Riga - Post Report Question and Answers
What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?
Housing is mostly in large apartments in the city center, often in beautiful 19th century Art-Nouveau buildings. There are a few townhouses and stand alone homes, but there aren't that many and they are far from the city. Commute times are very reasonable, even during major winter storms. Generally people love their housing. - Mar 2022
You have a choice between city apartments, townhouses across the river, and larger townhouses with some yard near the international school. The longest commute would be about 20 minutes It takes us about 15 minutes from Old Riga. - Jul 2017
We have a very cozy townhouse between Riga city center and the U.S. Embassy. Our neighborhood is quiet, peaceful, and safe. We can walk to Old Riga (about 35 minutes), or ride our bikes, drive, or take a bus. The commute to the embassy is about 10 minutes by car; 20 by bike; 15-20 by bus. - Sep 2016
For USG types, it's mostly apartments in the center of town. Unfortunately they're getting rid of nice old apartments in historic districts with newer units out in the sticks where the new Embassy will open soon. - Jul 2010
USG housing is all within a 15 min. walk from the embassy and is spacious in downtown area. Some do not have elevators or the elevators are very small. - Aug 2008