Sunday, 12 December 2010

My new apartment in Norway!

Hi guys - so as you know by now - I am as of Friday a proud home owner for the first time- yeay!!!  I saw it on Wednesday, put in a bid on Friday morning, and by the afternoon, the apartment was mine! Of course, it wasn't so simple - a bidding war was involved! The Norwegian system is quite interesting, but more on that later. I will move in in mid January which is actually just in time for me, as I need to be out of my current apartment by the 20th of January.

The apartment is quite spacious - 75m2 with a lock-up storage room and underground parking space and has two bedrooms. It was built in 2002, so everything is working as it should. Over the past weeks I looked at a number of these older wooden building of which Stavanger is famous, but you get chills reading the condition reports - there always seems to be something wrong - from termites (!) in the basement, to problems with moisture and drainage, to thin walls,... that we thought no, we don't bother anymore with this and rather look at something more modern and safe.   

Here are a couple of photos of my new apartment. Of course it comes unfurnished, so need to think what I should do there - any suggestions?

View of the building. My apartment is at the center bottom.

Another view of the apartment building

This is a common swimming area in summer

The bridge connecting 6 or so islands to the mainland

Its a quite but trendy area

A water feature in the garden behind my apartment

View from the patio. Area for a gas grill in the summer.

Patio area with covered area for sitting

Living room with large windows

TV area

Door to patio opens out from living room

Open plan from kitchen to dinning area to living room

Dinning area

Kitchen

Dinning area and kitchen

Main bedroom
Sliding mirrored built in wardrobe

Second bedroom or office


Bathroom

Shower and washing machine

Floor plan

Position of my apartment relative to city center (the V-shape area)