The best French Concession Corners to Live in and why

Posted on August 27th, 2011 in Best Places to Live, posts

I have been thinking about making a post about the best areas to live in and Shanghai, yet, I can only think of one that I truly love, it’s my home and my hood you could say, the French Concession area.

Oh and hey, these are my opinions! Please feel free to make your argument for your favorite area! Just comment at the end of the post.

So I thought about some of the best French Concession Corners to live in here in Shanghai and why.

Anfu RoadAnfu Road and Wulumuqi Road.
This Corner wasn’t that much a short while ago, but within 1 year it has become an amazing cluster of conveniences, and trend spots.
2010 saw this become the home of Baker & Spice, Mr Willis, Arona, Amokka, La Strada (one of the best pizzas in town) Pines Supermarket and more.
This year they added Food Central (by the Apartment guys, gotta try the sufflet (this not how you spell it is it?), Mi Thai, Charme, Y+ Yoga Studio and many more.

Lot’s of Cafe’s where already here, Costa, Jamaica Blue, Marienbad (awesome atmosphere),  and the international Supermarket Feidan has established itself here for a long time too.

Anfu Road is now packed but still charming, and unique stores make it definitely worth a stroll, check out the antiques near the Wukang Rd intersection.
Residential Options are plenty, lot’s of renovated french concession apartments, modern compounds for the larger families at Kingsville and Chevaliers, and probably one of Shanghai’s most popular the Summit which has a clubhouse open to all.

Yongfu Road, Wuyuan and Fuxing Road.
Wuyuan Rd is probably still one of my all-time favorite streets because our office was located here for those who remember from 2005 to 2009.
We got an amazing addition to the area with the 47 Yongfu Road, which has added con’s and pros of living here.
The Pro arguments are you’re right next to some the trendiest spots in Shanghai, The Apartment and El Cocktail.
The Con’s are now, a little obvious, used to love this area because it was quiet, however, now that you also have an area that is amazingly crowded during the evening time, and you know and I know, Shanghai + Drunk + Partygoers can equal some very noisy and annoying scenarios (another pro, sometimes hilarious).

The Boxing Cat also opened in 2010 on Fuxing Road and Yongfu Road, and it’s quickly become one of the best places to do almost anything, browse and go online, eat (the Reuben, try the Reuben!), and Drink their self brewed mini Shanghai brewery beer.
Around here, your options aren’t as plenty.
Just renovated, charming French Concession Lane Houses, Colonial Apartments and Garden Homes.
Walk to the Ambassy Club and Pool within 10 minutes.

Normandie ApartmentsXingguo Road, from Tai’an to Hunan Road.
This is the area I live in.
I love it, mainly because it reminds me of home, it’s super quiet during the evening and you often just see a few people during the evening times.
Nowadays we also have a C-Store, so it makes grocery shopping more convenient.
I take my dog out during the day and at night, and I really enjoy the green stroll.
Ferguson Lane is super close with Franck, Coffee Tree, and new opening Cocount Paradise and other Restaurants by the year end.

Con’s, it’s not for everyone. I’m from switzerland, and Shanghai at times is too crowded for me, even the french concession, so I appreciate the Peace I get in this area.
I also know through many conversations with you guys, that it can be way to quiet at night for some.

Here too, except of some low quality high rise places, you will have to stick to the charming and unique, what a Bummer.
The Normandie Apartments from 1930′s, or Garden and Lane Houses, maybe in my favorite French Concession Lane on Tai’an Road.

So this is my take, the best 3 corners of the French Concession.

Runners up where the Donghu Road and Yanqing, Fumin, Changle Road cluster (but in the end lost, because in my opinion, Bar 88 is to much to see for me every night).

Hengshan and Yongjia Road.
Just doesn’t have a certain Feel of Home. Fantastic for visiting but the whole area, bars and Restaurants are more geared to Tourists.

What’s your take? These are my personal opinions from my experiences and sometimes what people tell me through their time living in this area.

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Huaihai Rd Colonial Apartment with huge Terrace

Posted on August 24th, 2011 in Former French Concession, Loft, Old House, posts

This place we posted already here, it’s a beautifully renovated Colonial Apartment in the heart of the French Concession located on Huaihai Road near Donghu Road, it also features a huge Rooftop Terrace.

