I really don't want to write a review about Lu's place because then more people would find this gem and its cool host in the expensive and glamorous metropolis of Shanghai, but here it goes:
I loved staying here and would have stayed longer if not because I were to go to Beijing to see my family. The apartment is super close to a subway line and is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood. I arrived by air in Shanghai so just took the subway to the apartment with one transfer. The apartment building is gated and is clean and quiet inside. There is also a fruit store and an authentic Shanghainese restaurant nearby, which makes the day-to-day life super easy. The Shanghainese restaurant serves local soup dumplings, meat/vegetable over rice dishes, noodle soups, cold noodles, cold cuts, and sticky rice desserts. If you have not tried authentic Shanghai food, you don't have to go far at all : )
Now onto the host Lu: Honestly I could not have hoped for a better host. Lu is kind-hearted, creative, technically savvy, and thoughtful. When I arrived, he told me every detail about the apartment, his work schedule and how to get online and use the VPN. He put bottled water on the desk, got me power plugs for my US laptop, and made sure I was comfortable with AC, hair dryer and the shower. For lunch or supper, if I was home, he asked me if I would like to join him or if he could get something for me from outside. I had the most delicious street barbecue from one of his take-out trips. We chatted about his work, his airbnb experience, and Shanghai. His friendly and laid-back attitude really made me feel I was visiting an old friend.
Btw, his apartment is also super interesting inside with all kinds of photography work, books and printed artwork. His dog Angela is sweet and friendly: She gets excited whenever she sees a guest but never bothers you without Lu's permission.
Now after writing these, I just hope I would be lucky again to stay at his place next time I am in Shanghai.