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The government has put a great deal of effort into bringing the area’s infrastructure into the 21st century as well. The jewel in the crown could be the Kennedy Town swimming pool, one of the LCSD’s best facilities. That’s gone hand in hand with the blossoming nightlife in the district — far more relaxed and free of pretension than Lan Kwai Fong, if increasingly laddish — and dining to go with it. The rumoured leisure redevelopment of the waterfront, something no self-respecting city with any kind of shoreline ignores, has residents frothing at the idea. There’s actually a place for dogs out in Kennedy Town too. Not Far From Central At one time a haven for immigrant arrivals and meatpacking plants, Kennedy Town is now a hotbed of those chic bistros and hip coffee shops as well as luxury apartment towers. Cantonese is still the dominant language, but the number of English speaking (among other) expatriate residents in the neighbourhood has doubled, making it a neo-Mid-Levels, just without the steep climb home. Lau points out the views of the water are some of the best in the city, as are some of the schools (including West Island School). All of that adds up to a steadily climbing influx of professionals — local and not. “Many parents hope their children will be a ‘dragon’, to have bright future, and move to Kennedy Town. And over the last few years many foreign workers in Admiralty and Central have chosen to live in Kennedy Town,” says Lau.  公佈西港島線項目(預計2015年竣工)以來, 該區發展備受關注。除了堅尼地城外,西港 島線沿線地區包括西營盤及香港大學的樓價 有近20%升幅,預計落成後可高達30%。雖 然目前全港整體樓價進入調整期,堅尼地城 至今仍穩步上揚,與數十年前上環及港島東 區的發展情況相若。 除了即將落成的交通基建外,政府亦積極完 善區內康樂文娛設施,當中堅尼地城游泳池 更有「西環水立方」之美譽。若你是愛狗之 人喜歡帶寵物散散步,也可以到卑路乍灣公 園走走。另外,區內的夜生活可媲美蘭桂 芳,隨處都是一流的餐廳,適合與三五知己 相聚暢飲。 位置優越 曾幾何時,堅尼地城充斥著肉類加工廠,亦 是非法移民的聚居地。時光荏苒,轉眼間這 裡已成為洋溢異國風情的社區,小酒吧和咖 啡店夾雜在高尚住宅大樓之間。走在堅尼地 城街上,不難發現外籍居民,區內外籍人口 近年有上升趨勢,令堅尼地城享有「新半 山」之美譽。劉博士表示,堅尼地城的海景 是城中數一數二,再加上鄰近中環及金鐘, 吸引了許多專業人士進駐。此外,區內更有 多間師資優良的學校如西島中學,不少望子 成龍的家長可考慮遷往堅尼地城。 堅尼地城具備不少優質樓盤,寶翠園(The B e l c h e r ’ s) 環境優雅, 生活配套漸趨 完善;至於泓都(The Merton)、高逸華軒 (Manhattan Heights)及維壹(Harbour One) 的樓價在短短五年間上升一倍,每月租金高 達7萬港元;新樓盤加多近山(Cadogan)及 新鴻基的Imperial Kennedy預期每平方呎3萬 港元,可望進一步帶旺區內豪宅市場;時尚 服務式住宅天麟(Skyla)亦落戶此區,令租務 市場更加熱鬧。 劉博士表示,堅尼地城鄰近港島核心商業 區,但相對鄰近地區如灣仔及上環,這裡的 樓價格比較便宜,加上愈來愈多高尚住宅相 繼落成,堅尼地城已被視為是投資與自住皆 宜的優質住宅區。 The move west was originally prompted by rising prices and rents closer to Central, but as a standalone sub-market now, Kennedy Town’s cache is building. The retail floors of The Belcher’s (technically in Sai Ying Pun but unofficially the western border) may not look like Prince’s Building yet, but it’s getting there. That is some kind of Wellcome they have. Prices at flagship developments such as The Merton, Manhattan Heights and Harbour One have doubled over the past five years, as have rents, which can now flirt with $70,000 per month. Upcoming projects like Cadogan and the Imperial Kennedy by Sun Hung Kai (which the developer priced at $30,000 per square foot) will only raise the district’s upmarket profile. Kennedy Town even has a chic serviced apartment to call its own in the recently opened Skyla. Nonetheless, for the same eight to 10-minute ride from Central’s business hub prices are still favourable to others nearby. “Kennedy Town is close to Central and Admiralty, the traditional CBD on Hong Kong Island, but the prices are comparatively cheaper than Sheung Wan and Wanchai,” notes Lau. “As more and more luxury buildings are completed, which upgrades the neighborhood …  more and more people will choose Kennedy Town as their ideal home,” he finishes. • Lo Pan Temple 魯班先師廟 • Kennedy Town Swimming Pool 堅尼地城游泳池 • Average Household Size: 2.8 住宅平均人數:2.8 • Owner-occupier Household(%): 57% 居於自置居所的住戶百分比(%):57% • Median Monthly Household Income(HK$) $34,300 住宅每月入息中位數(港元):$34,300 Source: Census and Statistics Department (as at mid-2013) 來源:政府統計處(2013年年中數字) • School Net : 11 • 校網:11 • Bus 巴士 • Minibus 小巴 • Tram 電車 23


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