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House in Strasbourg

by Elipe Online Now Jan 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Hi,

I'm offered a job in strasbourg for a few months and I'm looking for an appropriate house for me an my pets. By that I mean that it must have enough space for them to spend some time outdoors and in addition to be away from traffic. I understand that this is not possible in the center, but I'm willing to stay at 10-15 mins away from the center. Are there houses of this kind in the area and if so would a house like that be safe for a solo female?

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    Re: House in Strasbourg

    by Beausoleil Online Now Jan 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Hi. If it is just for a few months, you might consider renting a gite or apartment as a vacation home. These are nearly always in nice areas and of reasonable price. An added plus is there is often someone on site that might help with the pets. There are several organizations that rent like this. We have used Gites de France and Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) along with HomeAway and all are reliable. Here are the web sites for all of them. Since you're coming from Greece, you should have no trouble making arrangements for deposits since you are already EU. Enjoy Strasbourg; it's a busy and fun city. While there, try to tour the nearby wine villages. They are all spectacular.

    http://en.gites-de-france.com/
    http://www.vrbo.com
    http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/

    Good luck.

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    Re: House in Strasbourg

    by Beausoleil Online Now Jan 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    If you are going for only a few months and use a regular rental company, be sure you do not have to sign a long-term (year or 6-month) lease. The fact that you are looking for only a few months is why I suggested the vacation rental places. Most of these places are not allowed to rent for longer than a few months.

    You might also look for someone in the area looking for a temporary house-sitter. We've done that and it was fun. Check a local university or large business to see if they have anyone looking for a house sitter while you need to be there.

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    Re: House in Strasbourg

    by Elipe Online Now Jan 9, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Thank you so much for your replies. I've already checked those holiday properties and indeed I saw some potential houses that would be appropriate for me, but as you mentioned they are a bit expensive.
    I have already contacted more than 10 real estate agencies by email, but I got only one answer and that was in french. Unfortunately I do not speak french and that could be a problem.
    What is the 1% you mention?

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    Re: House in Strasbourg

    by Beausoleil Online Now Jan 10, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    I notice you are living in Athens, Greece. Perhaps you could telephone a local realtor to help you. I know there is Century 21 Real Estate in France so they are probably also in Athens. Gwened is correct, you should contact an international realtor who should have contacts in Strasbourg.

    If you are working for a reasonably large company, they should have a Human Resources Department (or something similar who hire, fire and transfer people). They should be able to help you or to at least refer you to a local source of assistance.

    Gites de France reference number 4003 is 1100 euros a month as listed. It's a pleasant house with a yard for your pets. Keep in mind that the prices listed are meant for vacation folks who are staying a week or two and sometimes less. If you contact the people and tell them you want a special rate for a long-term rent, you may find them considerably less than the posted price. We rent for a month at a time and have always gotten excellent prices. Three months should get you at least as good a price and perhaps better. It relieves them of the worry of having the place rented during that time period. It certainly is worth asking; all they can do is day "no" and you can check elsewhere.

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    Re: House in Strasbourg

    by Elipe Online Now Jan 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Thank you for all your answers and the useful tips/links.
    I have a few days yet to decide whether I'm going or not and in the meantime I'm doing a research to see what I can find. Once I decide I will definitely ask for help as well. I think it's a bit difficult to do this on my own since I don't even speak the language.

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