You ready for it?
No, really are you ready for it?
Want to see our new home?
This, ladies and gentlemen, will be our new home in a few weeks! It's located in a really nice neighborhood in Mannheim (the Oststadt) and is close to the Quadrate. It's on the fourth floor, with no elevator, but it is very close to a tram stop and only a 15 minute or so walk to the Hauptbahnhof (you can take the tram or walk). I had to work a little bit to convince Aaron that this should be the apartment we chose. Some of my tactics included:
- Stressing the size of the kitchen
- Pointing out the fact this this apartment was completely renovated after the last tenants moved out
- How close it was to not only a tram stop, but also the quadrate (i.e. city center) and the Hauptbahnhof
- It's close proximity to the Luisenpark
- This building has CHARACTER! None of the other apartments had this much character.
- Promising not to complain about lugging dive gear up four flights of stairs and the fact that the balcony has a prefect place to dry it (side note, I technically promised not to complain too much)
- Continually pointing out that he was the one who said he wanted to experience "cit living" during our assignment and I was simply holding him to his word
- Reminding him that happy wife = happy life
Well, it worked!
From the minute I walked in to this apartment it felt like home; however, the large, brand new kitchen and huge wall of built-in clothing storage in the bedroom didn't hurt. Below is picture of the kitchen. It has tons of space and even has a freezer (something I didn't realize wasn't as common in Europe as in the US). There's lots of room for a dining table in here too.
Off the master bedroom is a good sized balcony that overlooks a little courtyard (a great place to dry our scuba gear, once we lug it up the four flights of stairs). It has a full bathroom with a shower, instead of a bathtub which many of the apartments we looked at had. It even came with some curtains and light fixtures - score! There is a small WC (i.e. half bath) and a storage closet with hook ups for a washer (and perhaps a dryer). Along the front of the apartment are two rooms - one has a piano and access to a small balcony that is shared with the neighbors - and the other has a large wall of windows that let in a lot of natural light. More pictures of our new home are below.
We explored the neighborhood a little at night and during the day. It seems quite and there is a restaurant, coffee shop, small bar and, most importantly, a bakery just as you step out the front door. It's a quick walk to the Quadrate and our commute into work is nice and short. We are excited, and relieved, to have found a place to call home in Mannheim. While this whole thing still seems a little surreal, it's quickly becoming more and more real as we start to get things checked off our to do list.
Once we nailed down a place to live, we had a little bit more time to explore. This time, we went to a neighboring town - Heidelberg. Stay tuned!
- Meghan -