Thank you, Sebastian, for taking the time to share your experience with us. Would you please tell us a bit more about yourself?

Sure, I’m originally from Hamburg, Germany where I was based for my current employer working in sales and marketing operations, at the time focused on Central and Eastern Europe. I was approached by my manager to take on a VP role as Regional Manager, Americas, and I couldn’t have been more excited. It wasn’t only that I would have broader responsibilities, but I would have the opportunity to work in a different country for the first time and explore a new culture.

And, you landed in Chicago. What was your first impression?

View from a Blueground apartment

The view from Sebastian’s apartment

I loved it. I remember my Uber ride from the airport, it was in the middle of the night, the fog was covering the tips of the high rises and coming from the interstate into downtown. It really felt like driving into Gotham City (it’s not a coincidence that many Batman movies were shot here). However, the first days were so hectic as I had to rent an apartment ASAP. I think I visited more than ten apartments in just three days! I was scheduling the viewings back to back. Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities.

And then Blueground comes along. What led you to settle with us?

Working from your living room

Working from his living room

Glad to hear that. We strive to offer a hassle-free and smooth booking experience. Now, about the location. How important was that to you? Are you taking advantage of the building amenities?

Very important! The location of the building is great. I’m living in Downtown Chicago, basically in the heart of the city. The tower has amazing amenities (temporarily off-limits due to COVID-19 precautionary measures) with a number of pools, a gym, and a sauna for those cold Chicago winters. I’m looking forward to their re-opening.


Strolling along the Riverwalk

Hope they will be up and running soon! Would you like to tell us a bit more about how you’ve adjusted to more time at home this past year?

I’ve set myself up for a longer-term WFH with a workstation complete with a desk and chair. I value having the kitchen table and couldn’t be bothered to clear it off at the end of the day and put my work stuff back before the start of the day. I also make a point of going for a walk every day and I have since gotten a car for some exploring nearby. I’ve also really taken up curbside pick-up these past few months!

You will be in Chicago till the beginning of 2021. What’s next?

Work may be taking me next to Asia, and if Blueground had apartments there I would totally go with them again.

We currently have homes only in Dubai. However, among our plans is to expand to many more cities around the world! In any case, would you consider renting furnished again?

For sure! I really value the convenience of renting a furnished home. Especially for stays of a few months to a year. I would consider it for longer stays i.e. 2+ years but I have to dive into economics. If other colleagues end up relocating to Chicago from abroad, I would definitely send them to Blueground.

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Sebastian’s Apartment in Chicago

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Whether life has demanded a long-distance relocation where renting furnished just makes sense, or because you’re simply looking to live and move with less ‘stuff’, we’re here to show you what there is to gain from a long-term furnished renting experience. Trust Blueground with your next long-term furnished stay and focus on what matters most.

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