This is the video review, please revisit this post for more details.
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1 Living Room and a Rooftop Terrace.
Asking 25000 Rmb per month.

Beautiful Shanxi Road Loft Apartment with unique all new Renovation & Terrace

Shanxi Road Loft Apartment with TerraceThis wonderful Apartment is located in an old apartment building on Shanxi Road near Huaihai Road, just behind the Parksons Mall.

Located on the third floor, this apartment has been newly renovated and is now more or less finished.

The Apartment is entered into the open kitchen and Dining Area, with Bar, and next to the entrance is a small storage space on the right.
The western Kitchen features a super modern style, with lot’s of storage, work space, built in oven, dishwasher and two door refrigerator.
Quality Appliances and Materials only!

The Master Bedroom is in the west of the Apartment with a huge open bathroom and art-deco bath tub with rain shower head.

The Eastside of the Apartment is a huge Living Room Lounge (the tub goes away!) with all glass windows for lot’s of sunlight from all directions.
To the North is the the glass door to the big private Terrace which will feature a wooden floor.
Built in Radiators,

1 Bedroom, 1+1 Living Rooms, 2 Bathrooms. 100 Square meters plus 30 square meter outdoor space.
Asking 25’000 Rmb, including furniture, all taxes and management.

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Posted on August 11th, 2011 in posts

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Typhoon today, just a friendly note!

Posted on August 5th, 2011 in posts

Though it’s sunny for those of you up early enough, you can tell that it rained quite heavily earlier.
Muifa is supposed to arrive in Shanghai Today.
Please close your windows tightly when you leave and make sure balconies and gardens are sealed tightly to prevent them from breaking later during strong winds.

Cheers! and keep dry!

Oliver’s Mobile

Posted on July 16th, 2011 in posts

Hey Everyone,
quite a lot of tried to reach me since Friday, my phone broke as it tried to fight a car tire and asphalt at once. Which was the first google phone that is simply awesome.
I bought a new Motorola Droid Bionic, yesterday, which quickly died and wouldn’t restart, according to Motorola I need a software update but that takes until tomorrow.



Hello YOU! Happy New Year, all the best in the Year of the Rabbit!

Posted on February 4th, 2011 in posts

Hello Everyone,

We would like to take this chance to wish you a very happy year of the Rabbit, a relaxing holiday, a healthy Rabbit, a happy Rabbit and a succesful Rabbit!

Hard At Work SHPlace Rabbits

Hard At Work SHPlace Rabbits

I (oliver) am a Rabbit myself, so I’m extra excited, I bought heaps of red underwear and socks to wear (some kind of tradition for prosperity, everytime it’s your year).
Being my curious self I checked out some of the Rabbits signs, and what the new year is about to bring, most Rabbits are gracious, kind, they’re sensitive, and have a soft voice. (haha, maybe not exactly for all rabbits!).

Rabbits are supposed to have a strong sense of right, and make good calm judgements too.

Rabbit years are often eventful and full of changes, so watch out 2011!

You’re a Rabbit if you’re born in any of the dates below!
Each Sign is assigned an element in the zodiac sign. Which is mentioned before the Rabbit.
And then you can continue my Research here, here, here, here and here. The fourth link is the
Story of Hou Yi and Chang’e, a very famous chinese folk love story, very moving, have tissues ready.

  • 19 February 1939 7 February 1940:Earth Rabbit
  • 6 February 1951 26 January 1952:Metal Rabbit
  • 25 January 1963 12 February 1964:Water Rabbit
  • 11 February 1975 30 January 1976:Wood Rabbit
  • 29 January 1987 16 February 1988:Fire Rabbit
  • 16 February 1999 4 February 2000Earth Rabbit

We just Love you Guys!

All new, Stylish 1 Bedroom Loft in the downtown french concession available

This amazing loft space has just been renovated and become availabel for rent, it’s located on Jiashan Road in the french concession, right between Jianguo and Yongjia Road.

