I've been in HK over 7 months now, and have lived in three places: Two different apartments in Causeway Bay and one in Wan Chai (where I'm presently located). I do love the island side in general, even if it does go against by nature to some extent (difficult to find peace, constant noise, very fast-paced, etc). However, the convenience it offers with fantastic restaurants, transport, attractions, etc, is something I've grew to love. Plus... I spend a lot of time partying in Central and Wan Chai. lol. I have to be honest and say giving these things up is difficult for me, hence the thread..
That being said, I've started to resent my apartment and now physically cannot stand being in it. It's not even 200 sq ft and I'm paying 9000HKD. It has a huge banner outside obscuring any view and I hate the lack of space to cook and generally just relax. I feel trapped and claustrophobic.
From August, I'll be working in Kowloon Tong and from December, I'm definitely going to relocate. As I'm very inexperienced in HK still, I thought I'd seek advice on a new area to live. Here's my criteria (open to all suggestions btw) - my budget is around 8k, but I'm willing to stretch to 10 if I could find somewhere great. I don't mind staying on the island
-Convenient transport links to Central / Wan Chai / Kowloon Tong each way (MTR, bus) 24 hours and no more than 20 minutes commute.
-No preference for either island (I understand Kowloon side is already better suited)
-Very good restaurants nearby
-Apartment around 400-500 sq ft at least, being spacious enough to cook properly and do my laundry myself.
-More peaceful than the relentless noise that plagues many areas in HK but without sacrificing the convenience many offer.
Am I asking too much? I think this is definitely reasonable... Let's see what you guys can suggest to me!