Will my salary be sufficient for my family life

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  1. #21

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    Yes - it does obviously depend on what you want and the lifestyle you want to live! I look at Mid Levels and pity anyone who lives there, just given the prices many people pay a good deal of money to, so I guess they want to! Give me space and hills any day.


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    Gold Coast is really nice too! Its definitely quieter and the air is cleaner. I have some friends who live in Sham Tseng and moving out to Gold Coast, because the flats are slightly cheaper and larger i.e. more value for money, and more space for the children to play.

    I have worked in Tung Chung before and have to agree with MovingIn07, it lacks character. Do you need to lease the flat before you arrive in October, or will you have accommodation for say a month before you have to find a place?


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    I will be provided with 6 wks of accommodation when I reach HK. But I don't think I will have enough time to visit everything as I will only have weekends to visit. Do the real estate agents work on weekends?

    I made some researches on the agents website and noted that the rentals are not necessarily lower than Tung Chung. Obviously, I have budgeted a max of HK$14K per month, all inclusive, for a 3 bed room (approx 1000-1100 sft)

    Are there english speaking kindergarten in ST and GC? I much concern with this I do not want to have my little son aged 2 yrs old to commute a lot. Furthermore, given that we will be in a new country, having everthing in a near surrounding can assist us in settling down more easily.

    I note that Bellagio is a famount estate in ST? Is it near the MTR station? For CG I note that there is no MTR nearby, so I think that commuting to Olympic can be quite difficult?

    Your views and advice are much appreciated.


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    The one thing you don't have to worry about is whether the real estates will be working on the weekend. People in HK pretty much work every single day of the week and I have seen agents open till about 10pm at night. You should pick all the places you want to see, and then get the agent to arrange it over the weekend for you.

    I think you will find once your in HK you will be trying to find a balance between space (peace and quiet) and high density, for you and your family. Do you already live in a high density city? ST doesn't have a MTR but a lot of public buses to go to diff locations. As an eg from ST to Central takes about 40mins direct. So commuting is actually very convieniant. Most people in HK use the public transport because it is very convieniant.

    I really can't help regarding schools as I don't have any children yet and I didn't study in HK, but if you google for english speaking preschool there seems to be a number at each location. Its probably best to get another thread going for good pre-schools in these different locations.

    I would recommend having ideas i.e. checklist of where to check out, and arrange it for the first or second weekend. Before making a firm decision. Most places will tie you in for 2 years as soon as you sign the contract.


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    Likewise, the GC is very convenient for public transport. Please do not think the MTR is the only way to travel - IT"S NOT!! Buses are often faster, usually more comfortable and quieter (unless you are unlucky). They go everywhere. From GC you can go (direct) to Tuen Mun, Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi, Sham Tseng, Central/Admiralty/Wanchai/Causeway Bay, Mongkok, Jordan, TST etc etc with frequency every 10 mins (worse case , usually less).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sem2006:
    I will be provided with 6 wks of accommodation when I reach HK. But I don't think I will have enough time to visit everything as I will only have weekends to visit. Do the real estate agents work on weekends?

    I made some researches on the agents website and noted that the rentals are not necessarily lower than Tung Chung. Obviously, I have budgeted a max of HK$14K per month, all inclusive, for a 3 bed room (approx 1000-1100 sft)

    Are there english speaking kindergarten in ST and GC? I much concern with this I do not want to have my little son aged 2 yrs old to commute a lot. Furthermore, given that we will be in a new country, having everthing in a near surrounding can assist us in settling down more easily.

    I note that Bellagio is a famount estate in ST? Is it near the MTR station? For CG I note that there is no MTR nearby, so I think that commuting to Olympic can be quite difficult?

    Your views and advice are much appreciated.
    Sem, even if you had free rent, you'd find it challenging with 45K. But that's for you to decide.

    Sunshine House is an English kindie with Cantonese and Madarin thrown in for interest at Tung Chung Cresecent. Which is also cheaper to rent there an 1100 sf flat than Coastal or Seaview. Carribean Coast is another alternative but it's shuttle access or a damn long walk from the MTR, plus you'll have construction there for another year before the ground breaking starts for the new gov projects on the land across the road from Carribean.

    Milk powder and nappies ain't cheap, especially with prices rising weekly.

    If you want to know more about Tung Chung, you can PM me. Good luck.

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    I reckon you could live in Olympic for your budget. I don't pay much more than you have budgeted for and there are cheaper apartments in my block. That could cut out some of the travel expense for a start.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sem2006:
    I will be provided with 6 wks of accommodation when I reach HK. But I don't think I will have enough time to visit everything as I will only have weekends to visit. Do the real estate agents work on weekends?

    I made some researches on the agents website and noted that the rentals are not necessarily lower than Tung Chung. Obviously, I have budgeted a max of HK$14K per month, all inclusive, for a 3 bed room (approx 1000-1100 sft)

    Are there english speaking kindergarten in ST and GC? I much concern with this I do not want to have my little son aged 2 yrs old to commute a lot. Furthermore, given that we will be in a new country, having everthing in a near surrounding can assist us in settling down more easily.

    I note that Bellagio is a famount estate in ST? Is it near the MTR station? For CG I note that there is no MTR nearby, so I think that commuting to Olympic can be quite difficult?

    Your views and advice are much appreciated.