One of The Three Villages of central Malta, Lija or Hal-Lija is cosily nestled next to the busier and larger towns of Balzan and Attard, and completes the trio of beautiful old locations in this part of the island. Quite upmarket and endowed with a quiet atmosphere and serene surroundings, Lija indeed has a long history that goes back to ancient history.
Sought After Areas
San Anton Gardens
The Citrus Festival
Villa Gourgion Depiro
Apartments in Lija – Summary
Lija's real estate market rests on the fact that it is an urban conservation area. All old houses, villas and palazzos have to maintain their typical characteristics intact. New buildings or developments within Lija have to respect this and key features of facades include wrought iron balconies, railings or window embellishments, traditional carved stonework and typical wooden balconies. This is the place to find the traditional gentleman's residence, endowed with garden, and several beautifully traditional features.
The real estate market is one that is very sought after owing to the fact that once you own a property in Lija, the likeliness that you will ever sell or move out is practically nil, unless of course, you find another home in the area. This makes the supply of property at a very minimum that also keeps prices at stable growth.
Prices in Lija
2015 3 bedroom apartment cost €200,000 to buy
2015 3 bedroom apartment cost €700 to rent monthly
Why Live in Lija?
If you drive through Lija you will notice that it is very well kept and though it is a quiet town it is ever so close to all amenities including the University of Malta, Mater Dei General Hospital and plenty of shopping opportunities. The town is located practically a ten minutes drive to Sliema, the Malta International Airport in Luqa and less than that to get to San Anton Palace.
Lija is not of any shopping importance but its close proximity to the busy towns of Birkirkara, Naxxar and Mosta means it is only a few kilometres away from it all. A few quiet coffee shops or restaurants may be located at its extremities.
Lija is known for its old palazzos all of which, from time immemorial, have enjoyed large and luscious gardens brimming with citrus fruits - oranges, lemons and mandarins of superior deliciousness. Lija incidentally celebrates the Citrus Festival in January.
Little roads and alleyways of noble houses allow one to take several pictures, or make artistic sketches of this typically upmarket Maltese village. It is interesting to note that the large University Residence of the University of Malta is located in Lija and welcomes hundreds of international students each