The SpaceThe best part of this studio is the large and very private roof top, with a magnificent view over Taipei and the mountains on the other side of the city.
Due to its unique location - right at the foot of Elephant mountain, and facing a large, undeveloped expanse of grassland - one feels like living in the country side and not right in the middle of Taipei. In fact, during summer nights, you can hear the frogs that live in the undeveloped area quaking! Moreover, due to the proximity to the mountains you feel the temperature drop by 2 degrees Celsius when getting home from downtown!
The location also features convenient access to downtown in about 20 min. There is a bus stop right in front of the house, which takes you directly to Yongkang Street (close to Shida) in 20 min., and the next MRT station (blue line, Houshan pi station) is less than a 10 min. walk away.
The area is very traditional, and low key. It has plenty of cheap eateries, and there is a small, local night market about 10 min. away. A daily wet market is held every morning just a couple of blocks away as well. In short, it is perfect for people who want to see more of the city than just downtown!
The apartment itself is newly renovated, and has a nice, clean feel about it. Be aware though that the building is old Taipei style. This means that there is no guard, no elevator (the studio is on the 5th floor), and the staircase area is a bit run down (see the pictures provided). You don't notice it once you are in inside the apartment, but you need to pass through it.
The studio is my own home, so it has a very cozy and homey feel about it. There is one double bed and one sleeper sofa in the apartment, so it can potentially sleep up to 3 people. Guest AccessThe studio has all the amenities that one needs for daily life (towels, sheets, pots and pans, etc.). Appliances include wireless internet and a TV, two fridges (big & small - chose depending on your needs), kitchen area with a gas stove (1 burner), microwave, toaster oven, rice cooker, blender, etc. There's also a washing machine in the apartment, which you are welcome to use. Interaction with GuestsNeedless to say, you will have the place completely to yourself when you stay there, but my boyfriend and I live close by and are always happy to help you with any questions you may have.