Not for us though, but for my brother and his girlfriend, as well as for my Latvian* sister Z and her family!
After having lived at home with their respective parents for the last 1½ months, my brother and girlfriend I finally got the keys to their new house today!! I am so happy and excited for them, and just wish that I could be there to help them move this weekend. The new home is a one-level 1950’s house with basement – so cute and with lots of potential. It is situated in a part of town that I don’t know at all, but I am looking forward to discovering it in January when we plan to go home for a few weeks. However, I already know their neighbours, as our Bosnian friends live across the street.
It is funny that my brother D is moving back to our hometown, as he left home in 1997 to work in Scotland and has lived in Lund since his return to Sweden. He actually bought a new apartment in Lund last year and was quite happy there. Then he met his girlfriend who works in another corner of Skåne (the region) and all of a sudden the old hometown was perfectly located between their two work places.
The new house seen from the garden
Another house with potential is the house that Z and her family are moving to, from No 26 to No 9 on the same street! A huge house (3 levels) from the 1920’s with lots of original details – including the bathrooms. They have already started the renovations (maybe the bathrooms?) but I don’t know how much will have been finalised before the move. Z mentioned something about not having a functional kitchen yet… Luckily the Latvian-Swedish couple has lots of experience of renovating homes, both in Latvia and Sweden!
* In case somebody had missed that I have a Latvian sister: the background is that my family hosted Z when she came to Sweden as an exchange student in 1992-93, and she became like a new family member = my Latvian sister! She used to complain that our town was so small and boring compared to Riga, but look who ended up moving back a few years ago ;-)
Priorities change, and I guess that the low[er] house prices might have played a part in the where-to-live-decision-making, for both couples. Being able to afford a house with a garden and to have walking distance to services, including the train station, might be more important than cool nightlife… I know that my brother will miss the Friday beers at The Bishop’s Arms in Lund though, but the pub is only a 12-minute train-ride away!
My brother’s and girlfriend’s basement has a lot of potential – notice the fireplace, but this is how un-cosy it looked when the previous owners lived there.
I wish both couples all the best in their new homes and fingers crossed that O and I will be the next couple to buy a house, even if it won’t be in the same town…