i live in a village house out in clearwater bay, 5 min walk to the main road. its best to have a car to move about as the public transport is there but during rush hour the min-buses do fill up very fast and u do have to wait a while or leave your house earlier, also its useful for your shopping.
if u can do without things like swimming pool / gym etc then village houses are great to live in especially if you have a garden, great for bbq's, keeping dogs, its just great on weekends to sit there in the garden during summer, wearing shorts only, belly sticking out, a cold beer in your hand. Just peaceful. Wish i could take my t-shirt of now and drink a cold one, dont think the girls in my office would like to see that sight. LOL
One of the negative things about living in Village house is that there is no security guards looking after your house and most village house are only 2 stories tall so any burgular can climb up the pipes and break in, recently in my area there has been 5 burglaries, next village to us has had 2 burglaries. One burglary i was told the thieves cooked noodles in the kitchen, made coffee, had a good meal before leaving, because of this there is a lot of police patrolling the area now.
Also if your afraid of dogs dont bother living in village houses, most villager have dogs, lots of them roam around in packs.
If you choose the village houses that are in compounds which cost a hell of a lot more then those are even better, some of them have facilities like swimming pool, gyms etc but they do cost 10 times more then a regular village house.