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Neets76

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  1. I'm getting the distinct impression that you have had a very negative experience of either renting/letting an apartment. We do agree that apartment living would not be considered a long term living solution but the market for this especially in the city centre has definitely grown in recent years. The less intimidating political backdrop in addition to regeneration initiatives has no doubt helped it along. As far as I'm concerned the city centre NEEDS residential space as part of its continuing regeneration and I hope it continues to develop.
  2. Hey Sophia, having lived in suburbia and now the city centre I'd say these are two very different life choices depending on individual needs and circumstances. The Obel aside the city centre lifestyle (for me) is a very maintenance free one. Having spent 12 yrs commuting/spending crazy money on petrol and associated car parking fees (never mind wasting God knows how many hours of my life sitting in congestion), I'm now a 20 minute walk away from work (the benefits of that are fantastic) and I have countless shops/bars/restaurants on my doorstep. I do however believe that apartment living in itself is not a long term living solution, particularly in a city centre. I feel this type of lifestyle only suits an individuals needs at a specific time during their life. I personally wanted to do the apartment living thing to simply experience it and loved the fact that I made that transition via a brand new apartment with fantastic views in a building that is striking both in terms of design and stature. Internally it isn't high end but its offerings aren't substandard either. As I've said before the biggest attraction to the Obel is its height and the panoramic views it offers.
  3. So what point are you making??
  4. Oh my, you're so right. Imagine that Obel place introducing an anti-social element within the city centre - that was never a problem in Belfast before... You may as well blame the Obel for homelessness and climate change for goodness sake. And FYI there is 24hr manned security - I've actually seen the security guys physically walking around the perimeter of the building (as per their job they are required to do this periodically) and as a resident have NEVER witnessed nor heard of any anti-social behaviour within the vicinity of the Obel. Aaahhhhh this is the HPC forum that I know and love.
  5. Har de ha ha... those shots cover a 6 month period. Feel free to comment on how inspiring some of the views are...
  6. Bloody hell, where has everybody gone??!! C'mon over to Skyscraper City, it's buzzin over there! And I've uploaded a few photos of the views from my pad. You can say what you like about the Obel building but there's one thing everyone will agree on.... and that's the stunning views of this majestic city!! Actually I'll see if I can provide a link to my pics now: here goes. Lagansider get yer a$$ on here and spice things up a bit ; )
  7. Lagansider you're back!!! Cue contented sigh!!!! Yea I hear what you're saying re: abseil. Girl power has so much to answer for. Bloody Spice Girls. I'm becoming the butt of jokes at work!! They think I'm crazy! I think I'm crazy!! But hey, I've always kinda known that! Cheeky giggle... Do you promise to think of me every step of the way??!! ; ) Um Lagansider I'm not sure what you're trying to suggest re: my Foreman!! lol Maybe I should lay off on the pencil skirts and revealing tops... ; ) I'm joking of course!! Kinda....!!! I don't think he's personally going to paint my walls!! More like ask the on site team to do that! I'm guessing the heaters will become something of a headache to residents/owners/landlords alike!! Lagansider, I'm going to be honest with you, I've had a few glasses of wine and your paragraph about circa this and circa that and 2005 and 2007 and house prices n stuff has hurt my head!! So I'll re-read that bit tomorrow!!! But the general gist is that unfortunately you can't always predict the Market and some you win; some you loose. I know that can seem a bit blasé when I'm not one of the poor sods that's been affected by the timing of purchasing one of the apartments at Obel. Thanks for your encouraging words Lagansider!! They are much appreciated!! ; ) xo
  8. And I'm rising above your 'flat' reference!!!! ; )
  9. Malthus that argument re: dwindling property prices has affected everyone who has purchased a property within the last 4/5 yrs!!! It's not an isolated Obel problem!! Good!! I'm glad the debate won't be subsiding!! Cos I LOVE great debate!!! BRING. IT. ON!!!!! : )
  10. Ok folks, two weeks tomorrow my life will change FOREVER!!! Ok that was a tad dramatic but seriously I'm going to be standing on the top of a 28 floor building. With my little feet placed precariously on its edge....*bottom lip quivers*....is it wrong and unladylike to whimper and bawl ones eyes out in public??!! Cause I think that's what I'm likely to do....*huge audiable gulp*!!!!!! No, I can do this.....I can do this.....! Lagansider where have you gone??! I need to hear your calming and assured tone!! I'm thinking that perhaps this thread is dying a slow death now that the initial hatred of Obel has subsided!! Cue tumbleweed......
