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What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Nice townhouse. Not as nice as our housing in Africa. - Oct 3, 2017
We live in a townhouse-style home in an upper class neighborhood, with a 20-minute commute to the American embassy and a 30-minute commute to our daughter's school. Other families live in apartments downtown, houses in a town 30 minutes away from downtown, and everywhere in between. Many houses are nice, but many are not. There is a good bit of dissatisfaction with housing. - Jan 15, 2017
Athens is a cosmopolitan city with a nice variety of housing available, from downtown apartments, to more spacious housing in the suburbs. Expat families choose to live in the northern suburbs where larger housing is available and where the international schools are located. Commute times can be lengthy due to traffic sometimes. On a really bad weekday, commute times can be 45 minutes to an hour from the northern suburbs to downtown. - Dec 20, 2016
Housing is primarily apartments: closer to the Embassy is more crowded and less space, but shorter commute time. The northern suburbs are larger, but the commute, for less than 10 miles, takes an hour or more. Driving is horrendous in Athens. The drivers do not follow laws and basically drive like idiots. The first time I stopped at a stop sign near my home the driver behind me honked (note: they do not stop at stop signs). - Sep 7, 2013
Apartments and houses in the northern suburbs, near where the Embassy is located. Better climate and houses in the southern suburbs. Traffic in Athens can be horrible, although the small Metro has helped alleviate some of it. - Jul 14, 2012
Embassy housing varies greatly. The closer to the embassy you are, the smaller the house you get. Commute times are really long if you live more than 5 miles from the embassy. Except in August. There is no traffic then. - Jun 30, 2010
Large beautiful homes can be had if you want to live in Kifissia. It can take 45 min to an hour on a bad day, although it is less than 10 miles to the Embassy. Not a lot of parks in this area. Psychico and Filothei are closer to the Embassy, less than 5 miles with lots of green parks/playgrounds. Kolonaki is great for couples with out children. Most housing is apartments, and they almost all have balconies. - Jan 6, 2009
Usually apartments. The farther you get from the Embassy, the nicer they get. - Dec 27, 2008
We live in Kifissia. It takes about an hour to get to the US Embassy when the traffic is heavy, which is any time after 8 am. There are some back ways to get around the heavily congested Kiffissias Avenue, but it takes time to figure them out. I highly recommend using a GPS device. - Jun 20, 2008