It's time to look at houses again. We're going to want to own something comfortable at some point that won't require us to move. Even though the economic recovery will probably not be driven by housing, I'm going to go on the record saying that prices are as low as they're going to get. An Estonian real estate broker even said in a newspaper that now is not a good time to buy -- signal to proceed.
A trip to the US didn't suggest many real estate options that made my mouth water, it just made want to cry to see how anything appealing was out of our range, so we're looking at Estonia, as hard that is to accept that I am gradually becoming a lifer here.
There's a number of properties on Veerenni tänav in the "Old South" of Tallinn's city centre for good prices. We looked at a loft that had consisted of an unfinished attic under a 4-metre gable roof, and three or four small apartments that were in an interesting state -- as if the former owners (factory workers with a teenage son, it appeared) had moved out in a hurry in 1989 and no one had been there since. The price was good as one would expect but reflected the location near the city centre.
I'm not crazy about it. Veerenni is a pretty noisy and ugly street that in my opinion had more charm -- a working class charm like that of the Kalamaja district -- back when there was an historical factory front across the street that extended several hundred metres. That was demolished some time ago to make way for the Lutheri residential quarter which is planned to be one of those industrial reclamation projects that Estonia is lauded for (in fact this phenomenon might contend for this blog's "top ten best things about Estonia"). With the recession, I'm not sure how on schedule the Lutheri project is; the website looks nice, but there's been a big vacant lot there for more than a couple seasons.
But on both sides of Veerenni are wonderful residential areas of private homes -- the best I can think of in the city centre (unless you count Lilleküla as part of the centre) -- a slightly plainer version of Nõmme, simply ideal quiet, leafy areas of medium-sized homes and big yards. I don't see any of those for sale though. It's the houses on the edge, right on Veerenni. So I wonder what people know about Veerenni that we don't. Are they going to widen it to make room for all the traffic the new development will generate?
I also entertain the absurdist fear that the plan is ultimately for Veerenni to live up to its name -- a giant gutter or flume.
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