By Femke Colborne and Kathrin Ohlmann
When Frank and Heike Schröder found out they were expecting a baby, they knew it was time for them to move. They’d been renting an ancient apartment in the then-shabby Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin. Even though they loved its rugged charm, it was no place to start a family.
“It was nice but very uncomfortable,” says Heike. “We had an ancient coal-fired oven and we had to go to the cellar every day to get coal. That would have been fine, but we lived on the fourth floor and there was no lift.”