you can plenty of space living in a rural village house in NT, 700 sq ft as low as HK$5000 per month, even a full 2100 sq ft house, however, commuting to central may take 1.30hr and people choose to live in convience in shoeboxes, driving a car is also affordable
also these rural houses set idyllic country side with clean and minimal pollution are plentiful
i am also from uk (live there for over 20 years), basically every place has advantages and disadvantages, ie, uk has high crime, high tax, drugs pushers are common there, dull weather for 300 days a year and chavs, but has world famous music festivals, superb live sports, nice pubs as well
I used to live in remote sha tau kok village for 3 years (greenery everywhere, inbetween two mountains and vast fields of grassland) and I have even seen herds of peaceful boars.
I live in fanling, great compromise in affordable space, parking, lifestyle and commuting to work