Spacious, centrally located Bremen city home

Spacious, centrally located Bremen city home




Dec 2005

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 9
3 Bathrooms

About our home

IMPORTANT: We are a GLUTENFREE household because one of our children has celiac disease and our exchange partners need to be willing to be extra careful to keep the kitchen glutenfree (requires thorough cleaning and the use of only certain utensils).

Ours is a 1911 built typical Bremen town house with a small back yard. It has four floors, so you'll need to be able and willing to deal with stairs. The main floor has the kitchen, dining and living room - tiles in the kitchen, wood floors for the rest. One level up is the master bedroom, a dedicated guest room, and an office that has a bed as well. There are two bathrooms on this level, one with shower stall and tub, one with a showerstall only. On the top level are the two kids' bedrooms and another bathroom. One level down from the main floor is another office room that sleeps one (on a convertable couch), and there also is a shower, and bathroom. There's also a sauna down there. Access to the back yard / garden is from down there or from the kitchen. We have two kids (born in 2000 and 2002), so toys for their age groups are available (no electronic toys/computer/TV equipment for the kids). Strictly non-smoking and no pets (allergies, sorry). English speaking relatives thoroughly familiar with the house live around the corner in case there are any problems. High-speed internet access is included. There are 3 phone lines. Great place for a work-and-vacation stay. Kids welcome. Friendly and helpful neighbors. Garden will need watering, but not much care otherwise (occasional lawn mowing).


More about us

  1. We are a bi-national German-American family. Ulrike is German, a trained biologist and successful freelance medical translator. Peter is American, and now teaching mathematics part-time for the International Baccalaureate at the International School of Bremen (ISB) after a long career as mathematician and computer programmer/consultant. The kids are bi-national and bilingual and both attend ISB. We have lots of English speaking relatives, friends and acquaintances to help you get to know the city if that's what you'd like to do. We lived in Berkeley until November 2004 and find that Bremen agrees with us just as much (perhaps the weather excluded). We are non-smokers and the kids are well-behaved, responsible and reliable kids who love to read, draw, play games. One of the kids has celiac disease and has to follow a strict GLUTENFREE diet - so, if your home is glutenfree, you can be sure we will keep it that way. If it is not, you can be sure your kitchen will stay very clean because we'll need to be cleaning everything BEFORE and after use, thoroughly :-)

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Where is it?


Ours is an urban neighbourhood, but a quiet street. We don't have a car - everything is easily accessible on foot, by bike or public transportation. Monthly ticket for one adult plus kids (on evenings and weekends for two adults plus kids) included. Use of bikes negotiable. Bremen is a city of 550,000 that has a lot to offer - culture, architecture, lots of green and open spaces. The much more pricey city of Hamburg is an easy one-hour train ride away. Bremen is worth an extended stay by itself, but it also is a great starting point for exploring all of Northern Germany. Weather is unpredictable - be prepared for some rain even in summer, although it also might get pretty hot. The area is flat, so great for biking. We find that Bremen is above-average in terms of friendliness (including kid-friendliness) for German cities.

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