Expat Living in Shanghai’s Jing’an district

Though named after its ancient temple, the Jing’an district is a commercial hub of ultra-glossy shopping emporiums, five-star hotels, prestigious office towers and deluxe service apartments. This section of Nanjing Road is lined with Westgate Mall, CITIC Square, Plaza 66 and Sogo Shopping Plaza offering Tiffany, Chanel, Ferragamo, Gaultier, Tod’s, Cartier and the like, as … Read more

Relocating to Shanghai with your Family & Kids

Relocating to Shanghai can be a frustrating and scary time for even the most traveled expat families, moving house stressful, but when relocating to Shanghai, its a new not just a new home, its a new lifestyle, new country, new laws and a totally new language and getting things done isn’t so easy, which is … Read more

Shanghai Property Renovation and Decoration Tips

In recent months I have sold houses or apartments to a German, a Frenchman, a Belgian and an Englishman. This may sound like the beginning of a joke, but decorating a newly bought home in Shanghai is no joke. It is an emotionally charged and highly frustrating process. A few tips are given in the … Read more

Shanghai Real Estate Agents – Things to Know!

Trying to find a new home in China can be frustrating. Property agents work differently than in the West. Having worked in the expatriate property agency industry for many years and being an expat myself, I thought I would to try to help people understand what goes on inside the industry and what they can … Read more

Buying a apartment in Shanghai guide

Buying Chinese property is often a mystery to foreigners, even to those who have been here a while. Whilst we aren’t Chinese property agents, we do get asked this question a lot, so we thought a user friendly and accurate guide could be worthwhile. As a foreigner, you can only buy one property in China. … Read more

Shanghai Relocation: Districts for expat housing

Shanghai is located in the east of China, close to the East China Sea. Thanks to its fast growth, the small fisher town is became the economical capital of China. Called as well the “Oriental Paris”, Shanghai receives the honor to be the most cosmopolitan and modern city of its country. Geographically, Shanghai is divided … Read more

Casa Lakeville Luxury Apartments in Xintiandi

Casa Lakeville is a high-end residential development on the east-end of the French Concession, just steps away from the posh entertainment district of Xintiandi and the bustling commercial area of Huaihai Middle Road. Completed in 2009, this is one of the most modern and luxurious apartments available to Shanghai residents. Despite being located in one … Read more

Old Homes & Lane Houses in Shanghai, Finding the Charms

When I first moved to Shanghai, my husband and I were shown the usual round of modern service apartments, and were quite pleased with ourselves for finding a spacious, comfortable apartment for a fraction of what we had been paying in Hong Kong. We flew up to Shanghai for the weekend to look at apartments, … Read more

Shanghai Housing Quick Guide to Renting

Things in Shanghai move very fast, but the housing and real estate market is still very young. The idea of the “professional landlord” in Shanghai is relatively new to the last 3 years, and service is a quality all but lost on most local landlords. To navigate through Shanghai ‘s often nonsensical rental market please … Read more