1. the previous flat was a 3 room place (bedroom, livingroom, den). the new one is 4 rooms. a second bathroom/toilet attached to the bedroom is nice too (esp. for the wife). also, it's roomier and feels more open and airy.
2. the previous flat was a relatively old apartment, in one of the older downtown buildings (built circa 1960?). the new one is a modern apartment in a 2 year old building.
no crumbling mortar in the walls where the moisture gets into the walls, no more dripping of rain in the balconies etc.
well, it's new and that always feels nice.
3. previous flat - 3rd floor (3rd story for UK amongst us) without an elevator. i didn't mind too much but the wife...
the new flat is on the 8th floor but with an elevator. 2 elevators actually.
4. parking in the center of Tel Aviv is hell...when one of us would return home from work at 8:30 or 9:30 in the evening, it would sometimes take as much as 40 minutes or more to find a parking spot for the car. this is terrible, believe me. the new place has one car park inside the parking area of the complex and there's enough space outside for the second car.
the downside is, living farther away from the center of Tel Aviv, is a longer commute to work in the mornings, and being stuck in traffic jams. it's worse for the wife than for me though, i should'nt really complain.
too bad i don't have a digital camera, or i would show pics.
the view from the 8th floor is cool. i've never lived this high up.
there's a bird's-eye view of a majority of the city from our living room's large window (it's not a very big city). also, very close by to our place is a large military-industry grounds, and all that area is mostly green (i suppose a majority of the works are underground) and plenty of eucalyptus trees (like in any Israeli army camp
) but that means lots of greenery in the view, not just city roof-tops.
all in all we feel very good about the move, and so far (1 week) like it a lot.