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...
Exactly as described. Spacious, peaceful (quiet!), speedy wifi, and hot showers. Gracious and flexible host. Nathan was there when we arrived and accommodated our early am departure. The neighborhood has multiple grocery options with reasonable pricing. We also liked double decker bus 1/2 block away.
Nathan's apartment was amazing. Centrally located and around tons of shops, restaurants, and bars to explore. He goes the extra mile with his extensive guidebook of recommendations and all the ones we tried were great! I couldn't recommend his place more.
We had a great stay at Nathan's place! He was really responsive through out the whole process. And, he very kindly took the time to grab a beer with us when we got in and give us lots of helpful and humorous tips about the city and neighborhood, which was invaluable. His apartment has a very calm and inviting feel, and it's in a tremendous location. We found it really easy to explore Berlin because it's in the middle of so many interesting local neighborhoods, close to the canal and parks, and simple to get to the more touristy attractions from. We would recommend it!
Nathan's place was great! We stayed for 4 nights but would have happily stayed longer, lovely neighbourhood near the canal where there were always people sat enjoying the sun. Lots of great places near by, the best of which Nathan kindly recommended. He met us with a beer and was contactable all weekend for other tips, was flexible around our arrival and was generally a very nice chap.
This is a wonderful apartment in a great neighborhood close to the best of Berlin! Nathan was extremely helpful and welcoming and we would love to stay at his place when we next visit Berlin. The apartment is spacious and clean with lots of natural light. All in all, a great experience!
Nathan's apartment was everything we wanted it to be! Perfect location for us and very very comfortable. We could have stayed for a month. Nathan himself was extremely helpful and friendly, with lots of great tips and very flexible. Couldn't recommend more.
Nathan is such a cool, nice and laid back guy, and it´s reflected in his great flat in the coolest area (in my opinion) in Berlin. With a fantastic balcony, huge living room and nice bedroom overlooking the back garden, a stay at Nathan´s will give you a great start of your stay. The apartment has everything you need for a short or longer stay, situated by the beautiful Landwehrkanal. A short walk to cool spots like Wienerstrasse, Heinrichplatz, Oranienstrasse and Schlesischestrasse. Make sure to rent a bike, so you can really explore the nice neighborhood s of Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Explore Görlitzer park and have breakfast at Gipfeltreffen in Görlitzer strasse, drink Astra Urtyp at Ankerklause and have cocktails at Das Hotel in Mariannenstrasse. Bike through Volkspark Hasenheide and visit the beautiful Tempelhof Freiheit.
You will not regret staying here and I would recommend Nathans flat to couples, friends, single travellers.. anyone really.
I am an American journalist who has lived and worked in Berlin for 4 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.