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Bergen 5003 Norway

Listing # 50291


Rates From USD 2750 Monthly
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Beautiful townhouse in the historic center of Bergen.

Built in 1775, but totally renovated in 2003, it combines historic charm (original staircase, two working fireplaces) with all modern conveniences (under-floor heating in the ground floor and bathrooms, hardwood floor through the rest of the house, double-glazing, custom kitchen...). It is south-facing with very large windows, a balcony opening off the lounge, and has wonderful views over the city, especially from the office area on the top floor. On the ground floor is the entrance hall (with entry phone). On the first floor are a bathroom and two spacious double bedrooms with large built-in wardrobes; one of the bedrooms has an additional en suite bathroom. The second floor hosts the lounge, dining area and kitchen (all open-plan); there is a working fireplace, satellite (English!) TV and wireless internet. The third floor has the office area and another double bedroom with a half bathroom. Please see the recently-updated photos!

Situated in the historic centre of Bergen behind the Bryggen World Heritage Site (the colourful warehouses that you will see on any picture of Bergen), the house is a stone’s throw from the city’s shops, restaurants and entertainments. It is a genteel neighbourhood (antique shops, cafés, ladies clothing boutiques) with a good supermarket 150 metres from the house and only a 20-minute walk to the University of Bergen. Buses go directly from Bryggen to NHH (a 7-minute ride, 15 buses per hour) and to the airport (a 40-minute ride, 4 buses per hour). There is a parking stand for the (local equivalent of) Zipcar near the house.

Basics:

Number of Bedrooms
3
Number of Bathrooms
2
Number of Offices
1
Surface Size
1500 Sq. Feet
Suited for
6 people
Property Type
House

Availability:

Available from Friday, September 1, 2017 until Saturday, September 1, 2018
Minimum Stay
2 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Yes

*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Bergen
Postal Code - State or Province 5003 Hordaland
Country Norway
Neighborhood Keywords city center
Closest University University of Bergen
University nearby Norges Handelshøyskole (NHH)




Rental Price:

Asked
USD 2750 Monthly

Rent Negotiable
Yes
Utilities Included
No
Cleaning Services Included
No

Surroundings:

  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Walk To Campus
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Historical Home

Amenities:

  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Baby Furniture
  • Other:

Considerations:

Kid Friendly
Yes
Small Children Safe
Negotiable
Smoke Free
Yes
Pets Welcome
Negotiable
Car Available
No

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

No

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Overview of this feedback note: the house is spacious and well situated within easy walking distance of the University of Bergen and a short bus ride to NHH, the business university. However, the shabby, uncomfortable interior bears little resemblance to the well-appointed home pictured in the photographs on SabbaticalHomes.com; furthermore, the house is overpriced compared to similar homes for rent in the area.

The more detailed version. We lived in the house from August of 2014 to June of 2015.

Pro: the description on the site is accurate about the location. We were delighted with our easy walking access to everywhere we needed to go in Bergen, with occasional bus and train rides for things further afield: it meant that we neither needed a car nor monthly transit passes during our 10 month sojourn in Bergen. There are three different supermarkets within easy walking distance of the house, as well as many cafes, shops, museums and parks. Walk out the front door, turn left, turn left again and start climbing: twenty to thirty minutes later you are standing at the top of Mount Floien with the best views of Bergen and the fjords available: and if you don’t want to hike the funicular is just a five minute walk away. It’s a big townhouse, with heated floors throughout and lots of windows. The kitchen appliances are modern and work well, with a larger-than-average fridge for Bergen, decent oven and stove. There is laundry in the house as well. Wifi internet is available throughout the house. (We worked with the landlord both to upgrade the service level and also to install and configure a repeater in the house so that the wifi reached the attic, and he paid for both the increased service and the repeater.)

Cons: The interior of the house is almost nothing like the elegant, well-appointed pictures on the website. When the landlords left Bergen to move to the US, they took nearly everything with them that wasn’t bolted down. The nice, sturdy kitchen table and comfy-looking black leather chairs, for example, have been replaced with a table that is rickety, stained and unstable surrounded by chairs that have nearly no cushion left, nor back support, and are uncomfortable. The elegant artwork on the walls is gone, leaving scratched and pocked empty walls uncovered behind. The top, attic level is functional with a futon and a table, but it looks nothing like what is pictured on the site. When we arrived at the house at the beginning of our stay, it didn’t look like what we had rented, but the landlords had removed the listing from SabbaticalHomes.com and so we couldn’t check the reality against the pictures. Later, as our time in Bergen was ending and they began to look for new renters, they restored the listing and we saw the switch that had taken place. When we talked them about the inaccuracy of the pictures, they replied that they could not get new ones taken because we were living in the house! Since they have had ample opportunities to get new photos taken since we left in June of 2015 — and yet instead they have posted the old, inaccurate ones again — it’s hard to put much faith in their good intentions. The house is also overpriced compared to comps in the area, so the wise thing to do would be to avoid signing a long-term lease and shop around once you arrive. Moreover, the landlords prefer to set up a lease that originates in the US and has all financial transactions taking place in the US. This was convenient for us, so we did not object. However, the down side is that it means that renters have no standing with the local Bergen authorities in the event of a dispute.

Other things worth noting briefly: ? The staircase is very slippery; every member of my family slipped and fell down the stairs at least once while we were there. ? The landlord does not disclose in the listing that he will be living in the small, “au pair suite” on the ground floor, and there is no barrier between the suite and the main house. He is a quiet guy, and he lets his renters know about his one-week-per-month visits ahead of time, but suddenly having a roomie can change the dynamic in the house. ? The laundry is through one of the smaller bedrooms, which limits when you can do laundry. Moreover, the clothes dryer is a strange device that sucks moisture out of clothes and dumps it into a reservoir that you have to empty regularly: the dryer takes a very long time to dry clothes. ? While the location is fantastic in terms of easy access to all of Bergen, the house is on a busy street with lots of foot traffic and many loud and tipsy partiers staggering past on Friday and Saturday nights: beware if you are very sensitive to noise.

--Brad Berens www.bradberens.com

Disappointing Kathi Berens 5/11/2016 8:11:00 PM
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