If you want to feel the true life-style of Shanghai, old-style "Shikumen architecture" is your best choice!
"Shikumen" is classified as one type of lilong residences, sometimes translated as "lane houses" in English. It is a traditional Shanghainese architectural style combining Western and Chinese elements.
I am happy to share you my house which is location at the Central of Shanghai French Concession. You are not going to miss it if you like original and vivid experience.