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Former French Concession (Changning) Apartments and Neighborhood Info

The Former French Concession is perhaps the most charming part of Shanghai's truly unique appeal - the juxtaposition between the ultra-modern and the colonial past. With its tree-lined streets, boutique shops, historic lane houses and villas, the area is a window into the city's history. For a certain type of expatriate, the opportunity to experience 'lane house life' or what some call 'the real China' is the main draw. For others it's the area's location at the heart of downtown Shanghai which provides unfettered access to the city's seemingly boundless shopping, cultural, dining and nightlife options. Some are attracted to the exclusivity of living in the unique properties sprinkled among the locals who still comprise the vast majority of residents.
 
To the north, the area is bounded by Yan'an Elevated Road, which divides the downtown inner ring area roughly in half east to west. The combination of Xujiahui Lu and Hongqiao Lu mark the southern edge while Huashan Lu and Xizang Nan Lu define the western and eastern borders of the district respectively. Huaihai Lu is the main east-west thoroughfare through the area.
 
If you are looking for that authentic Shanghai experience, then there are three types of properties that you'll be looking at. The first and most stunning of these properties are garden houses. Each of these stand alone two storey villas has a large garden and in most cases have been restored to their former grace rather than renovated. Of the options for historic homes, they are in the shortest supply and are at the top end of the price range. They are also the most exclusive properties in the city.
 
The second option and by far the most popular with expats are lane houses, which can be found in shikumen. Each shikumen (literally stone gate), or lane, is a micro community of formerly 3- or 4-floor townhouses which in most cases were divided into smaller dwellings. Over the past decade, many of these townhouses were reconsituted and renovated - often beautifully - into spacious single family dwellings. They usually come with a small courtyard with a high stone fence or roof patio and in some cases a carpark.
 
During the renovation process, many lanehouses were totally gutted to make way for a fully modern makeover. It's not uncommon to find a lane house that is better appointed than the luxury villas found in suburban areas and with a design that is totally unique.
 
That being said, for every grade A renovated lane house, there is another with issues. Many of the shikumen do not have upgraded water and sewage, so while the property may have all new pipes, it may still suffer from slow draining showers and inadequate water pressure. Internet speeds may also be an issue. Ironically, Shanghai has some of the worst Internet speeds in China and shikumen are only now being upgraded to 2MB bandwidth. Mold is another problem to be aware of as corner cutting on waterproofing in an already damp city can lead to very damp homes.
 
The third option for colonial housing in the Former French Concession is the colonial apartment, many of which are in classic art-deco buildings designed by famous architects in the first half of the 20th century. Many have been beautifully renovated and are quite popular with young professional couples looking for something more special during their time in the city.
 
Though only about 20 percent of what was once 9000 colonial buildings remain standing, many of them are in the Former French Concession. That isn't to say that colonial vestiges are the only possibilities for housing, as numerous high-rise luxury apartment complexes replete with top-end ammenities also dot the area. Many of these complexes offer stunning views of the city, given their low-rise surroundings, providing occupants the feeling of being above it all.

