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What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Houses and apartments, some right downtown (apartments), and some on the edges of the city. We're in a huge house on the edge of town and it takes about 10-15 minutes to get to the school, and about 20-30 minutes to get to and from the embassy. Our house, and the other expat houses I've been in (both from the US Embassy and others) are pretty nice. The apartments I've been in are also fairly nice, once you get past the poorly lit, creepy, Soviet hallways. Some of the newest buildings no longer have those hallways and are much more like I've seen in Western Europe, though. - Oct 19, 2011