Run by several large hotel groups, service apartments are good choices for expatriates who plan to stay here for a short period of time, say several months. Well furnished, 24-hours butler service, which makes life easier and treats you like a king of the city. Most of the service apartments are concentrated in downtown and expatriate communities. Prices are high, with a range from US$1,000 a month to US$7,500 a month for different apartments with different spaces and services.
Old Historical apartment
Most of the old historical apartments are built before 1949. Designed by western architects, they are differed from local stone gate houses and traditional Chinese houses, but have a closer relationship and strain with their foreign peers in Europe and America. They were well-equipped with all modern facilities of the time. However, they now become historic architectures with a charming flavor of old times.
Similar as the old villas, some well furnished old apartments are pricy. The purchasing price for each square meters will be no less than US$3,500. If you rent a two-bedroom suite in Xuhui along Huaihai Road, it will cost you at least US$2,000 a month.
But when you wake up at morning, you can go downstairs and have your brunch at a café at the street corner or go directly to your office with a walk distance, you may find it is worthy.
Old garden villa
Most villas in downtown areas are built before 1949, with nice appearances outside, facilities in them may be old, but still a lot of them are renovated with modern facilities by their owners for rent or sell.
The prices for sale are very high; some may even near to 30 millions. That's the reason why most of the expatriates choose to rent. The price for renting an old villa in the area will cost you from 40,000 yuan to 200,000 yuan a month which depends on the area and facilities.
If their owners protected them well, inside the old villa, you may see polished brown floor board and well decorated fireplace, even the chimneys and pipes are also working. Some may be equipped with old furniture which may arouse people's memories to earlier times of last century.
With a small garden in the front or at the behind, you may enjoy tea in a sun-shine afternoon or hold parties at weekend.
The old lane house
They are hidden inside in downtown areas and separated from each other by lanes and high walls. With a small yard in the front and a door backside, it will provide you a large space as well as a well protected private life. The prices for rent or sale are less expensive than old villa, but they are still high.
The new villa house
These new villa houses are mainly built in suburbs, such as Guibei and Jinqiao and Qingpu, with fresh air and green sceneries around, which is suitable to those people who wish to live a quiet and peaceful life.
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