Many of us remember how everything to the south of the line to Hadzhiyata Gruev in Kyuchuk Paris and around the hotels along the Rowing Base was arable land, in which a number of Plovdiv residents had the so-called urban ranches. They mostly grew fruit and vegetables for home use and visited them during the weekend. Komatevo, on the other hand, used to be the destination for picnics outside the city, to which it was a long journey by cart.
Today, however, all these areas are gradually becoming an absolute part of the landscape under the hills, in which both large and luxurious mansions and impressive residential complexes with houses and apartments are emerging.
The positive part about them is that there is still a lot of space and opportunity to build green areas and beautify these parts. To a great extent, the construction is low and creates more of a feeling of spaciousness. Unfortunately, the infrastructure is still changing too slowly, and none of the designated places are provided with childcare and health care facilities, schools, and even enough public transport stops within their borders.
Here's which they are:
Ostromila was originally a village near Plovdiv, which existed already in the Middle Ages. The earliest information about it is in the detailed register of the akindji from 1472, where it is listed as "Village Ostrorom ogla" from nahiya Filibe (Plovdiv)
The area where the settlement arose has historical value as a scene of bloody drama during the Liberation War (1877-1878). There, hours before the attack on the city by the command of Captain Burago, 125 Bulgarian rebels were taken out of the Tash Kapiya prison and, by order of Suleiman Pasha, they were slaughtered in Ostromila. Among them was the prominent patriot, patron of the school work - Dusho Hadzydekov.
At the moment, there is a lot of work going on with a number of construction companies building multiple complexes, and there is often quite a contrast between residential buildings.
The other, relatively newly formed part of the Southern district, behind the lines of Hadzhiyata Gruev, is the Belomorski district, in which the majority of the area is occupied by single-family houses or houses detached in complexes.
The proximity to the Ring Road of Plovdiv and the comparatively greater distance between the buildings are highlighted here as an advantage. However, there is still a lack of asphalted streets in the inner parts and a sufficiently well-built connection with public transport under the hills.
Originally the name of the village was Michkur. In 1926, the last and largest and long-lasting Tolstoy colony in Bulgaria was established in Michkur. In 1934 it was renamed Proslav, and in 1966 it became a district of Plovdiv. It is located in the westernmost part of the city and is connected to the center by Peshtersko Shose. The area between it and Komatevo is the largest area with agricultural land under the hills. There is talk of a project that envisages direct connectivity between the two places.
The first sources for the existence of Komatevo are from 1477. The settlement was formed by Christian soldiers enjoying special privileges in the Ottoman Empire. It was a village until 1969, after which it entered the administrative boundaries of the city.
At the moment, the part around Komatevsko Shose on both sides is being most actively built up, and in one part it practically runs into Ostromila.
The area around the Maritsa river, the language high schools and Pazardzhishko Shose
In the northern part of Plovdiv, an increasingly large residential area is also gradually emerging, even reaching as far as 4-6 kilometers, where for many years there was a motel with a swimming pool. Maritsa Gardens was the first project in close proximity to Plovdiv Language School, and more and more construction companies have plans to build complexes in the area.
The truth is that Plovdiv is growing and expanding a lot, even in areas that until recently were mostly outside the city limits. The new neighborhoods have their undoubted advantages, but it will take some time to be sufficiently well equipped with all the amenities that the people living there need. It is a matter of personal preference and choice where you decide to buy your property under the hills, and the topic of which is the best neighborhood to live in Plovdiv will be relevant and "hot" for a long time.