We passed on the “Mediterranean” flat with the reddish-brown tiles. We viewed it one more time on Friday afternoon and I left feeling more convinced that we should take it, while the Mr. left more unconvinced. Frustratingly, this is the exact opposite of how we both felt the first time we viewed it. The Mr. was really impressed while I was more uncertain. Flat-hunting is exhausting. Sigh.
The Mr.’s issues are mainly with the bathroom and the kitchen. The bathroom is small and would be pretty cramped with both of us standing in there brushing our teeth, for example. Also, the shower head is in the middle of the tub making showering a bit awkward (just like in our flat in Edinburgh – incredible. I was miserable for 4 ½ years of showering, never seeing anyone else’s bathroom with this kind of idiotic construction and I discover it in Mediterranean flat. Unbelievable.) The other problem is the kitchen. It’s actually fairly small and we would have to buy an entire kitchen, which is of course very expensive. The Mr.’s problem with that is that if we’re taking this flat with the goal in mind of staying in it only 5 or 6 years, what happens to the kitchen when we move out? We can try to take it with us, but what if our new kitchen is bigger? How do we add to it when maybe the cabinets have been discontinued? What if it looks completely out-of-place or simply won’t work with the water/electrical connections? So at least we’ve come to realize that if we’re going to take a city flat that will only work for maybe 5 or 6 years, then it really needs to have a kitchen already because buying one just doesn’t make sense. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t take it, particularly as the Mr. had sold me on what a great area it would be to live in, but I’m okay with it.
Then we had (sort of) big drama yesterday in a very posh area in Würzburg. Unfortunately, I think the house the flat is in must be one of the ugliest in the entire city as it was horribly run-down looking. Built in the 70s, imagine a water-stained concrete block sorely in need of some serious sprucing up to at least look decent, especially when every other house on this street is stunningly gorgeous and expensive. The Mr. and I checked it out before we went to the viewing. We agreed that due to its catastrophic exterior there was no way in hell we would take it, but that we would go ahead and have a look anyway out of curiosity. The flat inside was surprisingly nice. Also, the balcony looks out at a large (and currently wild-looking) garden in the back the owner maintains but that we would be allowed to use. The price was also affordable. The Mr. was seduced. He did a 180 and was like “let’s take it” while I’m going “are you kidding me?!” I was also momentarily seduced by the nice interior, but seriously…the owner made no mention of any renovations, and I think I would feel pretty embarrassed and a little depressed coming home to an exterior like that every day. Finally, I got the Mr. to come around and grudgingly accept my veto.
Anyway, we’ve got a new possibility in the works (fingers crossed) we’re seeing tomorrow at 6pm. It’s a bungalow house here in Hoechburg, the town just outside Würzburg we’ve been staying in. We’ve walked past it a couple of times now, and it’s looks pretty nice from the outside with a bit of garden that needs a little TLC but could be really lovely. It’s an older house, but has had some renovations recently. It’s fairly big and is on the more expensive side, but buying a kitchen here makes a lot more sense as it’s a home we could actually live in for a quite a while, even with kids. And Hoechburg is nice. It has all the basic amenities (grocery store, pharmacies, a few restaurants, etc.) and even an organic/eco shop – all within easy walking distance. True, it’s not the same as living in Würzburg city center, but the buses are frequent and we’re planning to buy a car which I can also use. After spending the day today lounging outside in the sun in the back garden of the place we’re staying, we’re realizing that it would be really nice to have a garden of our own. So we’ll see. Maybe this is it….