With its freshly-painted, bright blue façade, the house at Ufnaustrasse 6 is a real eye-catcher. As you move inside, the classic art deco elements mingle with newer design pieces to create a stunning aesthetic. Here and there, traces of earlier wall and stair decoration peek through, while the original doorways, wooden banister and stucco decoration shine like new. To the rear of the building, a luscious green area and two courtyards have been extensively renovated. A total of 39 apartments are spread over 6 floors and throughout the front building, side wings and rear building.
Despite being the location of Berlin’s Central Train Station, and lying just across the river from the Federal Chancellery and the Reichstag, Moabit remains somewhat overlooked. There is little of the glitz and glamour of Mitte, or the hip grittiness of Neukölln or Kreuzberg. Instead, you get a vibrant local art and culture scene, ubiquitous greenery, and a relaxed neighbourhood lifestyle with a down-to-earth essence and a charming mix of bars, pubs, cafés and shops, which continue to pop up and flourish. The River Spree is a constant presence, winding its way through the area, and the cobbled streets and historic buildings of this former working-class district give it a unique character.