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    Wan Chai or somewhere else

    Hello,!

    I'll be moving to HK in a couple of months, and have started the process of shortlisting some potential apartments. My company is located close to the BOC building, and I want to have the option of walking to/from work (ie: under 25 mins). Budget around 23k-25k, plus the apartments will have to be <20years old. It will just be me.

    Found a couple of apartments around Star Street but I'm concerned with the noise/ activities (it is close to the red-light district I read?). Any one can share how their experience have been ? or do you have other apartment recs ?


    thank you!


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    I'd suppose that - in your case - it would be "better" if you "look around" before you take up a flat.

    There's any number of quite inexpensive options available - even hotel accommodation which (now) is greatly discounted due to the decided lack of tourists.

    Anyway, Star Street is a reasonable distance from the "Red Light" area of the Wanch... So unless you make a determined effort to go there - you are unlikely to get "Reeped"....

    HK - for the most part - is safe to walk around late into the night.





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    Star Street is fine, interesting area, restaurants, shopping, etc. Very easy to get to BOC. I lived in Wan Chai, further down, near Hopewell Centre. Single woman, never had an issue, lived there about 1.5 years...


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    If there really is a "red light district" it would be on Jaffe Rd. and Lockhard Rd., and even then they are perfectly safe and fine to wander around, and very much a part of the fabric of Wan Chai.

    Star St. is a nice area that has been invigorated recently. There are cafes and shops at the ground level. It's probably a good choice. If you are concerned about noise you can choose a back-side flat (I can't comment personally on what the noise is like in that area, except there are some bars with crowds outside).

    But like GreenCatalonia says it is definitely preferable to come first and get to know the neighborhood first and see a flat in person before agreeing.

    Wan Chai as a whole is a kind of upper class and almost business neighborhood. To me it's perfectly boring. But if I had to live there, I'd live around Star. St.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mich14:
    Found a couple of apartments around Star Street but I'm concerned with the noise/ activities (it is close to the red-light district I read?).
    A few great shops and eateries around Star Street. Also a car dealer

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    Wan Chai Red Light District is DEAD. the few remaining girly bars are on lockhard road.

    Star Street has no red light district near it to be noisy enough to disturb you


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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckster007:
    Wan Chai Red Light District is DEAD. the few remaining girly bars are on lockhard road.

    Star Street has no red light district near it to be noisy enough to disturb you
    However the Lamborghini dealership could be noisy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckster007:
    Wan Chai Red Light District is DEAD. the few remaining girly bars are on lockhard road.

    Star Street has no red light district near it to be noisy enough to disturb you
    Yeah, the days of Suzy Wong are very much in the past. I loved living in Wan Chai. I was up the hill so quieter than in the flats. However, it took me no time to get to Hopewell/Wetmarket for my grocery needs and the MTR station was less than 10 minutes away. Since you don't have to go to Kowloon, Wan Chai station is ideal since there is no other line to transfer to, thus making the station less crowded than the stations that do have multiple lines.

    As others have suggested, best to get feet on the ground and a lay of the land before signing a contract.
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    There are still plenty of massage parlours and hooker dens on and around queens road East.


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    Too many scams and not enough consumer protection laws either on the interwebs or on the ground here in HK. Do NOT pay any deposits or otherwise get locked in to any lease arrangements from afar. I agree with the others who have suggested getting a serviced apartment or hotel room for at least the first month - by local standards they are stupid cheap at present.


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