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28, Single - How is Ap Lei Chau with the new MTR

  1. #21

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    It's full of businesses you don't usually find in large malls like maid agencies, flat decorators, tutor centers, and property agencies. Not a lot of actual shopping you can do- just Japan Home Centre and Aeon (12 dollar store, "Living Plaza" or whatever it's called- quite a large one).

    I wouldn't want a Pacific Place either but are there any just ordinary shops and maybe food that isn't McDonald's and KFC...

    Just a strange mall...


  2. #22

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    I like in Ap Lei Chau Lei Tung MTR side so i am quite familiar with the area

    As others mentioned, it is a rather sub-urban, local area. It is quite convenient from Lei Tung MTR to my office in Central. Even during peak hours, I never had any trouble with the trains at Admiralty.

    There is actually a small football pitch and basketball courts behind the main street - I see people playing there - unsure how to book. No swimming pool nearby - the nearest one is at Wong Chuk Hang and it is outdoor unfortunately.

    There is a new Western coffee shop along the main road that is OK. No Starbucks on ALC Main Street.

    Certainly no need to go to South Horizon to do anything as they have ParknShop, Uselect, Wellcome all along the street.

    But I do agree that it is a bit quieter than KT with less F&B options - for a young person - KT is probably better in my view. But I like the Lei Tung area given the convenience on public transport + cheaper rents.

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  3. #23

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    Thank you very much guys.
    From everything said in here, and knowing myself, it might be the right place for me.

    In terms of sport, I only play football and basketball, and this goes twice a week usually, and generally in Wanchai area.
    No issues in going with the MTR, seems pretty close.

    Gym will be inside the condo.
    I do not swim, so not a big deal even though I would have loved a pool just for the "sunbathing"piece.

    I hate the noise, and seems H Bonaire is in a good locations (I hope I will be able to get the unit there or find a unit there).

    I do not do fancy dinners if not 1-2 a week, and during the weekend only in general.

    I go to Mandarin in Wan Chai, so, again, seems pretty close.

    Let's see how it goes, I will go check the place and the area in a week and hopefully draw some conclusions by then.
    Anyway I am still about to apply for my documents, so we will have to wait about 6 weeks time.


  4. #24

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    No idea about Ap Lei Chau but Kennedy Town ticks all your boxes. Have just moved here myself, love it. Also play football here (there is a group on Facebook constantly arranging games). I found a great agent after going through about 5 or 6. If you want hooked up with the agent, let me know. Exclusive to Kennedy Town though.


  5. #25

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDB14
    No idea about Ap Lei Chau but Kennedy Town ticks all your boxes. Have just moved here myself, love it. Also play football here (there is a group on Facebook constantly arranging games). I found a great agent after going through about 5 or 6. If you want hooked up with the agent, let me know. Exclusive to Kennedy Town though.
    Lovely, where do you live, if you can share?
    I would be looking at the Merton in case, or similar buildings in there.

  6. #26

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    Quote Originally Posted by derecktan
    Lovely, where do you live, if you can share?
    I would be looking at the Merton in case, or similar buildings in there.
    I will message you the building name. My budget was circa 30k, I looked at Manhattan Heights, Merton and all the other similar buildings around there. Initially the Merton and Manhattan Heights were my target buildings but after viewing a few different ones, I found a few buildings that were much better value and renovations were head and shoulders above Manhattan Heights and Merton - I found both of them to be quite dated inside the apartments and very odd layouts. I viewed 3-4 apartments in both the Merton and Manhattan Heights (right next to it).

    There are some hidden gems around Kennedy Town which may not have the facilities of the Merton / Manhattan Heights but still have the security guard and flats are very nicely furnished inside. I will message you the building I moved into and the agents name/contact details if you want to shout him. When I let him know my requirements he was refreshing in not showing me any sketchy places, everywhere he showed me was close to the mark. He is also connected with all the other agents in the area and will happily just split the commission with them to get you the best flat (this is what he ended up doing for me). His English isn't the best but he can get by, if you have Chinese skills that would be useful here.

  7. #27

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    Went to Ap Lei Chau the other day for a hair cut and the only option in the $60 range was "1".
    You didn't look carefully enough There are at least 3 <= $60. For eating there's Saizeriya (don't care what anyone says, I love it), a couple of good Thai restaurants on main street, plus a great selection of chandlery shops. A decent hill for hiking. But not much else tbh.

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