When choosing a suitable neighbourhood for your family, what is the first thing you consider? School network? It’s certainly true that a good school network will benefit your kids’ education but how about other amenities? Aside from the usual locations, here are a few neighbourhoods I personally feel are worth considering.
Once considered a high-end residential area back in the old days, Homantin might have lost some of its past glamour but it is still home to some of the best schools in Kowloon such as La Salle College, Maryknoll Convent School, Diocesan Boys’ School and Pui Ching Middle School etc. Aside from its superb school network, the area has a sports centre equipped with facilities for basketball, volleyball and badminton, a public swimming pool and hiking trails such as Jat’s Incline. And for foodies, you can anything ranging from Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, western, to local cha chaan teng. In terms of transportation, both Mongkok and Yaumatei MTR stations are just a 15-minute walk away and the Homantin station is expected to open in mid-2016 which has also led to quite a few new property projects.
With reasonable accommodation prices, North Point is a down-to-earth area with many traditional wet markets, restaurants, supermarkets and old fashioned ‘mum and dad’ owned shops. This eastern district on the island side is served by the Island Line and Tseung Kwan O Line of the MTR and it is right by the Eastern Corridor highway. If you are not in a hurry, other transportation choices include the tramway, ferry, and various bus routes. And yes, it has an ‘elite school network’ that includes Hong Kong Japanese School, Chinese International School and Kiangsu-Chekiang College etc.
Though seemingly far from the business and financial district, I must say there is a lot to do for the family in Tuen Mun. Forget about the usual stuff, the area has a public riding school, a public golf driving range, six beaches and a 20-hectre EcoPark! And if you don’t want to go too far for your weekend entertainment, you will have plenty to choose from and other interesting choices include a visit to the hundred year old village of Lung Kwu Tan, the Reptile House in Tuen Mun Park, the historical Tin Hau Temple and Ancestral Hall of Tsing Chuen Wai or the religious and spiritual monasteries.