Cultural Experiences: Leasing a home in Hungary

Finding a Home in Budapest
When I moved to Budapest finding a home was at the top of my list of things to do. I saw many houses, and there were a few that came out on top as my favorites. One in particular for it’s spacious living room with wrap around windows. Another for it’s newness and in home sauna.

In the end my home selection was complicated by a few factors. My first choice house included an Italian landlord who wasn’t willing to negotiate on price;  (The home with the wrap around windows). The new (in construction) house with a sauna meant having workmen in my house finishing construction for at least three weeks. It was too much to take on with my dog who was adjusting to a new home and country. I opted out of that one, though it was a real favorite and less than five minutes from my job.

I have selected photos that I feel give a taste of what Budapest offers. There are amazing homes here. Houses that offer great features; including dishwashers, washer dryers, saunas, big yards, open floor plans, fireplaces, and pet friendly places…the list goes on. All pretty exceptional for a country in Eastern Europe.

 

.house hunting budapest

A historic cobbled street that offered a great view.

modern spaces, house hunting

This home offered modern space.

spacious kitchen, house hunting

This house offered a spacious kitchen, but a very small yard.

spacious entrance

This apartment offered a spacious and attractive entrance.

open floor plan, house hunting

This one offered a great open space, but a strange layout that I felt wouldn’t suit life with a dog.

private courtyard patio, budapest

This private courtyard patio was exceptional. I fell in love with it. Sadly the rest of the house, not so much.

new construction home in Budapest

I fell in love with this under construction house.

It had several bedrooms, a sauna, a nice yard, great windows and a good location. It was in my final two.

open floor plan home, budapest

This house was my initial first choice.

It offered a good location, a decent size yard, great open spaces, a beautiful open living area, air conditioning, a beautiful bathroom but only a mediocre kitchen. The landlord wouldn’t reduce the price, even though it had been on the market for a while.

This is actually a city that offers potential home renters some excellent choices. Yes, okay there were a few duds thrown in and one that was freaky and a little scary. But overall house hunting in Budapest turned out to be a good experience and I met wonderful people in the process; including my landlords who I have stayed in touch with.

My Hungarian Kitchen

My Hungarian Kitchen

Another view of my kitchen in the village.

Another view of my kitchen in the village. I loved this kitchen. It included a fireplace and open plan living room kitchen.

My Hungarian wood stove heated much of the downstairs easily.

My Hungarian wood stove heated much of the downstairs easily.

Upstairs Den with sky lights and an outdoor patio.

Upstairs Den with sky lights and an outdoor patio.

Backyard view of my rental house in Nagykovacsi.

Backyard view of my rental house in Nagykovacsi.

The backyard view from the upstairs after a big snow storm.

The backyard view from the upstairs after a big snow storm.