Home, Sweet Home!

5 Sep

Finding an apartment became a priority for us shortly before we moved when the university informed Ben that the Guesthouse had a strict no-pet policy.  It worked out for the best because the room we were staying in was about the size of a closet and once work began for Ben we weren’t sure how flexible his schedule would be to view possible apartments.  With the help of a leasing specialist that I found on the Moscow Expat Site we were able to find a place three days after arriving and moved in the next day.  

It’s a one bedroom flat (here it is referred to as a two room – the living room counts as a room as well as the bedroom) with a small bathroom, kitchen and entryway.

For all of my owl-loving readers – our coat hook

It came not only fully furnished, but with a full kitchen of dishes and cookware – making our transition easier than anticipated.  There is also a large TV with monitor hook ups so we will be able to use our computers to watch movies and TV shows on a bigger screen and also a small TV in the bedroom to watch Russian programming (Jamie Pressly on “My Name is Earl” dubbed in Russian is quite amusing).

The bedroom originally had a couch that folded out into a bed which was fine with us, but the owner offered to add a mattress to make it more comfortable as a permanent bed.  When she arrived with the mattress, though, she also brought a bed frame saying that they didn’t think the fold-out bed would support the mattress.  So, our bedroom now has a fold-out couch and a bed.  Add to this the fold-out couch in the living room and we can easily sleep six here without the need for air mattresses or sleeping bags.  So, friends and family, feel free to come visit!

Kitchen Window Seat

One of the things that I particularly enjoy about this space is that all of the windows have giant windowsills that make great seats.  They get a lot of light during the day and even though most of our view is of a building that was destroyed by a fire, it is still a pleasant spot to sit and read or talk on the phone to family back home.  Nebbie is also particularly fond of watching the birds, neighbors, and street cats wandering around from the large windows.

The neighborhood seems wonderful, as well.  We are only a ten minute walk from the Belorusskaya metro station (two stops away from Ben’s office) and near many shops, cafes and restaurants.  There are a couple new business centers on our corner, but we are also only a few blocks away from a few small parks.  This gives us both a sense of an upscale business district and also the comforts of a quiet neighborhood.  We haven’t had the chance to walk around the area in all directions yet and we’re quite excited to see what else is around here.

 

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2 Responses to “Home, Sweet Home!”

  1. Kevin Gavagan September 6, 2011 at 00:17 #

    Very Cute, can’t wait to come for a visit. Enjoy the adventure.

  2. Keith September 6, 2011 at 00:20 #

    Place looks great! Good to hear that y’all are settling in.

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