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    Advice on Living in South Lantau

    Hi, i have been living in HK for 7yrs in mid-level and now thinking of moving to South Lantau. Main reason for the move is to get more space and have a more relaxed and pieceful surrounding/lifestyle. I am thinking of either buying or renting, looking for >1,000sqf house with a garden and preferably with a sea view. Any views/tips on where to live in Lantau and generally about living in Lantau and the commute into Central?Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxl
    I am thinking of either buying or renting
    That should make thing easier....

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    Hike around on weekends.


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    http://www.southlantauforum.com/
    http://southlantaufamilies.blogspot.hk/

    Everyone I've met who lives there loves it. I've never met an ex-South Lantauer.

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    I've often thought about moving to SLantau but with our family of 5, I just dont see how the commute makes much sense. 3 kids need to go to school and 2 parents need to work, all of them on HKIsland.

    How do other families (of similar size) deal with it? Bus&MTR (via Tung Chung) takes wayy too long and the bus&ferry combo is not that much better. The only other option seems to be to drive each way which will still take close to an hour....

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    I've often thought about moving to SLantau but with our family of 5, I just dont see how the commute makes much sense. 3 kids need to go to school and 2 parents need to work, all of them on HKIsland.

    How do other families (of similar size) deal with it? Bus&MTR (via Tung Chung) takes wayy too long and the bus&ferry combo is not that much better. The only other option seems to be to drive each way which will still take close to an hour....
    One family I know...the kids go to school at South Lantau, she runs an internet based design firm and he drives to Kowloon...

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    We lived mid levels east until mid last year ( total 1.5 years) and got sick of the construction and lack of space, noise and so weighed up the pros and cons and came to the decision that the only thing we ( hubby and I) would miss was the close convenience to work and Central. Not that we miss it. We moved to a village house on South Lantau and love it. From early morning walks along to the beach to friendly neighbours of both local and expat, and we do have a nice view from our rooftop terrace. There is a bus stop immediately out the front of our village with a few buses that pass quite regularly. Now that we have a car, we park at Mui Wo ferry ( on the docks it's free) and catch the ferry in ( quite relaxing), or once on the MTR at Tung Chung, it only takes 30 mins into Central. We have peace and relatively quiet, lower rent. If you want to buy, I'd suggest you seriously look at the structure of most village houses as they tend to be ( as one reader wrote into the SCMP recently) 'concrete shells with little or no insulation', and energy bills can be high. From the looks of the crowd on the bus and the ferry, many kids go to school on HK island. There are some pretty good restaurants on South Lantau to chill out at. Beaches at Lower and Upper Cheung sha and Tong Fuk are patrolled and decent - if you ignore the wild cattle. Your best bet is to visit a few real estate agents for showings - Home Solutions , Findley Leung and Proper Trip are recommended, in that order.

    Hiking or cycling on weekends is a plus.

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    I knew a family whose kids did go to school on the island (Kennedy town). They did it for a few years, I think the husband did the school run en route to work. Sounds like a PITA to me, but their house was lovely.


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    and hike on weekdays as well, a totally different world


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    thanks for all the comments/tips

    Looks like all in all people enjoy living in lantau even if it means a longer commute.
    Is it hard to get on the ferries which get you into Central for a 9am work start? I am concerned boats may get full so need to leave even earlier, is this the case?

    Great to know that there is free parking at the ferry terminal, does this get full by a certain time?

    I also understand you need a special license to drive around south lantau, is this easy to get if you live there?


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