Homes we like.

There are an inordinant amount of empty houses and we want to help out the landlords that we love.  Here’s your chance.

If you’re moving out, leave a comment here.  Tell us about your house and who to contact.  Your special German home might get filled and folks coming in will hear from you just why they need to live in your old house. 

You know I’ll be plugging “my” house here as well.   ;) 

21 Responses to “Homes we like.”

  1. Dutch Landlady May 2, 2013 4:14 pm #

    We have a house for rent in Birgden.
    You can ask for it at the housing office GK.
    It has 4 floors and a nice garden with a fence.
    Several cellars and a room for laundry.
    A nice livingroom with an open kitchen and equipment.
    A bathroom and 3 bedrooms.
    A attach with a seperate room and
    a lot of storage place.
    A garage and a drive before the garage.
    We would like to show you, if you are interested.
    It can be rented as from 20. Mai 2013.

  2. Jason September 25, 2012 4:14 am #


    • Tiffany February 23, 2013 7:38 pm #

      Not that I know of, but some people do shell out $$$ to realtors to find places not on the AHRN list. It’s good to get to GK and then start looking as many houses will open up in the summer moving cycle. Ask around when you arrive. Many great houses go via word-of-mouth before going on the list.

  3. Kimberly May 27, 2012 3:48 am #

    We are PCSing to GK on June 13. Having a harder time finding a house that meets our needs. Looking for a 4bed, 1.5-2 bath, 1500-2100 sq. ft., fenced in yard, must have kitchen w/most appliances (oven, fridge, etc)., and basement. Other than that, don’t care. Color, shape, etc doesn’t matter. Price between 980-1100 Euros. Prefer to stay as close to $1,020 EUR as possible (our allotment). Must accept pets. AHRN has limited listing that fall in those perimeters and although I have a link to a German housing site, since I can read very little German it’s relatively difficult. Since we have a 2 & 4 year old, we want to get in a house ASAP. Hotel living is no fun!!! If anyone know of something that will be available between July 1 and no later than August 1, PLEASE let me know-you can email me at or look me u on the Wives of Germany Fcebook Page (Kimberly Cooke Rivera). THANKS!!!!

  4. Anonymous May 22, 2012 6:14 pm #

    “We just moved out of a 3 bedroom house in Kreuzrath (Im Feldblick 21). Kreuzrath is a great location and a quiet NATO neighborhood. The house is a farily typical rental duplex, made with cheap materials, but it’s only 4 years old and has some nice features: hall closet, pull out pantry, German sized fridge has a freezer, large basement with 3 rooms, 2 sinks and heated towell rack in bathroom, screens, two car driveway parking (plus a small 1 car garage), gas heat with a central thermostat. The landlords are sweet people and she speaks enough English to muddle by. They are, however, VERY VERY, laid back. When things break you’ll have to call several times to have them fixed. BUT the upside… we just checked out with *no problem whatsoever*. No fees, no hemming and hawing over regular wear and tear, the place wasn’t even “German-style” cleaned. I’m not sure what her plans are for future renters, but our Niebenkosten was fixed and when we moved in she offered to paint the walls whatever colors we wanted. Anyway, don’t hesitate to message me if you’d like more info. wendy4167 “at” gmail “dot” com

  5. Anonymous March 4, 2012 10:38 am #

    House available for rent in Selfkant starting from July 2012.

    If anybody is interested please contact Ms. Backhaus:

    The house will be listed at the Housing Office soon and will be open to all nationalities.

    It is a free standing bungalow.
    First floor (125m², underfloor heating): big L-shaped living room with a fireside (new floor tiles); a kitchen with a cozy lounge; two big bedrooms, one small bedroom; one bathroom (shower and bath tub; toilette, two washbowls); one additional lavatory; small storage room; a very big terrace (partly roofed, ideal for barbecue); a big backyard (fenced) and front garden; one garage plus a wide doorway (you can park 2-3 cars).

    Highlight: fully tiled basement: 3 big rooms (could for example be used as office or additional bedrooms), 1 laundryroom, heater room.

    Photos can be mailed to you and viewing appointments can be made. The house is inhabited at the moment (US-Americans are living there) and will be renovated (repapered, new floor tiles, new flooring in the three bedrooms) in June.

  6. Nicole March 3, 2012 5:26 am #

    Looking for a house in GK, at least 3 bedrooms, and a fenced yard. Please email me if you know of one that opens up in May 2012 (we will be there in May).

  7. Anonymous January 30, 2012 2:53 pm #

    If anyone knows of a pet friendly 3 bedroom house south of the base available in June ’12, please post it here or the FB page.

  8. Tiffany T. Weber Stahlbaum January 27, 2012 3:17 pm #

    Welcome, Clayton Family. My best advice is to scour this blog and post questions both to the wall here on the blog (top left hand column) and LiGK’s FB page here: This is a great community and people will help.

  9. Clayton Family January 24, 2012 3:44 pm #


    My family and I are moving to Geilenkirchen in July. We are so excited as this is our first overseas assignment. I have been trying to research houses in the area and haven’t had a whole lot of luck, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m so excited to have found this website and blog. Any, and I mean any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Tiffany T. Weber Stahlbaum January 9, 2012 1:06 am #

    You’ll need to consider the base/commute and take it from there. Many houses are dog friendly and the housing list will be able to tell you what’s available when you arrive and which houses accept pets. The houses on the German side tend to be bigger. The Gillrath/Birgden/Schierwaldenrath areas have good commutes. GK is close too, but the houses are smaller. Unfortunately, this is one of those wait and see situations. You’ll just need to get here, get the list, and start driving/looking around.

