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Real Estate

There's plenty of choice of housing in Shanghai, but there is no longer the excess of real estate that their once was. Prices are finally on the rise, but still a lot cheaper than anything you'd get back home.

Here is a rough guide to the types of housing available:

Expat Communities/Villas: They can be expensive, but they can feature gardens, split-level living, garages, full amenities and a health club somewhere close by. You will pay handsomely for this luxury. Most of the villa developments are in the Hongqiao and Gubei areas to the west of the city center. Two big ones, Tomson Golf Villa and Shanghai Links are in Pudong.

Old Villas: Much more classy, generally in the old French concession area. These are residences dating from before the Communist takeover in 1949. The Shanghailanders sure knew how to live in style. For old houses which have been properly renovated, with electrical and plumbing updated, prices can be high, but the location is great and comfort guaranteed. For those that haven't been renovated ... expect problems amidst the grandeur.

Expat Apartments: These range from luxurious to nice, and from downtown to Pudong, with prices varying accordingly.

Living with the Chinese: This is the cheapest way to go, and more and more foreigners are turning to this option. Many real estate agents are now able to provide an interpreter, though if language is a problem, you might want to bring a long a Chinese speaking friend.

FPD Savills
23/F, Central Plaza, 381 Central Huaihai Road
TEL: 6391-6688
Fax: 6391-6701
Manages a number of A-grade office buildings and luxury housing properties including Jinmao tower, and buildings in Lujiazui and on Nanjing lu, Huaihai lu. They also offer residential properties in the high-end apartment and villa side of things, such as 41 Hengshan lu, the Shanghai Center, and various locations in Pudong and Hongqiao.

Shanghai Metropolis
TEL: 3214-0937, 6248-0245, 3214-0935
Fax: 5404-9215
Around since 1996. Though Pudong focused, the company deals with Apartments, Villas, Offices, Warehouses And Factories on both sides of the river. Also provides relocation services.

Chesterton Petty
Suite 1008, Peregrine Plaza, 1 Baoqing Road
TEL: 6445-9967
Fax: 6445-9965
Guides corporate clients through all stages of finding the perfect property, whether that be office or residential. Also provides tenant representation, site analysis, lease negotiation and start-up consulting services.

Shanghai Realty
TEL: 6246-1133
Fax: 6246-1199
Rental of apartments and offices, mainly in Puxi. Services include orientation tours and free property viewing.

Adrienne Farrelly Shanghai Properties
TEL: 6299-7974, 6299-8231
Fax: 6299-8231
Mobile: 13916315731
A range of residential properties for individuals.

Phoenix Property Consulting
Unit I, 7/F Yujia Building, No.1336 Huashan road
TEL: 6437-9891
Fax: 6471-8926
In the residential side of things, Phoenix covers the colonial villas, modern houses and usual apartments. Commercial property includes office and retail space as well as warehouses.

Century 21 Shanghai Wealth Realty
Tel: 5851-8725, 5921-9453, 6853-0431
Fax: 5860-4836
Our Website:
customers deserve, and will receive, the finest service ever offered by any real estate organization. We provide full range of property consulting services: residential and relocation service, office spaces lease, store & retails, commercial & income properties, manufactory and warehouses and project investment.

Jones Lang LaSalle
Commercial sales and leasing in Shanghai's central business district, clients are companies not individuals. Jones Lang LaSalle is the leasing agent for Plaza 66, Lippo Square and CITIC Square.

Relocation Services

Orient Pacific International
No. 3900, Zhongshan Bei Lu
TEL: 6243-2842
Fax: 6243 2842

Asia Pacific Worldwide Movers Ltd.
Room 1808, Building 1, Lane 1024, Hongqiao Lu
TEL: 6209-6690/6278-4640
Fax: 6441-1660

Sino Sante Fe Shanghai
No. 8, Lane 137, Xianxia Lu
TEL: 6233-9700
Fax: 6233-9005

Crown Worldwide Ltd.
Room 6303-6305, Rui Jin Business Centre, No. 118 Rui Jin Er Road
TEL: 6472-9470
Fax: 6472-0255

Global Silverhawk
Suite 706, Building 7úČ125 Lane, Caoxi Road
TEL: 6487-5923
Fax: 6487-6114

Interconex (Far East) Ltd.
1808 B, No. 37, Shuicheng Nan Lu
TEL: 6270-2420
Fax: 6270-2419

Asian Express
Suite F, 7/F, No. 1336, Huashan Lu
TEL: 6386-0606
Fax: 6258-4242

Schenker (H.K.) Ltd.
3/F, Daban Business Center, No. 20, Donghu Lu
TEL: 5404-8087 x 856 or 873
Fax: 5404-8090/6472-8170

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Shanghai Pearl Property
Free relocation service offering wide range of residential and commercial properties for lease and sale in Shanghai. Clients include muti-national corporations, small and medium-sized corporations, and also individual clients.
Tel: 54110919
fax: 54110908


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