First of all I would like to apologize for taking so long to write this, for those of you who follow me on instagram already know that we have found and moved into our German Dream Home but that perfect house still isn’t connected to the internet so having a chance to both write and publish this has been a challenge!
Kyle and I used to watch house hunters on HGTV all the time (when we had cable/ hadn’t seen all the ones of Netflix), I especially liked to watch the international version and dream of what our lives would be like if we moved out of the USA. Well now that dream has come true, we would’ve liked to film our house tours cause I think it could’ve been hilarious, but it was awkward enough walking around taking pictures when there was already a language barrier.
We saw about 8-10 houses, I kept trying to recount them and I kept losing count so that is my best estimate. I want to show you the last four we narrowed it down to and why we chose the one we did. First, it helps for you to know what we were looking for and it is as follows:
MY MUST HAVES: charm, preferably three bedrooms, natural light & a stair case in our home (weird I know, I’ve always wanted my own stair case to decorate during the holidays- but stairs in an Arizona home isn’t popular and my dad is disabled so even then we would never move into a house with stairs)
KYLE MUST HAVES: good kitchen, modern, parking space, in budget
BOTH MUST HAVES: outdoor space for our pup(s), good internet connection- it varies widely here and we agreed it would help us stay connected to our families and friends back home.
ITS A PLUS IF: theres restaraunts, a bakery and grocery shopping because each village is different
House 1: The Pink House
This house was like my fairy tale dream home, something right out of cinderella complete with an attic. Did I mention it was pink? That was a huge selling point for me but Kyle, not so much.
lots of natural light
four floors= stair cases galore
three could-be bedrooms
SO MUCH CHARM
good location- a couple restraints, a bakery & a small grocery store
no outdoor space what-so-ever
on the main street with lots of traffic
bottom floor had tile that stunk of pet odor
small kitchen- deal breaker for Kyle
I was easily sold but in the end we had to decide whether or not it was practical for us which it really wasn’t, the parking is important because if we don’t have parking on our property kyle can’t wear his uniform, which means he has to change at work at the beginning and end of the day, which isn’t ideal or practical. The no outdoor space was kind of a deal breaker for us as well because it would be so nice for Kona & Biscotti should he join us.
House 2: The BEST house
Unfortunately the current tents were moving out as we toured it so even though I took pictures, they’re all awful. I’m so sorry.
I know what you’re thinking “its called the ‘best house’ so they must choose it… well.. my heart chose it but…
two car garage- unheard of in this area of Germany
large yard- so many heart eyes
three stories total
modern kitchen but small
lots of charm and character
four really good sized bedrooms- one was used previously as an office but i could easily use it as a down stairs guest room for my dad who is disabled, which is awesome
master has a walk in closet
storage and another room in the basement for crafts and wood-working (ideal for me)
large laundry room
the one and only con, a deal breaker- worst internet possible
I could honestly have seen me going back to the stone age and living in this perfect house with no internet and we ALMOST DID. It was that great- so perfect I could see us not using the internet which is easily on my favorite things list. We chose not to because the internet is what makes us feel connected and able to stay in touch with family which is a big deal to me, it would also mean no XBOX gaming for Kyle, which is a big deal to him and No Netflix at all (we get German Netflix here, which has less then the American version but its still nice) we already don’t get Hulu or Amazon Prime and they don’t have cable here like they do in the states so we would rely on the library and possibly the Netflix DVD service and only that to watch anything, which is how we spend our Sundays so in the end we decided staying connected to everyone and everything was more important. I still regret this sometimes and it sounds weird to say but I think about the house a lot and maybe if the internet upgrades in the next year, like the rumor has it, then maybe possibly we could still move into it. Only time will tell.
House 3: The View House
This house was in our bottom two, we had actually chose this house on the condition that we both didn’t like the house we saw the next day. Spoiler alert: I loved the house we saw the next day.
the main picture window view
1 of 3 bedrooms
view from every room
one large, updated bathroom
great separate dining room
private parking space
lots of natural light
best part: easily the view, so so beautiful of the mountains, trees and river- so peaceful
shared entrance/shared walls- deal breaker for me
no character at all
small outdoor balcony, no yard
bedrooms had good view and were a good size but the ceiling was at a very tilted angle and I’m not sure our furniture would fit
If it were up to Kyle and Kyle alone we would be living in this house/ apartment. Unfortunately it wasn’t. As you can see it was missing pretty much all my must haves. I loved the view and I almost caved on this one just for that view, pictures just don’t do it justice.
We were on a time crunch, even though we kind of weren’t, it felt like it. Living in a hotel is just not as glamorous as it sounds, the only options we had for food was to eat out or eat microwavable food which done enough times, makes you feel like crap, we were just ready to be in our place. The anxiety of not knowing where we’d be next was enough to make me nauseous. Our options were withering away, so, we decided to give it one more day, one more house we got a call back on to look at and if it wasn’t right we would (I would) settle for the View House. Logically it was the best house, just didn’t feel right to me, if that makes sense.
The Next day:
House 4: The Guard Tower House
The very next day we saw the last house time would permit us to see. It is in the same village as the Pink House, which is a plus. It also has a lot of history to it, it is next to a very small castle which used to belong to a Lord or something I’m not sure but like a King on a very small scale, that has now been turned into a multiple family home and it is the tower that the guard protecting the castle would keep watch and also live. We learned all this before we even entered the house, being the nerd I am, Im practically already sold with all this history.
kitchen (only good pic I have sorry)
next to a bakery and a castle
modern kitchen (its red)
open concept (living, kitchen and dining) almost unheard of here- most houses have their kitchen kind of in a closet
private outdoor space
two bathrooms, one with a large walk-in shower
great views not the same great as the View House but still good
dedicated parking spot
so much charm, so much history
small on the square footage scale
two bedrooms (I say more like 1.5)
Choosing a house made me sick, not at all what i expected but i felt so much pressure to pick the right place because we didn’t want to move again once all our stuff got here. Yes its small, yes I hate that it only has two-isn bedrooms, but it was kind of perfect in other ways. It had the best compromise of a modern kitchen in an otherwise charming house and it encompassed what Kyle and I wanted in different ways. A huge selling point was having a private entrance that was my least favorite thing about the View house.
In retrospect, I wish we could’ve gotten our TLA (temporary lodging) extended so we could’ve looked more but at the time this was our best compromise, which was weird because it is also the first time Kyle and I haven’t agreed 100% on something, not trying to brag just stating the facts. He said we could move in if I agreed to downsize on some of the furniture we don’t love and really don’t need.
We moved in about a month ago now. Our things aren’t even here yet and I already regret not making three bedrooms the number one priority, or at least saying two bedrooms AND an office was super necessary because I’m already having new anxiety on whether or not our guests will be comfortable. The house is really great for the two of us, but should I get pregnant and/or should everyone who says they want to visit ACTUALLY DOES (Huge IF) then we could potentially be screwed. We decided that since our lease is only a year long, perhaps we can just hang in there until then and it will give us time to visit more of the surrounding area and see which village is really right for us and more time to find a place thats more suitable for the last three years that we will surely be here for.
If you made it all the way to the end, I love, love, love you for it. I know it was an unusually long post