Green, central, modern and cool?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Oct 2009

    Green, central, modern and cool?

    Hi all

    having spent some time reading through the various posts I would be grateful for your views on where to live ...

    My boyfriend and I are corporate lawyers who work long hours. We need to be relatively close to the central as will often be travelling home late night. We currently live in London and would like for our commute to be less than 30 mins (via public transport in the mornings, cabs at night). We are both under 35, with no immediate plans for children.

    We currently live across the road from a large park in London in a fairly spacious flat with a large kitchen and enjoy access to the open space, fresh air and greenery. The park is close to a busy high street with a multitude of bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, with a few night spots thrown in for good measure. It takes us 15 minutes to get to the West End/Central London.

    Having heard conflicting stories about quality of apartments in the mid-levels and access to facilities up there (being spoiled now - a pool would be nice) - is there an alternative area that offers all the things we currently enjoy? (For those familiar with London, we live in Clapham, just near the common). Our budget is up to about $35k a month.

    Ultimately, we want to live in a vibey area but not feel too claustrophobic with easy access to our respective offices. Looking to rent from Dec.

    many thanks in advance.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Alternatives to the Mid-Levels for you might be Happy Valley/ Tai Hang or Pok Fu Lam. Happy Valley is a bit closer to Central, but has less green (although it is a very short cab ride or walk up a long set of stairs to a country park - big green space). Not many apartment buildings in Happy Valley have their own swimming pools.
    Happy Valley has a neighboryhoody feel, its share of restaurants and a few bars, and is within walking distance (10-20 minutes depending on what part of Happy Valley you are coming from) to Causeway Bay (which has everything). Plenty of busses, minibusses, cabs and and a tram run to Central although Happy Valley does not have MTR access. Commute to Central takes 10-30 minutes depending on traffic.

    Pok Fu Lam is greener and many flats have ocean views and direct access to a country park, but there are fewer restaurants and bars and the commute can take a good 30-40 minutes during peak times in the morning (quite a bit less later in the evening without traffic). There are several large developments with swimming pools.

    Also, the Mid-Levels are huge - make sure to look at the Eastern and Western sections of them and around Kennedy Road (near HK Park) which may fit the bill for some green space, although its no Clapham Common. And generally, the higher up you go in the central bit of the Mid-Levels the closer you get to walking paths leading up to the Peak and more greenery.