Jens and his family are really wonderful, friendly, extremely hospitable people. They made me feel really welcome and made my stay so enjoyable, even taking me around by scooter to explore the neighborhood and mountains, which are beautiful. I loved staying in this bright studio apartment. For me, it was perfect!
Nice stay, and a great location for me personally! Jens and his wife are kind and friendly hosts. Communication was quick and easy with Jens. I stayed here a month to get some work done (I roam around with my laptop), attend a friend's wedding, and do some minor sightseeing. For these purposes, it was a perfect location for me. Apartment is located in an upscale area in the north of Taipei called Tianmu. Nearby are plenty of cafes, two supermarkets a block away, bakeries, tea shops, a 3rd supermarket a short walk away, a gym, banks, lots of restaurants, and a big mall and movie theatre about 10 minutes walk away. Lots more also. There's a brilliant outdoor local street market every weekend in Tianmu Plaza which is just around the corner from the apartment. At that market, you can find all sorts of stuff: e.g. clothing, bags, toys, soap, and incredible cookies (I bought some incredible walnut & espresso cookies & cheese cookies from a local vendor there). If you're heading to downtown Taipei, the public transit is super convenient. Several buses nearby will take you to all the sightseeing stops within 40 min-60 min, depending on traffic. Or if you want to speed up, take a bus for 10-15 min, and get off at Jiatian, Shilin, or Shipai station. You can also take a "U-bike" (sort of a rental citybike). Then take the MTR on the Red line which links you to the heart of central Taipei. For the Shilin Night Market, it's actually a bit closer to Jiatian. Do note for buses in Taipei, some want you to pay or tap (if you have an easycard) upon boarding, others tapping only upon alighting. It basically depends on your "zone". But from Tianmu going into downtown Taipei, it's multiple zones (about 30 twd). So you'll usually need to tap twice. (Once upon boarding, second upon alighting). If you get off to take the MTR at Shilin or Jialin, you only need to tap once (about 15 twd). If you're travelling from Taipei Main Station to Tianmu and vice versa, I usually take the 220 bus if you don't want to transfer anywhere else. Anyway, do wander around the area. There are all sorts of treasures and neat things around. Thanks, Jens!