Nov 9, 2012

Resident Interview: The Wiehl’s (Denenchofu)

The Wiehl family have been living in Denenchofu for sometime now and couldn’t be happier. From their great German community, to the easy commute, and not to mention all the space Denenchofu is the place for them. Read Mie’s interview to find out exactly why.

Where were you living before Denenchofu?
We’ve actually always been living in and around Tokyo.

What did your family think of this area before moving here?
We really thought it was a great place. The one thing was it’s known for having many celebrities living in the area, so I was actually a little intimidated to live here…

Really? So is Denenchofu very different from where you lived before?
Yes it’s much different from Nishi-Azabu. But it actually is very nice, people are so friendly and there’s so much greenery.

Did you know all of that before?
I didn’t know about how green the area was, but did know about the famous people. That hasn’t actually made it any different.

So how long have you been living here?
About 5-6 years. Because my children go to a German School and there is a German School bus stop here. Nishi-Azabu was nice, but it was more than an hour by bus to school and I thought that was too much for young children.

What other things did you find here that were good?
The commuting time for our children going to Yokohama really was the number 1 choice, while also thinking about my husband’s commute to his office in Tokyo. This area is really convenient for both and also there is a strong German community in Denenchofu. I think 9 out of the 10 houses in our community are German families!

So does that mean that sometimes you have community parties?
Of course sometimes we even have Barbecues!

That’s great! Is that part of what made you choose this house?
Actually we used to live across the street, and because the community was so great we wanted to stay close. There is a community board and one person organizes everything, and then there are 2 or 3 ladies who take care of the grounds and gardens, so I have a garden but I don’t have to do anything.

At the same time we also wanted more room for our children. We had been really interested in this home, but thought that it might be too expensive…

So Ken Corp got you a good deal then?
Yeah! And since we didn’t have far to move, we didn’t even need to use the moving company’s trucks! Everything was really easy.

So how have you found Ken Corporation since then?
They do good service! The moving process went very smoothly with us being in contact during the move, and then there have been no problems at all with the property since then, so I haven’t had to call them so much.

Sometimes though I still do check their homepage to see other houses and what’s out there. But I’m really happy here, so I haven’t wanted to move.

What else is nice about living in Denenchofu area?
It’s quiet, and the neighbors are very nice. Also it’s a good area to have a car, because when you go shopping there are plenty of parking areas, unlike in central Tokyo.

That’s great that you’re so happy here, so have you found anything fun around this area to do?
Well German people like to barbeque a lot so that has been a real great part of being in this community and having garden space to have barbecues.

Outside of your home have you discovered any interesting stores or restaurants?
Around the station there are some good restaurants. Our family enjoys a really tasty yakitori place, that even though the atmosphere is a little rough the food is great! Also the Maison Kayser bakery is very good. There really aren’t so many restaurants in this area, but they are all good!

And inside what is your favorite part of your home?
The kitchen is great, because it’s not only the kitchen, but also open to the living room. So even when I am cooking I am still close to everything, even while the kids are playing in the living room.

Do you have any message for families who might move to Tokyo?
I think if they have children I’d really recommend moving to an area like Denenchofu, but if they are single or a young couple get into the city and find an apartment close to the heart of Tokyo, maybe around Roppongi even.


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