this apartment is available 25-30, feel free to rent!
Note: welcome longer stays, of a month or more!
The listing is for a large studio apartment very centrally located in the French Concession of Shanghai, where I live normally. A very large room (25 square meters) includes a bedroom, a futon (folds out into a bed) with coffee table, and a beautiful wooden desk for writing. Adjoining are a kitchenette/bathroom, and a beautiful 12 square meters balcony, which can easily accommodate 8 people or more. I decorated the apartment in my own idea of 1920s Shanghai style. 3 minutes away from metro line 10 Shanghai Library, 10 minutes away from line 1 Hengshan Road, near to numerous bus lines, and with taxis passing by every minute on nearby Huaihai Road.
During your stay, I will be in another apartment fairly nearby, and so will be available to help you with anything from shopping to translation to restaurant recommendations. The flat is very central, but on a quiet, posh street, next door to the German Consulate (think Greenwich Village NYC, Bloomsbury in London, Montmartre in Paris ). A block away (far enough away that you won't be disturbed by street noise, but close enough to be very convenient) are some of the nicest bars and restaurants in Shanghai; within 15 minutes are excellent French, Cantonese, Beijingnese, Shanghainese, and many other kinds of restaurants. The flat is ideal for a couple looking for a good base to explore the city- very convenient for transportation, close to bars, restaurants and art galleries, and with space to entertain new friends. And if you have any special needs, I'll be just down the street... Maid service available on request. There's a bike with bike lock available as well.
Note: the cooking facilities are very limited: a refrigerator, a coffee press, a distilled water dispenser, tea things, a juicer... I myself usually only eat breakfast at home, surrounded by so many nice places to eat out. Fine dining in Shanghai is very affordable. Nonetheless, if cooking is important for you, this might not be the right place for you.
Smoking is OK, but only outside;
Please try not to leave watermarks on the desk, as it was custom made,
Feel free to drink any alcohol, coffee, or tea on premises; I will bring fresh, seasonal fruit for your stay.
A stay of at least 3 days is preferred.
My brother and I have been living in Shanghai for +7 years between the two of us, both are fluent in Chinese, and love it very much. I myself have written several academic articles about the old housing in Shanghai- it's really a passion of mine.
As such, the apartments we have are all traditional, old buildings dating from the prewar period. Here, you'll be able to have a traditional Shanghai life (the contradiction of tradition in China's least traditional city...) Be warned, (or excited), these flats are not like american suburban homes; these are old communities, which you can join during your stay ;) It is a must be to courteous to the neighbors and have an attitude of respect. If you do- you will have a wonderful time, as the many positive reviews of my apartments suggests. I love to meet cool people on airbnb- I have met playwrights, film directors, artists, businessmen, journalists- all kinds, and from all around the world. I would love to share with you the experience of Shanghai- the flavors, the colors, the small restaurants you won't find yourself...
I am pretty low key, and as a guest, I tend to just use an apartment as a base for exploring (so far in Mexico, Paris, and San Francisco). As a host, I will be available, still staying in the city, and try to make your visit light and easy, leaving coffee and fruit for you, and always being available to help with any language/culture issues that you might encounter in Shanghai.