Moving to a new country can be a stressful experience for most. Obtaining work permits and visas, finding school places, moving personal effects and pets and finding a place to stay are part and parcel of the process.
While, some people take every experience good or bad in their stride others adopt a cautious approach and try to conduct as much research about their new living environment even before they touch down in the new country. Locating suitable housing and schooling count as the most searched topics for people moving abroad to live and work.
Hong Kong, Asia’s vibrant, pulsating nerve center appears at first glance to be a city of tall, glass, cement and steel skyscrapers. However, first appearances as we know can often be deceptive and, in fact, this lively metropolis is home to several diverse neighborhoods that aim to cater to every accommodation taste and preference.
For the young, free and single
Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong’s legendary nightlife zone that was recently voted by CNN as the hottest place to party in the world is located in the heart of the city, bang in the midst of its business district, Central. Numerous bars, restaurants and clubs line its precipitous streets and hum with activity until the wee hours every night. Young professionals, who enjoy working hard and partying even harder, prefer to live within proximity to work and their favored nightspots. For them a stylish studio or one bedroom rental with a private terrace in a small walk up or a spanking new build in the vivacious areas in and around Lan Kwai Fong such as Soho, Caine Road or even antique store lined Hollywood road in Sheung Wan makes perfect sense.
Families love the Midlevels
If the young and the trendy want to be in the heart of all the action, family folk usually wish for a comfortable living habitat for themselves and their offspring. Abundant public transport options, proximity to everyday conveniences and schools govern their accommodation choices that are centered on the many amenity-filled apartment complexes of main arterial roads of the Western Midlevels such as Robinson Road, Conduit Road and the slightly more tranquil and leafy Kennedy and MacDonnell Roads of the Eastern Midlevels. Rental options in these coveted areas of the Midlevels include spacious colonial-era apartments, walk-ups, and recently constructed multi-storied towers.
If you have it spend it
A substantial housing allowance allows you to soar above Hong Kong so as to speak from a spacious, luxurious abode in of the tall towers that dot the main thoroughfares of the Central MidLevels such as Old Peak Road, Magazine Gap Road, and May Road. If you would rather live in a house, your generous budget could perhaps afford you the rental of a sumptuous dwelling with a private pool and the works on the pinnacle of Hong Kong, the stately Victoria Peak.
Bang in the thick of things
Hong Kong’s erstwhile ‘local’ districts such as Happy Valley, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Kennedy Town, Sai Ying Pun and Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon have their own peculiar charm. Busy, crowded and bustling, they feature numerous shops, eateries, grocery stores, markets and commercial establishments. Many folk like to live in the midst of a buzzing city and for them, these districts offer accommodation options such a sold-world walkups, expansive sea-facing colonial apartments along with spanking new builds as these areas undergo gentrification.
Need a work-life balance
In a fast-paced city like Hong Kong where the pace is perennially frenetic, many people crave for a living environment that affords easy access to nature and outdoor recreation. Areas such as Pokfulam, Repulse Bay, Tai Tam and Stanley on the south side of Hong Kong Island and Sai Kung, Discovery Bay and Lamma Island abound with greenery and are within proximity to many of Hong Kong’s best beaches. These areas some of the best bets for renters looking for a quality of life experience in Hong Kong.