Shanghai Old Apartments for Rent

Most of the old apartments were built before 1949. Designed by Western architects, they differ from traditional Shanghainese row houses and apartment buildings. 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. Old apartments are usually located downtown, particularly around the Former French Concession Area. Historic apartment buildings are often
hidden along tree­lined quiet streets and offer lots of local charm. Apartment sizes typically range from 150 m² to 250 m². The better furnished apartments are more pricy and are in higher demand. The rental price for old colonial style apartments can cost from US$1,500 to US$5,000 a month.

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

Cons:
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