Monday, 26 May 2008

Zeuthen and Falkensee

Zeuthen Rathaus

Today we had two Besichtigungstermine; one at Zeuthen South East of Berlin on the Zeuthener See in the morning, the other at the other side of Berlin in Falkensee in the afternoon.

The Zeuthener Haus is in a gorgeous location. The ten minute walk from the station was pleasant and the house is located near the edge of a wood where we saw a red squirrel. The house is a semi-detached in a small plot of land overlooked by the neighbours (bad), but of very high build quality with lots of windows and under-floor heating. The problem is that it is not fertig (completed), and would require approx. 35,000 Euro to finish off. The Estate Agent didn't speak a word of English, but I think we muddled through!

Afterwards we had a walk through Zeuthen, which is a nice-enough town, to the lake edge which was beautiful, if a bit breezy. Applying the 'would Mums, Dads and visiting friends like it' criterion, we decided yes, though there was a lot of graffiti. Most of the graffiti was ANTIFA (anti-fascist organisation), which we couldn't decide if that was a good or bad thing; were the residents strong ANTIFA sympathisers, or did Zeuthen have a right-wing reputation and was being targetted by ANTIFA? Googling for Zeuthen council's political make-up it seems that in 2003 at least, the majority parties (after the independent 'Bürger für Zeuthen' with 6 seats out of 18) are the SPD (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) with 4 seats and the PDS (Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus) with 4 seats ( Merkel's CDU had 3, The ecological Grüne 1); so, some left-leaning folk around here.

The walk from the station to the Falkensee house was not so good as it was beside a busy, noisy, dirty road. Thankfully the house was set back from this road, but on a dusty un-tarmaced track. The house itself was surprisingly roomy and well-built. It was peculiar in that it was advertised as a semi-detached (Doppelhaus-Hälfte), but it was divided in half top-and bottom, and we would have the bottom half. On the plus side, the floor above is occupied by an elderly couple the women of whom is English. On the down-side, the arrangement of rights of way across the small amount of land were a bit complicated. Certainly worth keeping in reserve though.

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