Östermalm (a prime area) has the highest property prices in the entire country. The diverse housing options in this affluent district of Stockholm include ambassadorial villas in Diplomatstaden, more than 2,000 affordable housing units for Stockholm University students in Lappkärberget, modernist apartments for young professionals in Gärdet, and large single-family homes along tree-lined lanes in Narvavägen and Karlavägen.
Nature escapes can be found in Norra Djurgården, which has a small forest and the National City Park. Cultural and entertainment centres are scattered around Östermalm as well, including the Gröna Lund Amusement Park and a number of museums, such as the Skansen, an open-air museum that showcases Swedish architecture, and the Vasa Maritime Museum.
Gärdet is one of the largest residential developments in Stockholm, consisting of about 100 modernist apartment buildings, many of them around the landscaped Tessin Park. They range in height from four to nine storeys, and most of the flats are studio, 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom apartments. There are also some villas on the north side of the park. About 10,000 people live here.
The exclusive neighbourhood of Diplomatstaden gets its name from the embassies within it, particularly along Dag Hammarskjölds Väg, and the ambassadors’ residences along Nobelgatan. Many of the homes here are large brick villas built almost a century ago.