The charm of life in old houses
The tendency of recent years is to buy or rent an apartment in new neighborhoods away from the center. As arguments are given - clean air, although this is a controversial issue, since often in such places are garbage processing plants and other plants that are not built in the center. Also there is a forest or a lake nearby, which is certainly a plus, but is there a time for working people to walk every forest every day, and when there is free time, then it's no problem to get to the nature from the center. But all the same apartments in new buildings are scattered like hot cakes. So why are foreigners coming to the capital, believe that it is real estate rental in the center - the best option. Here the role is played not only by the proximity to various sights and interesting places, but also by the peculiarities of the mentality.
Why is it different in the West?
Few Parisians, if there is a dilemma in front of him, where to buy an apartment in the center of the capital of France or on its outskirts, but in a new building, the latter prefers. After all, only old houses are filled with the spirit of aristocracy, grandeur and subtlety. Not for nothing in the houses located in the center of European cities it is forbidden to change the facade. That is, for any redevelopment inside and outside the apartments, you need permission from government agencies, and about replacing old frames, modern plastic, facing and painting balconies - it does not go at all. Since even if the houses do not belong to the architectural heritage, such changes worsen the whole ensemble and spoil the overall picture of the center. If the owner, by stupidity, buying an apartment in an old building in the center of Paris, Barcelona or another major European city, decides to recolor the balcony railing from one color to another, then he will be required to return the old look, and perhaps even pay a fine.
Feel the spirit of antiquity
Tell me what do you associate with the old house with masonry "for ages", high ceilings, thick walls and amazing facades? At me with the Silver age, Bulgakov, the intelligent old woman in a white blouse and a cameo on the neck, coming out of the entrance. And where, if not in such a house should live a refined, educated, knowledgeable in style and exquisite luxury man, like not in an old house in the center of the city. I know that many will immediately start to object, they say, and the pipes are old, and ventilation is bad, etc. Of course this is not everywhere, because in many houses after the restoration they were replaced, but in fact in many new buildings there are so many drawbacks that there is enough fingers on your hands.
Life in a quiet center with large window openings, nice balcony, from which a view opens into a quiet, overgrown with greenery, a courtyard or on the domes of old churches - how much in this charm! And what can be compared with their interior decoration, where the stucco still has stucco molding, a fireplace in the huge living room and a tiled stove in the bedrooms. Of course, all of the above is not preserved in all houses, but large spaces, beautiful non-standard layout, relief doors and even creaking wooden floors create a special atmosphere. As if we are in a different world where there is no fuss, we would like to take a book from the shelf and sit in a rocking chair, go deep into your favorite novel or at an oak table in your office to do business. And what could be more beautiful than in the morning with a cup of coffee to go to a huge window with open shutters and admire the view from the window.
Disputes about what is better - apartments in new buildings far from the center or in old houses in the heart of the city can be conducted endlessly. Old buildings have their own history, individuality and charisma, but in such houses, as in humans, there are "old diseases". In the new apartments everything is planned, as modern fashion and standards dictate, but they are deprived of that special charm that is acquired only with the years.
In the previous article, did we find out which was better? Buy an apartment or a house outside the city?