About the property
- Apartment807 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
3 bedrooms, sleeps 6 within walking distance to centre of Oslo
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.
Morten PR Russell Wedén
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- May 23, 2018
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 Oslo
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.
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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!
Loved Oslo ... the apartment not so much
The apartment had the best shower I have ever used and after walking about ten miles everyday the hot water was very soothing. Okay, that is the best thing I can say. The first thing we noticed upon entering the apartment was the dank, musty, mildewy smell. The bed was fine, the oven door was broke, the internet speed was excellent, the location was great, bus stop close (37), grocery within walking distance, and the area was quiet. The cable television provided a ghostly picture reminiscent of the 1960's and was unwatchable (I did check the connections). The furniture is stained and shows considerable wear as do the carpets. I was disappointed but not enough to pay twice the cost at a hotel. The biggest issue was the overpowering musty smell. Would I recommend the apartment? Only with a few upgrades and a dehumidifier and air cleaner to get rid of the smell.
As the stone floors were washed at the same day of arrival, the only explanation for the wet smell must have been this (I was not present). It could have been easily remedied by contacting my wife upstairs, or opening the windows or use of the air condition unit which supplies fresh air at desired temperature. There are also strong ventilator in both kitchens and bathrooms. The oven is fully functional. TV is not listed as «provided» (as there is no arial to this set), but the giant cinema screen and projector is.
First time visit to Oslo
I have always wanted to visit Scandinavia, but thought it was too far away and too expensive. I read the reviews about Morten's apartment and thought this might work out for my family. I found the apartment to be a good value, decorated with antiques, in a quiet neighborhood centrally located in Oslo. The apartment is very spacious basically providing three small bedrooms, two bathrooms, one kitchen, and one dining area. The Internet connection is fast. Shopping for groceries is an easy 10 minute walk. The bus stop for Bus #37 is one block away, and will take you to the city center in 10 to 15 minutes.
I purchased the 72 hour Oslo Pass which covered our museum blitz and the bus, tram, metro, and Oslo city ferry. During my eight day stay, I was also able to fit in a DIY Norway in a Nutshell trip, a self-guided excursion on the NSB train into the countryside, followed by a ferry cruise along a beautiful fjord.
Oslo is a beautiful city, rich in history, and very welcoming to visitors. Most of the locals speak English and were very helpful to give directions. The summer days are long with sunlight lasting past 9 pm. The weather was near perfect with cool, sunny days in late May.
This DIY Scandinavian vacation to Oslo exceeded my expectations. Cooking nearly all our meals at the apartment was a key factor in reducing our travel expense. We had a wonderful time visiting Oslo!
oslo in late august
This is a very comfortable apartment. Lots of room with a functional kitchen. At few nice restaurants within walking distance. City centre is within walking distance but if you like you can take a bus from just down the street. Supermarket is an easy walk. Restaurants in oslo are pricey much cheaper to cook you own meals to mitigate cost. I discovered Bislett stadium is about 10 minutes walk away if you wanted to come for the annual track meet that is quite special. Morten is easy to deal with and helpful. It is quiet at night you should sleep well. If you have a car there is street parking I recommend getting a spot before 5 pm as it can get a bit tight but even then we found one. Nice park across the street. Oslo is a wonderful city with world class and interesting museums and also easy access to countryside. If you wanted you can take the subway to wonderful hiking trails and even cross country skiing in winter. I could easily live in oslo and be quite happy
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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