After searching around and seeing many apartments, we finally found one and moved in last week. We are now living in Tsuen Tak Gardens in Tsuen Wan. It was pretty crazy how fast things went. Since I had free time (still waiting for my work visa to come in), I had appointments to see different apartments.
That day, I was looking at apartments in Tsuen Tak Gardens. We originally saw two apartments in this apartment complex and wasn’t too crazy because of the location; it’s in the industrial area there are are a lot of big buildings and trucks. Also, it takes about 15 minutes to walk to the subway station. However, what we did like was that the rent was cheaper and it was close to the harbor where dogs are allowed. Once I noticed that there was a direct bus that went to my school, I was all for it! If I didn’t take the bus, I would have to take the subway and then switch to the light rail to go to my school.
So I was looking at some apartments with this one realtor who only took 1/4 of the monthly rent as commission (normally, they take 1/2 of the monthly rent for commission). There was a two bedroom apartment that I liked because it had newly painted walls, some new furniture, and it had a little shared common area right outside of the kitchen where some neighbors wash their clothes and hang it up (kinda like a shared balcony). The handyman was still working on setting up the cabinets and furniture so it wasn’t available immediately. It would be available for us to move in when we wanted to but he may have to come in to finish a few things. The realtor showed me a few more places but I wasn’t too interested in them.
Afterwards, I met up with another realtor whom we have already met before, to see another apartment in the same apartment complex. This apartment was completely renovated with new tiled floor, kitchen, bathroom, and newly painted walls. I instantly loved it and what was even better was that it was a one bedroom apartment. Originally, it was like all the other ones where it came with two small bedrooms but instead of the second bedroom, the living room gets extended. There was really no use for us to have two bedrooms anyways. (All the previous realtors were pushing us to look at two bedroom apartments because they were slightly bigger and about the same price. But what’s the point of a second bedroom when you have no use for it?) So I took some pictures so that I could send to Seth and let the realtor know that I really liked it. I was the second person to see this apartment after it was completely renovated and this realtor’s company was the only company that the owner was working with. I knew that we had to act fast if we really wanted this place because places get rented out so quickly in Hong Kong.
So I sent the pictures to Seth to look at and I was going to walk around the area to get a better feel for around the area. Meanwhile, I get a call from the realtor asking if I was still around the area and whether I could meet with him back in the office. So I went back to this office and the owner of the apartment happened to be there. The owner took the day off of work because he wanted to see the final results of the renovation and get the keys back from the construction worker. I was pressured into deciding that day if we would like to rent the apartment. That was an awkward moment because I haven’t even talked to Seth about the apartment yet. So I was sitting at the table with the realtor and owner, and I was talking to Seth on the phone to see what he thought of the place. We talked for what seemed like a long time on the phone and decided that we were going to rent the place. Seth met up with us after work to sign all the paperwork and brought the money (2 months of deposit + 1/2 month’s rent for the realtor). Seth was having second doubts on the apartment since the walk to the apartment took so long and the area doesn’t have the prettiest views….but, we can now say that we like it.
Seth bought a bike to ride to the station so now it takes him about 35 minutes to get to work. I’m not exactly sure how long it will take me to go to work but I assume that it would be about the same time. We have found some grassy areas that we can take Zoe to, unlike the other apartment complexes that we were interested in. There is a supermarket (Wellcome) and a Japan Home Center less than a 10 minute walk so that’s great. There are also busses that you can take to go to the subway stations.
So these days, we have been busy buying furniture and getting settled in our new apartment. We have bought a lot of second-hand furniture and my cousin’s friends has and will give us a few furniture items. Some useful sites are 28hse.com, GeoExpat, and AsiaXpat for those of you who are interested. There is an awesome app where you can hire a moving van called GoGo Van. It’s kinda like Uber but for vans. It’s super easy to use and you can almost instantly find someone last minute. It’s also quite cheap.
Well, we’ll update you with more pictures and a video once we have everything!