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Temporary Housing and Rental Car

Posted by Mark Sztainbok on August 18, 2006

As part of my relocation benefits, Microsoft provide Craig and I with temporary housing for 60 days. Our apartment is located in a place called “The Trails of Redmond” which is located very close to the main Microsoft campus, which will be handy for when I start work as I can walk to work.

The apartment block is set in a wooded environment which feels more like being away at a camp than being close to town, etc. and is quiet and peaceful. The apartment itself has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hidden laundry (with full size top loading washing machine and dryer), kitchen (with microwave oven and dishwasher), and a living and meals area (with cable TV). A floorplan can be viewed here (ours is the mirror image of this).

We were also provided a rental car for 30 days which is a red Ford Taurus.

I’ve uploaded some pictures of the temporary housing and rental car to my gallery site at Pictures of the inside are to come…

Here’s a bird’s eye view of our apartment building:


4 Responses to “Temporary Housing and Rental Car”

  1. […] Check out Mark’s blog for info and photos on where we’re staying; Redmond Trails, and our apartment; The Holly. Admittedly our accomodation is smaller than we’re used to, but it’s still very nice.  To give you an idea, the lounge room here, is the same size as our bedroom back home. There’s only one downside to our accomodation, well two actually, and that’s not counting that we don’t have “John the Gardener”, we don’t have a private yard, so the dogs have to remain inside all day unless we’re with them, and our apartment is set into the side of a hill, which means the bedroom windows are at the same height as the garden outside.  Sort of a basement apartment. Initially this wasn’t a problem, until a moment ago I heard the sound of the gardeners air broom, before I could sprint to the windows to close them I saw a cloud of garden soil and dust come blowing through the window. DAMMIT! Oh well, the horrified look on my face must have gotten through, as the poor gardener looked suitable shocked at what had happened.  No matter, it’s just a bit of dirt, so I’ll just go vac’ it all up shortly. […]

  2. TROI said

    What’s the go? Does Microsoft own those apartments? Looks sweet with all the trees around it.

  3. Nah, Microsoft outsource their corporate housing to a company called Aboda (, who manage the apartments, etc. I’m not sure if they rent them or own them.

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