I fully admit being late to the K-Pop party. But, like millions of others, I was totally amused by Psy's hit video and song. I belt out "Oppan Gangnam Style!" in the car while I'm driving and have even attempted the equestrian-style dance move he's now made famous (It wasn't pretty).
As I understand it, Gangnam is a district of Seoul, know for its trendiness and the wealthy lifestyle of its residents. The area has its own Rodeo Drive and lots of bars, cafes and upscale shopping. Detractors call it a haven for the "nouveau riche." Reportedly, it's a very expensive place to live, where the average apartment now costs $716,000 — well above reach for the average Korean. The home above was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal as its House of the Day. It's on the market for $3,800,000.
Of course, doing what I do, I went searching for Gangnam-gu rentals, just to get a sense of what's available there, along with any hints of the decor. The newness of the apartments struck me, as did the small sizes. I pulled a few for you to check out.
1. A $1,400 furnished 600 ft apartment from Craigslist
2. This studio is for rent for $762 a month.
3. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment is listed at $6,280 a month.
4. A furnished studio for $1,076 per month
5. $673, not including utilities or the building fee.
6. 500 square feet for just over $2000 a month
7. A whopping 200 square feet for $717 a month.
8. 330 square feet for $1400
Please note that the rents listed above may not include utilities and/or building fees.
Major city-dwellers, does this look and sound like any areas of your city? Better yet, if you live in Seoul, or even Gangnam, are these pretty representative of the neighborhood?
(Images: as credited above.)