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Old 6th January 2013, 02:03 AM
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I am a Chinese-American who has lived on the west coast of the U.S. (Southern California, then Seattle) for the last 30 years, about to start a new business venture in Hong Kong so now making plans to get a home set up here (I would still keep my businesses in the U.S. so I will be back and forth). Even though I was born in HK and speak Cantonese, I have been very much assimilated in the U.S. culture so I now consider myself more American than Chinese (not necessarily proud of that fact… and yes, THAT is a political statement .

As an adult I now appreciates the convenience and synergy of the big city, but despite of that, it is difficult for me to imagine myself having a home in the middle of Causeway Bay or Hung Hom. I am now looking at DB (after I found out what “DB” stands for LOL) and I am liking what I see. Seems that it would be a nice middle-ground transition from the suburbia USA to the megapolitan. And maybe the best of both worlds - I can enjoy the vibrancy of HK and yet get some peace and quiet when I go “home” only 30 minutes away.

If I do this I would start with a lease/rental just to know the place and decide if I want to buy later. Oh, one other thing, I am done with the wife thing but I have a 14-year old boy who MAY decide to come back with me to continue his secondary education. So high school would be a consideration, whether he would go to the high school in DB or the HKIS in HK. He does speaks fluent French since we had enrolled him in a French-immersion school in Seattle since pre-K but he is only learning Mandarin and Cantonese now (I know I know, WHY French?? When he was young his mom and I thought it would be good for him to pick up another language, as he did. I am sure that would come in handy when he start wooing the girls… Oui je t'aimerai pour le reste de ma vie)

I am scanning the various forums and threads and reading about what everyone is saying about DB. What are some of YOUR thoughts and recommendations? I love the clean, orderly environment of DB, but is there a similar area I should check out perhaps on HK island or NT?

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Hi there, DB (discovery bay) right ? yup there are numerous places similar to DB such as "Gold Coast", "Hong Lok Yuen" and there is this town called "Sai Kung" which is considered as the back garden of HK, many expats prefer to live there because of clean and quite environment, I'm sure you will find your desired place in HK because there are plenty of options available !!
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there are numerous places similar to DB such as "Gold Coast", "Hong Lok Yuen" and there is this town called "Sai Kung" which is considered as the back garden of HK, many expats prefer to live there because of clean and quite environment, I'm sure you will find your desired place in HK because there are plenty of options available !!
Thanks for the tip, I will go check them out.

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my pleasure !!

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We almost moved to DB for the same reasons when we first came to HK.

I'm very thankful now that we didn't. Not that DB isn't a lovely place, but we love the convenience living in Midlevels allows us. We feel we have the best of both worlds where we are.

Issues we saw with DB. Travelling by ferry would be a real problem during typhoon season or in rough weather. Restrictions on schedule with ferry ie: if you decided you wanted a late night out.

We find it easier to socialise and network living on HK Island. We don't have any issues with deliveries or lack of transport options.

We have the buses on our doorstep and can walk to most places. Have the city at our feet full of great restaurants, shopping etc but also have great nature walks within a few minutes walk behind us.

We travel a lot and having the airport express a very short taxi ride away is a godsend.

We don't feel crowded where we are at all. We feel just enough removed from the city to be comfortable.

A lot of the apartment complexes are quite modern and expat friendly.

I guess it just really depends on what you really want. I'd suggest a trip over first and take the exercise of getting around to be sure you're in the best location for you.
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thanks kate! that's what I was hoping to get, varied opinions about DB.

I looked into Gold Coast and Sai Kung. I think they are great but I would need to drive. seems that DB is easier in and out when it comes to that. still have yet to check out hong LOk yuen.

I currently am staying with my bro on macdonald road (mid level) which is nice but I wonder if I get something decent for $15 to 20k...

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We looked at Sai Kung also. It was a fair drive out to it. Nice little community feel to it but in peak hour traffic it was absolutely horrific.

Definitely need a car. Which kind of eats into what you might save on accommodation.

$15-$20K is tight for something central.

Don't forget to weigh up the costs saved in accommodation versus the cost of transport to wherever you work from the location you choose eventually.
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Good advice, thanks.

I think what I am trying to avoid is the (almost) constant construction noise in the city. Where I am staying on MacDonnell Road (my bro's) is supposed to be an upscale neighborhood - damn we have a gated entry and like 2 to 3 conceige sitting behind a counter all day with nothing to do except to pick their noses and push the elevator buttons for residents - but comes 8 am, the jackhammering and the pile driving next door starts regardless. I am just thinking for me coming from a place (Seattle) where you come out of your house and sometimes wonder if everyone else's been killed, I would be better off having some peace and quiet when I go home. Then I would have best of both worlds - go into town to feel the energy, and escape at night by going home.

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A place between Gold Coast and Tsuen Wan, called Tsing Lung Tau where there are low density apartments. You get the nice sea view, quiet surrounds. It takes about 40 mins by bus to admiralty.
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Another cool suggestion for me to check out, thanks!

I think I may buy a car, but I would still want the efficiency of mass transit either by bus or MTR.

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