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  1. #31

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    I looked at a few in the cullinan a year ago and although flats were nice, it was the absence of any balcony that killed it for me. We ended up going to the imperial cullinan where you get more for your money and some decent balcony space.


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    Quote Originally Posted by benenden00:

    #Olympic is as convenient as or more practical than Kowloon station in many ways, but for frequent flyers lincluding your husband, it can be time-consuming and less convenient. No direct access to the airport- travel to Kowloon station and then from there you travel to the airport.
    (by taxi from Olympic, 180-200HKD vs. by airport express from Kowloon, 90HKD)
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    or you could get a taxi from Olympic to Kowloon (HK$20, 5 minute journey) or the MTR (<HK$10, 2 miniutes). Agree with main thrust if your post but saying living in Olympic would be more time consuming is something of an exaggeration.

    On DB, it is a funny place. I have friends who love it, and some who tolerate it having moved there for the kids and now find it difficult to move. Personally it would be some kind of hell for me.

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    Agree. I have a couple of times just jumped in a cab and 5 mins later at Kowloon station and costs around 25 dollars (2 pounds).


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    I find it hard to imagine why anyone would spend a fortune to live somewhere like Kowloon Station when you can get vast amount more space for your money (and more space around you) in other places.

    But at the end of the day, you need to come here and review these areas in person. Nothing on the internet can really give you an impression of what each of them is like.

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    Posted twice

    Last edited by benenden00; 12-10-2013 at 11:37 AM.

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    Hi VBraddon28

    FYI
    The Arch- no fee for gym and no fee for swimming pool (indoor pool only- some prefer this to outdoor pool as it rains often here and indoor allows u to swim 365 days a year. it is large, located on 62nd floor with a full large window,instead of a wall, to overlook TST on the left and HK island on the right, which is nice. Sunbeds on the same floor with an open view across the harbour. Within the changing room, spa-feeling resting beds are availble. Ppl typically use shower, sauna, and rest on the beds before going back home.)

    What surprised me when I visited friends in Harbourside was that they pay everytime they use the gym and the outdoor pool though it's a small sum (a couple of quids).

    I moved to Olympic and many places in the area also charged for the use of the gym and the pool except my apartment (The Hermitage). We have both an indoor and an outdoor swimming pools here and a smaller gym than in the arch, but they are also free. Later it turned out all my friends living in other flats in Kowloon and Olympic areas were paying a small sum for the same facilities.

    So everyone else is right in saying it is normal to charge a small fee for the use of the gym and the pool, but I wanted to say there are exceptions such as the arch and the hermitage just in case u consider moving into the kowloon area

    Usually kids room or playarea is free wherever you go- so no worries for your kid.

    The rest of facilities (courts, rooms, bbq pits) you have to rent it on an hourly or session basis- it's same for everywhere.

    In DB as I know, there are two communal clubs across the town (Sienna and something else- plz someone confirm this) and these clubs require you to pay a significant amount of membership fees.

    On rent negotiation side..perfectly possible to cut the prices down. Landlords suggest rents expecting tenants to ask for discount.
    I would say suggesting 10% discount is normal- though it may ultimately lead to 5% or less discount. e.g. Rent- 40k, bid- 36k, then final rent probably- 38k..

    So do not accept the asking price right away. You have some bargaining power.


    + I agree with some people about Olympic (you can get a cab to Kowloon- that's what I do all the time just some might think it's a hassel.)

    ++ MovingIn07 has a valid point. You just need to come and see in person. I was trying to give you a feel for it- that's why I posted pictures. Hope you settle down here well. That's all I wish for!

    Last edited by benenden00; 12-10-2013 at 11:42 AM.

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    I dont pay for use of pool or gym


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Omega:
    I dont pay for use of pool or gym


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    It's good then! where in Olympic do u live btw? We can be friends

    (Edited) oh u live in imperial cullinan! Read ur previous post i considered moving there last yeat when it was newly built. Nice place!
    Last edited by benenden00; 12-10-2013 at 12:02 PM.

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    Mentioned the building a couple of posts ago


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    Was wondering when those two would start the usual argument. Guys you should realy meet up for dinner once and sort it out.

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