Central Park

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About Central Park

Central Park is located in the CBD, in the heart Beijing. The apartment towers at Central Park are laid out in clusters of apartment towers arranged as segments of a circle surrounding a garden. Good mid-tier fit and finish. Pleasant traffic-free garden areas are child friendly. Central Park was built in 4 phases. Newer Central Park phases are slightly better built but rents are higher. Phases 3 and 4 use basic radiators while heating at Phases 1 and 2 is integrated into the HVAC system. Choice of three well-equipped gyms within walking distance of Central Park.
*Pros: Heart of Beijing´s CBD close to shops and cafes. Good layouts. Vibrant community. Kid-friendly enclosed shared gardens. Kindergarten on-site.
*Cons: High rents at one of Beijing´s most popular apartments. Gym membership expensive. Darker wood floors in some Central Park apartments.

Selection of Homes at Central Park

Duplex 1bed 1bath 121sqm RMB20,000-22,000/month

Apartment 2bed 2bath 124sqm RMB20,000-22,000/month

Apartment 3bed 2bath 190sqm RMB24,000-26,000/month

Penthouse bed bath 320sqm RMB40,000-50,000/month

Apartment 4bed 3bath 320sqm RMB48,000-55,000/month

Apartment 1bed 1bath 88sqm RMB15,000-16,500/month

Apartment 4bed 3bath 286sqm RMB50,000-55,000/month

Apartment 3bed 2bath 180sqm RMB25,000-30,000/month

Apartment 4bed 2bath 265sqm RMB38,000-41,000/month

Apartment 3+1bed 2bath 217sqm RMB30,000-34,000/month

This is only a selection of the many homes for lease at Central Park. For a full list of homes please contact us

Amenities at Central Park

Subway

Squash

Indoor Pool

Outdoor Tennis

Commute at Peak Hours

: 1km (5min)
: 15km (45min)
: 7km (25min)
: 4km (15min)
: 2km (10min)
: 21km (60min)
: 3km (10min)
: 17km (50min)
: 19km (55min)
: 2km (10min)
: 4km (15min)
: 18km (55min)
: 13km (40min)

Expat Reviews

Kate, 05 November 2014

We have lived at Central Park for nearly three years and have loved it. Great location, lovely big apartments (especially in Phase 1), good outdoor space and extremely convenient for shopping, cafes and restaurants. Very safe for kids. Perhaps better for little children than older ones, but we still wouldn't live anywhere else in Beijing.

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Tom L, 11 April 2014

Central Park is a great expat community, especially for families with small children. Families with older kids tend to move out to near the international schools, so Central Park has more younger families and a number of good preschools have sprung up within walking distance. The restaurant scene is good with cuisine from around the world at your fingertips--but singles looking for an active nightlife and bars open late might want to opt for one of the complexes near Sanlituan. Aside from nightlife, close proximity to Guomao, The Place, Parkview Green, and Ritan Park are all strong pluses. The expat profile is a mix of Europeans, Americans, Australians, Japanese, and Southeast Asians, with Germans and Brits (seemingly?) being the most well represented. Overall we are pleased with Central Park and would recommend it as a good option for anyone who can afford it.

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Laurent, 23 May 2013

May be the best location in Beijing with it central location. Very convenient for the children. This compound has got a real life with many shops and restaurants. Nice to live here.

The price/m2 is little bit more expensive comparing others compounds.

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Ronnie Kandler, 22 April 2013

Central Park is a great place to live in Beijing. The apartments are great, and there are a lot of good restaurants, gyms, supermarkets very close. Also, sitting in the sun eating your lunch or dinner (during the summer) is not possible that many other places.

When I had to choose where to live in Beijing, I had a lot of doubts, but I have not regretted choosing Central Park, and I would definitely choose Central Park again.

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Miles Edelsten, 15 April 2013

We've been very happy with our first 3 months in Central Park. It definitely seems to have the best access to shops and amenities of anything we have seen in Beijing. The pedestrianized surroundings make it especially good

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Eva, 29 April 2011

We have been living in Central Park for about 2,5 years. This is really great compound for the families with the kids. Nice space outside for playing, also many small convenient shops and restaurants around. Management is doing good job also.

From downsides the slow internet can be mentioned, sometimes also TV broadcasting breaks down.
I also think that this compound is a bit overrated compared to the other similar and even newer ones.

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Sherry, 07 April 2011

I recommend this compound because of the good position.

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Alix Klein, 20 March 2011

We like this place very much!
It's easy to live, children are safe,all the facilities are around(school, shops, restaurants,parks,subway,indoor and outdoor playgrounds)and there is a great mix of culture as many foreigners live here.
To resume it's like a little village in a big city.

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A. Wu, 22 February 2011

Very convenient location. Many major firms are close by, China World is close and of course you are in the heart of the CBD. Some great grocery stores and shops are on the grounds and you will not need to speak Chinese in order to live well.

Air conditioning is very weak. If you cook in the kitchen you will find a 3 bedroom apartment will hit 85 easily in June. Internet is DSL and SLOOOOW at times. 16kb downloads, this page took over 4 minutes to load.