  11. Brittney January 6, 2012 1:37 am #


    We are moving out that way in May and were wondering the best locations to look at for homes to rent. We have two dogs, so this will be part of our challenge. any recommendations would be appreciated.

  12. Anonymous August 7, 2011 12:28 pm #

    I am considering a position in Schinnen, can you please tell me approximately how many square feet are the average three to four bedroom homes. Also about how much would be the monthly rent? Thank you.

  13. Anonymous July 25, 2011 2:40 pm #

    We live in Waldfeucht and there are two houses available in our neighborhood right now. 1 on Roermondstrasse and one on Hellstrasse. There is a chance a third house will be available on Hellstrasse in September. This is a quiet village about 20 minutes from the front gate. All three houses are single family and are really large with good sized yards and are pet friendly. This area is slow paced and very family friendly….

  14. Anonymous July 21, 2011 8:27 am #

    The duplex next to us is open! Birgden is a great little village and is pretty close to everything. Our landlords are great and we’ve never had any issues! They are very honest people. The duplex has 4 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Check it out…12 Rabenweg, Birgden, 52538. Only lived in once before. -K Popp

  15. Tiffany T. Weber July 17, 2011 7:24 pm #

    Houses in GK can go fast, but there are also a lot on the market right now. I don’t know if my house (it’s empty right now – I don’t live there anymore) or the other is still available. You’d have to call the landlord to ask. Usually, you just have to wait until you arrive and start looking right away.

  16. Anonymous July 17, 2011 7:22 pm #

    House available for rent in Ubach Palenberg. Address is Bahnhofstrasse 39. Following is the information on the house and the email address of the owner.

    If anybody is interested to rent it, they can contact:

    owner: David and Veronica Hunt (email: or
    local contact person: John Pope (manager at the shoppette in GK…)

    The house is also listed at the US Housing Office, but is open to all nationalities.

    It is a free standing house, with a huge garage and a big, amazing backyard, all fenced in.
    It is almost across from the train station in Palenberg (perfect for taking trips by train)
    Main house: 3 big bedrooms, 1 smaller, 1,5 bathrooms, Lshaped livingroom, kitchen and dining.
    Basement: extra bedroom, small bathroom, laundry room, and storage room.

    Rent is 1000 euro and 100 euro for Nebenkosten

  17. Dave July 16, 2011 1:26 pm #

    My wife and I arrive at GK on 16 Aug. This is just what we need.

  18. Tiffany T. Weber July 16, 2011 1:17 pm #

    Gillrath: Karl Arnold Strasse 167

    Many families shy away from this home because it’s on the main road, but I lived here with four children when they were small and it was never, ever a problem. In fact, we loved it.

    Being on the main street meant that when there was a celebration like the Schutzenfest or Karnaval parades, you were there for it.

    The house itself has 6 bedrooms and three bathrooms over 2.5 levels. The attic is a HUGE unfinished attic great for storage, but throw a tarp over the stuff because it does get dusty.

    There is a small unfinished basement as well that is ideal for wine collections.

    The living room is split into two parts, so you can have a formal and casual room. All the rooms are huge. There are also two large dining rooms.

    The kitchen is small, but I cooked a Thanksgiving for 40+ people and it worked just fine. I used the middle room as a pantry/work room and did a lot of prep there. It worked nicely as a homework space for my kids and a craft area as well. We put our dishwasher in the downstairs bathroom off the kitchen and our washer and drying in the upstairs bathroom which the kids loved because then they had hot towels after baths in the winter.

    It’s quirky, but it’s over 100 years old and has the old tile lined slaughterhouse room between the main house and the garage which now has an automatic garage door opener. There is a courtyard in the middle that is shared with the aunt of the landlord. Tante Tinny is so sweet and wonderful with cats and children. She is now our German grandma and part of our family.

    The garden in back is huge and great for play and parties. Our kids played there a lot. It leads to a smaller quieter street in back good for riding bikes. The gate is locked and you can keep it locked so that you can keep it safer for your kids. We always went in and out of the back and only used the front door for guests or if we were heading to Il Genio’s which is dangerously just one block away.

    The school bus stop is next to the house. The locals are warm and friendly. We LOVED living in Gillrath and miss our house and neighbors.

    Call Marita Bemmelmans for information at 02451-2851.

    • Zoe February 23, 2013 5:14 pm #

      My family and I will be moving into the area mid-July. To be honest, the houses on AHRN are awful compared to the local agencies, and I feel tempted to pay the hefty fee just to get something decent. Does the housing office at GK have more than is shown on AHRN? We are looking for a 4 bdrm, 2 bath house with a back yard and not on a busy road. We would prefer a kitchen that has the basics, so we can pretty much move in and be good to go. Willing to travel about 10-15 mins to work, but would prefer near the Dutch border as kids will be going to school there. If anyone has any advice, would love to hear from you. Thanks!

      • Tiffany February 23, 2013 7:36 pm #

        I’ll post this on the Facebook pages as well to get some more input. We went off of the list and found a wonderful house. The AHRN won’t list houses until they’re available, so all the best houses are full of people right now. Don’t worry. When the summer moving cycle hits, a ton of houses will be opened up and there are some amazing houses. This isn’t one of those places where you can pick out a house ahead. Just get here and start looking. You’ll find something that suits your needs.

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