Actually the title is a bit misleading, since I don't know exactly what (if any) deal I'm going to get yet. ... but I do need help.
Currently, I live in London, but there's a very good chance I'll be asked to relocate to Hong Kong in the next few months, for a 2 to 3 year placement.
My company's offices are in Central (think Bank of China, HSBC, Citibank, ICBC area), and I'm trying to get a good idea of where might be good areas to start looking at apartments.
Some relevant facts:
- I'm single, and currently live in a 700sq ft, two bedroom apartment in London (in a relatively new building, but not a great area);
- The lower-bound on my budget is HKD 30K per month, that's based on what I currently pay here in London and the difference in the tax rates - how much more than that depends a lot on what kind relocation package my company offers, 30K is just a totally comfortable minimum;
- I don't want much of a commute, and really preferably not one that includes a bus ride.
I've read that it's really difficult to compare apartment sizes between HK and London since HK measurements are gross area, whereas in London they tend to be usable internal area. I'm really looking for a 1 or 2 bed place with similar useable area, preferably in a modern building.
At a best-guess my housing budget is likely to be somewhere in the HKD 35K-45K range.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated: whether that is 'this building is great', or 'look at this area' etc.