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Shay Zadok, 16 August 2010

Great complex for expats
1) city center
2) compound has: coffee shops, bakery, shops
so life made easy
3) good/quality neighbors from all over the world
4) you can manage without knowing Chinese

from my impression: one of the best compounds for expats in Beijing.

Lihong agency are also responsive and reliable.

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Tony Chor, 03 July 2010

Central Park is really excellent. The convenience of the shops/banks/restaurants are outstanding as is the easy access to Line 10. The area has a nice buzz in the summer time as families come out to play and people sit outside for meals or a beer. The management company is fine. The only real bummer is that the Internet access can be super slow. We really enjoy living here.

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Adrian, 11 June 2009

My wife and I have been living at Central Park for 2 months now and we are happily settled into our new place. If you are new to Beijing like us and need a safe and nice place to live within the CBD, we really don't think it will get much better in terms of the great facilities like onsite gym with pool and spa, green spaces, local shops(lion mart, lohao, the place etc) and good onsite management.

The apartments are generally well built with good fixtures and fittings with well equiped bathrooms and kitchens. The only minor gripe is that most kitchens do not have a dish washer fitted. We also found that a fully furnished apartment in Beijing often does not include alot of the things that many expats relocating would expect. Generally speaking we found apartments in Beijing will not be equipped with crockery, tableware and cooking utensils. These items can be very expensive to purchase so it may be worth shipping over these items if you are shipping stuff over.

We have read some negative reviews about Central Park but we personally have not had any issues so far. We find the onsite management staff and maintenance staff to be excellent. The grounds and buildings are well maintained. In short we would recommend Central Park to anyone looking to live in the CBD area.

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Helen, 30 April 2009

Beautiful grounds- across the street is The Place, then lots of lovely little shops on the first level of the complex... restaurants, cafes, hair cutting, banks and ATMs, smoothie shops, an organic supermarket. Then across the street you have 7-11 and plenty of other convenient shops. True there are still places empty- but for the most part you can see they are under construction, and I feel they are pretty filled as it is!

The gym is fantastic, open 7am-10pm.

What I love most of all is the garden/grounds/park in the middle. Most places it's just blah with flat land of grass and children's play area, but this is such a nice place to stroll with grassy pathed areas, sculptures, hills. Just VERY well laid out.

Fixtures are nice- lobby, hallway, and bedrooms.

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Stella Young, 09 March 2009

We moved into a penthouse in Central Park about a year and half. The location is great. It looks good and expat friendly. However, I wouldn't say it has been a smooth ride as we fought constantly with its management office Savills.

I will least a few problems are as follow:

Turnover of reception staff is high and most of them do not speak English!

The reception had lost our keys several times. So do not leave anything at the reception area.

[editor: Deleted name of Savill's employee] who is the Assistant General Manager can barely speak any English. Most of the residents are expats which I find this really funny. In addition, [editor: Savill's employee] ignored my complaint letter altogether. Perhaps it's due to his limited English or lack of professionalism. Either way, none of my problems were addressed properly.

Quality of construction is shameful. Ceilings and wall cracks were showing in the first couple months. Had to get it re-plaster in the first month. Now, after a year and half, cracks are everywhere.

The management office had sent the maintenance into our property without our consent or prior notification. Let's not even mention it took them 15 times to fix the toilet that caused sewer smell in the whole apartment.

The night supervisor came to knock on my door at 10pm demanding me for a dog permit. I think it's a bit rude to just barge him without calling first and especially after 8pm.

We paid 4 times the electricity bill at the management office. Two were not registered with the elec. co. which mean one of the staff member decided to [editor: allegation unsubstantiated].

Management decided to switch from cable to digital TV. Miscalculation of TV boxes which meant that we were without TV for more than two months. How can they miscalculate the amount of TV boxes for each unit?

These are a few examples of what we had to deal with on a daily basis. Unless you have the patient in the world then I would really think twice about living here as the rent is expensive and the service appalling.

We regret we didn't move out soon enough.

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Eran & Karen, 09 March 2009

Pros
* Buildings are clean (but the green areas outside are not)
* Good maintenance
* Good neighbors/community
* Having few kindergartens which are very close
* Close to ChinaWorld, The Place etc
* Family/children oriented
* Good quality of material in apartments

Cons
* Too expensive (new comers that we know got similar value for almost half the price in other compounds)
* Windows are not being cleaned
* Bad attitude of management for dogs – in terms of stupid letters that are being sent to dog owners, and lack of enforcement of dog stuff cleaning by owners (as the local residents living around Central Park are using Central Park premises as well with their dogs, but they don’t bother to clean after their dogs)
* Trainers at the gym are way too expensive
* Lack of stores at central park. We thought that many of the vacant places will be filled with stores. Most stores are closed
* New cable TV sets are less comfortable as its not connected to all TV ports at home and there isn’t a TV programs guide in English (previously while all ports were connected there were printed papers for HBO, Hallmark, AXN etc
* Lack of central air-filtering/cleaning system
* One lock for the entrance door is not enough. There should be a lock for when we are inside the house.
* Lack of water temperature control system, causing unstable water temperature at showers
* Heating was activated too late (only at the formal state date), 2-3 weeks after all other compounds started heating. It really annoyed us.

Summary
Central Park is a good place for foreigners, but we doubt the value for money.

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