Even in the most densely "expatted" areas in Hong Kong, expats make only a very small percentage of the population - I suspect that even in Midlevels it would be under 10% (not counting the domestic helpers ...as they are technically expats including them would push the percentage w-a-a-a-y up). Areas like Tiu King Ling (Ocean Shores), Shatin district (specially the village housing) and other New Territories areas are also well sprinkled with non-local professionals these days (it was very different 30 years ago), and with the standards of public transport you have to be seriously intentional if you want to avoid places where you can shop and eat "western."
Editing to add - unlike many other countries it is not a "thing" here to make friends with and hang out with the neighbours. It is much more common to establish friendships through a combination of work and outside interest groups: "meetup" groups for all sorts of interests are active.
Re-reading this, Kowloon Tong is nice! Why not live there?
I've come across pleasant flats sub 30000 range. Or do you need more space or facilities than those types of flats provide?
i can't live in small spaces....need at least 700 sq foot but ideally 800 plus...i know in HK that's a laugh for a single person, but i have been used to big spaces all my life, so it will take me some time to adjust. thanks so much, kind regards.
i have decided on--based on the helpful info i got here--kowloon tong, or hung hom, or olympic (workplace being kowloon tong) or shatin. hope that means i am on the right track
BTW elite (as measured in terms of wealth) locals live in KT. If you work there and can afford it why would you commute from the mid levels?
of course i do have KT as a target area.
why call me "elite"--did i say anything to warrant that? peace
I think he's just trying to say that KT is a very nice posh area so it doesn't make much sense to go live in Mid Level if you work there and you can afford it unless your priority is to go out every night.
Whatever M&M says, any single person who can afford to even think of spending 40K per month on rent is thoroughly elite ...
One issue you will find is that a space of 700 ' sq here will almost certainly be divided up into at least 3 bedrooms. 2 bedroom places start at about the 275' sq mark. As long as you don't mind your "lots of space" being divided up into a number of tiny rooms, rather than just one or two larger ones. I guess you have already figured out the difference between the "saleable" and "gross" areas in advertising? Note that older buildings with fewer facilities give a much better percentage of actually usable floor space.