As long as you like living there Randy, we wont stop you lol
If PI is a paradise for dog owners then I was really right not to move there Can't stand the beasts ))
I have to agree with BenderBends. We also lived in PI for 5 years and moved out 2 months ago. We just couldnt stand it anymore. At the beginning, it was a very nice place, quiet, a lot less people living there, space on the bus to sit down or at least get on the bus (too crowded now) etc.
Now there are way too many tourists during the weekend, the parknshop is horrible and everytime you need to line up for ages to buy some food and the rental prices increased a lot for our place.
When we moved in it was 8,000 HKD, now they are asking for 12,000 HKD. Its ridiculous.
The air quality is also not that good. I had a friend in Sai Kung and we took a couple of days a picture at the same time to compare the air quality. Sai Kung is way better.
We moved to Lam Tsuen now and are super happy. The air is a lot better than in PI, we can own a car, have a garden, a much bigger place, the Parknshop in Hong Lok Yuen is super convenient and there are never more than 1-2 people in front of the queue + we still need only half an hour to work (in Kwai Fong).
BTW....for a place called "Park Island", when do you think they will add a real park to their attractions?
lastly...dont get me wrong, i could care less if you decide to live in PI or not. i just wanted to make sure that this thread had more then 1 raving review from someone who just arrived to PI, and some reviews from those who have been here for a long time.
i actually thought you might be a seller on PI and trying to create a "buzz" amongst the expats here so that you can get increased demand...but this is a complete guess based on your previous posts.
Its sounds to me like Bender is the kind of perosn who will be unhappy wherever he/she moves to and perhaps is frustrated that HK property prices have kept rising.
Bender - Where are you moving to, may I ask?
Before I moved over to Park Island, I had a good chat to a number of residents who live there. All of them love living there. There are even some people who retired early (ie in the 30's) but rather than going back to Europe have chosen to live there as they like it so much.
All I can say, to people who may considered Park Island and who may have read your negative posts, is to come see for youself. Don't let one persons rants put you off checking out a very viable living option. Come over and make up your own mind.
I probably will buy on PI (I already own in a place in Oz, and so will have both a place in HK and my Oz place, which is perfect for me as I travel quite a bit). To me, prices still seem quite affordable in HK, especially compared to Oz where prices are really pretty high when you consider the cost of borrowing from the bank there.
PS - I would not wait to long to buy on PI as I do feel a "buzz" about the place, and feel prices will keep rising as people seek better quality apartments, facilities etc. For rentals, I know a number of residents who have moved around due to landlords increasing prices on them, but then that is the problem with being a renter - you are at the mercy of landlords, which is why I will ultimately buy.
Last edited by BenderBends; 02-03-2011 at 12:25 PM.
Here is my basic day on Park Island during the week:
7am - Wake up, go for a walk on beach with dog.
7.30 - Breakfast with family.
8ish - If I need to go to office, I will go to the ferry and then do some emails on the way to Central. I can also work from home, and if I have a home day I will get started with emails, and maybe go for a swim or a quick workout at the gym 11ish. My son goes to the local kindergarten on the island.
12ish - lunch, often at one of the beach restaurants. I might also bring my laptop and do emails as there is a wireless connection there, and I have been known to have a small glass of wine with my meal . I also do skype with some clients, and they always comment on how awesome it is that I can work from the beach! Also, and perhaps best of all, I have my dog with me, sitting beside me at the outdoor table.
After lunch, I sometimes take a quick ocean dip (just getting ready to do that now in fact!)
For shopping, sometimes our helper does it, but I might pop into the Park and Shop and pick up some things. I never find the line longer than 2-3 people (which is WAY better than P&S in the Mid Levels). And I find the selection of foods and wines at P&S much better than the one I used to go to on Caine Road Mid Levels.
2-5ish - emails, or perhaps watch a movie or read a book if I am home, and play with my son.
Evenings - swim in one of the pools, sauna, spa, and then either dinner at home, BBQ on the rooftop with friends invited over, or a meal at one of the beach restaurants or the seafood restaurants in the local village. Often we end up having some late night drinks, either at Cafe Romas, or at a friends place on the island, or at my place.
I also go out to Wan Chai or Soho etc once or twice a week, and then just cab it back to PI when I am done.
Altogether quite idyllic for me, I must say
I did consider Sai Kung. What put me off there was first of all the long drive there. Secondly also the fact that none of the houses there have the facilities PI has, and also that you need to drive anywhere to get food etc, where as on PI you can just walk out the door and grab whatever you need.