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    Areas to live in HK advice please?

    My husband and I along with our little boy (19 months) will be relocating to Hong Kong from the UK in January. We really have very little knowledge about the different areas in Hong Kong to live in and would greatly appreciate any advice. I have read a few of the other posts but our situation seems a little bit different. My husband will be working from home but also flying from HK to other countries in Asia 1 or 2 times a week so good links to Central aren't necessary but a reasonable journey to the Airport is. We are pushing for a budget for our apartment rental of 40,000hkd. We would like somewhere that is near to a park or outside space, there are some playgroups/toddler groups where we can socialise and close to local amenities. I want to be able to quickly throw myself and my son into expat life and not feel too isolated or homesick!! We are coming over for a weekend soon to look around HK to start trying to workout where we might like to live and have no idea where to start currently so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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    discovery bay sounds ideal for you, close to airport, ok to central, quiet, no cars, some space, very expat orientated area


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    +1 for Discovery Bay.

    But if you dislike that (and some do), try Gold Coast. You can get a Beach House in the Residences for that budget, some of them have little gardens even, overlooking the marina and GC Residence has grass for playing on, squash, tennis, beaches nearby, hills behind, decent shopping for daily groceries and a scheduled bus to the airport. (30 mins).

    There are also a couple of kindergartens and an International School in the area.

    There is an active expat community here (not quite as big as Discovery Bay, but also not so intense!).

    Best bet is to come and walk around various areas and get a feel for what you like.


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    OP, areas for you to investigate : DiscoveryBay, TungChung, GoldCoast, ParkIsland

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    I would go with the Brits advice. Kowloon station or Olympic which is one stop further from Kowloon station.
    I would avoid DB and south Lantau like the plague unless being cut off from the heart of things.


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    OK......... The Brit - Moving round 568...no winner.

    OP for reference those two can't see eyes with each other and will consntantly recommend where they live etcetc...

    Anyway to answer your query and since you come over to check the place for a few days, try to look at:

    On Lantau: DB, Tung Chung, Park Island
    Easy commute to Airport but out of Lantau: Olympic, Kowloon Station

    40 K will give you a much bigger flat in DB, Tung Chung, Park Island than in Olympic, Kowloon Station but if size isn't too important and you focus more on shopping/access to the city etcetc then Olympic, Kowloon Station are a better fit.

    All in all, come and look around those areas (and a few more that I am sure we forgot to mention)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Omega:
    I would go with the Brits advice. Kowloon station or Olympic which is one stop further from Kowloon station.
    I would avoid DB and south Lantau like the plague unless being cut off from the heart of things.


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    depends what you prefer, relatively quiet, tranquil yet friendly place which is very expat orientated, but slightly out the way, ie, 35mins ferry to central, discovery bay is ideal

    but if you like to closer to action, but less free space, then Kowloon, Olympic is good, note that Kowloon station/elements complex has very extensive building work with the new rail station which sounds noisey

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic:
    depends what you prefer, relatively quiet, tranquil yet friendly place which is very expat orientated, but slightly out the way, ie, 35mins ferry to central, discovery bay is ideal
    +1 for Discovery Bay. It sounds like it's exactly what the OP is looking for.

    Just to add that's its a 25 min ferry ride to Central (not 35 min as stated earlier). Ferries run 24 hours a day.

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    There's even an artificial beach at Discovery Bay so your little one can enjoy the sand and sea.

    A bit Stepford wives-ish...


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    + 1 for Kowloon Station or even Olympic. We have two young children and love it here!


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