  11. Yes Malthus I would agree that the substandard heating within the apartments is Obel's ONLY downfall. Thanks for wishing me well re: abseil. Wine??!! I think a few hearty shots of whiskey will be required!!! What have I let myself in for???? Me and my silly notions....! ; )
  12. Lagansider!!! It's so good to hear from you!! Glad to see you're alive and kicking!! ; ) Indeed the Obel Abseil is for charity, it will be supporting Save the Children in partnership with Ulster Cancer Foundation. However the publicity will no doubt benefit all those involved, including Obel. It wasn't communicated to the residents at all, I only heard about it through the grapevine. Which I have to say is very poor communications between Obel Management and residents. Actually the communication between Management and residents continues to be very lacking. I think the abseils will be at either side of the building where there is most surface space (where the end of the curved sides meet the flatter side). For anyone interested in supporting this good cause please check out my 'justgiving' fundraising page http://www.justgiving.com/Anita-Brown76. Shameful plugging I know, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!! I actually joked with my friends that if I was feeling overly ambitious that I'd attach a bottle of Mr Sheen to my harness as I descent and give MY OWN windows a clean, because they are starting to look a wee bit grubby. Not a problem at night but during the day you can clearly see the streaks that rain etc has left behind. I have heard however that Management are currently looking into quotes for industrial abseiling for the cleaning of windows. I'm just wondering how many times a year that will take place. I'm hoping it's more than once. Lagansider I have to say that the apartment is like a greenhouse. Fantastic at retaining the heat in summer (when I first moved in at the start of Sept. and arrived home after being at work all day, it was like walking into a blanket of heat). However as the temp fell the apartment became an ice box. In the depths of winter the two heaters in the living area only just took the chill off, they by no means provided a comfortably warm environment. Other residents have confirmed this too. I think that because there is so much glass and no curtains, the two heaters are just not good enough at heating the room. Curtains would be essential at trying to keep the heat in the room. So I'm guessing this is a bit of a bad design with these type of heaters re: discolouration of Walls??!! I would be livid if I purchased an apt and realised that the heaters were causing a problem of that nature. Lagansider the Foreman is so hands on and readily available that I tend to approach him with my problems instead of the Lettings Agency, who would in turn contact ol Blackbourne!! The Foreman is fantastic and he offered to have the Walls that are starting to discolour painted. He also approached the Landlord of the loud tenant. I've been assured that the Landlord had a chat with said tenant and I have to say that I haven't heard a peep. I think you're right, trying to handle it myself and amicably wasn't the way to go!! I was trying to give her an opportunity to buck her ideas up before I made my actions formal. So when it continued I went straight to the Foreman. I've become friendly with a girl that lives in a two bed a few floors below me and after seeing her apt and layout of the living space in particular, am glad to say I made the right choice!! It would seem that in some apts the living space has been compromised to allow for 2 bedrooms and considering I spend most of my time in my living area I'm glad that I have a more generously sized one.
  13. Hey hey!! I'm baaaaack!! Hello all my lovely Obel Haters!!! Hope you are all well!! I have good news and bad....the good news is that an Obel Abseil has been organised on 5th and 6th March AND I'VE SIGNED UP!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!! Although my mood changes from day to day, I could be anything from nervous, to apprehensive, or downright petrified! But life is all about experiences isn't it??!! I've also heard (from a good source) that a number of the offices at Obel have been leased and they should start being occupied from June. The bad news is that the electric heaters in my pad are starting to mark the wall they are mounted to - as in the heat rising from them is discolouring the wall. Not good. I've brought it to the attention of the Foreman. And I had to make a formal complaint about the tenant in the apartment above mine because of the volume of noise (I personally knocked on her door twice to alert her to this fact but it fell on deaf ears). This issue wasn't so much poor sound proofing but the perils of apetment living. Lagansider I'm good thanks!!! How are you??!! : )
  14. Hey hey!! I'm baaaaack!! Hello all my lovely Obel Haters!!! Hope you are all well!! I have good news and bad....the good news is that an Obel Abseil has been organised on 5th and 6th March AND I'VE SIGNED UP!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!! Although my mood changes from day to day, I could be anything from nervous, to apprehensive, or downright petrified! But life is all about experiences isn't it??!! I've also heard (from a good source) that a number of the offices at Obel have been leased and they should start being occupied from June. The bad news is that the electric heaters in my pad are starting to mark the wall they are mounted to - as in the heat rising from them is discolouring the wall. Not good. I've brought it to the attention of the Foreman. And I had to make a formal complaint about the tenant in the apartment above mine because of the volume of noise (I personally knocked on her door twice to alert her to this fact but it fell on deaf ears). This issue wasn't so much poor sound proofing but the perils of apetment living. Lagansider I'm good thanks!!! How are you??!! : )
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