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Pok Fu Lam, Happy Valley DB or Golds Coast

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    donosti is offline Registered User
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    Pok Fu Lam, Happy Valley DB or Golds Coast

    Can anybody give me their impressions about these places?
    Our budget: 15K. Hoping for a 3BR- 900 sq. feet. 3 year old kid starting school this year.
    How far are they from the airport? How is public transportation...
    Thanks!

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    bekyboo44 is offline Registered User
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    Hi,

    My husband and I live in Discovery Bay, and are currently renting a 869sq feet, 3 bedroom apartment for HK$8,500.
    It all depends where you choose to live in DB, and whether you want sea view, balcony etc.
    1,080 sq feet with 3 or 4 bedrooms with sea view is around HK$12-14,000.
    Without sea view it is around HK$10,000-11,000.
    You can get 1100sqfeet, with 3 bedrooms and seperate maids room, and big balcony, and sea view (view of HK and disney land) for around HK$15,000.

    DB has three kindergartens and the DBIS (although there is a long waiting list for this); and ESF are building a school starting this year (primary and secondary).

    DB is 15-20 minutes from the airport by bus; the bus from DB goes every half an hour during the day and night (and then every hour in the very early morning). It costs HK$28.

    Public Transportation- we have the ferry which takes 20 minutes to get to Central and runs 24 hours; it costs HK$27 single trip ( but you can buy monthly value tickets).

    We also have a bus to Tung Chung which runs every 20 minutes; and a bus to Sunny Bay (which allows you to connect to the MTR via the Tung Chung; and then to Kowloon changing in Lai King). From DB to Kowloon Tong on the train is around 40- 45 minutes.

    We love DB, because it is also cheap to join the clubs (there are two you can use with one membership) and both have swimming pools, tennis courts, childrens play areas, gyms, and extra curricular activities.

    There is loads of space for children to play ( we have a beach, the mountains and a big new park); DB is spotted with childrens play areas; and there are plenty of children here to play and socialise with.

    The Plaza is a bit of a mess at the moment, due to renovations (which are suppose to finish summer of this year) but usually has restaurants, stationers, bakery, hardware shop, Watsons, Wing On, Post Office, pet shop, hairdressers, park n shop, beer shop etc etc.

    Hope this helps.

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    donosti is offline Registered User
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    Thank you Beki.
    Another option is Caribbean Coast. Do you anything about this are? I believe it is located in Tung Chung and I heard pollution is even worse there. You thoughts?

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    bekyboo44 is offline Registered User
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    Hi,

    I personally don't like Tung Chung- I think, especially the new blocks such as Caribbean Coast are souless places. The pollution in Tung Chug is considered to be the worst in HK, because it is so close to the airport.
    We have friends who live in Tung Chung, because they work at the airport, and because it is very cheap to live there; but I think with young children, DB is the place to be.
    Caribbean Coast has all the amenities- i.e. swimming pool, clubhouse etc. which we have in DB, but also in DB we have grass and other such delights!
    It's hard to explain- but Caribbean Coast has nothing around it but concrete.
    Hope this helps!

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