05 August, 2018

Relocation: AGAIN

I apologize. I mentioned that we signed a lease, and haven't yet followed that with details.

Honestly, I'm tempted to do a series of posts, because I have a lot to say about all the ideas we have for what to do with different areas, but that is probably tempting fate: We signed, but our contact is really the current tenant. When we met the landlord, he came over from his house next door with a notebook, hand wrote the basic facts of names and dates, and he and Brett signed. Then he tore the page out of the notebook and handed it to Brett. I'm not really sure what kind of rights that gives us, and my prayers daily include this entire situation because it seems kind of iffy, don't you think? 

Keeping positive, though, we are moving forward optimistically. Here is a bit of a tour of what we signed for:

From the front gate.

One thing that makes this house superior to the one we thought we had last month: I will not be responsible for the plants. The landlord takes care of them. And there's a papaya tree back there alongside the house!
That stairway looks so long to me! But it's not. It's normal.

I want to move the TV to the wall with the art on it. It gets glare now.

The fridge will be moved, to free up that bar-top.
That's the first floor, in a nutshell. Missing pictures are the guest room and the powder room, also on this floor. The guest room will also be my workspace.
Master bedroom, with a balcony.

Brett's classroom/office, with a balcony that connects to the balcony over the front door!
All three bedrooms have their own bathroom, too!
We overlook a peanut farm!
There is a third floor, too. A large storage space, and a large balcony. I didn't get any pictures of the balconies on the 2nd floor. Balcony-space! Another thing that makes this house better than the last one, IMHO.

Just because we've made a big deal about bathrooms, LOOK! There's a glass divider between the shower and the toilet! The bathrooms are all like this, except I think one has a washing machine in it, too.
We'll no longer be 8 minutes from a beach, but we are 5 minutes from a river. It's a very lush area.

18 comments:

  1. My understanding of the notebook paper was this.

    That was only a handwritten receipt proving that he collected our deposit from us. I expect that our actual rental contract will be much more professional.

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    1. Ah! Well since we've abandoned the agent, that would be my preference!

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  2. I see what you mean about palm trees. ;-)
    And balconies. Those are Most Excellent, too.
    May you be very happy there.

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    1. It's a good place. We were looking in furniture stores as we ran errands in Danang city center yesterday. So many ideas!

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  3. Looks like a nice place. When do you move in?

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    1. Our lease begins on the 15th, and our current lease ends on the 19th. We'll take one taxi full of suitcases down on the 15th, test internet, unpack the suitcases so we can repack, and make the final move on the 19th.

      Since we won't really know what's lacking until the 15th (we've only seen it full of the current tenant's stuff), we'll do some shopping here in Da Nang before the final trip.

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    1. We were in a 1,000 sq. ft. 2 BR, 2 BA apartment when we got married. Then we moved to a 1 BR apartment in Beijing that was less than half the size. We've been in a smaller 1 BR in Da Nang.

      Yesterday we talked about making efforts not to spend too much time apart each day, now that we'll have space! lol

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  5. Red,

    This new prospect looks very lovely. Having a glass divider between the shower and the rest of the bathroom is workable. It makes me think of the step-showers I'd like to have one day in our next home. We have a bathtub shower and sometimes it gets tricky getting in and out, especially if you're recovering from illness or abdominal surgery. I've had to deal with this situation four times over the years and the last time I nearly tripped getting because I was unable to raise my leg easily high enough to clear the edge. God spared me of any falls, though. Best of luck in getting moved into this place!

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    1. In most homes (and our apartment in China} the shower just sprays onto the floor. In China we settled for a bathroom where the shower was at least not in the middle, and put up a shower curtain.
      Here, the bathroom floor is typically about a centimeter lower than the hallway, and the shower in a western apartment is about a centimeter lower than the rest of the bathroom. No falls!

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  6. You had me at papaya tree.
    And balconies with an amazing view.

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    1. I know, right? And there should be fruit about a month or two after we move in!

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  7. Looks like a great place to live!!

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    1. We are excited to get there. I met the landlady today when we signed the official lease, and she is a trip! She seems as excited for us to get there as we are.
      I think she wants to show off her neighborhood.

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  8. I think it looks just as nice as the other place - in fact I think it might even be better (especially with plant maintenance included!)

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    1. It's definitely more flexible in terms of adding our own furnishings and touches. Also, a guest room on the ground floor is ideal. My sister with back issues was concerned about having to climb up to the 3rd floor in the other one!

      God definitely looked out for us in this search!

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  9. The house looks great, I'd enjoy living somewhere like that. The river looks beautiful and I like all the plants you have around-bonus that the landlord is looking after them.

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    1. Oh, I kill plants! I'm so glad they are not my responsibility! We are slowly making the house our own.

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