Haus Schwatz: Cati's DC Real Estate


Back in the New World!!

Hello to all those of you who have been wondering about my missing-in-action staus here:  I'm back!  After two amazing months in Germany -- courtesy of the American Academy in Berlin -- we're all settling back into our old routines, schools, jobs. The kids went to school in Berlin, and surprisingly, they actually loved it!

Nothing is more surprising, touching, shocking, endearing and alienating than an expatriate's visit to her hometown.  I will draw from the experience for many months to come and likely refer to it here as well, but for now, let me start with a little real estate.  The house we lived in was one of the gate houses (the "Chauffeur's House") of the enormous late 19th century villa by Lake Wannsee that is home to the Academy. 


Oh, in case you're wondering in what church I might have taken the second picture, it's the upstairs bathroom.

© 2012, Catarina Bannier


Comment balloon 9 commentsCatarina Bannier • June 10 2009 10:29PM


Welcome back, Caterina. What an experience to return to Berlin...and walk through much history of your own life. Will look forward to hearing more about it.

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) about 10 years ago

Hi Catarina~  What an exciting opportunity you and your family had.  Looking forward to hearing all about it.  Welcome back to the Rain!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 10 years ago

Wow --- What an experience.  Glad that you time away from AR was filled with exciting new adventures.  Welcome back.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

Welcome back Catarina.  I'm jealous, it seems like a wonderful trip.  There are many beautiful places in Germany.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 10 years ago

Catarina, welcome back! It must have been hard leaving Berlin. Keep us posted on your experiences. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 10 years ago

Cati, we missed you, both at the office and here on Active Rain!  Glad you are back!  And I love your little house!  Not so little, really!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Welcome back, Cati. I look forward to seeing you.

Posted by Ed Schneider, Washington DC Real Estate Specialist (Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc.) about 10 years ago

Two months in Germany must have been wonderful! 

Posted by Brenda Carus (Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Thanks to all of you for your warm welcome-back-messages!!!  I'm a little behind with just about everything, as you can see here...

Mara, yes, that's exactly what it was like: a walk through my past, except that it had turned into the future we were trying to imagine way back when.  everything looks smaller, cleaner, and more orderly to me now.  Must be the American perspective :-)

Posted by Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way (Compass) about 10 years ago