I am finally in Hong Kong since a few weeks, and I am looking actively at places.
My choice has been restricted to two flats:
- One is a renovated flat (renovation finished last week, entire flat has been renovated) in Queens Road East, in Wanchai, in a very old mansion/estate.
The flat is a big 1 bedroom flat, about 500 sq ft.
First floor, everything is new, from the Windows, to the Door, to the floor, etc...
- One is a 2 bedroom flat in Shaukeiwan, in Lime Gala.
Facing the mountain, so not facing the main street, mid-floor (15), and completely new.
Nobody has ever lived inside.
The building is unbelievable: two pools (indoor and outdoor), two gym, bbq pits, zen gardens, clubhouse with darts and pool, meeting rooms, party rooms, Karaoke rooms, Sauna, etc...
Commuting to the office, being CWB, is around 18 minutes
The price for the both is identical: 25,000HKD.
Lime Gala will have a little bit more of expenses at the end because you have to pay for the Gym and Pool, but the landlord has agreed to pay for that, so I think ideally it is the same.
I speak English and I speak (bad) Mandarin, so even thought I cannot deal with Cantonese, I am able to get around Shaukeiwan quite ok even though my reading is bad.
I am almost 30, and my social life is about going to football in Happy Valley, Mandarin in LKF, and office CWB.
What would be your call?
I do not go out much during the week evenings (and anyway I am in town already due to work and Mandarin or Soccer), and do not enjoy pubs and places like that - I like to club over the weekend.
That is pretty much it.