I am moving to HK in less than 4 weeks. I've recently checked out a flat-share on Caine Road in Midlevels. New building, tiny room, share bathroom and kitchen with 4 (including myself) and little common area (just a very small corner for a 2 person sofa and flat-screen TV with some cable channels).
The room is furnished with a double bed, closet and a very small desk. Rent is 5k everything inclusive. Flatmates are all expats. Now I've read in other threads that if you speak Cantonese you can get a better price. I wonder how I should use this in my favour to negotiate a better price? In general, what is landlord's reserve price vs. their advertised price? Would $4500 be fair to ask? The room is very tiny and space for moving around is very limited after putting in furnitures. But I like the area in general compare to Sheung Wan/Wanchai/Causeway Bay - It seems a bit more quiet for living yet still close enough to most night lives.
Downside is that it is far away from Central MTR station so less convenient if I want to go out of Central or over to Kowloon. And I will need to catch bus or minibus to work rather than the fast and efficient MTR... and I am yet to figure out the routes! Anyone knows if there are many connections to Chartered Garden by any chance?
Thank you for any feedback in advance!