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It is estimated that 60% of foreign residents in Korea live in Yongsan area, south of Seoul, and a large proportion of the rest live in Sungbuk-dong, Pyongchang-dong, Yonhi-dong and Bangbae-dong. In these areas, many western style residences have been built to meet the needs of the growing foreign population. Housing units under construction are largely accommodating the western style floor plan doing away with a typical layout of a Korean residence.
HOUSES - single family houses are usually quite large and have a small to mid-sized garden. Houses vary in size from 50to 100 pyung living space, and from 100 to 250 pyung for the whole land area. They have 2-5 bedrooms and 2-3 baths. In recently built houses, oil heating has been replaced by a city gas system to reduce heating costs.
VILLAS - Villas are similar to western style condominiums usually less than 5 stories high with under 10 units per building. Sizes of villas range from 40 to as large as 100 pyung with 2-5 bedrroms and 2-3 baths. Most villas are furnished with basic appliances such as gas oven, refrigerator, dish washer, washing machine and air conditioning
APARTMENTS - Apartments are largely in western style, high rise building complexes. They are usually smaller than houses and villas, but an apartment complex often includes a supermarket, bakery, laundry room and other facilities

Advance Payment (Rent)

This is most common method in foreign communities in Seoul. It requires advance payment of the total monthly rental for the entire lease term. The contract is usually signed for 2 to 3 years. No money is returned at expiration of the lease. But pre-paid rental is refundable prorata for the unexpired term of lease, if the lease is terminated prior to expiry date. One of the merits of this method is that the landlord is responsible for maintenance during the lease period. Rent does not include utility costs such as electricity, water, gas and heating.
Monthly Rental (Wolsei)
This is a deposit plus monthly payment system. The deposit amount is about 10 to 20 times the monthly payment. Usually 10% of the total amount is paid upfront when signing the contract and the remainder plus one month's rental is paid at the time of actual move. The amount deposited is returned to the tenant upon expiration of the lease. The tenant is responsible for maintenance.
Key Money Deposit (Chonsei)
About one-half to two-thirds of the value of the house is deposited with the Lessor for the lease period. The whole portion is returned to Lessee upon expiration of the lease. As with Wolsei, 10% of the total amount of rental is paid when the contract is signed, and the rest is paid when the lessee moves into the house. Common practice is that the Lessor is not responsible for maintenance. Accordingly, the Lessee is required to cope with all maintenance issues by himself unless otherwise provided in the pertinent lease contract. For example, replacement of curtains or re-papering of rooms will be on the Lessee's own expense. Another matter of this payment method is that the key money deposited to the Lessor will not be returned prior to the date of expiration of the lease unless a third party signs new lease contract replacing the existing one.

- Located above a main shopping street close to the Yongsan U.S. Military Post, Itaewon is hilly and crowded with large houses, villas and apartments. Transportation is convenient and there is shopping nearby. Many ambassadors have their residneces in this area, and there are a few embassies as well. The area is close to Grand Hyatt Hotel, and a short drive over the hill will bring you to down town. Jogging and hiking to the Mt. Nam-San is an added merit of Itaewon.
School bus access is good. There are several Christian schools in the area which provide school bus service. School bus service to Seoul Foreign and Seoul International School takes about 40 minuets to an hour.

- This compound in Hannam-dong is guarded and patrolled by the area guards. Overlooking the Han River, it is built on a hill with large homes and apartment complexes. Most houses are suitable for westerners. The German School is located near UN Village.

- There area many nice houses in Hannam-dong. It is just down the hill from Itaewon, and travel time to City Hall can take anywhere about 15 to 20 minutes. Since there are several high ranking Korean officials' homes and foreign ambassadors' residences there is special security of many national police on duty 24 hours a day nearby. Hannam-dong is about 45 minutes from Seoul Foreign School and Seoul International School. There are 2 English language preschools in the area. School bus service is available to most of the foreign

- Many foreign embassies and ambassadors' homes are located in this area. Transportation is good. It is a pleasant, convenient residential area. Most houses are large, with gardens. All schools have buses to this area.

- Yonhi-dong is a residential area on the northwest side of Seoul. Houses are relatively large. Seoul Foreign School, Severance Hospital and Yonsei University are located in this area, and Swiss Grand Hotel is nearby. The area is relatively close to downtown Seoul 15 to 30 minutes by car depending on traffic

The big advantage for many foreigners choosing to live in Yeonhi-dong is its proximity to Seoul Foreign School and the British School.

- It is a lovely suburban area of large houses. It is within 15 minutes drive to the down town area of Seoul. Located to the very north of the National Museum and Kyongbok Palace, it is an area many foreigners like to live in. A number of embassies have their residences here. And most of the managers of foreign corporations in Seoul love to find their home in this area. The big advantage to sungbuk-dong is the beauty and cleaner air, as the area is hilly wooded, and Bukhansan National Park nearby. School bus transportation is available for school children, and pre-school kids, and it is about 20 minutes from Seoul Foreign School. There are several supermarkets and other conveniences in the area, as well as 2 major hospitals close by.

- This area is located in the northern part of Seoul, close to Sungbuk-dong. It is within walking distance from Pukhansan National Park with fresh air, nestled in the mountains. It is a quiet and comfortable living area made up mostly of single houses with gardens. There are no high rise buildings, and rents generally are not quite as high as in Itaewon-dong and Sungbuk-dong. The area is located 8 km from Seoul Foreign School and downtown(city hall). It is 20 km to Kimpo Airport. There are several supermarkets with a good choice of good.

- Bangbae/Banpo area is one of the locations where foreigners prefer to live, particularly the French, as the French School is there. There are many western style houses and villas in this area. Commuting time to city hall ranges from 30 to 50 minutes. School bus service is available for both Seoul foreign School and Seoul Int'l School