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Changing trains on the MTR is no big deal - in rush hour you'd barely wait a minute. Sitting down - no chance. If you are looking for something low rise and pet friendly, sai kung or clearwater bay is looking more and more appealing.
you do realise that hk is a city of over 7,000,000 people crammed into a tiny area, where the vast majority of people do not own cars, right?
there would be a change on the mtr, but as moving said, it's not a big deal. you basically walk across the platform (although for this change, the walk may be a little longer, i've not done it in years) and then onto the next train.
on hk island you are not going to find anything except in a high-rise. you should really look at clearwater bay and sai kung and seriously consider them... you might also be able to find a village house in tseung kwan o, but they are more rare in that area.
thanks carang very helpful i think ill try and look in tseung kwan o
i commute from tseung kwan o every morning by train...at the time she'll be travelling (as a teacher), she'll have no trouble getting a seat, or at the most, standing till Tiu Keng Leng, where many transfer to the Kwun Tong Line...best case would be to look right at Tiu Keng Leng...several newer developments there, with great facilities for small kids (playgrounds, playrooms, pools, etc)....also that station serves 2 lines, so your travelling options are great...the change at Quarry Bay to the train to SKW is not across the platform, but 2 escalators and a longish tunnel, but it's not unreasonable...for 25K you could look at Grand Promenade and Les Saisons in Sai Wan Ho as well, on the island, or Heng Fa Cheun one stop past Shau Kei Wan...Shau Kei Wan itself is pretty local, not alot of larger, comfortable properties there...you could even look at beach life in Shek O for a village house (maybe more than 25K tho, not sure) as there is a mini bus that comes right past her school...don't tie yourself to the trains, there are often much more convenient ways to get around...her school is a fair walk uphill from the SKW station, so in June, August and Sept, not a pleasant experience to end up at the school drenched in sweat to start the day...
Last edited by anothercanuck; 19-05-2011 at 10:29 PM.
thanks very much anothercanuck lots of good advice there - much appreciated !
If you want a fast commute to Shau Kei Wan then ... live in Shau Kei Wan or nearby, as others have said.
You can have cats anywhere, unless we are talking about lions or something nobody will even know you have them, much less care.
If you're scared of heights you can get a low floor in a tall building or any floor in a short building.
If you want to be more rural then look at Sai Kung/Clearwater Bay and thereabouts or Shek O (but not sure about prices in Shek O).
thanks dipper and char
I live in Mui Wo and work in the eastern district. It takes 30 mins (same as the DBay ferry), a five-10 mins walk to the station and then another 20-25 mins on MTR. It is do-able but the commute each day is about three hours in total so it does eat into family time.