Thursday, July 24, 2008


With only 15 days until we leave Logan, I'm getting a little nervous about finding an apartment in Germany. I've been following listings for furnished places online for a month now. There are often really nice apartments apparently available, but when you contact the real estate agents to arrange a rental, the good ones are always mysteriously no longer on offer. I've realized over time that these apartments are like the €29 rt. flight to Budapest: always fully booked and only advertised as bait. You call about the €29 flight, but wind up accepting the one for €120 at 5 am.

So there are lots of apartments available, just not the one you want. We are juggling the importance of criteria that aren't really easily compared. Is it better to have a place that's close to public transit but lacks a washing machine, or should we go for the Altbau facade and pay a little more than we've planned? Rüttenscheid is the coolest neighborhood, but expensive. Maybe we'd prefer a more working class crowd in Steele or Frohnhausen.

I'd like to resolve this before we leave, but we're starting to consider that we may have to arrive in Germany and find a place once we're there.

1 comment:

Em said...

I know your dilemma too well!
Finding housing at unrealistic distances on the internet/phone is really uncomfortable. I don't like the idea of signing a contract to a loft with two mobile phone images of the place, very shady stuff this housing is. We've found some unbelievable ads for apartments and they're always non-existent places that link to some other housing company.
I hope you have better luck soon.