Life in the centre - Mid Levels Central


Only a few areas in Hong Kong are as liveable as Mid-levels. Walking through the commercial frenzy of Central, the amount of traffic, people and noise can be overwhelming. However, once you pass Central and enter Mid-levels, the urban hustle and bustle disappear and it is replaced by a laid-back atmosphere and trendy streets, all encapsulated in a beautiful, serene environment - no wonder it is a preferred area of the city’s rich and powerful. Here, a number of luxury residential buildings enjoy a stunning view of Victoria Harbour, making them some of the most expensive homes in Hong Kong.

Mid-levels is traditionally an upscale area, with lots of green space and low-density housing. It rarely offers new housing units and has a small number of second-hand properties available. This explains why luxury flats in Mid-levels are highly resistant to depreciation. Its proximity to the central business area makes it popular amongst corporate executives, many of whom are expats; providing continuous support for the rental market.

Josephine, a senior real estate consultant at premium housing-focused agency House Pro, says that over 80% of the rentals in Mid-levels are taken up by expats, who tend to pay attention to the location, interior design and size of the property when making a decision. In general, units measuring at 300-400 square feet are most popular with the rental asking price around HK$20,000 per month. Most foreign tenants prefer short leases, probably a result of the time they plan to stay in Hong Kong, which increases the unit’s turnover rate. In addition, the array of reputable educational institutions and schools make Mid-levels a coveted area to live for high-income families.

Selected properties

Robinson Crest

Located on 71-73 Robinson Road, this standalone building is 41 years old and has 60 units ranging between 680 and 750 square feet. It’s a 15-minute walk from the Sai Ying Pun MTR station. 

Blessings Garden

This 22-year-old estate was developed in two phases: Phase 1 on 95 Robinson Road and Phase 2 on 56 Conduit Road. Most of the units are three bedrooms. A low-level A unit in Phase 2, with a saleable area of 849 square feet, was sold in June this year at HK$15.88 million, or HK$18,704 per square foot.

Midland Court

Located on 58-62 Caine Road, 27-year-old Midland Court is situated adjacent to the Mid-levels Escalator, and offers mainly small-sized units. A mid-level D unit with two bedrooms and a saleable area of 329 square feet, was recently sold at HK$6.75 million, or HK$20,517 per square foot.

Realty Gardens

Realty Gardens, a 46-year-old luxury estate, is located on Conduit Road. It consists of five blocks with around 400 units, most of which are three-bedroom apartments. The estate has a covered parking lot in its basement, and provides shuttle bus services to Central and Admiralty.

Things to know before moving into Mid-levels:


Characteristics of properties

Josephine from House Pro points out that the SoHo area is abundant with old buildings, many of which are corporate-owned and have been renovated. The interiors of the units are usually in good condition but certain old buildings don’t have lifts. On the other hand, renters tend to favour properties situated on Caine Road or below, which tend to be smaller in size, for its convenient transportation and facilities.

School net

The district belongs to primary school net 11, which includes Sacred Heart Canossian School, King's College Old Boys' Association Primary School and Saint Stephen's Girls' Primary School. Its secondary school net belongs to the Central and Western District, and includes St. Paul's Co-educational College, King's College, St. Joseph's College, St. Stephen's Girls' College and Ying Wa Girls' School. University of Hong Kong is also very close by.

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