About this listing
The stereo has four speakers, a turntable, radio and CD player--sorry, no tape deck...
Steps from the canal, a block and a half to hipster haven Görlitzer Park, 5 minutes to the U1 and U8 subway lines, and located in the heart of Kreuzberg, my spacious, sun-filled apartment has a totally awesome and enormous balcony big enough to seat four people for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three, if you love to eat al fresco).
The bedroom and living room are filled with modern, confortable furniture and tons of plants, including my baby, a gorgeous and growing lemon tree. The bedroom is very quiet and has a desk, bookshelf and two side tables.
The bathroom is compact, but has a super-hot, high-pressure shower (a real Berlin rarity), and the kitchen has a large fridge, washing machine and plenty of space to store groceries. If you're looking to grocery shop, there's an organic supermarket four blocks to the west, and a smaller corner grocery story with everything you need half a block away, another just south of the canal and a big one a block to the west.
If you want to go out for a night on the town, you couldn't pick a better spot to get in and out of the nightlife quickly. It's a five-minute walk in pretty much every direction to the bars of Kreuzberg or Neukölln, and my kiez (neighborhood) is packed with record stores, bars, restaurants and even an insanely popular boules court right on the canal, 2 min. from my front door.
Light-filled and quiet, the apartment also has a turntable and stereo with four speakers (and an iPod jack) in the living room, a speaker system in the bedroom, fast WiFi, Algerian carpets, a hall closet (another Berlin rarity) and lovely German neighbors (who all speak English, amazingly) to boot.
As one of my friends once told me after staying here, "It's like instant therapy!" Well, the doctor is in...or out, as the case may be...
Also, make sure to check out my guidebook to Berlin--the very best of the city is all in there, and it gives you a sense of what a great location you'll be staying in.
When you step in the door, the apartment is for all intents and purposes yours to enjoy. The grill, the oils and other cooking supplies in the cabinets, the WiFi (of course), my broken printer with the still-functional scanner, and of course my awesome collection of architecture and design books, the majority of which are in English.
Interaction with Guests
It's kind of on a case by case basis, but I've had taken guests out for drinks, on short tours around the neighborhood, or just had a few beers on the balcony when they arrived. Part of the reason I host is because I like people, getting to know them, and sharing what's so great about the city. That's also why my Guidebook on this site is so extensive--even if we don't meet, you'll get a taste of what I love about Berlin so much!
Kreuzberg is of course known as the cool kids neighborhood, but what I like about it most (and particularly my hood, Reichenbergerkiez--"kiez" is your sort of general, local hood) is the canal and huge leafy trees that line the streets, all filled with an eclectic mix of weird and wonderful people.
I love to sit on the canal edge and read or watch the boats go by, or walk to any of the little bookstores, restaurants or bars to meet friends or just have some time to myself.
I can't imagine living anywhere else in the city. I grew up on the ocean, and in a landlocked capital, the canal means a lot to me. It ain't Amsterdam, for sure, but it has the irreplaceable grungy charm that makes Berlin feel so welcoming.
Not only am I smack dab between the U8, which will take you right up through Alexanderplatz and Mitte in about 10 minutes, and the U1, which will take you across the river to Friedrichshain or west over to KaDeWe, my apartment is on the M29 bus line--one of the few double-decker busses in the city. The M29 will take you on an awesome tour through central Berlin, through Checkpoint Charlie, past the Berlinische Galerie, Neues Nationalgalerie, Bauhaus Archiv, and all the way down the Kurfurstendamm.
However, I encourage everyone to walk or bike as much of the city as possible. There are three or four bike rental shops within a 10 minute walk of my apartment.
Other Things to Note
You are going to absolutely love this place.
Just try not to be super loud or super messy, and respect the space and all the stuff in it. In other words, just be yourself! Oh and keep an eye on the plants and the flowers on the balcony if you would... some of them can be rather thirsty little babies...
Nathan's apartment was perfect! We were so happy with the location because we had more of a local experience as opposed to staying in a touristy area. He and Richard were amazing hosts and we couldn't have enjoyed our stay more! They gave us great recommendations for restaurants and bars in the area which we definitely utilized. Highly recommend their apartment when in Berlin!
This is a charming cross ventilated apartment with a great little terrace. Everything was great.
Location is perfect for exploring the Kreuzberg and Neukoln areas. The flat itself is really spacious with a lovely living area and balcony. Nathan was really accommodating when we checked in late & even more so when we checked out late!
Nathan's apartment is fantastic! He welcomed us in with a beer and told us about Berlin. Right away, the stay was off to a great start. The living room is huge and comfortable, but the best part is the small balcony overlooking trees - a little oasis. Location wise, it can't be beat, canal on one side and park on the other. Tons of great coffee and bars nearby! Great spot to stay!! Highly recommend it.
We had an amazing stay at Nathan's apartment. The space was perfect for our needs - a great place to relax and enjoy our vacation. The bed was comfy, the kitchen was well-stocked, and the outdoor patio was a perfect place to relax after running around the city. Climbing vines and greenery outside made it feel like the perfect getaway.
The BEST reason to stay at Nathan's apartment is the location. It's walking distance to great bars and restaurants in Kreuzberg and Neukolln and an easy walk to public transit to access other parts of the city. We had not problem getting all over the city within 15-20 minutes if something wasn't already within walking distance.
Nathan did an awesome job recommending fun things to do and places to go that gave us a taste of Berlin life. He was extremely responsive and responsible throughout the whole process.
I'd stay at Nathan's place again in a heartbeat!
Nathan's place was perfect for my stay in Berlin. It's a very nice size apartment in a very quite neighborhood, yet still close to local nightlife and good restaurants. Nathan was there to greet me on check in and even gave me some info on what was happening around Berlin during my stay.
Nathan was very accommodating in dealing with our flight delays and late arrival. Once we made it to the flat, he was incredibly welcoming and gave us a tour of the spacious and lovely apartment. Nathan was easy to contact and very communicative. Per the photos, the apartment is very bright and open and has a beautiful balcony overlooking a private garden. The apartment was very quiet and felt very private. The location is in near proximity to many great restaurants and bars and it's easy to walk from. The flat is a few steps away from a path that walks along the canal, which is lovely for an evening stroll.
About the Host, Nathan
I am an American journalist who has lived and worked in Berlin for 7 years. There is nothing better than giving people the chance to experience this wonderful and totally insane city. I wouldn't live anywhere else in Europe, and it is hard to imagine living anywhere else in the world.
My bookcase is stocked with tomes on architecture, art, history, and a healthy selection of novels. I take great pride in caring for my plants and the flowers that line my balcony, a huge lovely space with enough room to seat six for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Many a fantastic grill party have been enjoyed sitting out in the evening Berlin air.
When I've got the time, strolling along the canal, located about 30 feet from my front door, is a great way to take in the neighborhood. The city's most eclectic, if not prettiest, park (Görlitzer), is a block and a half to the north. When I want to get out and about, I'm within walking distance to two subway lines and the double-decker M29 bus, which takes you clear across town in half an hour (KaDeWe shopping, anyone?).
I firmly believe that staying in an apartment with character, charm, and a sense of individual style is miles better than almost any hotel, and you get to see things and meet people you otherwise wouldn't. Nothing beats Berlin through the eyes of the locals.