Expat Life

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

After the horrible hotel experience I had a few weeks ago, I was a little wary about moving into our temporary flat in Chiswick, just outside central London. We didn’t have any idea what to expect beyond the 2 bedroom/1 bath description we’d been given. (The term bedroom is used loosely in London as well – sometimes they look more like closets!) Knowing this place was only going to be our home for the next thirty days made it less scary though. If it turned out to be awful, we’d find a way to make it work for a month.

We had nothing to be afraid of, though. The flat we are in is part of a new construction complex on the side of an existing building (which is still under construction, otherwise I’d have included a picture of the exterior) and it’s all just lovely.

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

We are on the second floor (or the first floor if we are speaking in London terms since they call the first floor, the “ground floor”) of the building. When you walk into the flat, you enter into the hallway where the bedrooms and bathroom are and you’re looking directly into the open living area.

Keep in mind, the entire flat is only 630 square feet, so these grainy pictures with my iPhone had to be taken at some very odd angles to try to fit the room into the shot!

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

Our kitchen, dining area, and living room are all open to each other which ends up making them all look a lot bigger than they actually are. We have a hard time fitting two cooks into our kitchen at the same time, but at least it’s a pretty one to work in. All of the appliances, although shrunken versions of their American counterparts, are brand new. The clothes washer is actually in one of the kitchen cabinets, as well as the dishwasher. No clothes dryer – we’re doing it the old-fashioned way now!

Our living/dining combo is perfect, too. Except for the wide hallway, the designer of these flats did a tremendous job maximizing the space available, so we never really feel like we’re cramped even though we’ve lost about 2,500 square feet of living space. As a bonus in our living room, we’ve got cable TV, and it seems British folks like most of our favorite American TV shows because they play here as well!

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

Both bedrooms and the bathroom are in the hallway when you walk in. The master is the first one you come to. Both rooms are about the same size, but the master has built in wardrobes for closets. The bathroom is just gorgeous, but so tiny that I’d need to be Spiderman to get a proper picture of it for the blog. There is a shower behind me, so we aren’t resigned to showering in the bath tub with a handheld showerhead yet. Although that might be the case in our next flat. (Hoping not!) Lexie’s room only has a small dresser for storage, so I’d really like to find a permanent flat that has wardrobes in her room, too.

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

The flat itself is located on a road called Chiswick High Road. It’s the main street through the town of Chiswick where we’re living. There are about 200 shops and restaurants on both sides of a two mile stretch down this road, so everything is within walking distance from us, including Cory’s work and the school we think we want Lexie to go to. If we do end up choosing the school here in Chiswick, we hope to find a permanent flat on this same street. Walking everywhere has its perks, including a perky rear end! We’ve been averaging about three miles a day since we got here, so that makes me not feel quite so bad about eating like crap for the past week. Who wants to cook when you’ve got about thirty different types of cuisine a few steps from your front door?

Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick Our Cozy Temporary Flat In Chiswick

While considered part of Greater London instead of the actual city, Chiswick still has that London charm – the beautiful old buildings and churches, open green areas full of people when the weather is nice, and, of course, the classic red phone booths.

Before we moved here, I thought I’d want to be directly in the city, as close to Buckingham Palace as possible, but as soon as we started exploring Chiswick, I knew this place was more us. There’s a more laid-back feel here than in the city, and I certainly don’t feel the same pressure to leave the house looking like a Gucci ad as I would in South Kensington or another similarly ritzy borough. Not to mention, everything is quite a bit cheaper in Chiswick, including the flats, restaurants, and markets.

Next week begins our search for a permanent flat and I’m really excited to see what we’ll be able to get with our limited budget. It’s kind of fun making such a drastic change in regards to home size and possessions. Considering we’ve been living out of our suitcases for three weeks and have been fine, I’m wondering why I even had a shipment of other stuff coming over. I can’t even remember now what we had in it! I’m quickly learning that our stuff doesn’t matter, these experiences do!

