Rental in Jakarta can range from USD$2,000 - USD$6,000 per month, depending on location and facilities. As mentioned earlier in this post, this may or may not include maintenance fees and taxes. And don't forget all this has to be paid in full 2 years in advance.
Dear Hubby's company arranged for an agent to take us around. We were not too happy with the first lot of houses that we saw but it was a useful exercise because we got to know what was available in Jakarta, what sort of conditions we were likely to encounter and we got to know what sort of house we would like to live in. After the first round, we realised we wanted (still) a secure area, preferably a house instead of a condo, something with a pool (insert comment about young handsome pool boy here) and somewhere that was close to shops so that I wouldn't feel isolated and alone.
This was also in a gated compound. It was not too bad but I thought the design was a bit too Mak Datin for my tastes. The house was undergoing renovation when we visited and the funniest bit was when Dear Hubby went to inspect bathroom, only to come out looking rather annoyed because one of the workers was using it! LOL I like the doors, the ceiling was about 12ft high and the doors were almost floor to ceiling height, so the place was flooded with light.
Oh man! This was our favourite house!!! Until we saw the kitchen that is. The house was sleek, it was modern, it was minimalist, it looked like it came straight out of my design and architecture books. I was so in love. It consists of three levels. When you walk in, you come to all the bedrooms. Check out the master bathroom... glass walls, woohoo! Then you descend one level to the small living room which can be used as a TV room. Then one more trip down the stairs to the main living hall, kitchen and the wraparound-the-house pool. Everything was so WAH! until we saw the kitchen. Or the lack of it, more like. It was just a short row of cabinet and a hob unit. That's it??? No oven??? *sigh* Bummer betul. PLUS the view off the master bedroom wasn't too great... it looked out over the messy kampung behind. We had to scratch this off our list.
So, after all that huffing and puffing, Mr and Mrs Expat have got not much to show for it and we will be going house-hunting again. I just find that most of the houses we were shown were too ponderous, too ostentatious and too Mak Datin for my tastes. Can someone please find me a nice, secure house in Kemang that is modern with a pool (so that some young handsome pool boy can get a job) and a garden and a living hall that's big enough to accomodate Dear Hubby's hi-fi?
Am I asking too much? Hope not!