Not sure about the gym at GP, I've never even there at 7.30. The pool usually has a few swimmers at that time of the morning. There's a web site at of you wiki grand promenade and select external links, or PE your email address and I'll send you some photos taken in the sun.
If the agent is changing prices or scamming then leave him asap. They will waste your time then last minute you have no choice.
Negotiate the agency fee and make sure u get 2 weeks free rent.
Speaking of which, how did you pay first few mos. rent? A wad of cash or money transfer? Incidentally I hate the idea of bringing 9,000 US$ cash to HK but seems easiest way to pay for the 2 mos rent + deposit + agent fee.
I withdraw from the ATM everyday until I had enough. ATM limits were like 7000hkd per day so I had to do it everyday. I have HSBC. The US HSBC has no international withdraw fees or currency BS. Because the intraday rate was good, I actually got 7.78hkd per 1 usd. Check your banking for fees on international, atm fees, currency conversion. If you bring 9k usd cash, you lose a little bit when you change it. Remember, anything related to HK will take your money however possible.
You need 3.5 months to start. 2 months deposit. 1st mont rent. .3-.5 month commission, plus stamp duty (varies, maybe 1k).
Actually I got between 7.78 and 7.82. It ranges from 7.75 to 7.82 usually.
You can negotiate rates with money changers on the street. Be careful of fake money!!!
I asked for 2 weeks free rent, i.e. decoration period.
Sign a 2 year lease, with break after 11 months. Break by tenant only! Or you might have to pay higher rent in 1 year.