Big news. We are moving to Keila. Keila is a nice little town about 25 km outside of Tallinn. It is just past Saue on the map, not to be confused with Keila-Joa which is another place. About 10,000 people live there, for the most part it is just a suburb of Tallinn, but it also has everything that a little town needs. We got sick of renting an apartment, so we are buying one! Recently my older brother and sister bought nice new homes so maybe this is just a case of "keeping up with the Crandall's". We are very excited, it will be bigger (67 square meters compared to 50 square meters) and a lot nicer. Interest rates are low and tax deductible, so it makes a lot of sense to buy. I wasn't sure if the bank would give us a loan because of my residence permit situation, I have to renew it every year, but they gave it to us! We will be moving at the end of the month. We will sign all the documents next week, but we already have reserved the apartment and been approved for the loan. One of the major reasons we choose Keila is because it is cheap, about half the price as the nicer areas in Tallinn. By the end of the year they will also start to phase in new trains, so the commute will be a lot nicer. Within two years all the trains should be new!
Recently we went to look at some apartments, this was our first time to Keila and we really liked it! We haven't seen everything, but we saw most things. We ate at the Peetri Pizza, it was really good. Having a nice Pizza place in town is a must!
They had a really big, really old Lutheran church in town surrounded by a grave yard. It is really pretty. Below is a nice promotional video that someone made about the town. More blog posts about Keila, our new apartment and the move will be coming shortly.