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Working in Kwun Tong, looking at serviced apartments on HK Island

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    Working in Kwun Tong, looking at serviced apartments on HK Island

    Hi Everyone!

    My first post after lurking for over a year. I just need some insight around where I should get a serviced apartment.

    I'm going to be living in HK for 5-6 months starting in October, with a possibility that I might decide to stay permanently. Because I want to experience HK from the area that I'd hope to live long-term, I'd like to stay somewhere on the Island side. My company's office is in Kwun Tong on the Kowloon side-- so I've considered any area near Quarry Bay, Wan Chai, Central/Mid Levels, etc. Commute time is looking at around 30 minutes from Central or 13 minutes from Quarry Bay according to the MTR website.

    That being said-- I'd love to have more western comforts nearby (bars, food, groceries) and a better chance of socializing with gals my age (I'm a married gal, 27 years old) to make my transition a little easier. Any suggestions for areas I should get a serviced apartment in?

    I'd prefer a 30 minute commute or less.

    thanks in advance for your help & insights!

    -M (in SF, CA)


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    You're crazy. get somewhere close to where you work. It'll save you a fortune and give you more free time and expats are located all over the place, not just on the Island.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07
    You're crazy. get somewhere close to where you work. It'll save you a fortune and give you more free time and expats are located all over the place, not just on the Island.
    I (respectfully!) disagree with you MI07. I work in Kwun Tong and as much as I love my job and the people I work with, I really wouldn't want to live here. I have a very long commute from western HK island to eastern Kowloon side but I much prefer to commute to work, than commute to my social life. I like to be able to ring a friend and see them 10 minutes later for a coffee...I don't need to be spontaneous re work, but I like to be able to be spontaneous in my free time. That said, I'd lived and worked that area of HK for 3 years before getting a job in Kwun Tong so I was already very settled there in terms of social network.

    To the OP - where abouts in Kwun Tong are you going to be working? If it's close to the MTR station then it's an easy commute. There are also direct buses that go from the island to KT - 101, 619, from Western which although slower than the MTR is easier (MTR you have to change a couple of times and in peak hours it can be a real crush on there). And there's an express bus 641(? I think) which is great from Central/Sheung Wan.

    Don't forget that the 30 minutes from Central on the MTR quoted on the website will mean 30 minutes on the train - add walking time in and out of the stations (Central's a bit sprawling) and waiting time for trains and that's 40+ minutes - and then getting to and from the station either end... You're not going to be able to do it in under 30 minutes from Central or anywhere west of there on the MTR.

    Maybe Tin Hau area would be a happy medium if you're looking to be close to areas like Soho for socialising, but with a reasonable commute.
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    ArKay,

    thank you for the commute time reminder regarding walking to the MTR. Here in SF, the transit sites includes walking time

    I currently have a 45+ minute commute so it sounds like anything on the HK Island wouldn't be something I'm not already used to, with more foot traffic and switch overs.

    I'll definitely add Tin Hau to my list when I look at serviced apartments soon!


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    ArKay, you are using your own experiences based on the fact you previously worked in an area to put across a point of view which, although valid, is also flawed.

    First the OP is new. Her best bet always is to get a serviced apartment here for a short while to get to know HK better. There are pockets of expats all over HK. Working in Kwun Tong gives the OP lots of options to live. She has the island, Kowloon and NT available to her within commute time.

    HK is far more than the island (which houses less than 20% of the population). A bit of time here in a serviced apt should give her time to see more - unless she falls into that expat trap of never getting off the island.
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    Some folks find the key to location of a serviced apartment is the price; they cost more on Hong Kong island. You have a reasonable budget, ideally HK$25K+?


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    Damn, missed the serviced apartments bit. In which case Claire is right - what's the budget?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaykay
    ArKay, you are using your own experiences based on the fact you previously worked in an area to put across a point of view which, although valid, is also flawed.
    But I never claimed it was anything other than my point of view. There's no right or wrong answer to her query - just everyone's individual opinion, right? (And I currently work in the area, not previously, if that matters.)

    Quote Originally Posted by jaykay
    First the OP is new. Her best bet always is to get a serviced apartment here for a short while to get to know HK better. There are pockets of expats all over HK. Working in Kwun Tong gives the OP lots of options to live. She has the island, Kowloon and NT available to her within commute time.
    Absolutely. But she expressed a desire to live on HK island and was asking for ideas on locations on the island.

    Quote Originally Posted by jaykay
    HK is far more than the island (which houses less than 20% of the population). A bit of time here in a serviced apt should give her time to see more - unless she falls into that expat trap of never getting off the island.
    Absolutely again. And once she's here she'll figure that out. Meanwhile, I guess she's just looking for people to chip in with their 2 cents. Which is what I offered - my own little 2 cents-worth.

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    Arkay is spot on for my two cents. Our staff office is in Kwun Tong and MTR is super from Sheung Wan and (depends on OP budget) and with the $2 dollar discount near the entrance to the Foo Lum - Sheung Wan Computer center makes it a good price. The 681 I found slow through Central and then crazy by the time he hits Tin Hau where the bus would toss me around as the bus captain seemed to be making up time. If you are here 5 to 6 months Island side is good - budget an issue.


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    I would at least consider sai kung if working in kwun tong - lovely place to live; expat friendly and cheaper than the island.
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