Beautiful renovated high Ceiling Loft-style apartment in an authentic 1930's Shanghai Lane House. A truly unique experience in the heart of Shanghais former French Concession.
High Ceiling Loft-style apartment in an authentic 1930's Shanghai Lane House.
The lane houses in our community have barely seen any renovation since and show charming signs of time. The apartment itself is fully renovated to western standards,beautiful designed and decorated.
Seperate Bedroom with king Size Bed, living room with equipped kitchen and extendable sleeping couch for up to two additional guests. Nespresso Machine, 3D Flatscreen TV, Blue Ray / DVD 2D/3D Player, WIFI-Internet, Washing machine/tumble dryer. Bathroom with walk in shower.
Exclusive access to the whole apt.
Interaction with Guests
Any help, advise or insider-tips needed? Let us know, we are happy to make your stay a memorable one :)
Popular Changle Lu between Maoming Lu and Shaanxi Lu in the heart of the former French Concession. This is THE location to be. Neighbor house is turned into an italian bistro. Back entrance leads to Jinxian Lu, a street full of life...hip cafes like the Pier39 or Citizen and well known spa's and shops. In the alleys outside the house you will likely see elderly people gathering together playing mahjong, women having dancing lesson or little kids playing with their kites. It is a local Chinese community with all its charm - don't expect a sterile state of the art compound - this is almost the life style as it has been decades ago.
For the fashion lover of you: This area has one of the widest selection of private owned fashion boutiques in the world.
Changle Lu Bus stop at your doorstep. Metro South Shaanxi Lu a 5 min walk. You can also rent a scooter to discover FFC. Supermarkets, Restaurants and touristy sites in walking distance.
Other Things to Note
This is an classic and rare lane house in an old Chinese community in the middle of historic Shanghai. It’s such a great experience for the open minded, but if you are not this type, you might be better off in one of the dozen high rise apartments or in a hotel room. If you want to be immersed in authentic local Shanghai, in a beautifully renovated loft-style apt, this apt is for you.
Any further questions, let us know :)
Access to property and apartment only for guests that booked and paid.
Important: A copy of the guests passport need to be provided via email (pdf or jpg) before arrival! Strictly no smoking inside the apartment.
General rules of good manners:
Please keep the common spaces clean, respect late night hours, turn off AC and other electronic devices when leaving the house, especially AC as it otherwise blows the calculated average utility costs that we estimated to fairly price the apartment. Last but not least, please leave the apartment as you found it at your arrival.
Tim was very efficient in setting up our reservation and we had no problem in receiving keys and getting settled. Tim was also very attentive to our needs and quick to reply to any concerns. The apartment was clean and an extremely restful space for when we needed down time. Absolutely loved this area, plenty of delicious restaurants, ranging from Italian to Japanese to Cantonese. Also close to mid- to high-priced shopping. Easy access to subway and taxi.
the flat is cozy and tidy, and it is located in a very nice area which is very convenient for us to go anywhere.
Tim's loft is an absolute gem. We stayed over Christmas and consider this apartment a key component of our fascinating stay in Shanghai. It had everything we possibly needed, including a stovetop, oven and some cozy heaters. Tim and Victoria could not have been more available, responsive and engaging to any questions or assistance. There were 4 adults staying in the loft at one point of our stay and we were comfortable from a space perspective. As others have posted, the master bed was very comfortable. The surrounding lane way and broader neighbourhood was a perfect location and mix of old and new Shanghai with a very convenient metro station a 5 min walk away. Perfect in all regards, I would not hesitate to recommend this apartment to others. Thank you Tim and Victoria!
Tim's studio is unbeatable!!! Super location , safe neighborhood…all the things are fantastic! I do enjoy this experience!
Tims apartment is just heavenly! Near to shopping district and boutique restaurants nearby! Real clean and well equipped! Just the way I would like my apartment of my own. Sofa was so comfortable that I slept there instead heh
Tim's apartment is really nice!!! Clean and tidy, well facilitated, great location. Lots of choices of restaurant nearly by. Tim's is very considerate to send me the address in Chinese with his helper's mobile phone and it was very easy to check in / out. Although my luggage was taken by others while arrived and delayed my check in time, but Victoria is very nice and patient to wait for me, thanks a lot!!!
Don't miss the cafe & local shops on Jinxian Lu (進賢路)!
There are two entrances to the lane house (Changle Lu / Junxian lu), and if you are going to return to apartment after mid night, better via Jinxian lu because the gate on Changle lu will be locked after 12.
French Concession charm
We wanted to be located in a traditional neighbourhood, so Tim’s apartment was ideal. Although we don’t speak Chinese, being in the French Concession felt like being part of the local community. If this type of experience appeals to you, you will undoubtedly enjoy the apartment, the neighbourhood and the overall vibe.
The apartment is beautifully renovated yet retains its original charm. The living/dining area is spacious for a couple and offers a window facing the main street. The fridge/freezer is a good size, the cooktop and oven a convenience which we didn’t use, given our short five-day stay. A microwave would be a welcome addition for non-cooks. There was sufficient kitchenware and dish soap and extra kitchen linen is available. There is also an adequate supply of facecloths, bath towels, shower products, as well as laundry soap, etc. The shower is a reasonable size which my husband appreciated, given his height. Please note that the bathroom and washing machine/dryer are located a few steps down from the main living/bedroom area.
The closet storage in the bedroom was ample and the reading lamp on the bedside table is very welcomed for bedtime reading. There is heating in the bedroom and main living area which was appreciated as the temperature dipped during our last few nights.
The wifi connection is quick and stable. While there are no TV channels available, we did not make use of the several DVDs provided, given our busy daytime touring schedule.
The building is very quiet and we hardly heard any indication that there are neighbours below. The street noise can be somewhat noisy during the day, but overnight it was not an issue.
We recommend this apartment and convenient location for individuals who wish to experience a Shanghai apart from the downtown highrises and hotels. We enjoyed a number of meals in neighbouring restaurants where English menus were available and English spoken. Our host, Tim, was very responsive regarding any questions we had, and his helper, Victoria, is delightful. Overall, our positive experience contributed to our initiation to Shanghai and its people.
Fran & Pierre
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Hi there! I'm an open minded and easy going guy. Born and raised close to Dusseldorf in Germany, I have lived in Berlin, Shanghai and Cape Town before calling Shanghai my home away from home in 2011.
I renovated and/or redecorated some beautiful homes in Shanghai's former French-Concession and look forward hosting guests from all around the world to share my favorite spots in this mega metropolis!
I like the urban lifestyle with its convenience and culture but love frequent escape to the outdoors, adventurous travel, diving and simple life off the beaten track. Besides travelling, I'm passionate about third wave coffee and healthy food, photography & design, fitness and gathering with friends and interesting people.
I'm curious and try to meet guests personally, however if you are arriving within my office hours or if I'm out of town (Yay, I'm a frequent traveller) my helping hand Victoria will make sure you have a smooth check-in and worry-free stay.
Life is a journey.