Deciding Where to Live
Style and standard of living varies from area to area in Hong Kong.
The Peak has long been considered one of Hong Kong's most exclusive addresses and property is generally of the lowrise and townhouse variety. The Peak continues to be a prestigious area to live as the population density is low, the environment is green and slightly cooler in the summer and the views spectacular, whichever side of the Island you may be overlooking.
The Peak offers a wide variety of luxurious housing, larger flats and town houses, most with good outside space, pools, and most with spectacular views over the city. Expect to pay anything from HK$65000 upwards depending on the square footage and facilities. Public transport is convenient and frequent, with mini-buses, double decker buses, taxis and the Peak Tram all running at regular intervals.
Schools: Peak School (Primary - ESF), German Swiss International School, Highgate House Preschool
Commute: 15 minutes to Central
Shopping: Grocery Stores on Guilford and Peak Roads, The Peak Tower
Recreation: Walks around the Peak and down to Pokfulam Reservoir; Madame Tussuad's and Ripley's Believe It or Not at the Peak Tower.
Restaurants: The Peak Cafe, Cafe Deco, Shooters 52, EAT Noodles, Grappa's; Cafes: Pacific Coffee (amazing views), Deli France.
Situated between The Peak and the north shore of Hong Kong Island, Mid-Levels offers a wide range of housing from the very luxurious to small and compact apartments. Cost of housing varies considerably. Many roads in Mid-Levels are within walking distance of the core business district and are accessible by the longest escalator in the world!
Young married couples or singles tend to gravitate toward living in the Mid-Levels, which is mainly highrise apartment buildings with small to large sized flats within walking distance of the Central Business District and the restaurant and nightlife of Lan Kwai Fong.
If you want to be in the heart of things, then Mid-Levels is the place to be. The escalator offers a direct route to Central, as well as to Soho, an area full of restaurants and bars. Rentals range from HK$15000 for smaller units to HK$120000 for larger, more prestigious apartments.
Schools: Glenealy School (Primary - ESF), Island School (Secondary - ESF), Carmel School, Pre-schools
Commute: 5-10 minutes drive from Central.
Shopping: Grocery Stores located on Macdonnell, May and Robinson Roads
Recreation: Bowen Road jogging path, walks around Victoria Peak, Ladies' Recreation Club, Jewish Community Centre
Deep Water Bay
Deep Water Bay is situated between Shouson Hill and its larger neighbour Repulse Bay. The area is characterized by a mixture of townhouse developments and apartment complexes built on the hills and overlooking the picturesque Hong Kong Golf Club and Deep Water Bay. Views are spectacular.
Southside living environment and convenience are combined to make this area very attractive. The Aberdeen Tunnel offers quick access to commercial and shopping centres in Causeway Bay and Central, which is a mere 20 minutes away, depending on traffic.
Properties rent for HK$100000 - HK$200000 making it a rather exclusive and prestigious area in which to live.
Schools: Bradbury Junior School (Primary - ESF), South Island School (Secondary - ESF), HKIS
Commute: 20 - 25 minutes to Central
Shopping: Grocery Stores: Repulse Bay and Beach Roads
Recreation: Beaches & water sports; restaurants and cafes: The Repulse Bay, Beach Road, Stanley; Deep Water Bay Golf Club, HK Country Club
Bounded by Deep Water Bay and the Hong Kong Golf Club on one side, and Ocean Park/Aberdeen on the other, Shouson Hill offers a quiet and leafy environment with many low-rise townhouse and apartment developments in the area. Most complexes have pools and/or communal gardens. This area is family orientated though there are a few blocks perfect for singles and young couples who prefer Southside living with Mid Levels convenience (Central is 10-15 minutes by taxi).
Shouson Hill offers medium to large apartments and houses in a price range from HK$35000 per month upwards. Access to public transport is easy and convenient.
Schools: Bradbury Junior School (ESF), South Island School(ESF), HKIS, French Int. School, Japanese Int. School, Pre-schools
Commute: 15 minutes to Central; 10 minutes to Causeway Bay and Wanchai .
Shopping: Grocery stores: The Repulse Bay, Beach Road
Recreation: Beaches; Boardwalk Jogging Trail; Walks into Wong Nai Chung Gap; HK Golf Club, Aberdeen Marina Club, Aberdeen Boat Club, HK Country Club; Ocean Park
Although a cliché, Repulse and South Bays are the Mediterranean of Hong Kong's south coast. The area has good transport links, excellent food shopping and some fine restaurants. The Repulse Bay complex is a very attractive feature. You can become a midweek member of the Club and have access to all sports facilities in the complex.
A fabulous range of apartments and houses of all sizes, nearly all enjoying great sea views, are available in Repulse Bay. Apartment rental costs begin at HK$50000 per month.
