Forty One Hengshan Road is a 23-storey building that towers far above the buildings surrounding it. When it was first built, it was one of the only high-rise development projects in the area to get approval. The developer sold half of the units to individual landlords, while maintaining control over the second half and putting them directly up for rent. Additionally, several floors were allocated for use as serviced apartments. Their most premium apartments – the penthouses – have all been professionally decorated by an interior design team.
The lobby is expansive, with a number of pleasant, window-side seating areas. Residences range from one- to three-bedrooms and feature modern furnishings, imported appliances, wood flooring, and generously-sized balconies. Higher floors benefit from spectacular, uninterrupted views of the surrounding area. 5-star hotel services are available, including housekeeping, guest services, dry cleaning, and more. An onsite pool, gym, and business center are available.
Its location is superb. The Former French Concession, where it’s located, is home to several consulates, a popular international Christian church, western bars and eateries, and cafes. Charmed by its tree-lined boulevards and trendy dining venues, a large number of expatriates call the area home. Originally constructed in 1922 to connect the French Concession with Xujiahui, Hengshan Road itself is one of the most well-known streets in the area. A bike ride between Forty One Hengshan Road and Xujiahui takes just 10-15 minutes.
Forty One Hengshan Road is located in the commercial, fast-paced district of Xuhui. Alongside Huangpu District and Jing’an District, Xuhui District is one of the city’s major affluent urban districts. Known for its history as an academic and religious center, gorgeous tree-lined streets in the Former French Concession area, and an endless array of shopping and dining options, Xuhui has remained as a long-time favorite of expatriates and locals alike.
Once owned by the Xu family, Xuhui’s Xujiahui area (the heart of the district) became engraved in time when one member, Xu Guangqi, rose to become the country’s most prominent Catholic convert and, in cooperation with his foreign counterparts, translated influential texts between Latin and Chinese. Over time, the area became known as a Catholic stronghold and a center of learning, as well as for its ties to the neighboring French Concession. Although much of the area was repurposed for industrial purposes in the mid-1900s, a 1990s development project has revived the area and transformed it into a major commercial area.
Today, Xuhui District is home to a number of key roads and sites, including: part of Huaihai Road, part of the Former French Concession area (shared with Huangpu), Shaanxi Road, Wukang Road, Fuxing Road, Shanghai Stadium (IKEA nearby), Panyu Road and Jiaotong University. It also borders Huangpu Creek, includes the South Shanghai Railway Station and the Inner Ring Elevated Road (an expressway), and provides for easy access to Huangpu, Pudong, Changing, and Minhang. As a central district, the area is well supported by the city’s expansive metro system, and some areas can be even be reached by bike or on foot.
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