District Vibe: All Business
Glittering office towers dominate the cityscape and major international branded retailing is the order of the day in Central. Scores of global banks and financial institutions have addresses in the premier business district, but serviced residences are at a premium. Central is ideal for workaholics, but thankfully the SAR’s premier entertaining corner — Lan Kwai Fong — is here too if you do get a day off.
Wanchai To Causeway Bay
District Vibe: Where The Cool Kids Live
If it’s a taste of true cosmopolitan Hong Kong you seek, look no further. Vibrant Wanchai and Causeway Bay are arguably the 24-hour beating heart of Hong Kong. The tram rattles into Wanchai, home to some of the city’s best international dining — as well as its notorious nightlife — past CWB’s tiny alleys hide odd shops and swish lounges around the corner from luxury retailers on the world’s most expensive retail property street (Russell Street) and on to tranquil Happy Valley. A five-minute stroll in any direction uncovers any service or product anyone could need.
One of the destinations of choice for residents with families, Mid-Levels district is known for its schools and leisure facilities — Island School, HKU, St Joseph’s, St. Paul’s, the Botanical Gardens and Ladies Recreation Club among others. One of the greenest sections of what could be called the downtown core, Mid-Levels homes often boast views of the harbour or the Peak.
Signature Homes．D’Home．Hanlun Habitats
Tsim Sha Tsui To Hung Hom
District Vibe: Shop Till You Drop
If Causeway Bay has Russell Street, Tsim Sha Tsui has Canton Road. Lined with brand mega-stores, it’s among the first stop for tourists, making TST one of the busiest districts in Hong Kong. But it’s also popular with multi-nationals and its place on the Kowloon side puts it that much closer to Airport and China connections. TST also has the luxury of more economical rents for (sometimes) more space and close proximity to the Cultural Centre.
Gateway Apartments．Yi．The HarbourView Place．Harbour Plaza Metropolis．Harbour Grand Kowloon．V Hotels and Serviced Apartments
The west end has recently forged its own eclectic, low-rise personality. Stretching from Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town, the west end has been the site of considerable activity ahead of the MTR extensions opening in 2014. Boutique eateries, bars, shopping and creative offices now dot the streets right alongside dried seafood vendors, hardware stores and fruit stalls, giving Island West a true community, neighbourhood feel. If you’re cool, you live here.
The Henry．Kaza@Sai Ying Pun．Skyla．60 West
District Vibe: Family Ties
If any spot rivalled Mid-Levels for families it would be Island South. Beaches, country parks and international schools are the big draw to the district: Hong Kong, French, and Canadian International and South Island are among the scores of primary and secondary schools in the district. Close enough to Central for easy commutes but far enough away to offer some peace, Island South is the best chance of finding a home away from home for expatriate residents who want some nature nearby.
Signature Homes．The Lily
The New Territories, despite its relative spaciousness, has never registered for those in search of a serviced residence due to the perception that it’s in the boondocks. The NT, Tuen Mun and the Gold Coast in particular, are as well connected to Kowloon and Central as any part of Hong Kong and the new Harrow School may generate more interest in the area. If Hong Kong has a resort district, it’s here.
Hong Kong Gold Coast．Harbour Plaza Resort City
Published on 15th June, 2013