A RARE OPPURTUNITY: Pleasant modern 3 room downstairs apartment in beautiful building from 1897 located in very quiet area, right on top of the St.Hanshaugen Park (north-central) with direct views to this lovely park (no buildings opposite). From top of this park (3 mins. walk) you can view the Royal Palace, most of Oslo and the fjord. Fully equipped and furnished apartment. Under floor central heating. Wood burning stove. Air condition. WiFi/Internet. 75 sqm, 2 large rooms, both with sofa beds, and 1 bedroom with small double bed and single bed with its own en suite bathroom and kitchenette. Bed linens and towels provided. One of the large rooms has the main kitchen area, the other a dining table. Comfortable modern main bathroom with shower and toilet. Small garden (morning coffee at sunrise). Hardly any parking problems. This is the downstairs section of the owners’ apartment above and has its own entrance, with the park across the quiet one-way road. Good shops and cafés near by. This is central Oslo's highest point, located in Geitmyrsveien 31B, about 15-20 minutes walk to the city centre and 10 minutes walk to Oslo University Hospital. City maps provided in the apartment.
3 bedrooms, sleeps 6 within walking distance to centre of Oslo
Morten PR Russell Wedén
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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 19, 2019
About Morten PR Russell Wedén
I was born 1947, and trained as graphic designer in London, were I worked as designer, later as writer and film critic in Norway. Stayed with my family in Italy and South Africa for some years. I am now enjoying traveling and working with real estate development. When this Oslo property is rented out, I myself usually stay in another apartment above. This means I am seldom far away should you need any assistance.
Morten PR Russell Wedén purchased this Apartment in 1987
Why Morten PR Russell Wedén chose St. Hanshaugen
The house sits high on a hill overlooking a lovely park. I was always attracted to this house and area for many years. Then came the opportunity to purchase. When I bought the apartment more than 28 years ago, I immediately connected to it. I felt I was 'home'. It is always like that with homes; it’s either love at first sight or there is no connection at all. This apartment is a perfect shelter, a place where you can relax completely. You image you are in the country, yet you are in the middle of a city. My three adult sons have grown up here, my baby boy has just started getting the feel of the place. Recently the facade went through a major restoration and most of the original details are in place. This apartment still has the original lay out, and although it has modern appliances throughout, it has hardly been altered since it was built in 1897. It is filled with lots of artefacts, prints, sculptures and antiques.
What makes this Apartment unique
Through the years I have introduced some architectual salvage into the apartment; intarsia doors, among other things. These items do not contrast, but complement the apartment, so does the comprehensive video library, and films can be watched on a giant cinema screen. And in the morning you can bring your coffee with you out on the other side. In winter you can enjoy a drink in front of the roaring fire in the living room. I can never see myself giving this apartment up for another.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Comfortable, affordable, and convenient
We stayed here for 4 nights (2 adults, 3 kids) and had plenty of space. It feels like you're staying with a friend or relative in this basement apartment, and I mean that in a very good way. Very easy walk to the bus into town (or walk all the way), the park across the street is quite nice, and groceries, etc. are an easy walk as well.
Morten was a great host. He was there when we arrived and made us feel more than welcome, showing us around, giving info on how to get to town, how everything works, etc.
We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend.
It was a place to base for our time in Oslo
The property is both as described and reviewed. Not fancy, but it is reasonably priced and is conveniently located. Thanks.
Nice flat next to the park!
We had an enjoyable stay in the flat. The park across the street is a really great place to enjoy a picnic from the local bakery. Easy access into downtown Oslo with the city bus or to the airport via the Flybus. Morton and Gustav were great to work with and made the experience easy. Would definitely recommend.
A true home from home
We stayed in this apartment while visiting our son in Oslo and it was a real home from home. The location is perfect, within easy reach of everywhere, and Morten was extremely helpful and obliging. We will definitely return.
A spacious apartment, full of character
We stayed at Ovre Gate 5, an apartment on three floors with plenty of room for our party of three adults. It is part of an old building but the apartment has everything you need for a comfortable, winter stay in the city, including underfloor heating in the bathrooms and wood-burning stoves. The shops of Grunerlokka are very close and the city centre is only about 15 minutes walk away, with excellent tram and bus connections if you don't feel like walking
The property was not as nice as advertised
1. The location is excellent. There is a park across the street. The bus access to the Sentrum is excellent.
2. There is a grocery (Rema 1000) and a liquor outlet, Apent Backeri and pubs less than 10 minutes walk.
3. As noted in other reviews the baths have been recently updated and our very good.
4. We only marginally used the kitchen
5. The beds were very comfortable.
Cons: for the price.
