I’ve been living in a rental apartment for almost 7 years. I’ve purposely kept furniture acquisitions to a minimum, bound to the idea that all this is just temporary, and that I want to be able to pick up and move easily when the time comes.
Economist husband and I are pretty convinced that this ‘temporary’ mode is the right decision for us currently, but both of us pine to have a place to call our own.
Moscow, sadly, is a hard place to buy. The average price per square meter for a Moscow residence runs about $6000 to $9000. In the neighborhood we’re currently living in a decent one-bedroom costs about $350,000.
So, for now, I’m happy with renting, but I love poring over interior design sites and cataloging away ideas for a future house or apartment. Moscow “The Village” blog has a series of posts on Moscow and Kiev apartments that I absolutely love.
I really like the idea of living in a small space and keeping my collection of stuff to a minimum, so I’m fascinated by these unique and creative small-space designs in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev…I especially like the open layout living plans…
Take a look! What do you think? Do you own or rent? Do you prefer big or small spaces?
P.S. Click on the pictures for full apartment tours and click here for “The Village’s” March collection of apartments (in Russian)
PPS. New York Times article on Moscow real estate
PPSS. “The Village” article on Moscow real estate (in Russian)