Sky, as a regular driver to work, driving on the Gloucester Rd after work, there is no hope on earth that past 7pm to the Aberdeen tunnnel is plain sailing - it's usually chocca until at least 9-10 pm and worse on race days. And getting out of the house at 7'ish in the morning? That's so much pressure considering that you often have to work past 8pm, so by the time you have finished eating, it's nearer 9:30 before you start the commute home, so say get home around 10:30. Then, chill time, shower and bed takes you to midnight. Then to get out of the house at 7'ish, you're looking to getting up around 6:30 - to me, I'd rather die than live those hours. Much better option is the Ma On Shan area I reckon, no more than a one hour commute if you play safe and MTR/KCR/minibus it. Large expat community in nearby Sai Kung, top notch swimming pool in Ma On Shan complete with 50m pool and waterslides, top class area for BBQs and golf driving ranges, dead ace running tracks for jogging, and conveniently located for occassional trips to Shenzhen for cheap food/massage/shopping/golf.
And as for the west NT, doesn't impress me, after travelling to and from work for 2 weeks on the 962, some trips taking over 2 hours from Tuen Mun, I hate the place, and it's proximity to the "Depressed Town of Hong Kong" - Tin Shui Wai and all its social problems, and the fact a lot of bad ass traffic accidents occur there too frequently - the place is like cursed!!! MI07 - yeah I know, go ahead, red dot me again!