Véra's apartment is an oasis within the Budapest's bustling city. She keeps a very beautiful garden and it is quiet, particularly at night.
The property shares it's main entry gate with a few other tenants, including the host. Véra lives in the main house and it's more like a large semi-attached home with seperate entries for each.
The neighbourhood is very safe and quiet, a few bakeries and supermarkets all close by, with a few on the same street.
The 105 bus stops directly opposite, no exaggeration, from the front gate; which takes you directly to Halászbásztya (Fisherman's Bastion), along the Lánchíd (Chain bridge), then over to some of the major spots like Deák Ferenc tér, Operá etc. It also runs frequently!
Apart from that there are trams >3min walk at Királyhágó tér that take you to some of the other major junctions, Déli Pályaudvar, Széll Kálmán tér etc.
The home is a self-contained 2 bedroom, plus lounge/dining with open kitchen area, and bathroom with laundry.
Véra has decorated it tastefully, the kitchen has high quality appliances, and we never ran out of hot water. Central heating was on automatic and as we were there in Autumn it would start up when the temperature dropped, keeping us cosy.
Unfortunately we were told upon our arrival that the fridge had stopped working, so for the duration of our 3 week stay we had no fridge/freezer. For anyone with necessary medication that needs to be kept in the fridge or those who want to keep some milk or perishables, I would recommend asking whether the fridge has been replaced first.
There was also an annoying leak with the shower. The hinge in the shower door let water escape and would leave a sizeable puddle, when using the bathmats to soak up made them smell as they wouldn't dry properly even when wrung out and hung up on the line outside. It also would have been great to have a useable shelf in the shower as the one provided kept falling off the wall.
At night coming in past the gate and through the garden was very dark. The light switch at the gate only guides you to the edge of Vera's property/garden, but then using a phone to illuminate the path was fine.
Véra was friendly and despite my choppy knowledge of Hungarian we had no issues. It does seem that she may not know how to reply to SMS messages, only read them, so it may be easier to call or knock on her door if you need to speak with her.