I think that people tend to move to places that suit them. Lotus Hill is the cat’s pajamas for some people, and for others, not. Some things to consider: It costs $250 for a taxi from Lotus Hill to the intersection of Fuxing/Nanjing. Most other places in Taipei can be gotten to for under $300. This is a consideration if you like to have a few drinks in pubs from time to time. I usually drive though, and my commute is a snap, but that is no doubt due to the face that I rarely drive in rush hour. It takes me half an hour to get anywhere: brunch, work, shopping, whatever. If you live in Neihu, you can shave 10 minutes off of that. When I moved to Lotus Hill, I commuted entirely by motorcycle, and it was faster than by car, but it’s a bit of an ordeal in bad weather. Now I have a car, and that’s definitely much easier, but it’s not a prerequisite to happiness here at all.
For me the winning point is that I can walk to the Lotus Hill convenience store and not see or hear a single vehicle. Same thing when I look out my window. I kept my double sliding glass patio doors open all day today, and the only sound I heard was that of kids riding their tricycles around the pathways below - without parental supervision. Because there are no cars or motorcycles, traffic just isn’t a concern. The cold beers by the swimming pool in the summer is a nice feature as well!
Your best bet is just to come here and look around. There are no special deals - there’s either a good apartment up for grabs or there isn’t. Give me a call when you get to Taipei and I’ll show you around.