1. To me this is not a ground floor flat, it is a basement walk down. It is all about 2 meters below ground level with high small windows.
2. The dank and damp smell noted in other reviews is still there when you enter the winder stairs down to the flat.
3. The internet was fast once we could get connected. (See power comment).
4. Both the host and his backup were out of town during our stay so onsite help was not available.
5. The power to the flat would overload the breakers and the power would go out. This shut down the internet until our host arrived home Sunday.
6. We could not get the oven in the main kitchen to work. There was a second kitchennett without an oven. Only one of the water kettles worked.
7. It was not cold during our stay so I do not know how the heating would work.
8. The decore of the flat reminded me of a university boy's party pad with some extra rooms. Basically a cheap reclaime of a basement so it could be let out as a temporary, VRBO. It was not dirty or trashed but it just had a once over for the next guests. Since the host is an interior designer, I think he can get it in decent condition.
Communicate with Morten thoroughly before reserving.
I am glad you liked the location, the park and the bus access and the availability to supermarket - and of course the beds and the baths.
From the description on the website and info-folder sent, it clearly describes this as a basement flat - maybe the guests didn't read it properly. (They neither read their air tickets properly neither - coming 24 hours later than agreed, leaving my son in limbo as I myself was abroad. Onsite help was therefore difficult).
The power of the flat did NOT overload, the reason for the power cuts was later discovered by electrician as a faulty underfloor heating cable in one of the new bathroom floors. This unfortunately disrupted both wifi and oven, but has now been rectified.
I can guarantee that the downstairs is not «a cheap reclaime of a basement so it could be let out as a temporary, VRBO». It is installed with underfloor water heating system, air-condition, grand wood burning stove, cinema projection and a great film library, LP- and DVD collection and a great sound system. That you consider it «a university boy’s part pad» - I take that as a compliment - even though I am NOT a interior designer as you claim!
From the park right outside the apartment one has a panoramic view of Oslo, the fjord, the Holmenkollen ski jump and the wooded hills surrounding the city. During winter there is only a short trip to an eldorado for cross country- snow board or down hill skiers.
During summer you can just hang out in the popular park (it has an open air café), enjoy numerous good restaurants (Collets Cafe, Arte Pazza, Pascal, SmalHans, Schröder or the unusual Underwater Pub, where you can enjoy live opera on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings), Alternatively you can walk to the city centre in 15 - 20 minutes.(Also bus no. 21 and 37). From the city centre (in front of the Town Hall) you can take a short ferry trip to the Viking Ships Museum, the Folk Museum and the Kon Tiki Museum at Bygdøy. Or go swimming in the new fashionable centre of town at Tjuvholmen or at Bygdøy’s popular beach Huk. Or you could go out to one of the islands for swimming or sightseeing. Oslo has many museums (Astrup Fearnley, Edvard Munch, National Gallery, Gustav Vigeland Park & Museum etc) in its centre. The city has quite a hectic nightlife with bars, music clubs and restaurants to cater for any taste. And during the summer there is only a few hours of darkness. Temperatures in summer vary between 16 to 22 but can reach 30 degrees centigrades. During winter temperatures vary between plus 4 to minus 15 centigrades.
Golf: The nearest golf course is situated at BOGSTAD, an estimated 7 km drive away (north west – Ankerveien 127). The Oslo Golf Club here is the oldest in Norway, established 1924 in an undulating parkland set on the banks of Lake Bogstad which borders the layout on two sides. The location is charming with generous fairways with some doglegs and plenty of trees which will only occasionally come into play after a wayward drive. The course was extensively renovated i 2009 by Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest & Associates, which included fairway and green drainage works and improved playing surfaces.
Tel. 0047 225 10560. Booking in advance is advised.
Ski: SKIING and SNOWBOARDING in Tryvann – 5 km drive away north or direct tram. Tryvann Vinterpark has a ski market share of more than 60% in the Oslo area and is the sixth largest ski resort in Norway measured by lift ticket sales, hosting close to 220.000 visitors per season. Two modern quad chairs provide uplift and there's a well featured terrain park. The normal season stretches from the beginning of December to mid-April with most of the runs covered by snowmaking open for night skiing to 10pm most of the season. Tryvann has direct access to 14 individual pistes, served by 6 ski lifts, a capacity of 10,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour. Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate from November to April. Oslo airport within one hour’s drive, (or direct tram/airport express) so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Tryvann are perfectly feasible. All levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert, well-catered for. Highly rated by Snowboarders
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