Luv & Lee
Hertzbergstraße 18, 12569 Berlin
Each of the two buildings we present here has a charm all its own. What connects them is a common interior courtyard in which residents can mingle, with freshly laid flower beds and a deep green lawn.
The facade of »Lee«, the classic prewar building, greets you in radiant light gray and elegant white. Come on in! The solid wooden door looks like a solid wing when opening it; it is decorated with ornaments and small glass windows. You enter the building through an imposing entryway with freshly restored terrazzo flooring. Details such as a brass doorbell panel, impressive ceiling lights, a banister of dark wood with lathe-turned cross bars and carved figures, and ornamented, solid wooden doors with glass elements bring a unique charm to the building.
Every apartment has a practical layout, and nearly all have their own balcony, the undersides of which are decorated with ornamentation designed to harmonize with the general appearance of the building. One of the ground floor apartments even has a freshly laid private terrace.
A trendy neighbourhood with character
The Berlin district of Neukölln is a kaleidoscope of bustling streets and quiet oases of greenery. Travel guides and blogs praise it as one of the most exciting parts of the German capital, for it houses new arrivals, families, students, artists, and creative people from around the world -- and, of course, many Neukölln natives, who’ve watched their neighbourhood grow into Berlin’s hippest, and made sure that the character of Neukölln has continued to shine through.
On the weekends, some of the best bars in the city on Weserstraße and nearby streets invite you to stop in and relax. Every Wednesday and Friday, the bustling outdoor market on Maybachufer provides an opportunity to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and Mediterranean delicacies of every kind while listening to live bands. Once a year, the whole district transforms into a nexus for art and culture. As part of the "48 Hours of Neukölln" festival, exhibitons are hosted at galleries, creativity agencies, bars, and newly built space for projects. Backyards and side streets become stages for performances, film screenings, readings, and art installations.
Incidentally, the last few years have brought a flurry of activity to Neukölln’s waters: Residents are discovering their inner sailors and taking to the local canals -- the Landwehrkanal and the Neuköllner Schifffahrtskanal -- in rubber boats and on home-made rafts. Why don’t you join them?