Beijing preview

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Housing in Beijing is as varied as the accents you hear on the streets. There is an abundance of options for expats in terms of what kind of housing and where in the city to live. Much of residential Beijing is made up of high-rises and can be as expensive or inexpensive according to how “local” you’d like to go. Most foreigners live in “international” apartment complexes that are considered luxury developments, or out in the western-style suburban housing/villa complexes with free-standing homes and yards.

Many of the city’s new luxury apartment buildings are on the east side of town in Chaoyang District and were built within the last five to seven years. These apartments may include Western amenities from ovens to washers/dryers. Out in the northeast “villa area” where many of the suburban housing complexes…