We had been stalking a housing website called Funda for 3 weeks. Each morning we received alerts of new property listings. On a Thursday morning a house came up that looked promising. Almost too promising. My coworker also saw the listing and sent me a quick text with the link. I was in line for coffee and decided I better call the housing agency ASAP. I made an appointment for early the next morning. Both Sam and I showed up the next day right after another perspective renter was coming out of the unit. We knew this place was going to be good. The builder had converted 2 floors of an old canal building that had previously been office space. We walked into the hallway to discover there was an ELEVATOR in the apartment. I have never seen an elevator in residential space in Amsterdam. The agent also informed us that there were not 1 but 3 two bedroom apartments that we could view. We said okay…how many of them have potential renters at this point (which is a key question to ask since things were normally gone by the time we arrived). But all 3 apartments were still available. As we glided up 5 stories we skipped through each apartment and determined they were all stunning. I had a hard time picking but in the end the decision was pretty easy. We picked the unit with 180 degree views overlooking the rooftops and a canal. There are skylights and 16 foot ceilings in our hallway/reading area/not sure what to do with all this space. The kitchen has an oven and more than one prep space. On Friday we put in an ‘offer to rent’ and we had to wait until the owner reviewed and accepted our offer to rent his apartment for the listed price. Owners can reject potential renters based on income or whatever they want. We also had to submit our passports. The next day we got the call that the owner liked our application and we needed to move in and start paying rent in a week. We tried to push back our move in date but there was some language confusion in our emails and the agent took our question as intent to cancel our offer. I had a minor freak out as we called her out of range cell phone to explain that we were just ‘inquiring’ not backing out of the move in date.
This past weekend we started the furnishing process. We took two trips to Ikea and came back with a trunk full of kitchen items and a trailer full of furniture. It has felt like our wedding registry all over again. Except now we know not to ‘register’ for a fondue set, weird artwork, or plates that go out of style by next season. Although we somehow came back with a love seat instead of a full size couch on our furniture trip. We were aware that the price was half of a full couch but it seemed like a bigger than normal love seat. I like to call it a cozy couch. Yesterday was our first night in the new place. I snapped a couple of photos and it’s obvious we need some more items. A dining room table would be nice. Maybe a photo or two.