Schools: Bradbury Junior School (Primary - ESF), South Island School (Secondary -ESF), Pre-schools, HKIS
Commute: 30 minutes by bus, 20-30 minutes by car, to Central
Shopping: Grocery Shop: The Repulse Bay complex, Beach Road, also pharmacy and video store
Recreation: Beaches; Restaurants, cafes: The Repulse Bay, Stanley; HK Golf Club, HK Country Club, Repulse Bay Club, American Country Club
Happy Valley/ Jardine's Lookout
Situated above the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay and its extensive shopping facilities, Happy Valley and Jardine's Lookout surround the world famous Happy Valley Race Course. The area offers an extensive range of housing, good food shopping and local restaurants. more below...
Jardine's Lookout is a predominantly green area offering stunning views over Hong Kong. Highrise buildings are few, as private houses and lowrises dominate the area. Rentals for apartments range from HK$35000 upwards and houses from HK$80000 upwards. There are two large supermarkets in the area, and public transportation is excellent.
Happy Valley offers lowrise and highrise buildings surrounding the Happy Valley Racecourse. Restaurants are abundant and the area is popular with younger people. Rentals range from HK$10000 for small apartments of approximately 500 s.f. to as much as HK$60000 for apartments over 1,500 s.f.
Schools: Bradbury Junior School (Primary - ESF), French International School, Japanese International School, Chinese International School
Commute: 15 -20 minutes to Central
Shopping: Grocery Stores on Sing Woo, Village, and Moorsom Roads; local market in Happy Valley
Recreation: Walks into Tai Tam Country Park; Jockey Club, HK Football Club, Craigongower Cricket Club; restaurants, bars and cafes.
Chung Hom Kok
Situated on the south side of the island, with spectacular views over the South China Sea, Chung Hom Kok is located midway between Repulse Bay and Stanley. The area is mostly lowrise and very family orientated.
Chung Hom Kok offers a range of townhouse developments and low-rise apartments. Rentals start at HK$35000. The availablity of houses and apartments with small gardens and outside space make this an attractive area to live in.
Schools: Bradbury Junior School (ESF), South Island School (ESF), HKIS
Commute: 30 minutes by bus; 20 minutes by car to Central
Shopping: Grocery Store: Chung Hom Kok Road, Stanley Plaza; Stanley Market
Recreation: Beaches; Tai Tam Reservoir paths; Stanley Market; The Repulse Bay; American Country Club, HK Country Club, HK Golf Club
Stanley is a great area for families, with its 'villagey' atmosphere, and plentiful amusements close at hand. Beaches, shopping, restaurants, bars and cafes are all less than 10 minutes walk away. Central is only 30 minutes drive.
There is a good variety of lowrise housing available, from small, good-value apartments to luxurious houses with tennis courts and swimming pools, many with outside terraces and gardens as well. Rentals start at HK$35000 for a 1200 sq.ft. flat.
Schools: Bradbury Junior School (Primary - ESF), South Island School (Secondary - ESF), HKIS
Commute: 30-45 minutes by bus; 30-40 minutes by car to Central
Shopping: Grocery Store, Deli, Bakery, Wine Shop in Stanley Plaza; Stanley Market.
Recreation: Beaches & Water Sports; Tai Tam Country Park; HK Golf Club, Aberdeen Marina Club, Aberdeen Boat Club, HK Country Club, American Country Club
Tai Tam is situated adjacent to Stanley, and largely consists of a mixture of low and high-rise residential developments - some offering fantastic facilities. Views over the South China Sea are tremendous here, and for most apartments this will be unobstructed. This area is very popular with Americans as the HKIS high school and the American Country Club are both situated in Tai Tam.
There is a range of housing available in Tai Tam from highrise and lowrise apartments to town houses, with gardens and private pools. Rental costs start at HK$35000 for a two bedroom apartment and rise rapidly from there. Public transport and shopping are convenient.
Schools: Quarry Bay School (Primary - ESF), South Island School (Secondary - ESF), HKIS
Commute: 20 minutes to Tai Koo Shing/ Quarry Bay; 20-30 minutes to Central by car
Shopping: Grocery Shops: Redhill Peninsula, Stanley Plaza; Stanley Market
Recreation: Beaches; Tai Tam reservoir paths; American Country Club; Stanley
Pok Fu Lam
Pok Fu Lam is situated on the Western end of Hong Kong Island. The area offers low density residential accommodation, with a good range of rentals and value for money. Sea views towards the outlying islands and spectacular sunsets are characteristic of this area. This is also where the new cyber port is being built.
Pok Fu Lam offers a mixture of lowrise and highrise properties that start from HK$25000. Public transport is good and shoppping convenient.
Schools: Kennedy Junior School (ESF), West Island School (ESF), Kellet School
Commute: 25 minutes by bus; 10 - 15 minutes into Central by car
Shopping: Grocery Store: Baguio Villas, Scenic Villas, Cyberport
Recreation: Pok Fu Lam Reservoir walks; Pok Fu Lam Public Riding School; Sha Wan Sports Fields; Cyberport
Last Updated: 4 March, 2004