I splurged on this Lego set and couldn't make myself wait for Christmas to put it together. In all, it took about four or five hours to put together - the set is over 1,600 pieces. There are three stories to the building. The first story is the grocery store, complete with cash register, vegetables and fruits (nice effects), and a refrigerated section. The second story is an apartment with a fireplace and stairs. The third story is a combination apartment/terrace. There is a grandfather clock and old-style heater by the window. The terrace has a grill and furniture.
Other nice effects in the set include a covey underneath the stairs for a mouse to hide in, and a set of mailboxes. Also, the first floor is covered in smooth tiles, giving it a nice texture and look. The mini-figures included in the set are pretty standard.
I prefer this type of set to the Creator sets, because it is built to scale for mini-figure interaction. The building itself is beautiful - my children saw it on the table in the morning and stopped to admire it (before asking to play with it). I would recommend this set to any adult aficionado of Lego's. I had a blast putting it together and displaying it.