After having tried multiple times, my mother still doesn’t get why it’s so hard to find an apartment in Berlin. If you live or lived in Berlin, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, then you’ll be surprised when you read the following lines.
I knew from my friends that finding an apartment in Berlin is hard, but I never experience it by myself. When I lived in Berlin (before moving to Budapest)
I lived in an apartment that I found on Nestpick
, an Airbnb-like website for long term rentals. Flats are furnished, and most likely, you don’t have to go through the cumbersome German bureaucracy. This time we decided to do it the classic way. We searched for a small and bright flat, with two rooms, and well located between Maria’s office and mine. We searched across the following districts: Neukölln
, Prenzlauer Berg
. Those districts, besides being close to our offices, are nowadays the most alternative, hipster and cool neighborhoods in the city. Said with other words, a lot of people want to live there, and that makes searching an apartment a real challenge.
All the time we spent contacting and visiting apartments paid off, and we finally found one. I can’t describe how happy we are, and how excited we are about moving there and start furnishing it. It’s been over 150 messages sent, more than 30 apartments visited, and a lot of time running around the city (which is not small).