I’ve slowly come around to Robert’s preference for a house over an apartment, and our hunt for houses in Aarhus Denmark is in full swing!
When I first moved to Denmark in 2010, I bought the apartment that was my muse for nearly four years. Then I moved into Robert’s place where the lack of storage, privacy, and space, and the transient vibe that comes when two people haphazardly merge lives and belongings has taken its toll on me. I miss gardening, cooking in a nice kitchen, and having a place for everything. I miss having a project, a muse, and a home that I’m proud of.
Robert had bought the place shortly before we’d met and I kind of caught him by surprise. Love does happen when you least expect it ; -)
Houses in Aarhus Denmark
Aarhus is a university city, most of the city apartments are rented to students at insane prices, and there’s still not nearly enough housing to meet the demand. As much as I’d love to hold out for a spacious seven room apartment in the city centre, the fact is that they are few and far between and when they do come on the market, they’re in poor condition due to years of renter abuse, and they’re in buildings mostly rented out to students. I’m tired of noise and living with
slobs people who are in a different stage of life than me. I’m burned out on having to hunt for a parking space and sign up days in advance to wash laundry, and I’m ready to move to a house!
Danish design is famous the world over, and while most of it is too spartan for my taste, I do love a lot of the mid-century Danish architecture. At first, I said “nothing newer than the 1920s,” but I’ve revised my stance. Fortunately, a Danish architect-designed house from the ’50s – ’60s is within our budget, and my design-loving husband couldn’t be happier!
An architect-designed house from 1967 recently went on the market in Aarhus. The house is built into the side of a hill in a forest of evergreen trees, so it’s very private and sort of feels like you’re living in a treehouse, and still has its original kitchen and bathrooms!
One of our main house hunting criteria is that the house must have original features, or have been renovated with the age and style of the house in mind. Unfortunately, many Danish houses from all eras have been renovated in the modern minimalist Scandinavian style à la IKEA that I just cannot get onboard with, so this house was a real find.
Let me give you a tour…
Sadly, someone else will have to buy this house. We absolutely loved it, but the kitchen is too small, it’s two rooms short of what we need, and I want to be closer to the city center. We were hoping that some of the rooms would be big enough to combine uses, but that wasn’t the case.
We are a walking and cycling family, we can go weeks without using the car. I walk to the grocery store and shop at most for a couple of days at a time, Robert cycles to work, and The Oik cycles to school and walks downtown to hang out with his friends, but this house isn’t in an area that would allow us to do any of that. So we’ll continue to wait and hope that something comes on the market in the little enclave of houses at the edge of Aarhus city centre.
As we hunt for the perfect house, I wonder why people ruin period properties when they could just buy something new and leave the period properties to the people who love them. I hope that the people who end up buying this house will appreciate what a unique find it is. It’s survived intact since 1967 and I’d hate for someone stomp all over its period awesomeness.
And so our search for houses in Aarhus Denmark continues…