Maunula is a green, tree-filled district, home to Maunulanpuisto Park (which is part of Keskuspuisto) and its neighbour, the Pirkkola Sports Park. Outdoor sports and recreation can be avidly pursued in Maunula, where you can find a hiking lodge, hiking trails, and a skiing track that is popular in winter.
Several blocks of flats were constructed here in the 1950s—high-density, low-income housing—and it remains a generally lower-income, working-class area. Maunula also has a higher than average percentage of elderly residents.
This was farmland until the 1920s and '30s. As central Helsinki grew more congested, city laborers began settling in Länsi-Pakila, which is right on the large Kehä I ring road. In the late 1960s terraced housing began to be built here, amid the older single-family houses.
It is bordered in the west by the city’s central park, Keskuspuisto. The park’s Pirkkola Sports Park, which has a swimming pool and a sports hall, is right beside the district.
This district next to Helsinki’s Vantaa River (Vantaanjoki) is an excellent place for families with children. The district has an interesting demographic feature: It has the largest proportion of children under 15 in Helsinki.
Tuomarinkylä’s Paloheinä sub-district has many single-family homes built in the 1940s, and Torpparinmäki has a small housing area dating from the 1950s. But most of Tuomarinkylä’s housing dates from the 1980s, the era of a construction boom here.
On top of a hill, in the middle of fields, the 18th century Tuomarinkylä Manor houses the Tuomarinkylä Museum, which showcases various interior design styles used in Helsinki over the years, and a Children’s Museum. There are also a café and a restaurant nearby.
Oulunkylä in northern Helsinki was a village until 1946, when it became a district of Helsinki. It is an old suburb; while many apartment buildings and rintamamiestalo were constructed close to the Oulunkylä railway station during the 1950s, some old wooden houses dating back to the early 1900s remain.
Oulunkylä is only 5 kilometres from the city centre. In the 1970s and '80s, the district experienced a housing boom. The neighbourhood of Veräjämäki, especially, became populated with detached and terraced housing. In the 1990s, the Veräjälaakso area was developed with high-rise apartment blocks.
Oulunkylä has many green spaces, including forests and parks found along the Vantaanjoki.
The eastern half of the neighbourhood of Pakila in northern Helsinki, Itä-Pakila is the least populated district in the city, with a population of only around 3,500 residents.
Tuomarinkartano, a sub-district, rose on the grounds of an old estate house; the name means "Judge's Manor." A lovely Gustavian-style building, the manor now serves as a museum. Its adjoining buildings serve as riding stables and an equestrian school.