Yes, we have vacancies.
Monthly lease rates range from Rp 5 – 6 million with minimum 9-12 month lease including unbeatable location near Four Seasons, wifi broadband, newspapers and coffee on breakfast table, clean laundry in your wardrobe, hot showers, good pressure, cold AC, full kitchen, CCTV and on-premises security, and a microbrewery!
Wah, I knew this was going to happen. Kemang’s played out! It’s not worth living that far away from the office anymore — and there just aren’t that many suitable houses near the CBD.
The Jakarta Post article in question says that all the action is in or near the CBD (that’s us, unless you’re talking SCBD) and “growing demand from expats to rent upscale apartments [is] a sign for the government to allow foreigners to own condominiums in Indonesia.”
Since that’s not going to happen anytime soon, we’ve got a couple suggestions. The first one is closely linked to our recently updated FAQ & Vacancies. Otherwise, if you’d like to be part of or in charge of your own Sharehouse in this part of Jakarta, we can help, pursuant to a rent outfit management (ROM) arrangment.
Please email email@example.com for more information.
I snapped the “now” shot a few months ago, a few blocks from the Sharehouse.
It’s the historic Guntur theater (same link but in Indonesian). The Indies Art Deco building designed by Ir. FJL. Chijsels (of AIA Bureau) was built from 1923-27. The flood canal (from the waterworks in Manggarai) had just been completed. So this would have been a prominent country crossroads (Jl. JP Coenweg and Jl. Goentoer) .
Meanwhile, the black-and-white “then” photo is an old postcard belonging to Tokek Belanda on Flickr. The structure has deteriorated rapidly. I did a double take after seeing it on Flickr. I could access my own “geo-stamped” memories of it after more than five years transiting Jl Guntur. But I couldn’t find it — or see it, rather — when I rocked up to where it was supposed to be. Turns out that, as it crumbles, less and less is visible from the street.
Long before this was the movies, it housed the Jan Pieterszoon Foundation (Stitchting) — and a boarding school. We don’t hear much about JP these days, but he’d be shocked by the photo of women (below) in full multicultural mingle mode.
During WWII the Dutch used the property for military purposes, as does the police or “MP” branch of the Indonesian armed forces today.
But there’s a couple mysteries. So please COMMENT BELOW if you know: Was the theater famous or just the old building? Was it in fact a rowdy place where drinking was allowed? Also, scarier then or now?
Here’s what we’ve heard over the years about why single expats find that sharing a house near the business district with other expats makes sense in a city like Jakarta.
“I like the fact they’ve got a micro-brewery on board. It’s social, but in a focused way. The Jakarta serviced apartment thing was convenient, but ultimately alienating and boring. There’s just not that much going on in Jakarta on the 26th floor.”
— Development consultant, Madrid
“The kost thing was fun for a while. Sure you meet a lot of people, including Indonesians. It’s almost like a family experience. But then if your boyfriend comes to Indonesia or something . . . or you want to throw a Halloween party, you may as well be in a hotel . ”
— Tech journalist, Palo Alto
“My company offered me a big kontrakan [rental house]. But there were a lot of questions about who was going to look after it. I’d just as soon not have a pool if I have to clean it.”
— Expatriate GM, Melbourne
“I’m having enough trouble with my driver so I wasn’t really keen on having more people [maid] to manage.”
— Hydro engineer, Montreal
“Once I got the gym membership and located a few good swimming pools, there was really no reason to stay in the apartment.”
— Intern, Helsinki
For this area, FastNet from First Media is ideal because it’s almost never down or noticeably slow.
Why do we mention it? Well, just to update our previous consumer satisfaction posts about Lippo-owned First Media FastNet broadband service, including comparisons to Indonesian government-owned Telkom Speedy DSL.
OK, I’d be a little surprised to hear that First Media customer service won awards recently, since in the past (including before it was called First Media) the customer was so reliably always wrong. Nevertheless, I have not heard any complaints recently from the Sharehouse finance department; so it seems they’re managing to get the bill paid without a phone brawl.
Certainly we try not to abuse our hookup since — who knows — if everyone decided to download movies on the same day, that would presumably suck bandwidth and — if you tried hard enough — you could probably even “screw over” your ISP to some degree. But that’s just never been an issue here. I’m sure speed does vary for us here and I’m sure the connection has gone down for a spell a number of times. (It has. And each time we call First Media immediately and then continue reporting the outage on a regular basis. They often deny any problem on their end while — I must assume — simultaneously resetting the connection so it works ; )
But not very often. And the rest of the time it’s simply “fast.” Don’t know how it works in your naked woods, but ’round here it’s cruisy.
(Sadly, we did cancel our First Media cable TV service, again. First, it seemed like there were less and less good channels all the time. Surprise, surprise. Second, one of the cable boxes was broken and they didn’t seem very enthusiastic about fixing it. Third, we hated the way we got strong-armed into investing more in a service we didn’t really like. It seemed to us we had been given crappy service so that we’d complain, so that they could cut a deal with us to vastly improve the service for not too much money. The first time we mentioned the possibly of canceling our cable subscription it was casual on our part. But First Media was so adamant that we not cancel it. But we persisted, even as they pretended like they would be forced to cancel our broadband, too. You just have to patiently rip into the rep again and again on the phone. Eventually they’ll quit playing dumb.
Seems like we’d probably qualify for a special offer if we decided to sign up again for cable TV from First Media. So why not cancel?)