About this listing
Spacious, 1 BR, 60m² + Living/Dining Room + Kitchen + Full Bathtub, on a quiet street in Friedrichshain. Close to Boxhaganer Plz, trendy bars, the U / S-Bahns /2 trams. No smoking or pets - sorry. Please contact me for weekly/monthly pricing options.
1990s renovated East Berlin flat, is minimal with simple artwork, basic 2nd hand furniture, and a spacious bedroom with a kingsize bed. Nice light in most of the apartment all day, good energy, and manages a cozy feeling. Full bathtub. I feel an excellent value. (Let me know what you think.)
Tons of conveniences: All you could really need within 1-5 blocks walking distance.
WIFI - yes.
Dish + Clothes Washer / Dryer available. Please feel free to use them, but at your own risk. If they're not functioning when i leave the apartment, i will not list them as available and so far, they've worked great for me. However, I don't guarantee that they will work without a hitch. I also can't be available to take care of repairing them during your stay in case of a problem. They are only a few years old, and I have had no problems with them, but you never know. :)
2 blocks from Boxhaganer Platz in Friedrichshain, U-bahn on the corner, S-Bahn 10 minute walk or 1 stop on the Ubahn.
PERFECT FOR 2, but ACCOMMODATES 3 comfortably: King bed + single air mattress in living room.
EASY CLIMB: 1 floor up / 2nd floor.
Everywhere (whole apartment) except for one room for our storage. You would have access to 60sqm.
Interaction with Guests
Sometimes in person, but normally via (website hidden) and email. In emergencies someone with a key can come to provide help.
Friedrichshain is one of Berlin's great neighborhoods. Like most of Berlin, you could wander the streets for days and not discover all the shops, cafes, record stores, book stores, clubs and restaurants. I love living here! Not to mention higher and higher end cocktails, boutiques and coffee shops continuously emerging alongside the good old standbyes.
Kinzigstrasse is a fairly quiet street, and acts as a bridge between the fast-paced Frankfurter Allee, where you can find almost anything you need, and the cozy neighborhood streets of Friedrichshain where you'll find Boxhaganer Platz and the growing number of great coffee shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques.
For transportation, I recommend walking/public, scooter, car share rentals, or bicycle. We don't have bikes available, but there are lots of rental possibilities and bike shops within a few blocks of the apartment.
Trains/Trams: 3 types of trains - S and U-Bahns, as well as 2 trams are available within 1-10 minutes walk from our apartment. Very convenient.
Line 5 U-bahn (Brown Line / Samariter Str.): is on the corner (less than a minute to get to). Alexander platz is about 5 quick stops on the Ubahn. Frankfurter Tor (major hub for getting to P-berg and K-berg) is 1 stop away on the Ubahn, or a 10-15 minute walk through Friedrichshain.
East/West bound Tram on Boxhaganer Str.: is at the end of our street also - which is one way to go East bound toward Kopenick or to Frankfurter Tor.
Frankfurter Allee S-Bahn: is a 10 minute walk or one stop Eastbound on the Ubahn.
North/South Tram (M10): into P-Berg and X-berg, is caught at the Frankfurter Tor. (1 stop Westbound on the U5)
Deutsche Bahn (German trains / high speed trains): trains can be caught from the Hauptbahnhof, and can be reached a variety of ways via public transport including, via S-bahn, from Ostbahnhof.
In addition to traditional bike rental or ownership, the city provides really convenient, automated bike rental stations all over Berlin with hourly/daily/monthly rental charges (maybe weekly too). One of these locations located in the park area at the end of Kinzigstr. This is about a 2 block walk to the end of the street.
There's a taxi stand 2 blocks South (end of Kinzig toward Boxhagener Plz.). in front of the Gold Hotel. Also, check out the amazing app!!, "MyTaxi". Incredibly fast / convenient taxi service straight to your door.
Drive Yourself Car Shares:
Car2Go (Daimler Smart Cars), Deutsche Bahn Car Sharing (Electric cars), DriveNow (BMW), etc. all let you drive yourself around town with hourly rental rates and easy pick up / drop off locations - usually just park them legally on the street and you're finished. If you have your own rental car, there is street parking but it's not free.
Other Things to Note
The co-owners of this apartment have a policy not to rent to anyone without Airbnb reviews and history. If you have no reviews yet, please understand that your reservation request may be declined.
The value of this apartment and its location cannot be overstated. While not a luxurious apartment, it is quiet, cozy, comfortable, very East Berlin and "German," and one of the more convenient spots you could ask for in the city. It is easy to get to, and convenient for getting to the most popular areas of Berlin in 15 minutes by car and 25-45 minutes via bike or public transport.
THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING: Sorry and thanks for understanding. There is no flexibility on this. If it does smell like smoke after a rental, a significantly larger cleaning fee (100 Euros) will be applied, and owners will seek to have this amount deducted from the security deposit. This is a firm policy.
QUIET RULES COMMON IN BERLIN: Unfortunately this is a biggie in this city though probably less so in squatter buildings or primarily artist buildings in Kreuzberg, etc. Just be sensitive to the noise you make - music, talking loudly, yelling, stomping around on the floor - especially between 9pm-7am.
NO PETS: I love pets! but in this case, no pets are allowed - sorry (and thanks for understanding)! We have allergies in the household so it translates to misery on our end.
