|Waiting for the plane in Stuttgart.|
|Arrival at the Boston Manor tube station. Where's the tube?|
This link takes you to the ad for this house with some good photos, and this one has a good video tour of the home by Robert, giving you a good idea of the interior layout. The ad for the house says that it's 75 square meters, which works out to only 807 square feet. The footage does not include the semi-finished attic which is good for doing yoga and freezing in the winter. Good thing we're only living here for four months and going back to Texas before it really gets cold here.
|Our front door. The house is very narrow.|
Still, the fact is that we're fortunate to find a decent place in a decent area of London for a decent price. London is a very expensive city for housing, so finding something affordable that fit our needs was not easy. Where we live, Ealing, is an outer borough of London, so it takes a bit of time to get to the parts of London where Erika teaches and where most of the museums and other sites are located.
|Our first breakfast at our charming dining table.|
If you saw the video you noticed that there are lots of mirrors in the house and that the stairs are very steep. The steps on the stairs are narrow, obviously not designed for the large clunky feet of the contemporary male. The mirrors at the top of the stairs give an illusion of a much larger space, but they can also induce feelings of vertigo.
The neighborhood is quiet; no one seems to disturb anyone else. There is a fair bit of pedestrian traffic as people walk to and from the Northfields tube station or the bus stop on Northfields Avenue. I've never seen most our neighbors aside from the mother of one of the neighbors who is moving out and a very friendly cat who lives nearby. Most of the homes seem to be well kept and by the looks of the cars (lots of BMWs, Audis, and other newer model cars), the residents at least on our block (there must be at least 50 houses on this block, all of them more or less the size of ours) and the surrounding streets seem to be fairly prosperous. The Northfields Underground Station is only about 5 minutes away and through which the Piccadilly Line runs. The Piccadilly Line connects us to both Heathrow Airport and central London where most of the action is.