On top of Sai Ying Pun’s proximity to the Western Harbour Tunnel, thanks to the westward extension of the Island Line, it is now only two stops away from Central on the train. Sai Ying Pun’s connectivity to the rest of Hong Kong is a great selling point for properties in this area. In addition, old walk-ups are being torn down and replaced by standalone high-rises, while an array of modern restaurants and bars frequently spring up in the area. Meanwhile, residents can still find a lot of mom-and-pop shops that sell local groceries that preserve the characteristics of this old neighbourhood, making Sai Ying Pun an ideal place to live. It’s hard to deny that new residential buildings have largely altered the appearance of Sai Ying Pun, however, some developers have attempted to give their projects retro designs to help them better blend in with their surroundings.
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Lack of Parking Spaces
While the MTR station has made travelling in and out of Sai Ying Pun a lot easier for residents, car owners will have a hard time finding parking spaces. In addition, some standalone residential buildings offer fewer parking spots than units, resulting in a surge in prices for parking spaces.
The Urban Renewal Authority’s Queen’s Road West/In Ku Lane Development Scheme began in March 2018. The project involves the redevelopment of several 50-year-old walk-ups and upon completion, which is projected to be in 2028, the site will have a 538-square-metre leisure area, around 200 small- and medium-sized residential units, as well as various commercial facilities.
Sai Ying Pun belongs to Primary School Net No.11, which includes Sacred Heart Canossian School, King’s College Old Boys’ Association Primary School, and Saint Stephen’s Girls’ Primary School and Kindergarten. Its Secondary School Net belongs to Central and Western District and has St. Paul’s Co-educational College, King’s College, and Ying Wa Girls’ School. There are several international pre-schools in the area and The University of Hong Kong also sits close to the neighbourhood.