The Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and traditionally is the most prestigious and exclusive area dating back to colonial times. Although covered in mist at certain times of the year, it tends to be the coolest area in the summer months. The Peak is very pretty with plenty of greenery, offering spectacular views in all directions. Buildings tend to be older and low rise, with recent developments of very modern townhouses and apartments. This area is about 15 minutes driving time from Central District and is 7 minutes by the Peak tram as well as a good minibus and bus service. Facilities include Doctors surgery, hospital, shopping complex and even top quality restaurants. The Peak and German-Swiss Schools are located on the Peak.
The close proximity to Central and breathtaking harbour views make this area one of the most popular expatriate residential locations. There is a mixture of high and lowrise, old and new, big and small set in this crowded, hilly, green belt. Over the years this area has experienced a vast amount of new construction as many of the older colonial buildings have gradually succumbed to the developers hammer. The Central section of the Mid-levels covers University of Hong Kong in Pokfulam to Stubbs Road in the Eastern District. Access to Central for business and shopping is easy via taxies and one of the many bus services. Located within area are numerous supermarkets, shops and both junior and high schools.
A short drive from Central through the Aberdeen Tunnel makes this exclusive little corner a popular area with expatriate families. Set back from the coastline on the southside with pleasant green views, townhouses and lowrises with communal gardens gives one the impression of true-suburbia. A brand new shopping complex where there is a large Park N Shop supermarket is the centre of attraction provides convenience to the residents.
Chung Hom Kok
This is a quiet peninsular of lowrise apartment blocks and town-house complexes. Many of the homes have lovely seaviews. This small community has its own shopping centre, one of the best beaches in Hong Kong, and a fast, direct bus service to Central. Stanley Village with the markets, shops and restaurants are a short drive away.
Stanley and Tai Tam
Stanley is an attractive green peninsular with lowrise developments, and several beaches in close proximity. Famous for its wonderful market with good varied shopping. Stanley is interesting to both the resident and tourist. The village like atmosphere makes Stanley a popular place to live, particularly with the continental Europeans.
Recently along the hillside of Tai Tam Road are new large modern developments with facilities, nestling against the coast are attractive lowrises. The vast, open seaviews, together with an easy commute to Central via the Eastern Island Corridor makes this a desirable place to live.
Located on the western side of the Island amidst lush, green hills, Pokfulam was once a quiet domain of lowrises and hidden houses. In more recent years with the improvement of the roads, building progress has overtaken the area, with unique houses and very large, high-rise developments and most significantly, the Cyberport! These complexes have many facilities, such as pools, play areas, tennis courts, shopping centres and direct mini bus services to Central are especially suitable for families. Kennedy Junior and West Island Secondary Schools (ESF schools), Singapore International and Kellett Schools are located within this district. This area offers good value for money and fabulous sunsets.? A large cyber residential estate, Residence Bel Airwith panoramic ocean view, brings the best the world has to offer in clubhouse facilities and lifestyle services for the enjoyment of its residents.??
This area is convenient for Wanchai and Causeway Bay and famous for the Happy Valley race course. This busy area encompasses old and new buildings, high-rise and lowrise, supermarkets, local food markets, furniture stores and a large variety of restaurants. With the redevelopment of Broadwood Road new developments have spread along and up to the hillside of the Valley. Apartments facing north have a view of the race course, but few buildings have a harbour view. There are frequent bus and tram services to all parts of the Island.
Jardine’s Lookout and Tai Hang
This area overlooks Happy Valley and was formerly the main area for the early settlers who came to Hong Kong. The area is predominately lowrise, housing many of Hong Kong’s fabulously wealthy. The area has been increasingly developed and now features many popular high-rise blocks. The Japanese Primary and French International Schools are both situated within this area and it is convenient for shopping and transportation. Driving time to Central is approximately 20 minutes.
This includes Tin Hau Temple Road, Cloudview road and Braemar Hill Road. These locations offer high-rise living with good harbour views and ample facilities. Apartments which are neat, compact and very often furnished and have a great appeal to the Japanese community due to the presence of the Japanese Secondary school and Japanese supermarkets. This area is well serviced by public transport, and within easy reach of local markets and a country park. Rents tend to be more reasonable in this area even though many of the apartments have good harbour views.
The word Kowloon comes from the Cantonese words “gau lung” meaning “nine dragons” which refers to the eight hills of Kowloon with the ninth being the Emperor. For the casual visitor keeping Hong Kong and Kowloon straight is sometimes confusing. Kowloon is the peninsula of mainland China that juts out into Victoria Harbour facing south towards Hong Kong Island. Most development, as would be expected, is focused around the harbour front and spreading north towards the New Territories and China.
Whilst Kowloon does not have the colonial trappings that are so evident on Hong Kong Island, it is nonetheless a dynamic area and as ties between Hong Kong and China deepen Kowloon’s stature and importance will only increase. The major residential areas on Kowloon are, Tsim Sha Tsui, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon Station, Olympic and Kowloon Tong. The most sought after commercial areas in Kowloon are Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom both of which have MTR stations of the same names. Tsim Sha Tsui (which for our purposes includes the Jordan area) is filled to overflowing with restaurants, nightclubs, shops and temples making it the busiest and most popular area for leisure visitors and shoppers. The famous Nathan Road runs north to south and pretty much divides the lower part of Kowloon into equal parts.
Discovery Bay is a new town being developed privately by stages in North-East Lantau Island. It is situated 10 Km. from the nearest point of Hong Kong Island. The site encompasses 3 bays and a land area of 649 hectares (2 1/2 square miles) stretching inland as far as the hilly spine of Lantau. Two thirds of the site may only be used for recreation, open space or water catchment purposes.
Unlike other large Hong Kong developments, Discovery Bay provides a mix of housing ranging from 400 sq. ft. studio flats to 5,000 sq. ft. garden houses. There is a sense of space, little traffic, clean air, shops, restaurants, schools, a large man-made beach and a lot of sporting facilities including a golf course and marina.
Clearwater Bay & Sai Kung are some of the more popular areas in the New Territories as the property here are more reasonably priced than some of the areas on Hong Kong Island. Here, it offers value for money in terms of its larger sizes, with selection of houses or apartments with garages, swimming pools and gardens, and pleasant scenery with views across the South China Sea. The main drawback is that commuting to the city can take a little longer especially by public transport. A car is a necessity if one chooses to live here. This area offers a slower and friendlier lifestyle in a cleaner living environment. The ESF’s Clearwater School accepts junior school students, while secondary students can attend the King George V School in nearby Homantin. The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, Marina Cove Club, Hebe Haven Yacht Club provides residents with recreational services.