All posts filed under: Accommodation

Silvermine Beach Home

Searching for a quick weekend getaway for the holiday, I realized we can actually live in a beach-front hotel! The monthly rates of Silvermine Beach Hotel range from HKD8,800 to 13,300, cheaper than what most expats are paying for their flats here. Assessing the Web site photos, the hotel is not bad at all. I just wish we can do away with the 30-minute ferry ride to Central. Living in a beach-front hotel…sweet life.

Where space is indeed a luxury

Two Hong Kong permanent residents offered perhaps the closest description of how living here is like in their article The 50 things we love about Hong Kong. 6.Tiny living spaces. In Australia we call these spaces cupboards. Here they are referred to as spacious 3 bedroom apartments. Climbing into one’s bed from the doorway is a common occurrence for Hong Kongers. Floor space includes the calculation of your share of the lift and the lobby, even the mail-box! The average Hong Kong home measures only 450 square feet. IKEA was made for Hong Kong as multi purpose furniture is a must. From Living space (or the lack thereof), in particular, is the most evident characteristic of this place. Anybody who has lived here will attest to that. 450 sq ft on average?! Indeed! But only if you settle for it. For expats who are used to breathing space and who value quality of life, there are three options: 1. Your company is generous enough to provide you a spacious flat or at least subsidize …

Hong Kong Rents Third Most Expensive in World from The Wall Street Journal

More expensive than London? Here are the five most expensive locations to rent a standard two-bedroom apartment, as of September, according to ECA: Tokyo Average monthly rent: US$4,352 Year-over-year change: 2% Moscow Average monthly rent: US$3,500 Year-over-year change: 17% Hong Kong Average monthly rent: US$2,830 Year-over-year change: 22% London Average monthly rent: US$2,824 Year-over-year change: 4% Singapore Average monthly rent: US$2,810 Year-over-year change: 15% From Live it. Love it. Hong Kong.

Christina, Nelson, Martin, Nelvin, Hong Kong

As soon as we learned that Mr. Diplomat’s first posting is Hong Kong, I brought out the diligent me and started looking for Web sites on expatriation here. A city with so little space yet so many expats would definitely have sky-high rents as expected, so I started my search for a flat with the minimum requirements that we would settle for. I figured that two bedrooms, two bathrooms with one en suite, and at least an 800-sq ft area would be enough. I was not able to find any. Apparently, we would have to upgrade our preference to three bedrooms to get an en suite bathroom. With a certain design in mind and a budget not exceeding HKD16,000, I was able to shortlist two districts, Discovery Bay and Tung Chung.  Discovery Bay is famous for being an enclave for Westerners and is a 30-minute ferry ride away from Central district. On the other hand, Tung Chung is home to many flight attendants and pilots and is a 30-minute train ride from Central. Both are in Lantau Island where the airport is and not …