third quarter of 2021, according to data published by the real estate platform Brainsre.

During the first quarter of 2016, the price of new housing reached €4,151 per square metre, a relatively stable figure compared to the second quarter of 2018. However, price growth accelerated from that period onwards, reaching €6,062 per square metre in the fourth quarter of that same year. Average prices hit 6,718 euros per square metre in the third quarter of 2021.

In turn, second-hand housing also saw significant growth, though lower than new housing. At the beginning of 2016, the price of existing housing stood at €2,896 per square metre, while in the third quarter of 2021, it had reached €5,457 per square metre, almost doubling over the last five years.


Rental prices in the residential sector have also increased throughout the period under review, though they retreated after the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. The drop was likely due to the successive lockdowns, a reduction in travel and the absence of tourism, which forced a significant percentage of local accommodation units back on the long-term rental market. At the beginning of 2016, rentals had an average cost of €11/m2, rising to €16 in the second quarter of 2019, a figure that remained stable until the first quarter of 2020.  Prices began to drop during the second quarter of 2020, falling to €14.1 per square metre in the third quarter of 2021.

According to data from the real estate platform Brainsre, of the 24 parishes that make up Lisbon, the parish of Santo António reported the highest average prices in the city in the third quarter of 2021, at 7,164 euros per square metre. It was followed by the parishes of Misericórdia, Alcântara, Belém and Santa Maria Maior. In the middle of the table is the parish of Arroios, with an average value of 5,005 euros per square metre. Still in the city of Lisbon, but at the bottom of the ranking, are the parishes of Beato and Santa Clara, with average values of 3,627 euros per square meter and 2,821 euros per square meter, respectively.

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