Tseung Kwan O has been under the spotlight in the past few years. The district is second to none when it comes to new housing supply and still has a dozen upcoming launches. It is also a battleground for developers. Sun Hung Kai Properties’ The Wings, Wheelock Properties’ The Parkside and K.Wah Group’s Twin Peaks are all located at southern Tseung Kwan O, one of the two major residential areas in the district. The other one is LOHAS Park, currently offering 8,100 units in five estates.
LOHAS Park has seen lower flat prices compared to other estates in the Tseung Kwan O district. The reasons are obvious: close distance to landfill, the odour of trash and a lack of infrastructure to support itself. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth considering. Aimed at being the first Green City in Hong Kong, LOHAS Park is turning into an up-and-coming neighbourhood with many anticipated projects looming on the horizon.
LOHAS Park enjoys beautiful surroundings. With no high-rise office towers nearby, many of the apartments command unobstructed views overlooking the Tathong Channel, Silverstrand Beach or green hills. Right on the doorstep is a quiet and relaxing oasis. A walk on the Tseung Kwan O South Waterfront Promenade provides a respite from the crowds of Hong Kong. As for the pungent smell, the government has announced that Tseung Kwan O landfill will receive only construction waste by the end of this year.
Wan Po Road Pet Garden
To the delight of pet owners, a pet-friendly garden measuring roughly 120,000 square feet is just next to Wan Po Road, the largest of its kind in Hong Kong. Beautifully decorated with murals, the park offers a range of facilities from pet activity areas and latrines, to pet shower areas and excreta collection bins. It’s a virtual paradise for your fluffy buddies.
The jewel of LOHAS Park is its ample green open space. One of the most exciting places to break free of the hectic pace is The Park. It serves as part of the larger eco-friendly project (Environmentally Friendly City) in promoting green living. With an area of 200,000 square feet, The Park is landscaped to six fun-filled zones with a little of everything: Landmark Club, Outdoor Terrace, Fish Pond, Pet Corner and Evergreen Garden. What’s better than making a day of family time in a spot like that?
Unfortunately, LOHAS Park just has two supermarkets and a handful of retail stores right now. Shopping and dining options are limited or non-existent, and most people living there tend to go to the adjacent Tseung Kwan O or Hang Hau station areas to buy basic necessities. But be patient: residents will soon be graced with a 532,000-square foot shopping mall, set for completion in 2020.
A train station and Wan Po Road currently connect LOHAS Park to urban areas. The road, however, is indirect and wastes more time than is necessary. But with the Cross Bay Link in place next year and the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel set to be finished in 2020, the area’s traffic network is certainly primed to change for the better and save on commute times.