About Hong KongResidential area

The Peak

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. There is also a good minibus and bus service. Facilities include a Doctor's surgery, hospital, shopping complex and even top quality restaurants. The Peak School and German-Swiss International School are located on the Peak.


Mid-levels

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 low-rise, 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 developer's hammer. The Central section of the Mid-levels covers Hong Kong University in Pokfulam to Stubbs Road in the Eastern District. Access to Central for business and shopping is easy via taxis and one of the many bus services. Located within the area are numerous supermarkets, shops and both junior and senior schools.


Shouson Hill

Just a short drive from Central through the Aberdeen Tunnel, this exclusive little corner is a popular area with expatriate families. Set back from the coastline on the south side of HK Island, the pleasant green views, townhouses and lowrises with communal gardens gives one the impression of true suburbia. There is a ParknShop supermarket in the heart of the Shouson Hill area.


Chung Hom Kok

This is a quiet peninsular of low-rise 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 is a short drive away.


Stanley and Tai Tam

Stanley is an attractive green peninsular with low-rise developments, and several beaches in close proximity. Famous for its wonderful market with good varied shopping, Stanley is interesting to both residents and tourists. The village-like atmosphere makes Stanley a popular place to live, particularly with the continental Europeans. Along the hillside of Tai Tam Road are new large modern developments with facilities, whilst nestling against the coast are attractive low-rises. The vast, open seaviews, together with an easy commute to Central via the Eastern Island Corridor, makes this a desirable place to live.


Pokfulam

Located on the western side of the Island amidst lush, green hills, Pokfulam was once a quiet domain of low-rises 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, making them 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.


Happy Valley

This area is convenient for Wanchai and Causeway Bay and famous for the Happy Valley race course. The busy area encompasses old and new buildings, high-rise and low-rise, supermarkets, local food markets, furniture stores and a large variety of restaurants. With the re-development 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 low-rise, housing many of Hong Kongˇ¦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.


Eastern Side

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 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.


Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay is a new town being developed privately by stages on North-East Lantau Island. It is situated 10 k/m 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.


New Territories

Clearwater Bay and Sai Kung are two of the more popular areas in the New Territories as the property there is more reasonably priced than in some of the areas on Hong Kong Island. Here, property offers value for money in terms of its larger sizes, with a 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 Bay 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, and Hebe Haven Yacht Club provide residents with recreational services.


Copyright © 2009 Queens Property Consultants Co. Ltd.[Co. Licence: C-006045]. All Rights Reserved.