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    Quote Originally Posted by Tygane
    My fiance is being transferred to HK, likely in September.

    He'll be working in Central (a French bank) so we have looked at conduit road already but its a bit too disconnected from shops/bars etc and more for families than we'd like.

    We liked Kowloon but it seems a hassle to have to take the train all the time, especially as we love to socialise and go out at night and I see from another thread that living in Kowloon means leaving parties at midnight to get the last train home?

    I will also try to get a native English teacher job once we come out (with TESOL) so am I right in assuming the adult English teaching schools will be Central too?

    Our budget is 30-40k HKD..
    criteria are:
    Very modern/refurb'd (ie clean! Saw some rough old places on Conduit with stains all over the bathroom)
    Oven (very hard to find)
    c800sf (we are not too bothered about size for now, but <700sf is too small)
    Need to be able to sleep at night - so high up if it's in a noisy part of town!

    We know we would be looking at places done up especially for Western expats so the prices will skyrocket..

    I am sure I sound totally clueless, so any advice appreciated!
    Kowloon is really not far....I can't remember the last time I came home before midnight! That's what taxis are for That said, you've got the budget so best off living somewhere close to work first up. You'll soon find out which areas you like.

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    Mid Levels / Soho would do.

    Plus it's close to IFC / BNPP so convenient for your bf.


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    I second Goldwin heights. Great property, great location and our landlord let us install an oven into the existing kitchen cabinet. Gym and swimming pool are great . Easy to get to central either by walking or free shuttle bus. Public buses are also very frequent from Robinson or Caine road to admiralty, wanchai and causeway bay.
    We personally can't fault it. We lived in university heights on kotewall road before (just had to move as they are knocking the building down) for 8 years and that area and also along conduit road is also good, you are just not within easy walking distance of escalator or soho.


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    i am having similar situation as well.. but reverse.. I am now living in Island south area, but my partner is complaining about the commute from Island South to the airport everyday.. I might have to move to kowloon... and possibly Tsing Yi... meaning, i have to leave fresh air and bright view of the Ocean for "apartment views" and "smog"..

    kowloon is not that bad, but places around Kowloon stations are very new but rather on the pricey end. I do my search via Hong Kong Property, Apartments, Homes, Real Estate for Sale, rent and lease - Square Foot site.. they do have some variety.. good luck to you!
    there's bars and night owls in TST too.. but a lot more local and youngsters! Taking the cab from central to kowloon is not too bad!


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    I know this will sound like I'm chanelling PDLM (for those not in the know, our now-absent resident immigration expert).....OP, you won't be able to work without a dependent or employment visa, have you taken that into consideration? This means speeding up your status from fiancee to spouse or finding a company that will sponsor you as an individual.

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    Thanks so much for all the advice!
    I am definitely leaning towards Wanchai at the moment.. but there is so much choice I will have my work cut out for me

    And yes, I will have a dependent's Visa by the time we arrive so work will be fine (as long as we stay married of course!!)


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    Hello, i am from Wanchai too. Its a nice place with bars and restaurants. And close to all kinds of transportations ( mtr, buses, trams etc)


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