Ok, honest, I looked at a whole bunch of past threads here but couldn't find the info I needed.
Can someone summarize how HK compares in terms of living costs to NYC or San Francisco?
I currently live in a 28th floor luxury condo in SF for $5k/month (US) rent for about 1500 sf and 2br with nice highrise views, granite and hardwood. A similar rental in NYC would have been $7 - 9k/yr in NYC a year ago - probably less now given the current financial crisis.
My goal in moving to SF was to have NYC lifestyle without the NYC weather. Candidly, SF sucks compared to NYC. What I care about is being able to WALK (not drive) or take public transit to a wide variety of restaurants, and live where the weather doesn't suck. SF is a little better than NYC in the weather department, but sucks royally in the sense that everything closes early. I'm a city boy, and like late-night dining with excellent food.
I eat out 14x per week (lunch and dinner every day; I don't own cookware or utensils), and I like good food. I'm a dim sum addict.
My typical spend rate in San Francisco is around US$25- 30 per day on lunch (no alcohol) and about $85 - $100 on dinner with 2 or 3 glasses of wine. That gets me top restaurants where I live. From all the posts here, I still can't tell whether HK costs more or less than I'm used to. I would generally prefer the better restaurants, and usually eat at the bar when dining alone.
What I'm really looking for is the RELATIVE cost of HK vs. Manhattan or San Francisco for a luxury highrise lifestyle and eating out every night. From all the posts here, I still can't tell if HK costs more or less than Manhattan.
Although I can easily afford a private car, I want nothing to do with that. I'm a pretty adamant believer in public transit, and prefer to take the subway in NYC even though I can afford private transport. Even in San Fran I don't have a car, despite the deplorable public transit system. I would want to live someplace where public transit is "everywhere". Probably in the central part of the city, where the best selection of restaurants exist.
Thanks in advance for any guidance...