A few curious minds have asked about where we’re living while we’re in Vienna. And I have to say with a big smile that we’re pretty much living in the heart of it all – right in the center of the city, and just about around two corners from where we lived when we were posted here. So in many ways, this is very familiar territory – the old “hood” you could call it, but even just “a little more better”, as the diplo-tot likes to say…
When we decided to come, we were a bit up in the air about whether to chose a hotel or try an Air BnB but neither seemed to give us a lot of options that were workable both for family…and holidays…and a future baby. When you have kiddies, things like kitchens and bathrooms and walkability become really important – and when you’re staying as long as we are, then cost is also a factor. I was actually surprised that we didn’t come up with much on apartment rentals this time around, but a lot of that had to do likely with the fact that we’re here over the holidays – but it seems like people wanted a lot of payment for little apartment value.
We actually stumbled upon Vienna Residences by sheer luck on an internet search and found their selection of apartments to be something we could work with – once on the ground here, we had to work out a few kinks in terms of communications and making sure everything that we needed was here but that’s pretty typical for any set up like this. Some of the agents they have are a little quicker than others – and for anything we’ve needed immediately, the owner has been wonderful. And unlike most rental apartments where you live in someone else’s space with someone else’s things, this is set up as a corporate rental but with the help of an interior designer – so you get a sense of togetherness with all the furnishings but it’s not so personal that it feels like you’re squatting in someone else’s private space.
Now that we’re settled, I thought I’d share a little house tour with you. The colors and chandeliers and gorgeous moldings are a nice break from all the Danish minimalism and while I’ve sworn I would never live without anything other than white walls, this is making me second guess myself.
The apartment is gorgeous – it’s a little bit set up for lovely photographs rather than toddler curiosity, but a few adjustments here and there and we’ve made it work. We’ve had to add a few practical things (like scissors…or a few bins for toys…or a serving platter) but other than that, it’s become home quite quickly. We even put up a little tree in the corner. And I probably don’t even have to mention the view… I don’t have much mobility right now and can’t be out for long periods of time so having some of the action right under my doorstep still makes me feel like I’m part of the city and right in the heart of Vienna holiday life.
There might not be a place like home, but a Vienna apartment done right comes a close second.