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What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?
Housing is great, though this post is transitioning from LQA to housing pool and it's hard to say what it will be like in the future. Most people live in large, luxury apartments in buildings with pools and gyms, though many families live in gorgeous houses in gated neighborhoods. All buildings and neighborhoods have several layers of security, and at least the apartments are constructed to near-U.S. standards and solid enough to avoid worry during the regular, small earthquakes. The U.S. Embassy is located downtown and is a very short commute for most people - for me it's a 15-minute walk or a 5-minute drive - but they are constructing a new building further outside town. - Jun 7, 2015
This is currently an LQA post but that may be changing in the near future. It was fun picking our apartment here, and I think we have loved this post mainly because we ended up living in the same building as many of our friends. There are lots of beautiful houses and apartments here, with new buildings being built all the time. If you see an apartment and want to have changes made to it, often the landlord will make changes for you. Our commute to the Embassy is about 10 minutes driving or 30 minutes walking, depending on traffic. - Apr 23, 2014
Renting options are plentiful and generally very high-quality and comfortable. Living close to the workplace is advised as traffic can be tough during rush hours. - Jan 3, 2014
This is one of the few LQA posts in the world. You can choose your house or apt, as long as it falls within the space/cost limits and is located in zones 10, 14 or 15. - Nov 7, 2011
Fabulous housing with great views. Most of the people we know live in zones 10 and 14, which have great apartment buildings. Most are highrises. - May 2, 2010
The apartments here are great - there are a lot of new high rises going up all the time! There are also houses but they seem to be older. And it can take a while to get maintenance work done, so I would recommend an apartment. I think apartments also have better security. If you are with the embassy, remember this is an LQA post so you are on your own for finding and furnishing an apartment. - Mar 11, 2008