Earlier this summer, I sent in an application to HGTV’s House Hunters International (much to my dear friend Blythe’s delight) to be on the show, but sadly, only received a auto-response saying they receive too many requests to respond individually. ☹ No matter–I’ll create my own version here!
One thing to note: It surprises me how very few “mansion” have 2 bathrooms. Coming from the States where there are many 2 or 3 bathroom apartments and homes, it’s hard to consider going back to one bathroom. Especially with a pre-schooler who informs us he has to go potty 2 seconds before the stream starts. This makes for interesting 12 hour day excursions, for sure! So, here are the descriptions (cue announcer).
House #1: Dated, 2 bathroom Osaka Castle mansion
“This 1981 concrete high-rise has 3 elevators (which not all buildings have) to service the 960 units in the building. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with 2 small balconies in this 5th floor mansion. The kitchen is small and dated and the 3rd bedroom is a tatami room with a large closet. The closet is deep enough for the oldest son to sleep comfortably. There is an outdoor concrete play area for the kids to enjoy.”
Pros: The elementary school is across the street, the preschool and a konbini (convenience store=mini mart) are next door (not together–that would make for a chaotic setting) and did I mention 2 bathrooms? Cons: It’s really old…and drabby.
House #2: 1st floor, rural, outdoor living
“House #2 is outside the city, with residential homes all around. It is a newer, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 2004 mansion on the 1st floor. The kitchen is small, but has a semi-open concept to the dining and living areas. Included for use is the backyard terrace with decking and a small garden area.”
Pros: better layout for the claustrophobic in us, outdoor deck Cons: 1 bathroom, 1st floor, long commute, rural area so a car is a must
House #3: Modern living in an urban setting
“This 4 bedroom, 1 bath mansion is located in the heart of the city, only 1 subway stop away from the hustle and bustle of Shin-Osaka station. It is a newly remodeled unit in the 20 year old building. There are a few playgrounds in the middle of the 31 building complex.”
Pros: Convenient location, (20 min commute for Michael), 4 bedrooms Cons: 1 bathroom, and perhaps a little too urban?
“Which one did they choose? Tune in next time to find out.” (cue commericals)
Here’s a preview for the next post:
On the left is Michael purchasing his official lipstick…I mean official hanko seal. This hanko is used instead of signatures. On the right he is “signing” the lease with his seal.