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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate from Oz:
    Skyhook, that is definitely the style of place we are looking for. Nice view, nice decor. Clean!

    We've learnt that we can survive with something 1000 sqf and above now. Space or lack thereof was the thing we thought would be the hardest thing to get used to. We've managed ok in the past few months though, surprisingly.

    We are visiting Sai Kung to do as suggested. Visit a few agents and a few properties to get a feel for it.

    What is the commute like to the airport if you have your own car?

    The commute to work and airport is going to be the important thing when making a final decision.
    Kate,

    if I cut through Kowloon city and follow the signs through to Kwai Chung / Lantau, it takes me 40 minutes on average, sometimes 35, but not longer than 45 mins. I do this trip quite regularly and don't mind it. We not so long ago decided to down size our car and be a little more economical, buying a Toyota Prius, and have to say, its cheaper than using public transport, and a lot more comfortable. Pretty happy with it.

    The drive is actually pretty easy, once you learn the short cuts. I am happy to draw up a route map for you via Google Maps, as there are a couple that I use depending on what time of day it is, to avoid congestion on Hirams highway ( the main road that runs through Sai Kung from Marina Cove to the beginning of Tai Mong Tsai road)..
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    A route map would be great if you could skyhook!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyhook:
    Not far from HK Marina Fiona, ( Shelter Cove ), at the other end in Che Keng Tuk, roughly1km before you reach the Marina. The best spot in the area ( imho ), but luckily it wont appeal to those that are captives of the MTR and public transport, so it will remain the mid to high end sleepy hollow that it is.

    It would have been fab living on a boat, you would have really enjoyed it out there, it's one of the best looking Marina's around, re surroundings.

    The area you mentioned is up the hill diagonally behind the HK Marina club house, which is a bit of a shame, I patently dislike what they have done there, it's such a typical NT cram just for the sake of making a dollar, it really has spoiled that end. I do like the houses that are right behind the club house though, there is a group of 3 by themselves, quite secluded and private, surrounded by very mature trees. Which is the way it used to be, before the villagers decided to make a quick buck and build the white elephants that they built over the last 5 years.

    Luckily at the other end there isn't any spare vacant land so things will remain neat and tidy, unspoilt.
    Hi Skyhook (sorry people just hijacking this to reply )

    Yes, that's where I thought it might be....very lovely around there. We used to tell the taxi's 'Ma Nam Wat' and they seemed to use that for the HK Marina - there was hardly anything down there in those days, the clubhouse, the marina, the little cubby hole just past it owned by RHKYC and yes, those houses just behind the Marina (a friend lived there).

    Looks like the Marina restaurant has changed dramatically, it was a little sleepy hole with a small bar and some very basic tables, where the kitchen staff would sit and chat after they'd cooked your meal. Some of the best beef with black bean fried noodles ever

    Kate - that place looks outstanding and the travelling should be a lot better than it was, with the newer road system. If you're not averse to spending a little time travelling, and have a car, it would be like going home to a little sanctuary every day.
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    It seems to me that there's a fundamental question of lifestyle that you need to answer. Living on 80 Robinson (or the other higher end places around the mid-levels) is conducive to a very different lifestyle than living in a remote house away from public transport in Sai Kung.


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    Remote lmfao, are you far can for real ?

    You can drive from one end of Hong Kong, Stanley to the other ( Sheung Shui right near the China border) in under 2 hours lmfao...Such a dinky little territory we live in, that anywhere could be remote.

    Yep, Sai Kung is pretty remote, being 35 minutes from Connaught road west HK Island, by car..

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    If the lifestyle you desire precludes you driving your own car then that gets extremely expensive in taxis. And frankly I don't believe anyone spontaneously meets up with their mates in Central/Wanchai if they live in Sai Kung or Shueng Shui in the way that people who live in the mid-levels do. I'm not saying either is right or wrong, but I have no doubt that the lifestyle of people living in houses away from public transport in Sai Kung is quite different from that of people who can walk to SoHo in 5 minutes. The OP hasn't made it clear which type of lifestyle she is looking for.


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    Actually she has: she wants "basic services like hairstylist, colourist, therapist, reiki master for dogs" etc. It's probably harder to find these in village areas.

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    Bookblogger, you really are a sour old man. I hear Prunes can be helpful for that disposition.
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    PDLM my preference is something more cosmopolitan, at least until I build some networks. although if we're stuck then moving out to Sai Kung does sound like a nice alternative.
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    Kate, a forum full of humdrum and repetitive expat questions about where to live and where to buy stuff would be rather dull... we do need to shake it up a bit to stop everyone falling into catatonia. You may never return to this board after your questions have been answered, but us smart-arses will be here forever

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