Thanks for all the wonderful feedback. In terms of answers.
Are you commute phobic, or does anything longer than 30 minutes'do your head in ? We'd like to keep it around 30 minutes max (therefore we excluded Sai Kung, etc.). We'd like to stay close to the city.Do you cook at home, or do you plan to eat out exlusively. Definitely home most of the time, however, I'd like to take advantage of having an amah so that I can actually have dinner with my husband once in a while and go out (something that has been hard the last 3 years with all these little kids !Do you plan to have a maid/Amah/Domestic Helper ? O yes, can't wait!Do you want to live in a high or low density area ? I like city living especially since it's not going to be for many many years (2-3 years I think).Do you want to live in a green/sea view location that won't be within 2 minutes walk to do shopping ? It might take you 10 minutes to taxi, drive or bus it to do your grocery shopping.
Rule of thumb, further from shopping malls = no crowds around your place of residence. I'd like to be able to walk to supermarkets (occassionally a taxi ride to get the bulky stuff), we want to avoid a car. Do you want to be within easy access to other families in the same situation as you ? Yes, things like play group, other moms, classes for the kids, etc..
Are you looking for an apartment with a little private access to outside area's ie: spacious balcony, roof top or ground floor private garden for entertaining friends at home etc? Not necessarily, I'd like a building with nice, child friendly facilities but I am willing to give up yards, etc. which I know will be impossible in a big city with so many people.
Having 3 kids, are you likely to want an MPV ( Car ) to aid shopping and enhance instant commute convenience ? Try to avoid the car ...Are you looking for a quiet peaceful neighbourhood, or do you want to be immersed into the Hong Kong noisy hustle and bustle ambiance ? City living for now ... at least for the short term (2-3 years).
Not sure if you can fill me in on the Discovery Bay schooling system. My understanding is that Kindergarten / Primary schools have waiting lists, DBIS is hard to get into (high fees and debenture) and Discovery College ... another major dissaster to get your child into. I am afraid I am not going to find school for her over there. Would this be correct?
And how far would Tai Tam be from Central? By minibus? It looks pretty far on the map considering no MTR, etc. However housing seems to be a little cheaper than Stanley and Repulse Bay.
Thanks again for all the valuable information. Life has been hectic considering we still lived in Chicago (for 4 years) 2 months ago and now we'll most likely moving again internationally.