Highend new villas are mainly located in the suburban areas of Shanghai, such as western Changning district, Minhang district and eastern Pudong district.
There are more than 300 new villa developments in Shanghai, with different types of architecture design that often incorporates North American style, Australian style, Japanese style, Mediterranean style, Spanish style, and Chinese styles. Villa sizes typically range from 200 m² to 700 m².
Most of the villas have their own clubhouses (complete with gyms and pools), mini markets, post offices, and even golf courses. Management offices onsite also provide a wide variety of helpful of services, such as 24 hour security service, gardening, housekeeping, maintenance, and shuttle bus service to downtown. Depending on the building quality, clubhouse facilities, management service, size and location of the new villas, renting a new villa can cost from US$3,000 to US$15,000 a month.
Pros of Shanghai Villas:
Relatively new constructed buildings, less maintenance issues
Full onsite facilities and clubhouses
For some villa compounds, 24 hours full management services
24 hours security
Open spaces, including private backyards, gardens, and compound green
Close to international schools
Close to major outdoor sports and recreation centres
Cons of Shanghai Villas:
Long distance to work and traffic issues
Often uniform modern architecture
Mosquito and other insect issues around gardens
Local management in cheaper compounds