Where is this apartment located?
I'm guessing theres gonna be a roach problem in most apartments given most places are so old?
Size might be a deciding factor for me though. Coming from a spacy 3 bedroom townhouse in Perth to a shoebox will put me off i think
Roaches are a problem everywhere - not related to the age of the building, more to location and neighbours and personal habits. If you leave any sort of food out, the problem gets worse. If your neighbours leave food around, you get the roaches too. They fly so even high floors get them, although I think not quite so bad. We get them on our boat - no neighbours, never leave food out (MrMovingin07 is paranoid about leaving food out). We had none at all for two years, then they appeared and never left (even with copious bombing raids!).
Regarding size, it IS possible to find low cost places with (relatively) high amounts of space, but what you give up is location. For example, I live on a boat in the Gold Coast. It's huge, I love it, but it's around 45mins from Central provided no traffic accidents on the freeway (it took me 55 minutes yesterday even with a prang that slowed the bus for a while). It used to be closer (and still is if you have a car or motorbike LOL) but they cancelled the direct resident bus service a year ago. Now you have to take a public bus (45 mins offpeak; up to 1hr 10 or so in peak if traffic) or a resident bus to Olympic (20 mins to Olympic, 6 mins on the MTR and up to another 10 mins with walking and waiting) which is rather an irritating journey. Luckily I no longer work in Central so it's only a problem on the odd occasion when I have to go in (like yesterday).
However, if you are prepared to travel, you can find places closer than Gold Coast which are not bad. Sham Tseng, for example, is about 30 mins from Central and has 24 hour bus services and it's a rather nice place with an excellent supermarket and open-air restaurants and beaches with hills in the background and much cheaper accomodation than closer in. Not sure if you'd get down to 6k though, but you might if sharing.
Last edited by MovingIn07; 31-07-2013 at 10:12 AM.
Ok assuming I value location of the apartment more than living space.
I really do not want to be living more than 30 mins away from work or nightlife.
Is Sheung Wan a good location, seems like a ton of places available there, and heaps of expats..
SW is about 28 mins by MTR from Kwai Hing, but I have to switch two trains..