I'm planning on making an exploratory trip out to HK after the summer (probably sometime around Oct-Dec '08), and I'm not going to drop the 3-4K USD on a trip out to HK before I've got at least a reasonable idea that I could make it work on a total 20K HKD/month budget (after taxes) especially if I'll be dropping +50% of my budget into rent right off the bat.
Last edited by loki8481; 08-03-2008 at 03:29 PM.
Check out the end MTR stations on the green and purple lines. Great value rent and purchase.
TKL is seven minutes from Quarry Bay.
Also not far to Saikung / Clearwater Bay for a hike.
Loki in the event that a typhoon signal number 8 is raised, as rare as they are, you won't be able to go to work anyway as per the labour laws.
The ferries are 24/7 the MTR ceases operation at 12:30am daily.
Your best bet is to make the effort and have a look at Discovery bay and then compare what you see there to some of the other locations mentioned, bang for buck, Discovery bay is going to be hard to beat, especially if you like hanging out at familiar cafe strips overlooking the bay and the many bush walks and sailing opportunities once you make friends with people that might own a yacht there. During club regatta / race trim, yachts need a crew of 4 - 6 people for a 32 ft mono hull, so if being exposed to a few new leisure activities suits you, being apart of the Discovery bay community make your life a lot more interesting, I am confident of that.
Personally for your budget, Discovery bay offers you the nicest and most spacious lifestyle going, with the fastest commute possible to central. In a way, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Take a look and then decide.
Last edited by Skyhook; 09-03-2008 at 06:26 PM.
Sai Ying Pun is another possibility... a few friends and I each rent a flat around the 6k mark. Very convenient, 5 minutes to Sheung Wan, 10 minutes to Central.
Tora, Tai Wai is a single stop from Kowloon Tong, pretty convenient to get around from there. You can check out "Golden Lion Gardens" on chui tin street near che kung miu(temple) it's a quiet street with views of the Lion Rock. Price should be within your budget.
I was able to find 2-3 listings on Midlands website stating $6,300 for Golden Lion but I guess they normally show lower price on their site to attract people into contacting them.