I am coming next week to find an apartment and sort out schools. It is looking like my children will most likely attend HK Academy in Happy Valley(they have applied and spots are available-they will be assessed next week). My husband will work in Shatin. There is a slight chance of the kids attending school in Midlevels or Kowloon Tong as well, but less likely.
We need a spacious apartment(family of 5 plus a DH) with decent amenities and a family atmosphere. We do not want a car.
We would like to spend between 45-55k for an apt, but can be flexible. Ideally, we would like 1700-2000 square feet and 2 bathrooms. We enjoy walking to restaurants and would like to walk to school.
Will we be able to find accomodation in Happy Valley? We do not want to live in an area with all expats as we want to have a mix of cultures. Any other areas or specific properties that you could suggest? We pay the equivalent of 25k HKD for our large house in the States and that is considered a lot in our area. I am simply shocked by these prices. I guess these "expat packeges" really inflate the prices for everyone else. It is kind of sick, actually.
A playground would be quite nice, as I have a little one, who is very active and a pool would be great as my daughters and I love to swim. We do not want to join any "club", as they seem kind of exclusive. We have really shunned the whole country club thing here in the States, as it is kind of gross.