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Charming, Affordable Flat by Edge of Quiet Park in Central Oslo

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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.


Owner
Morten PR Russell Wedén
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german, swedish, danish, norwegian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2017

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Morten,

I just wanted to say thank you. Our family had a wonderful stay in Oslo. Your lovely home was a great place to relax and enjoy our time together.
Nov 2014
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Amenities

Oslo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom with comfortable underfloor heating.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bathroom with comfortable underfloor heating
  • Both bathrooms have wash basins, large showers and toilets.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed is large double.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed is large double.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Double bed is 120 cm, single bed is 75 cm
  • Two large bedrooms/sitting rooms with double sofa beds, one with kitchen/en suite bathroom Third bedroom has small double (120 cm) and one single bed plus own en suite bathroom. All rooms are very quiet.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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Charming, Affordable Flat by Edge of Quiet Park in Central Oslo
average rating of 4.5 based on 41 reviews
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The property was not as nice as advertised

  • 3 of 5

Pros:

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Loved Oslo ... the apartment not so much

  • 3 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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4

First time visit to Oslo

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

oslo in late august

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

5 day family Easter Break

  • 5 of 5

Easy to get to, on bus routes from town centre. Central location for walking to Royal Palace & Frogner Park ( lovely shopping area ). Supermarket 3 mins walk away. At the top edge of a beautiful wooded park with panoramic view of the city at sunset. Morten was very helpful & showed us how it all worked. Very comfortable homely apartment with eclectic decor and lighting. Two bathrooms and a layout and sleeping arrangement that worked for the five of us. Kids are now students & we felt we were reliving our student days with LP's & large screen projector for DVD's. We got 3 day Oslo passes For museums & public transport. Great stay would do it again. David Wilson. N. Ireland

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cool basement apartment with park outside door

  • 4 of 5

It was a very cool place with lots of fun things to look at and a good location! Beautiful park steps from door.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Oslo Airport Gardermoen
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Collett’s Café or Underwater Pub (opera Tues/Thurs
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Tjuvholmen; Colorline to Denmark and Germany
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Bogstad
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Oslo Central Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Ring 3 motorway
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Pascal, Schröder, SmalHans or Arte Pazza
Nearest Ski
8 Kilometres
Holmenkollen, Frognerseteren
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Tjuvholmen Oslo Centre or Huk Bygdøy
Car: not necessary

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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