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    it's also noted that Yuen long has a lot of decent places to eat and more importantly, most of them open until 2am, there are many advantages and disadvantages living in Yuen long compare to the city, depends on what's your lifestyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic
    if you want to target expat market, consider targeting teachers, there are a few international kindergarten and primary schools which often have a few overseas westerners (who are not interested in lkf and don't want to live in a shoebox), also consider overseas chinese who come to hk to work, some of them don't mind living in New territories, after all, it's only 21 minutes from yuen long station to east tst by train and that fact owning a car and driving in new territories is also possible as parking will be cheap in the village.
    Hey @imparanoic - really good perspective. Lots of potentail with westernised HK'ers, eg. people returning from study in the west and know the village life style.(warts'n'all) I guess my initail assumption about exPat vs locals might have been too binary. Yes car in NT is a thing, and there is a parking place included. Cheers

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    Space v price

    As expats, We moved from town to the NT for 1 simple reason, the amount of space we could get for our $$$. A newish 4 bed 3 bath ... whole village house for less than out 800ft in town. A whole house (or at least several floors) is a good alternative for the price. If I was only wanting 700ft then I would have stayed in Town and enjoyed the lifestyle. A few new houses have been built near us on the model of 3 floors 3 different homes feels pokey, dark and cramped with tiny rooms. As an expat it was the space (inside and out) I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knk
    As expats, We moved from town to the NT for 1 simple reason, the amount of space we could get for our $$$. A newish 4 bed 3 bath ... whole village house for less than out 800ft in town. A whole house (or at least several floors) is a good alternative for the price. If I was only wanting 700ft then I would have stayed in Town and enjoyed the lifestyle. A few new houses have been built near us on the model of 3 floors 3 different homes feels pokey, dark and cramped with tiny rooms. As an expat it was the space (inside and out) I wanted.
    I was thinking along the same lines. Everyone that I know who has moved out to the NT who has bought a car has also moved into a full village house, not a single 700 square foot floor.
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    @knk @jgl
    Interesting and obvious if I think about it. Rent The whole thing as a oner... maybe i should't have listened to my builder at the layout ? Grrr.. All up So 35-40k for 2100s/f plus roof garden another (700s/f) and with parking - sounds enticing?


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    Probably not. Like I and others have said before, that area doesn't appear on expat radars. It's more out Saikung direction.


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    Im an expat that lived in Yuen Long, and yes, i commuted to central every day. You will find them, particularly families. It did end up being too much for me though. The landlord wanted almost 15k for a 330ft apartment and I just cant justify it for the location when it takes 1 hour to get to work..As a single person its quite isolating living here too..

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    Hi,

    I just wanted to say that there are more and more expats combing out the outskirts of the urban. I have been living in YL-TSW for 4 years now and I have noticed more non locals in the area.

    It is best to bear in mind that most of them living in this areas are hoping for lower rent so anything above 14k is out of the range esp for a village house. That is something most landlords are doing wrong. They assume that when they see an expat, they mark up the price and at the end, losing them to their greed.

    All the best!

    Which area specifically are you on?

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    If I had a family with a child or two, I'd seriously consider NT - more space, fewer people, better access to nature, less time to hang out with mates in a pub. But for now I'd rather stay close to the action

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    I was thinking along the same lines. Everyone that I know who has moved out to the NT who has bought a car has also moved into a full village house, not a single 700 square foot floor.
    Because the expats you know are, I assume, mid late 30/40ies.Plenty of younger expats who cannot afford a full house and are quite happy w 700 or 1400 sqft.
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