In our hunt for a place to stay, we have now managed to shortlist two possibilities. One is an apartment, the other an independent house. The former is up in the air, the latter up just one flight of steps. The apartment comes with all the usual amenities, like swimming pool, gym, kids’ play area, back-up power, round-the-clock security, basement parking, and whatnot. The house comes with complications: the parking arrangement is not quite perfect, we will have to pay four electricity bills every month, the living room has a self-locking door that cannot be “turned off” (which means that if I go downstairs to answer the door, the kids can easily lock me out), the kitchen cupboards are slightly eccentric, there are no showerheads in the bathrooms (nor hot water geysers), there’s some huge gaps in the steps leading up to the terrace that provide a perfect opportunity for the kids to take a spectacular tumble, and the neighbours downstairs depend on my (notoriously unreliable) memory to turn on and off their water supply (it’s complicated – don’t even ask)…
Sigh – that’s a lot of complications.
On the flip side, the house is very, very nice. The apartment feels impersonal and mass-produced; the house is warm, cosy, unique, stylish, pleasant, and in a very quiet and homely location.
And it is a little bit cheaper.
What to do? What would you do?