Greetings -- our family will be moving to HKG in early 2007 and we're starting the research process now so as to be as ready as we can be...the forums are terrifically useful, but certain questions remain that we'd love input on. First some salient points about us:
We're a family of four (2 kids, both girls, are 4 and new addition will be 4 months old by then). Wife is full-time professional to be based in Central HK for minimum of 3 years. Husband is freelance graphic designer (advertising, web & print) and an avid soccer player and fan. We're currently based in Washington, DC. Wife and husband suffer from seasonal allergies (wife is worse off then husband).
Our budget for an apartment is around HK$25K a month -- we can add another $5K or so to that if need be but would like to spend about the same as we do now on our US mortgage if possible, realizing we won't get anywhere near the same amount of space. We'd like to get a 3 bedroom, plus amah qtrs with some amenities...reasonable?
I've read here and elsewhere about Happy Valley, Discovery Bay, and Pokfulam as being family-friendlyish. I was a CUHK student for a short fellowship ten years ago and liked Shatin then. Dunno about now. I'm not afraid of public transport or a commute, but Mid-Levels sounds potentially dreamy vs. taking a ferry every day. More important to us are space, fresher air and relevant communities for kids and husband. Thoughts?
Thanks so much! Great to be here and seriously thinking about our upcoming adventure!