Tips for renting a Shanghai old apartment


Old apartments are usually located downtown, particularly around the Former French Concession Area. Most of the old apartments were built before 1949. Designed by Western architects, they differ from traditional Shanghainese row houses and apartment buildings.

Tips for renting a Shanghai old apartment

Art Deco architecture style:

Old Colonial style apartments were well-equipped with all modern facilities of the time. There are also historic apartment buildings designed in the Art Deco Style that was very popular at the time. Historic apartment buildings are often hidden along tree-lined quiet streets and offer lots of local charm.

The range of sizes and rentals:

Old apartments sizes typically range from 70 m2 to 250 m2. The better furnished apartments are more pricy an dare in higher demand. The rental price for old colonial style apartments can cost from RMB 8,000 to 35,000 a month.

Pros of living in old apartment:

∗ Attractive historical architecture
∗ Downtown locations
∗ Fully immersed in local life
∗ Close to commercial business disctricts

Cons of living in old apartment:

∗ Maintenance issues − 1920s constructed buildings
∗ Relatively expensive (limited supply)
∗ Immersed too much in local life: noise, poor security, and sometimes nosy neighbors
∗ Damp and drafty with poor insulation
∗ Car parking difficulties
∗ Poor power supply
∗ No facilities or clubhouses

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