View Poll Results: How large is the flat you live in (in gross sq. ft)?

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  • 1501-1600

    8 6.30%
  • 1401-1500

    6 4.72%
  • 1301-1400

    4 3.15%
  • 1201-1300

    6 4.72%
  • 1101-1200

    7 5.51%
  • 1001-1100

    4 3.15%
  • 901-1000

    10 7.87%
  • 801-900

    4 3.15%
  • 701-800

    10 7.87%
  • 601-700

    19 14.96%
  • 501-600

    15 11.81%
  • 401-500

    8 6.30%
  • 301-400

    3 2.36%
  • Less than 300

    4 3.15%
  • More than 1600

    19 14.96%
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Poll: How large is your flat (gross sq. ft)?

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  1. #1

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    Poll: How large is your flat (gross sq. ft)?

    I was flabbergasted by another thread of two Dutch living in a 300 sq. ft. near Queen Mary hospital. I know many locals live in an equally congested area, but I didn't think that Europeans would be able to put up with it (it's smaller than a prison cell, so why not commit some crime and go to prison, so you don't even need to work? [Joke]). I feel cramped in a 1,000 sq. ft. flat, and wouldn't be willing to live in a 300 sq. ft. flat

    So I am curious how large the flats of the geoexpat users are. I think most geoexpat users are expats on a good (but of course sometimes not fantastic) salary.


  2. #2

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    I would think net square feet is a better metric, given most people don't live in the lifts or lobby of their building. Gross square feet is an abomination and we shouldn't propagate the fallacy it is a useful metric to measure apartment size.


  3. #3

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    Not large enough...


    Kidding, my flat is alright. Personally I'm more concerned about the environment and neighbourhood where my flat is than just how big my flat is. Size isn't all that great if you are located smack in the middle of some concrete jungle without a blade of grass. If you look outside the window and can see in minute details what your neighbour across the street is doing, then that's too close for comfort .

    Last edited by Watercooler; 12-04-2013 at 10:38 AM.
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  4. #4

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    Net area for me is around 120 square feet.

    Yes, that's right....120......


  5. #5

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    Yeah, I'm not sure about that whole gross sq.ft. thing, don't know how it got into common usage. It makes absolutely no sense to me.

    Our net is around 3-400, compared with 1000+ back in the U.S. I moved to H.K. with no job lined up and have been slowly eating away at my savings, so perhaps I am in the minority here. That said, I do quite like our place, it's small and cozy, and it is so much easier to clean. It's also nice being able to lean against the wall when I'm cooking!


  6. #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    I would think net square feet is a better metric, given most people don't live in the lifts or lobby of their building. Gross square feet is an abomination and we shouldn't propagate the fallacy it is a useful metric to measure apartment size.
    Yes, but many people might not know the net square feet of their flat. I think in general the sq. ft. to net ft. ratio is quite constant, between 75% and 82% or so.
    Last edited by cheepo; 12-04-2013 at 10:53 AM.

  7. #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by virago
    Net area for me is around 120 square feet.

    Yes, that's right....120......
    3m by 4m? Does your wife appropriate the remaining area, or is that the actual size?

  8. #8

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    I'm not in a flat but my boat won't fit in your poll. Neither would a whole village house. You need a top "more than xxx" category.

    My boat is about 2000 sq ft. Net.

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  9. #9

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    Make it 60% for the newer buildings with large clubhouses and swimming pools and 90% for the older buildings without those facilities.

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  10. #10

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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07
    I'm not in a flat but my boat won't fit in your poll. Neither would a whole village house. You need a top "more than xxx" category.

    My boat is about 2000 sq ft. Net.
    Yes, that was the plan, but then when I put the numbers I forgot about it (some very good plans are too complicated to remember [joke]). Anyway, I thought people would figure it out by themselves... Everything more than 1,500, just put your vote there.
    Last edited by Editor; 12-04-2013 at 11:15 AM. Reason: Have already added an option for those over 1600.

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