This is another area that, with good traffic, can get you anywhere due to toll road nearby. Sitting north of the toll road, traffic into and out of the city from here can be avoided. Accessing the toll roads is also much easier and quicker. Jakarta’s famous areas such as Lebak Bulus, Fatmawati, and Kemang are in close range.
Cilandak has mostly stand-alone houses and compounds. Here you get better value for money, with large homes and good-sized gardens. However, living in Cilandak could leave you feeling a little separated from the expat community, which is spread out.
The mall in this area, Cilandak Town Square (CITOS) houses some good shops, supermarket, cafes and restaurants, a gym, and a cinema – perhaps only slightly less familiar brand names for the expats here. Most people come to CITOS to have business meetings or hangout with friends in those cafes.
In short, Cilandak is somewhat low-key but ideal for easy access to most other areas.
The streets of Pondok Indah are beautifully wide, picturesque and safe, with stunning, huge houses.