Nearly a year after making the decision, months of looking, and weeks of fretting over this particular apartment, it is finally official: we have signed the contract and given our notice. Berlin will be our new home come December.
As much I complain about the process, we were actually quite lucky. We got the first apartment we applied for. Sure, we viewed a bunch, but we were picky, just waiting for the right one to come along. And it has. There are little things we wish were different, but the biggies - location, balcony, a third room for a home office - were all satisfied, and then some. I know we will be very happy there.
It doesn't look like much yet, as you can see, but the potential is what sold us. The management was also open to construction suggestions, as well as paint and tile preferences, and on a Berlin apartment, we knew how lucky this was. So essentially, we're kind of creating our urban dream home. Somehow, this is all supposed to be completed by mid-December, if not sooner, so we have a lot of work ahead of us: finding movers that don't cost an arm and a leg, ordering our first Ikea kitchen, not to mention selling half our belongings (lots of Pottery Barn furniture and designer clothes and shoes up for grabs!). Not sure those sleepless nights are entirely over, but now that we're that much closer to being settled, at least it is a bit more with excitement rather than worry.
So begins our Berlin adventure...
Ahhh, but then there's that view... (do you see it peeking out, Berlin's iconic landmark?)