So this is how it works. Many apartment complexes here are owned by pension funds which are managed by real estate management companies. The company that manages the little row house in Herning also manages a number of properties around Denmark. They have a website (findbolig.nu) where all their available properties are listed and, if you are interested in one, you contact them to set up a viewing. If after viewing the property you want to lease the property, you apply for a contract. If you are approved, you sign the contract, make your deposit, and get your keys. During this process we discovered that they managed several properties in Vejle - properties I hadn't seen - and one property look very VERY interesting. So before committing to the house in Herning, I made an appointment for the very next day and The Babe and I were off again to Vejle.
There were two identical apartments available. I saw immediately that the complex had roomy elevators and huge entryways where strollers were easily parked. The first apartment we saw was north facing on the ground floor with not much in the way of a view but with good light. The second was a south facing (European) 2nd floor space with great light and views over a vacant lot, but beyond that the fjord and Vejle. It was an easy choice. I told the building manager we'd take the 2nd floor apartment. I went home that afternoon to get the ball rolling on our lease only to discover that our new apartment had been leased to someone else that very day. Disappointed, but still in love with the location and the town, The Boy and I decided to take the ground floor apartment. We got the keys last Friday and will be moving this weekend!
We are especially excited since this is our very first unfurnished apartment. In Mongolia, Singapore, and London we were living with other people's things. Now we finally get to fill a space with things that we love. It's heady stuff I tell ya! And we have so many ideas...
Here are some pics of our new casa in its untouched state:
I can't wait to share our house to home journey with you!