The Flat, on the top floor of a remodeled factory is an ultra spacious one bedroom with a huge living room that features high, vaulted ceilings, with exposed iron beam-skeleton, huge windows that let in tons of natural sunlight.

The living room space is huge, and open, the western wall comes with a modern western kitchen, that comes with lot’s of pantry space, and built in oven, and a closet as well as a bathroom which can all be concealed by large sliding doors to add to the minimalistic feeling of the apartment.

Up a one-step stairway is the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in shower.

The place only has top-of-the-line finishes throughout, with double glazed windows, built in radiators and insulated walls.
140 square meters.
Call Oliver at 15900987878.
24000 Rmb.
The Apartment is part of a new commercial loftstyle complex with residential lofts, creative office space, trendy lounges, cafe’s and restaurants.
Walking distance to the subway, fuxing road and about 5 minutes taxi ride to Xintiandi.
Watch the video tour!

Some new places, a summary.

Things change fast these days, so we’re giving you a summary of what’s still available of things we recently posted and things we haven’t yet, to help you keep some oversight.

8 Park Avenue 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 2 Living Room apartment for 14’000 Rmb.
Located in the beautiful Jin An district,
8 Park Avenue is centrally located in Puxi Shanghai and just few minutes walk from Nanjing Road.
The 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment is located on the 15th floor.
The living room offers plenty of light and space.
The windows face a small street without any construction around and offers a quite haven.

The living room floor to ceiling glass doors also opens up to a balcony offering a nice spot for BBQ and relaxation.
The kitchen offers ample storage space and is adjacent to the dinning area for easy access.

The two bedrooms are fully furnished with queen size beds and offer large wardrobe spaces as well.
The compound itself offers a fantastic recreational facility including full size indoor pool, gym, squash, and other activities.
Call Jimmy Wang at 15800735273.
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French Concession Loft Apartment with Mad Ceilings & big balcony!
Unique old apartment in the 3rd Floor of a historic Jianguo Rd Lane House.
Featuring high vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, 2 big bedrooms, 2 modern bathrooms
and a big balcony.
Loft style, with open kitchen & bar, lot’s of light and big spaces.
130 square meters.

Partially furnished, with beds, ultrasoft IKEA Sultan mattresses, TV,
Cabinets, oven and closets.
Call Oliver at 15900987878
21000 RMB.
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2 Bedroom French Concession Ground Floor with private Garden!
Amazing Huaihai Rd 1st Floor Apartment with unique style and
and character.
Featuring 1 Living room with open kitchen, lot’s of windows and private Garden Entrances.
With two bedrooms, both en-suite with bathrooms and closets and the master bedroom
featuring a super stylish contemporary closet and bath.

2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths.
98 square meters.
Partially furnished, equipped with kitchen appliances, Home Cinema with
Surround Sound and more.
Asking 14000 Rmb.
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Crystal Pavillion extra spacious, serviced 2 Bedroom Apartment in Jing’an
This amazing ultramodern apartment is located in the heart of Jing’an on Nanjing Road West
just out the metro stop (line 2), and the Wujiang Road Food Street (Starbucks, Costa Cafe,
Panini’s, Subway Sandwiches, Yoshinoya, and many more) and Shimen One Road.
Feauturing Dining Room, Living Room Lounge, huge Balcony / Terrace, and two full sized bedrooms
and two bathrooms with built in heaters.

Also included is a fully equipped western kitchen, with modern appliances and
storage room, maid room, & maid’s bathroom in the back.
Asking 26000 RMB.
Call Oliver at 15900987878.
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Check out these and many more apartments, villas in downtown Shanghai any time.
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Unique Shanghai French Concession Offices

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 in Lane House, Loft, Office, Old House, posts


From our team is this great french concession Lane House that has been remodeled
to become a modern and truly unique loft-like office space.
How to describe it in a few words?
Spacious, bright, lot’s of huge double glazed windows, central aircondition and renovated with the most important stuff,
new wires, piping and plumbing.
The rest is up to the new tenants imagination!
Asking 48000B RMB.
250 Square meters.
3 Floors. 5 Baths.
Call Oliver at 15900987878 or see and find out more here!