Clothes Washer/Dryer Machine - Please feel free to use it but at your own risk. I don't guarantee that it will work however, or that anyone could fix it during your stay in case of a problem. And if something happens while water is still inside, you probably won't be able to open the door without professional help. So please be kind to it.
After booking you will receive access to more detailed information about Wifi, keys, things not to do with the wash machine, etc.
Lovely place to stay in Berlin. So funky and super convenient to U barn, metro, grocery shop, cafés and everything! Coolest neighbourhood in Berlin yet safe and quiet. We stayed there with our 7 year old son and had loads of fun. The host was also very easy to deal with and kindly offered us a late check out.
Appartement agréable dans quartier très bien situé. Les contacts avec Jette sont très cordiaux.
We never met our host but she was always very friendly and helpful in our conversations. The flat is actually larger and more spacious than it appears on pictures and has everything you need. It is located in a great area right near the ubahn and shops. I would definitely recommend!
We hadn't seen Jette's apartment and had booked one on the same neighborhood, from a guy named Erik. He canceled on us 24hrs prior to our arrival and it was quite despairing. Airbnb quickly refunded us and listed some options. We found Jette's apartment, who obviously wasn't expecting us, but had a planned trip and could very kindly let us stay there.
It was perfect. The apartment is big and great. The location is excellent, extremely close to the subway and in walking distance to drugstores, supermarkets and many other amenities. The neighborhood is great, with a vast selection of cafes, vintage shops, record stores and even a flea market within a 10 minute walk of the apartment. Her kitchen was perfect, we cooked a lot and everything worked just as expected. She's very polite and quickly answered all our questions.
We had no issues with the neighbors. Actually we didn't even see them, apart from the one across the hall, a very kind man.
She arrived in town one day before our departure and asked us to leave her suitcases in her apartment. She didn't even want to go upstairs, to not bother us, which we found amazingly polite and really respectful.
We hope she had no problems with our stay cause, without a doubt we had a perfect time in her beautifully furnished apartment and we owe that to a series of happy coincidences. We hope to be able to return someday.
Jette's flat is stylish and cosy, with a king size bed and a kitchen that is ready for cooking. Unfortunately, the neighbours seem to be extremely picky and the walls are very thin. Every slightly louder noise or talk is forbidden, no matter what time in the day (for example, it is not allowed to walk in the flat with street shoes). So after all I would recommend that flat to very quiet people or such who only need a place for sleeping. Last but not least, the flat is located in the middle of Friedrichshain, which is well known for its great pubs and clubs, so you might probably find something else to do in the evening than staying at home ;-)
Yes my neighbors need their quiet it's true, and i agree the walls are a little thin but not that bad. The rule for quiet in this building, which i've stated in the guidebook, is from 10pm to 7AM. But yes - it's not a building for party animals or college students wanting to be loud at night or anyone wanting to have friends over at night. I would not have enjoyed this place for that reason during most of my 20s. However it is a very cosy and peaceful place, so if that's what someone is looking for, it's a good place for them! Also i do stay up all night fairly often, and walk with street shoes in the apartment without problems, and without complaints. Tho i've learned to try to walk quietly or on the rugs primarily. While it is certainly considerate not to use shoes of course there is no rule saying not to wear them. The complaint we received from your stay, from our neighbors, was that they overheard a loud fight which was so disturbing to them, that they wondered if they should call the police to prevent someone from getting hurt. It's possible they are more sensitive to noise than anyone else i've ever known, but still, they called us to tell us this while it was happening, out of concern and annoyance.
Regarding the below comments, when i got home i ran the washer/dryer and it was working fine - everything dried. Possibly you put in too large a load or simply needed more drying time which is easy to add? But also i make it clear in the description that i cannot promise a working washer/dryer, and i that it would not be fixed during your stay if it were to break, but that you were welcome to use it while staying at the apartment. Also the dishwasher - it appears that you had pushed it too far inward so you couldn't close the door properly which is why it wouldn't work. I simply pulled it out a little bit so the door could close and it worked fine.
I did appreciate your doing the laundry though and the food! Thanks for that.
I'm sorry you had such a difficult time here, but it would appear that many of them are coming from not having the proper expectations about the flat, not having read the manual, or not understanding how to use a piece of equipment. Most people who stay here are extremely happy with the place.
Also i'd like to mention that there was tobacco and ash left behind in the window sill of the kitchen, but this is a non smoking apartment. It also smelled a bit like smoke when i returned.
Jonelle's place was clean, very nice and conveniently located. Jonelle was also very kind to call and make sure we got in okay and she was also very responsive if we had any questions.
We loved the apartment , very big , clean ,just like the photos .
Very huge bed ! And the neighbourdhood was incredible , a los of markets and conmections . We fall in love with berlin . Jonelle was a great host , we cant knew personally, but always responds our questions.
About the Host, Jette
My friends recently nicknamed me Freestyle. Why? Maybe because i tend toward reexamining and retelling - toward new skills and levels of skill and the exploration of various perspectives. I am moved by great story telling, the lives of creators, and that crossroads where passion, intellect and skill meet. At the moment i work for myself. I'm a professional singer / songwriter, amateur photographer, writer/content creator, and digital marketing/branding consultant for small businesses. Currently i'm pretty mobile, and spending time in both Europe and the US.