15 things I wish I had known when house hunting

Text by team-curious

As a new expat in Jakarta, here’s what I wish I knew about housing before moving to Jakarta.

Most interna tional schools a re loca ted in the southern pa rt of Jakarta or further out, so South Jakarta is most popular with expa t fa milies, pa rticula rly a reas such as Kema ng, Pondok Indah, Cipete and Cilandak, and to a lesser extent SCBD, Senopati, and Dharmawangsa.

Those who work in Central Jakarta would be looking at a daily car commute of at least 1 – 1h 30 or 45min with the MRT if not far from a station.

In the south, most people live in houses (sta ndalone or inside compounds, few people live in apartments). Here are some of the popular housing options:

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