My transfer to Hong Kong has been pretty much agreed upon and I should be flying over at the end of this month for a 6 week period. During that period I'll be staying in a hotel provided by my firm however during this time I will be looking for my own accomodation to move into once I return to Hong Kong in late August.
I can't help but admit that I'm really quite disheartened with the apparent prices of apartments on websites such as hongkonghomes.com and gohome.hk
My proposed salary will be $HK215,000 a year plus an $HK8,500 per month accomodation allowance. From what I've seen on this site this should allow me an 'okay' standard of living (I'm 22 quite a junior member of staff so I don't think I can ask for much more) with $8,500 being reasonable for a nicish apartment outside of HK island. But from looking on these websites there seems very, very little in the way of apartments for my budget.
I'm not by any means dead-set on living right bang in the centre of HK Island, however I wouldn't want much more than a 30 minute commute into Sheung Wan (where my office is). I just can't seem to find anything other than 300sqft studio apartments.
I know that I will have a much smaller place than I currently do in the UK, however I really don't want to end up hating the place that I'm staying in.
Does anyone have any suggestions for nice area's or ideas?
My girlfriend should be moving over in September once she's found a job so thats one way of increasing our budget. I guess at the moment I could go up to $HK10,000 if the place was nicer.
Please help guys!