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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby Icon » 11 Feb 2012, 11:20

Rmpalpha, it is advisable NOT to book apartments from abroad. Stay in a hostel a few days, if you want to, you can set appointments to see the place from abroad, but take your time to choose. Even staying a month in a bad place can bitter your stay, especially if it is so brief.

I would strongly recommend a serviced apartment -search on this website, there are several introduced- or even a business hotel. For two months, especially if moving around, a short term apartment lease may not be that suitable. AC is not negotiable during summer, mostly because of humidity.
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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby annmt » 27 Mar 2012, 15:49

I know this is probably a lot to ask buuuut:

Any websites, realtors or suggestions for Keelung (Jilong)?

I've wandered around the city a few times with very little luck as to what's available. I have the feeling that this is most definitely a place where you have to know somebody/must have Chinese assistance... only problem is that I don't!
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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby cranky laowai » 02 Apr 2012, 12:49

annmt wrote:Any websites, realtors or suggestions for Keelung (Jilong) (Jilong)?

Jilong? Are you sure you want to do that to yourself?

Here are some ads for apartments in Jilong. You could run it through Google Translate if the Mandarin's too much for you.
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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby rhizome » 08 May 2012, 03:27

Hi everyone,

I am coming to Taipei this summer to study at Shi-Da for 3 months--I arrive the 23rd and will leave August 23rd. Hoping to find a place for June, July and August.

I have been looking at ads on this site in the Housing section, and a little at Tealit. Are there any other sites or ways to find a place you can recommend? Which area would you recommend that is reasonably close to Shi-Da? Thanks in advance for your help!

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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby Nuwanor » 23 Jun 2012, 17:22

rhizome wrote:Hi everyone,

I am coming to Taipei this summer to study at Shi-Da for 3 months--I arrive the 23rd and will leave August 23rd. Hoping to find a place for June, July and August.

I have been looking at ads on this site in the Housing section, and a little at Tealit. Are there any other sites or ways to find a place you can recommend? Which area would you recommend that is reasonably close to Shi-Da? Thanks in advance for your help!

Best,
Julie


The "reasonably close" is quite a large area. Since public transports are very decent, especially around Shi-Da, you can live a couple of MRT or bus stations away.

You may even get yourself a bicycle (very cheap here) and stay a bit closer, if you don't value your life too high.
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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby darienpeak » 09 Jul 2012, 00:00

After a stint in Beijing and back in Canada, I am returning to the east this fall for 3 months. Destination: Taipei.

I want a 1 bedroom place, close to the MRT blue line ideally. A place from which I can walk to groceries, a park, and good sushi restaurants. Perhaps the Xinyi or Da'an neighbourhoods. Something around $40,000NTD would be fine. Walkability is important to me. I would be willing to commute if the place were close to local amenities and pretty much on top of an MRT stop.

Would Zhongshan, somewhere along the red line, be a good match for me?

As a side note, I've read comments of disdain here and there for the supposedly aptly-named MRT brown line. Why? Wouldn't living near Da'an station be great?

I've checked out Jenny Chao's site, and plan to pick one of her places if I don't get any better suggestions. The only thing holding me back is that a number of her apartments seem to be placed at a halfway point between MRT stops rather than right on top of one or the other. There is one between SYS and Da'an stations that I'm contemplating in particular.
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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby Icon » 09 Jul 2012, 09:59

A normal one bedroom place should be 10 to 15K tops. Budgeting -heck, not even daring to say pay- 40K would be really wasteful, no matter the amenities. Yes, even on top of the MRT, even in Xinyi. That site you mention seems to be for expat businesspeople whose companies pay, not them.

The problem of the Brown MRT line is connectivity top other areas, plus small cars. Da'an is a nice area, but not exactly over Da'an MRT station. I'd say that if you are here short term Zhongxiao Tunghua area, Sun Yat sen and up to Taipei City Hall station areas are best for you, bit more interesting. Depends on what you want to do, where and if you have to commute, etc.
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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby Incubus » 09 Jul 2012, 15:28

darienpeak wrote: A place from which I can walk to groceries, a park, and good sushi restaurants. . . .
Would Zhongshan, somewhere along the red line, be a good match for me?

Zhongshan MRT is a very good match for you. Good sushi restaurants you say? The Linsen N. Rd. area has lots of authentic Japanese restaurants. And a park? There's a big park at Linsen and Nanjing Roads. Groceries? There're three department stores right next to the MRT, not to mention the Zhongshan sports center just a 3-min walk away. You can easily switch to the blue line at Taipei Main station just one stop away.

As a side note, I've read comments of disdain here and there for the supposedly aptly-named MRT brown line. Why? Wouldn't living near Da'an station be great?

The brown line is only a problem during rush hour. That's when you'll be dealing with cars packed like sardines. Otherwise, Da'an station is a very good location too.
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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby Doraemonster » 10 Jul 2012, 16:19

darienpeak wrote:As a side note, I've read comments of disdain here and there for the supposedly aptly-named MRT brown line. Why?

The line itself is not bad, you just don't want to transfer at Zhongxiao Fu**ing Station during the rush hour. And that's the only transfer point so far. But when the red line extensions opens in December this year, you will also be able to transfer in Da'an.
darienpeak wrote:Wouldn't living near Da'an station be great?

Ren'ai, Dunhua and Anhe (all near there) are some of the best addresses in central Taipei. If you can afford it, why not. Xinyi Rd, not so much. Fuxing S Rd Sec. 1 and 2 will have extra noise from the MRT.
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Re: Finding Somewhere to Live

Postby by002007 » 31 Jul 2012, 00:06

Hi all,

I'll be arriving in Taipei in early September and need to start thinking about my living situation. I'm doing my master's up at the Taipei National University of the Arts (in Beitou, next to the Zhongyi Station on the red line). I'm open to either living close to school and traveling to Taipei for fun or living closer to downtown and commuting up to school. I'm leaning towards the latter since I'll most likely only be in classes 3 days a week, but the nicer environment and more bang for your buck up north is also kind of appealing. I don't know what my expectations should be in terms of housing, so here's my ideal living arrangement, and you guys can tell me if I'm crazy or not:

20,000/month or less, including any guanli fees
Single, non-shared apartment
2 bedrooms would be great so I can have a place for friends when they visit, but I'm also open to one room + enough space for people to sleep on the floor.
On the red line for easy transportation to and from school.
A nice, non-nasty bathroom (if Taiwan is anything like China in this regard, I think this might be the hardest to find)
Simple kitchen
Fridge, AC, washer and dryer would be great.
Fitness center on the premises would be great (just basic stuff like treadmills), but I'm not expecting to get that.

I've been looking at Shilin and Datong (near the Zhongshan station) so far, and it seems like it might be possible to find something that fits my specifications. Does anyone have any advice/opinions on where I should be looking and what I should realistically be expecting to find? I'm primarily using 591 to search.

Also, I do speak Chinese pretty fluently, but I'm still concerned about getting ripped off if I go apartment viewing by myself. I've heard Taiwanese people are pretty friendly in general, but something tells me I'm not going to find any friends within the first 24 hours of being there that would be willing to come with me. Should I just go through an agency and save myself some trouble?

Thanks!

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