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19 Comments

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    Stacie Stamper
    June 1, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Love the little cereals and the sock monkey on Lexie’s bed…makes it seem homey!

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    Nicole
    June 1, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    This place is SO cute! Looks a lot more like “you guys”. So homey and quaint looking. You can always visit the city, which I’m sure you’ll do soon. But living in a place like this would just be perfect. The flat does look small, but doable! For a little while at least. Here’s to hoping you find a new place soon!

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    Jo
    June 1, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Glad you guys got a nice place to spend the first month in. Good luck with the house hunting, I really hope you find a place in Chiswick.

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    Jenn Bowers
    June 1, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Love how bright it is in your temporary flat! And the street….so charming!!!

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    Daphne
    June 1, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Your apartment looks nice, spacy and contemporary. Wouldn’t mind it at all for a while. Have fun getting settled in and enjoy London!

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    Macey
    June 1, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    That’s FANCY! Chiswick is a fun name too. :)

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    Diana Bockus
    June 1, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Super cute! I like it! Sounds like things are going well for you! I can’t wait to hear how your search goes!

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    Alyx
    June 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    It is gorgeous!!! So excited for you guys! This area looks simply gorgeous, and how fun that you’re so close to so many different things!!

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    Janette Johanson
    June 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    You have a good eye for pictures. I think its funny that they call their homes FLATS.. when I hear flats, I’m thinking of shoes. Anyhooo.. I can’t wait to see where you guys end up and you definitly have a beautiful temporary space! How is the food? Your spiderman skills are pretty nice! What is the school season like there? Year round or summer break?

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    Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    June 4, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    What a lovely place to stay! And so glad to hear you are finding Chiswick to feel like home. Sounds more like my speed as well! Good luck on the search!

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    Marie
    June 4, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    I love your last sentence. I think sometimes we actually need the experience of letting go before we realize it’s all going to be okay. Your place looks beautiful, good luck with the real search this week.

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    Emmymom
    June 4, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    It is a great place you are in now and I will be so excited to see what you find. Sounds like a great place as yea while cities are so fun to visit I don’t really want to live In a really big one.

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    Connie Weiss
    June 4, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    I love it!!

    I thought my 2bedroom flat was small!

    I’m going to call my place a flat from now on. :)

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    stephanie
    June 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    That is way cute! And I love that it’s a flat… is it wrong to call my house a flat? bahahaha it just sounds adorable!

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    Jessica McCoy
    June 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Hi Sarah!! Your new flat is very pretty even though it’s a BIT small. I can’t wait to see more pictures of London! Good luck hunting out your permanent place. :)

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    Shaylynn
    June 7, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    This is stunning.. stunning! WHY AREN’T YOU SHOWING UP IN MY GOOGLE READ??!?!?!?!?!? I guess I really do have to use bloglovin.

    1. I cannot wait to visit;)
    2. That toilet confuses me, I’ll confess.

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    rorybore
    June 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    It looks absolutely charming!! I love it. And here I’ve been sitting here wishing for a larger home, when really… I think the secret is to go smaller. you simply cannot fit much things into and thus: never cramped! or over-stuffed. and much easier to clean I imagine.

    good luck with the flat hunting. And yes, enjoy these experiences. it seems like a grand adventure.

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    Mrs. Match
    June 9, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Wow, your temporary flat is gorgeous! I watch a lot of House Hunters International, and some of the places just make me cringe. I hope you find a great place to live. The location you’re at now looks like it’s perfect for exploring!

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    Kerry
    July 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Oh wow!! I love that last line you wrote!!

    These posts are so enjoyable, I have probably told you a million times how much I love your writing…

    You made me smile when you admitted that you would have liked to have gotten a flat near to Buckingham Palace lol you are funny :)

    Chiswick looks lovely, I really cannot imagine it, having never been to England (only when I was 3 on our stopover from Nth Ireland to Australia).

    I do notice the similarities though to the UK and us Aussies, especially that breakfast cereal you had in your kitchen ;) We are very British over here when it comes to food and our way of life, having come from convicts obviously!

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