To the Next Step :: Moving Homes

As I write this, I’m sitting on the floor in our empty flat…ready to move to our new flat!

It wasn’t something that I expected to be writing about this week, it wasn’t something I expected to be writing about until about November! But, here’s why:

Our friends are moving out of their flat and said they could put us in touch with the landlord and we could have it… and move in in 8 days time!DSC_0005

The thing is that it was a big decision for us as we  love our flat, except for the noise! Our flat faces onto one of the most busy roads in Santiago, meaning it is never quiet. In winter, it’s ok. You can hear the cars all the time but the problem is in the summer when it is 36 degrees and there is always the dilemma between opening the windows during the night and having air, or closing them and boiling in your sleep! So, we decided that we would move for next summer.  Until we got this offer of course.

The night we decided to move, when we discussed all of the pros and cons, Carlos said to me that our current flat is for the “settling in” period. He couldn’t have been more right. That flat is where we started our years in Chile together.  It is a special flat because:

It was our first home as a married couple

We’d lived together for three and a half years before getting married but this was our first home after getting married.

Our first home where we began our lives in Chile

It was the home where we got our new jobs and both started them the month we moved. It was where the Chilean adventure began.

The home we welcomed lots of visitors to.

We were very lucky to have so many visitors in our 16 months in the flat. It’s always great to have people from home visit (we had 4), people who were about to move house and crashed with us for a bit (5) and people just passing by (2)DSC05445

The home where we bought furniture for the first time

The majority of rented flats in the UK come furnished, meaning you might buy a few bits and bobs for your flat but the majority isn’t your choice. In contrast, flats in Chile generally come unfurnished meaning you have to buy everything – expensive but also fun! It means you really get to choose the style of where you live.  Which also means we are moving with all of our furniture so it should feel like home straight away!DSC06225The table Carlos and I made will be with us in the new flat…DSC05450

The flat where I fell in love with the view.

If you have followed me for anytime at all on this blog or my Instagram, you’ll know that our flat had the most amazing views of both the mountains and sunsets! That’s something I will miss so much and something that actually wanted to stop me moving! I mean, those views will stay with me forever.  However, our new flat still has a pretty amazing mountain view 😉dsc06073DSC06220

The flat where I got to walk to work

It couldn’t really get any better than a fifteen minute walk to work. It was especially welcome as I start work at 7.20am meaning the early morning wake up call was that little bit easier!  I’ll still be able to walk to work from the new flat but it will be a little bit further.

What are we looking forward to in the new flat?

The quiet!

The fact that we can open our windows and not hear noise.  And, we can use our balcony to sit out on, host bbqs and generally enjoy it.DSC_0006

The garden

The flat has a beautiful garden and pool that’s shared with all of the other flats and will be perfect for summer.

Having a dining table

We currently have a breakfast bar so I am really looking forward to owning a dining room table as we sit down to eat dinner together every night.  It will also be great to have friends round and use the table.

The next step

The next step is always exciting as you don’t know what is in store for you!DSC05456


Which homes do you hold close to your heart?

Marcella xx

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40 thoughts on “To the Next Step :: Moving Homes

  1. Good luck in your new endeavours 🙂 I’m sure you’ll make your new flat feel like home in no time. And you won’t believe the difference of living in a quiet place. When we transitioned from a noisy to a quiet place, the silence was golden.

  2. Good luck with the move! The pool and gardens sound lovely… and any flat will look amazing with that table you made! My current new home feels very special – first time in a place with someone important, first actual house, first home outside London… even buying a washing machine was ‘exciting’. Hope it all goes well 🙂

  3. How exciting but also bittersweet leaving your first home together in Chile. I love that coffee table Carlos made. Our last flat only had a breakfast bar too so we always ended up eating on the couch. I love having a table to eat at every night. It’s the little things, isn’t it?

  4. Oh, good luck! That’s so great that the right flat came up, even if the timing wasn’t quite what you had in mind. Enjoy settling in to your new place and I hope all the shifting of stuff isn’t too painful. We’re still looking for a place here so it’s interesting to read what matters to you and what works and what doesn’t 🙂

  5. Very excited for you and best of luck!! A 15 minute walking commute is hard to beat (especially as you start work so early… whaaaat?! Who made those working hours!) so it’s so good it’s not too much further from your new flat.

  6. Best of luck with the move!!! It is so hard to say bye to a place that has so many special memories, but your new place sounds even better! The view looks AMAZING as well (I love that pic where you can actually see the mountains!). I just hope you still have extra room in the new flat in case I ever get to visit ;).
    And I did’nt know in UK most flats come furnished. In the U.S. it’s all empty as well, and you have to move in your own furniture or buy. Here is Malaysia, it’s furnished with the big stuff (like bed, desk, wardrobe) too, and I thought it was so cool!

    • Thanks Anna! Everything went well and we are settling in just fine 🙂 It is great have furnished flats when you are students and first moving out as it’s too much to buy everything at once, but I love owing our own furniture now as we got to develop our style 🙂

  7. Oh I totally get you! We’ve lived for nearly 2 and a half years on a noisy street and it’s awful (though we never open the windows because Scotland lol), good for you to be moving and taking a new step! Hope it’s everything you want it to be 🙂 xx

  8. Congratulations on the new flat! But I can see why you’d be a bit torn about moving. All of those “firsts” and memories that you made together in a new place!
    But this is a new start (without noise) and some great views and you get a balcony (I’m so jealous of that!) Enjoy it! #wanderfulwednesday

  9. It’s always a tough decision to move from a home you love, especially if the place holds so much significance and great memories! All the best with the move to the new flat – I’m sure you’ll make many new and happy memories there!

  10. Congrats on the move! I know the downsides of living on a busy road vs a quiet one and although view is a perk, having some quiet time is also valuable!

  11. Congrats on the new house. I moved last year and it was so tough. I left the flat where my husband and I got engaged and married and it was our first home together so it was tough to leave. It took a while but now I love where we live. Although our first apartment will always have a special place in my heart 🙂

  12. Ahhh that’s so exciting!! We’re currently moving as well! Your new flat sounds so lovely with the garden and pool. I wish you lots of making beautiful memories in the new place 🙂

  13. I can’t wait to see the new place!!! So happy to say that I was one of the people that got to crash at your first apartment and still so thankful for that! It was such a great first home and you’ll always have those memories! Now on to bigger and better things!! So exciting 🙂

  14. Hi I’m new! It’s always exciting/scary to make a move like that. What an amazing view you have, but I bet the quiet will be so worth the trade! Look forward to hearing about it. Thanks for the opportunity to link up. I’m just returning to blogging after stopping for a decade to have kids. Yikes! Things have changed a bit! Hope others enjoy hearing about our recent trip to California for the first time. We are an east coast homeschooling family. We just returned from an 18 day trip out west for the first time to Cali and had a blast. I’m reliving it all now by sharing it on m new blog. Again, nice to meet you! I’ll pin your post so I remember to check back in.

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