Recently Listed Former French Concession (Changning) Properties for Rent

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The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #1702 Apartment 3 brs / 135 sqm ¥32,000/M 2024 Apr 22
The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #3301 Apartment 4 brs / 170 sqm ¥40,000/M 2024 Mar 16
Central Residences II 166-170 Lane 1038 Huashan Rd, #2909 Serviced apartment 3 brs / 200 sqm ¥55,000/M 2024 Mar 05
Xingguo Mansion 1950 Huaihai M. Rd, #12 Apartment 3 brs / 150 sqm ¥29,000/M 2022 Jul 18
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #1 Apartment 4 brs / 333 sqm ¥59,000/M 2020 Sep 16
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #1 Apartment 4 brs / 333 sqm ¥59,000/M 2020 Sep 16
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #1 Apartment 3 brs / 153 sqm ¥32,000/M 2020 Sep 15
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #2503 Apartment 2 brs / 145 sqm ¥31,000/M 2020 Sep 13
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #1702 Apartment 2 brs / 145 sqm ¥32,000/M 2020 Sep 13
The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #1 Apartment 3 brs / 140 sqm ¥29,600/M 2020 Sep 03
The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #1 Apartment 3 brs / 140 sqm ¥33,000/M 2020 Sep 03
The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #1 Apartment 3 brs / 140 sqm ¥32,000/M 2020 Aug 30
The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #1 Apartment 3 brs / 130 sqm ¥29,000/M 2020 Aug 30
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #2502 Apartment 2 brs / 145 sqm ¥31,500/M 2020 Aug 30
1984 Huaihai M. Rd 1984 Huaihai M. Rd, #301 Apartment 2 brs / 120 sqm ¥28,000/M 2020 Aug 30
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #2105 Apartment 2 brs / 145 sqm ¥30,000/M 2020 Aug 30
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #501 Apartment 2 brs / 145 sqm ¥32,000/M 2020 Aug 30
Clove Apartment House 800 Huashan Rd, #1 Apartment 3 brs / 180 sqm ¥38,000/M 2020 Aug 24
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #3205 Apartment 2 brs / 140 sqm ¥29,000/M 2020 Aug 23
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #2102 Apartment 2 brs / 145 sqm ¥30,000/M 2020 Aug 23
DING XIANG DA LOU 894 Huashan Rd, #1702 Apartment 2 brs / 125 sqm ¥23,000/M 2020 Aug 23
The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #1002 Apartment 2 brs / 110 sqm ¥25,000/M 2020 Aug 23
The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #1 Apartment 3 brs / 130 sqm ¥30,000/M 2020 Aug 21
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #1 Apartment 4 brs / 238 sqm ¥48,000/M 2020 Aug 21
The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #1 Apartment 3 brs / 130 sqm ¥32,000/M 2020 Aug 20
Central Residence 1038 Huashan Rd, #15 Apartment 3 brs / 140 sqm ¥29,000/M 2020 Aug 20
Clove Apartment House 800 Huashan Rd, #10 Apartment 3 brs / 165 sqm ¥35,000/M 2020 Aug 20
Clove Apartment House 800 Huashan Rd, #20 Apartment 4 brs / 177 sqm ¥29,800/M 2020 Aug 20
HUA SHAN HUA YUAN 1615 Huashan Rd, #9 Apartment 3 brs / 150 sqm ¥28,000/M 2020 Aug 20
The Courtyards 55 Zhenning Rd, #1802 Apartment 3 brs / 150 sqm ¥32,000/M 2020 Aug 17

Former French Concession (Changning) Apartments and Corporate Housing

288 Xingguo Rd
Apartment
  • 2 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 32,000
    1 Available
     
166-170 Lane 1038 Huashan Rd
Apartment
  • 3 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 45,000
    2 Available
     
  • 4 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 50,000
    7 Available
     
1038 Huashan Rd
Apartment
  • 2 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 18,500
    53 Available
     
  • 3 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 22,000
    85 Available
     
  • 4 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 37,000
    7 Available
     
55 Zhenning Rd
Apartment
  • 2 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 17,000
    19 Available
     
  • 3 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 19,000
    79 Available
     
  • 4 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 30,000
    12 Available
     

Former French Concession (Changning) Serviced Apartments and Corporate Housing

166-170 Lane 1038 Huashan Rd
Serviced apartment
  • 3 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 45,000
    2 Available
     
  • 4 BED STARTING PRICE
    ¥ 50,000
    7 Available
     

In The Neighborhood

Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

372 Xingguo Lu,near Tai'an Lu

+86 21 6280 7598

Taotu Pottery Studio
Taotu Pottery Studio

Taotu Pottery Studio

2nd Floor, Jiadu Building, 719 Yan'an West Road, Changning District

+86 21 6502 0101

Huamin Century Plaza Swimming Pool
Huamin Century Plaza Swimming Pool

Huamin Century Plaza Swimming Pool

576 Yan'an West Road, Changning District

+86 152 0180 5529

Time Passage
Time Passage

Time Passage

No 183, 1038 Huan Shan Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu

+86 21 6240 2588

Chez Maurice Bar
Chez Maurice Bar

Chez Maurice Bar

3-4/F, 50 Tai'an Lu,near Xingguo Lu

+86 21 6229 9668

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Basement Level, Building B, 868 Huashan Road, Xuhui District

Lu Hanbin Typewriter Museum
Lu Hanbin Typewriter Museum

Lu Hanbin Typewriter Museum

7F, Jiadu Building, 719 West Yanan Road, Changning District

+86 21 6466 4556

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