Yesterday I paid the £300 holding deposit to the landlord. (Pretty impressed by myself because I started researching on the renting market on the day I arrived. So it's been like...2 weeks since I started.)
The landlords are two guys. They met at the university and bought the flat together. The guy who is leaving is going to America for grad school. The flat is on the top floor of a Victorian converted maisonette. We decided to to meet at 12:30, but I was a few minutes late. There is a small black iron door at the entrance. Walking through a short black and white tiled path, you walk up the white stairs. I ringed and the landlord came down. We got inside, walked more stairs, you see the bathroom. Just from a glimpse, the bathroom looks modern and new, and bigger than the bathrooms in the other two flats I visited. Take a turn, the dining and kitchen are in the spacious room.
The space is airy and modern. The dining table is in the middle of the room. The dining table is natural wood, with long benches. Lights are one of the things that can make a huge different in the atmosphere. In the middle of the room, above the dining table are 7 or 8 Edison lightbulbs. This makes the whole room more polished and designed.
The kitchen is all white, and unlike US or China, the appliances are hidden inside the cabinets. This makes the kitchen looks a lot clean and uniform. On the other side is a light grey fabric love chair, and a wood shelf that's full of wine bottles (Japanese and western) , books and wine glasses. When I asked the landlord if I can use the utensils in the kitchen, he showed me their magnetic knife shelf, and the handmade knifes from Japan, and a stack of the Le Creuset Paella pans. "Mr.L (my future flatmate) doesn't roommate doesn't cook often, but when he does, he like to have everything ready," the landlord explained.
The flat has 3 rooms in total, but the landlords decided to use one of the room as a sitting room, and the other 2 as bedrooms. The landlord used a wood rod with a hook to pull down the projector screen. The other guy here loves movie, he explained.
The bedrooms are at the top of this house. One novel thing for me was I've never lived in an attic, and my future bedroom is gonna be in an attic. It has tilted roof, with a window opening to the sky! The room is small and doesn't have wardrobe inside (it's outside the room and all of the shirts are neatly organized by my future flatmate), but I'm pretty excited about it.
I'm moving in mid August. I'll definitely have more to say then!