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It’s that time, the lease on your apartment is about to expire, and you’ve not made up your mind yet whether you should renew the lease on your existing apartment, or look for somewhere else to live. Or, you have just moved to this great city and need to get better acquainted with where and what type of place you should choose to live.
So, here let’s check out all the things that you may encounter, good and bad and hopefully through this process, we can explore the facts of “what makes the best apartments to lease here in Hong Kong.
Starting with convenience. Ok, I’m all about walking and not needing to rely too much on public transport, although as far as big cities goes, Hong Kong has one of the best MTR, taxi and bus services you can find. I work in Central and I want to live in an area that is a comfortable walk to work in the morning’s and again either walk or catch the escalator home at night. I want to be close to a supermarket, on the very odd chance that I might want to cook, but more often than not, I want to be close to walk to a variety of restaurants so that I don’t have to cook and can catch up with my friends for a pre dinner drink or maybe a night cap after.
Well maintained building. This might not sound important, but when you come home at night, tired from your day and the toilet won’t flush, or your air con stopped working, these are important considerations in choosing your place. You want to be able to make one phone call, and someone is dealing with your problem straight away. I’m not going without hot water you hear yourself thinking about the shower in the morning, even tho it’s 35 degrees outside with 100% humidity, and these days, its cooler shower time anyway. I’m paying decent rent and therefore I rightly expect everything to work.
No illegal structures. Likes that’s my problem? Yes, it will be your problem when your Landlord rings or writes to you to tell you that the fabulous balcony that you pay all this extra money for is now going to be filled in and covered up, but there will be a great window there instead, even though you are losing half your living space? Not to mention workers spending 2 weeks in your flat where you used to have a great balcony, busy covering it over. No thanks.
Good club facilities. Of course we all want the swimming pool. We want the gym that we will never use, because we prefer to go to Pure and check out the other gym junkies busy checking us out, but that’s not the point. You never know in Hong Kong when you are going to get a bout of insomnia, and to have a 24 hour gym with a steam room and sauna, is definitely highly desirable. Our friends will be very impressed by the library that we have access to and the extra club lounges where we will entertain them sometime next year.
Open views. Yes. Definitely. Always. I want the postcard views of Victoria Harbour out the front, and lush green mountain views out the back. Unobstructed of course. But I’m happy if I can get plenty of light and not have someone looking directly into my place. I’ll start saving so that next time I can be further up the building with those magical knock out views.
Transport options. Taxi taxi taxi, because they are cheap and regular. I can take a bus or shuttle bus or MTR to anywhere in Hong Kong that I want to visit, or walk, and it’s nice to have the choice.
So, if you are considering your best options to find an abode in Hong Kong where you can have a stress free existence with convenience, reliability, and affordability, choose an apartment that is well positioned on the transport lines, is close to work and social activities, is well catered to with supermarkets and shops, is a well maintained building with good resident facilities and has some nice open views of the neighbourhood, harbor or mountains.
Here is a selection of buildings we consider meet the standards of great buildings in best locations you may consider: In the Mid Levels/Soho area Centre Stage on Hollywood Road, Azura on Seymour Road, Park Rise on MacDonnell Road, Wellesley on Robinson Road, 39 Conduit on Conduit Road, Queens Garden on Old Peak Road and The Albany on Albany Road. Sai Ying Pun neighbourhood consider Island Crest on First Street, The Met Sublime on Kwai Heung Street and The Nova on Third Street. Kennedy Town take a look at Manhatten Heights on New Praya and The Hudson on Davis Street. Wanchai area look for Star Crest on Star Street, L’Wanchai on Wan Chai Road and Bamboo Grove on Kennedy Road. Happy hunting.
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