So after looking at over 70 apartments–we finally found the one!
As of August 15, we’ll be setting up shop at 37 Barker Road, Flat No. 4A, The Peak, Hong Kong.
The place is up on the Peak, but it’s on the lowest road, which they say is usually just below the cloud / fog line. It’s above the crazyness of the city, but it’s still only a nine minute cab ride down to the action.
So we had to weigh a lot of things… it was all about tradeoffs: high-rise versus mid-rise, fresh air versus convenient location, beach (yes, there are white sand beaches on the South side of Hong Kong–about 30 minutes from Central where all the offices are), or deck (which was the Mr’s no. 1 priority), or new kitchen versus big kitchen, or view of harbor versus view of beach versus view of your neighbor combing her hair in her 40th floor apartment, but a mere five feet from you… so many iterations of options. But in the end we opted for :
(Also, the place is still being touched up / painted so excuse the mess.)
1. A sick view and an awesome little deck. We figure we’re only young once and we’ll never ever again get to have a view like this one.
The Mr. LOVES the deck which opens right out from the living room. I do, too… I’m thinking cook-outs, cocktails, cigar smoking…
2. A little more space–there’s great views, too, from the guest room and the master.
3. A little more, let’s optimistically call it, “character” over modern flashy glamour… which also happens to mean fugly, eighties themed bathrooms…. and a three room kitchen.
I’m going to have to figure out a way to make this bathroom a little more inviting–any ideas?
Room 1 of the kitchen is a pantry type area with a sink and an area for plating / stacking dishes. But, it does have a dishwasher–I imagine the idea is this is where the maid serves you from. The fridge is also in here, which is a little odd since the stove is in the other room.
Room 2 of the kitchen: Note the old stove is actually a positive thing because it’s by far THE largest we’ve seen here. Plus, I have a positive bias towards old appliances–I feel like they’re just tougher and better made than the plastic we roll out by the thousands today. And, the fact that most ovens in other apartments were the size of microwaves and wouldn’t fit most of my pots, much less a cookie sheet was a big plus.
On the positive side of the apt’s “character” are the cool window seat / alcoves in the Master. Can’t wait to sew some pillows for these nooks! Also, note the lush tropics in the background. I think we are really going to appreciate coming home to some green given all the cement here.
Okay, that’s all for now… look for more posts about decorating plans soon.
But in the meantime I’m very excited we found a place to call home. Living in a hotel has gotten quite tiresome.