Top 5 Richest Neighborhoods In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic



Top 5 Richest Neighborhoods In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

In spite of the social inequality that may exist in the Dominican Republic, there are exclusive sectors where most of the commercial plazas, large towers, 5-star restaurants are located and which are close to the main arteries that connect the city.

These sectors have grown differently from other areas of the city, their growth has been vertical, due to the high cost of land, rent, and amenities found in these neighborhoods, they are popularly recognized as sectors where “the rich live”.

In Santo Domingo, being the capital of the Dominican Republic, there are the most expensive neighborhoods in the country (without fear of being wrong).

This list that I will put below, will be according to my criteria after living for more than 30 years in the city.

Although there are many other “rich” neighborhoods, I believe that the neighborhoods that I will put in this list are not in discussion, besides I will put some statistical data in terms of prices per M2 of land and apartment costs.

1-Los Cacicazgos

Undoubtedly the most expensive sector of Santo Domingo, although I will not list it in order of position, the Cacicazgos is the most expensive sector of the city with a price per M2 exceeding US$ 3,000 according to data I researched.

In this sector is located Anacaona Avenue, among the positive things of this sector, is the “Mirador Sur park”, which is located throughout Anacaona Avenue and functions as a “lung” of the southern part of the city.

The Mirador Sur Park is an impressive extension of green area, with interior streets prepared only for people to exercise, although there is one of the streets that is enabled for transit, it is closed at a specific time.

Another view of Anacaona Avenue, and part of the park extension.

On the other side of the Mirador Sur Park, there is an impressive ocean view, people who have apartments on Anacaona avenue have the view of the incredible extension of the park and then a wonderful ocean view, it is a simply great place to live.

I must emphasize that Anacaona Avenue does not have public transportation, so it is always fluid, the area is very safe and there are no marginalized neighborhoods around it.

Anacaona 27 tower

On Anacaona Avenue is the tallest tower in the Dominican Republic, and supposedly in the entire Caribbean, with 171 meters high and 41 floors.

The Anacaona 27 Tower is crowned with a three-level penthouse (3,097 square meters) valued at US$15 million dollars, the most expensive in the country and the largest.

I also read that it is the second largest penthouse in the world, so you can get an idea of the level of ostentation that is projected in this sector.

2-Bella Vista

House in Bella Vista, Santo Domingo, Rep.Dom.

Bella Vista is my favorite sector in the whole city, and it is the sector where I live… ok, I am not rich at all, I just found a good opportunity to live in this sector…

Bella Vista is relatively close to the Cacicazgos, in fact, the Mirador Sur park is a couple of corners away from the sector.

The sector of Bella Vista is a charming mix of houses and apartments, the houses are spectacular, although there are not many, the apartments are not much to my liking because in this sector there are many old apartments (really old).

Although modern apartments have been built, what I like most about this sector and that is why I prefer it above the others is its proximity to the main roads.

It is very close to the main arteries of the city, in addition, one of the streets of the sector (Romulo Betancourt-Bolivar) has all the restaurants and fast food places you can imagine.

There is also the Downtown Center plaza, which although it is not very big, construction is relatively new, and in this plaza, you will find the most modern and comfortable movie theater in the city.

Downtown Center Plaza

In Bella vista is also the Carol Morgan School, the most expensive school in the city and probably in the country, and also one of the best.

3-La Julia

It seems to me that La Julia is the fourth most expensive sector of the city of Santo Domingo, after Lo Cacicazgos, Bella Vista, and very close to Piantini in price.

I don’t really know much about this sector personally, although I heard that it is one of the richest sectors of the city, it is a mix of big houses and apartments, but it seems to me that unlike the other sectors in La Julia there are more houses than apartments.

One of the negative aspects of this sector is that adjacent to this sector is a popular sector called “El manguito”.

Not that I have anything against the popular neighborhoods, but making an objective analysis, it is a disadvantage for a “rich” neighborhood to have a “poor” neighborhood right next to it.


Since my childhood, I have always heard that Naco is the sector where “the rich live” in the city, although that seems to be a thing of years ago.

The reality is that the sector of Naco is still very expensive, in fact, it must be top 3 among the most expensive sectors of the country or the city of Santo Domingo.

Naco as an area that although it is mixed (commercial and residential) maintains the characteristics of a suburb surrounded by everything people need to live.

Aerial view of Naco and Olimpico sports center

The architectural concept: traffic, shopping, noise, and people circulating is normal in a development located in the center of the city.

I have been many times in that area, Naco is mostly apartments, I don’t think I have seen a single house in that sector.

What I like least about Naco, despite being located very centrally in the city, is that the surrounding avenues are a real mess in rush hour, I say this from my own experience.

Tiradentes Avenue, for example, is chaos at rush hour and has a traffic light at every corner, I know that avenue well because it was my university/home route.

That avenue is so complicated, that living near the university it took me longer to get there (in rush hour) than a classmate who lived outside the city.

But, in any case, the wealthy people in the city who can avoid office hours lead a very good life in this sector.


Piantini at night

Pianitini is a charming and elegant sector of the city of Santo Domingo, everyone who lives in that sector is definitely a “rich” person.

In Piantini the price per M2 of land, houses or apartment is quite expensive, I think only below the Cacicazgos in price.

For a “rich” sector it is quite large and central, of all the sectors mentioned, Piantini is the sector where the best shopping malls and the best restaurants are located.

Although that is not an advantage, because this city is so small that everything is relatively close.

Piantini at night

A very interesting project is being developed in Pianitini called “Piantini Pedestrian”, every Sunday several streets are closed for pedestrian use only and its purpose is to make it easier for residents to use the streets as recreational areas for at least three hours on Sunday mornings.

This is the only neighborhood in the city that I know of that has this privilege, and since the pedestrian Piantini plan is under experimentation, it is likely that they will extend the hours of the plan later.

In Piantini is the Blue Mall, the finest (and most expensive) shopping mall in the city of Santo Domingo and probably in the whole country.

As well as luxury hotels such as the JW Marriot and Intercontinental Santo Domingo.

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  1. Gerald Jajoute says:

    Thank you so much for the information. As an architect and designer, i will have to have your contact information. I’m living New York and i want to built or buy a house in one of those area you mentioned. I’m not rich either. Please contact me.

    1. Elvis Alcequiez says:

      Please feel free to contact me at any time, I have several topics on this website concerning construction in the country…

    2. I want your information also I own properties in the Dominican Republic also in Orlando Florida, but I would like to get an architect and designer for the new Ideas I have to build in the Dominican republic. I’m not rich also lol Please contact me

      1. Elvis Alcequiez says:

        Hi Janine, I think we already spoke on WhatsApp.

  2. Laura Burgos says:

    Very nice introduction. Lol

    1. Elvis Alcequiez says:

      Hi Laura, Maybe I shouldn’t have started the topic in such a “gloomy” way…

  3. Elvis Alcequiez says:

    I have just edited the introduction of the topic, it was not really in line with the topic, and people could get the wrong impression…

  4. Daniel Marte says:

    Bella Vista is also my favorite sector and one day I hope to purchase property there.

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