I will be moving to Taipei in August with my two kids and mother-in-law (my wife will move in May). The kids will be attending the Taipei American School and I would like to get a place nearby. We will have a car and driver, but I prefer walking. I am used to living in very rural places where everyone has a house and you often can’t see your neighbors. I know that the area around TAS is supposed to be nice, but I was told not to expect a house. My wife has been told that we should just get a 4 bedroom in Jasper Tianmu, but I would prefer a condo, townhouse, or house with more space (and hopefully less money). I have been on 591.com but my Chinese reading isn’t good. I have a budget of 180,000-300,000, but I certainly wouldn’t mind spending less. My questions are:
I have been told that houses in Taipei are old and require a lot of upkeep. Is that true?
Do you have any suggestions or advice regarding my desire to be in a house rather than a serviced apartment type facility like the Jasper?
Is it reasonable to try and get a 5 bedroom place (incl play room and office) on my budget?
Do you have any other suggestions of where I can go to see what the market is like?
Thank you in advance.