After a luxurious month of hotel living, it’s time for me to move into more permanent housing here in London. Today’s update is brief because I am a packing procrastinator and still need to re-pack my suitcases and shower before checking out of the hotel at noon. Here’s a look at the street I’m moving to:
Unfortunately, I didn’t win the lottery and buy one of those houses. After a week of looking at rundown, miniature studios that claimed to be “flats” for upwards of $2,500 dollars per month, I elected to try a houseshare. House and flat-shares are much more common for adults in London because of the sky high real estate market here. My future houseshare is owned and managed by a company that caters to expat professionals. My house isn’t shown on their website right now since all the rooms have been rented, but I was sold by the idea of having a weekly cleaning service and not having to deal with the hassle of setting up cable or utilities. Plus, how quintessentially London is this house?
My new neighborhood is just a few minutes from where I’ve been staying and is called Fulham Broadway. I’ve heard great things about Fulham and when I’ve mentioned it to coworkers they’ve all said positive things so that’s reassuring!
My initial lease is just 6 months with the option to extend, so it’s a good amount of time to settle into a new neighborhood, meet some other expats, and trial the houseshare thing.
Here’s the living room which is a shared space along with the kitchen and bathrooms. It’s like an upscale dorm. I don’t have any pics of my bedroom but it’s the topfloor room with the little balcony in the yellow house above.
I’ll share more pictures once I get moved in – along with a recap of my flat-hunting adventures and my tips for finding housing in London for fellow expats. Off to pack!