One thing that is
very quirky and will not be for readers with mobility issues—the
kitchen and terrace at the top of a very gorgeous, very long curvy
wooden staircase. However there's definitely space on the main
floor to put a kitchen there.
There is a
self-contained shop on the ground floor. The couple love their
tenant, a high-end picture framer, who is charming, super reliable
and has just renewed her five-year lease.
The location is in
Centro, a block down from 18 de julio, Montevideo’s main high street 🛍️ Neighbours include the Tile Museum and
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is in the listed building Casa
Persico. When they arrived here over a dozen years ago, they were expat pioneers. However Stephen and Mikko tell me they are aware of more and more foreigners moving in. They love living in the city centre and feel very
comfortable and safe. They walk absolutely everywhere and have never
felt the need for a car. When I went out with them for lunch at their
(and outstanding) local cafe ☕ I was struck by the number of people who
greeted them warmly—despite their not speaking much Spanish.