What Wilmersdorf's residents value most is its special location. It’s in the heart of the city, nonetheless very green – a trait unique to Wilmersdorf. While the surroundings are peaceful and well-kept, Wilmersdorf is far from being narrow-minded.
Its streets are dominated by impressive period buildings dating from the turn of the 20th century and there are many parks and landscaped areas. Middle-class families in particular feel at home here, with rent prices reflecting the superior standard of living. In return, Wilmersdorf has a lot to offer, with many fine restaurants, pubs, and cafés providing the perfect excuse to go out. The galleries and multicultural gastronomy add an international touch. The shopping opportunities here are excellent too, the western end of Kurfürstendamm and numerous side streets, such as Uhlandstrasse, Pariser Strasse, and the neighborhood around the Fasanenplatz, have a wide range of shops and boutiques.
The areas around Ludwigkirchplatz and Rüdesheimer Platz are also in demand. Well-tended landscaped areas and historic fountains create a special atmosphere, as do the charming red brick facades of the many residential buildings dating from the 1920s and 30s. Sipping your afternoon coffee at one of the many cafés, you can let your gaze wander and people-watch to your heart's content. The square at Olivaer Platz, with its exclusive and beautifully refurbished period buildings, is always worth taking a second look. Overall, life in Wilmersdorf is solidly bourgeois.
The nearby Grunewald is a particular highlight. This woodland area, covering a total of 3,000 hectares, accounts for a large part of the district of Wilmersdorf and is a popular destination for young and old alike. Whatever the season, joggers, walkers, cyclists, and equestrians all love this beautiful forest.