chai wan is end of the blue line, very local area, expect to be squashed to death on the MTR journey into Central.
Oh, don't like the sound that!
Also do not rely on just one agent. They will push apartments that do not match your criteria exactly in order to get their commission. In each of those 3 areas, there should be a congregation of agent offices. Cast several lines out to maximize your chances.
Really, I do wonder where this magical place is that you lived in London! Maybe I just found a magical place in HK!
OP: re Mid-levels, if you're willing to flat share, you could definitely afford something there. In fact, even on your own you might be able to, depending on the type of buildings you look at. Mid-level apartments are more likely to have built-in ovens. But it's amazing what you can do with a counter-top oven. Just think of it as a new challenge in your baking career. You can work on mini cakes and hone in on decoration technique.
at the end of the day, every places has advantage and disadvantages, depends if the advantages suits your needs
It's actually an industrial unit being used as a residence.