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Hong Kong - Property Locations

There are several popular expat areas in Hong Kong. Where you live tends to depend on where you work and what your family situation is like. Some areas are more suited to families than others, although some expats don’t take this into consideration at all. For instance, those who have young children often find that the southern part of Hong Kong Island is more suitable while young couples might prefer the trendier Mid-Levels. Some of the most expensive townhouses and apartments are at the Peak.

Wan Chai is a key commercial district that has a lot of trendy entertainment venues, hotels, shops, and restaurants. The rental options that are available in this area include everything from luxurious housing complexes to budget apartments.

The Mid-Levels are located just above Central and Wan Chai. This area is popular among singles and young expats thanks to its close proximity to the CBD and the nightlife of Soho and Lan Kwai Fong. Since there are international schools and good hospitals within close proximity, it is also suited for those with families, too. The botanical gardens and the zoo are located nearby as well. The Mid-Levels Escalator, which is the longest outdoor escalator in the world, runs from here to the city centre.

Those seeking reasonably priced accommodations and don’t mind living with “the locals” should look in the area that extends from Tin Hau to North Point. While this neighborhood doesn’t boast any major shopping malls, there are supermarkets, traditional wet markets and some restaurants on hand to choose from.

Repulse Bay has a seaside resort feel in comparison to some of the residential areas in Hong Kong. It can be a good location for expat families who are searching for a palm-fringed beach and want to be close to some of the international schools. There are also good shops, banking facilities, and medical services.

The Peak is considered to be the most prosperous residential area in Hong Kong, and the tallest point. Thanks to height restrictions, the low rise buildings don’t take away from the gorgeous views, or obstruct any of the cool evening breezes. A lot of the complexes offer gyms, communal swimming pools, and tennis courts.

Happy Valley is another up market neighborhood in Hong Kong that sees a lot of expats. It is also close to Causeway Bay. It features classic low rise complexes as well as tall, modern apartment buildings. There are some short term serviced apartments available for rent, too.

Jardine’s Lookout is an exclusive residential area located on the mountain above Happy Valley. It is an elite, protected community that consists of large detached houses and luxurious apartment complexes. It has its own supermarket, florists, a post office and other amenities for expats. International schools are nearby, too.

The Kowloon peninsula, on the tip of mainland China, is just north of Hong Kong Island and just south of the New Territories (mainland part). In the past, expats tended to not settle on the Kowloon peninsula since it was less developed. However, these days the high-rise apartments of West Kowloon are seeing more and more expats. The majority of the newer complexes have good facilities and communal amenities, although the older apartment blocks are not as well serviced. There are many shopping centers, including Olympic Station and Elements. The MTR connects to the area it only takes about 10 minutes to get to town.

Kowloon Tong has a few international schools which makes it attractive to expats. It has colonial-style houses, low-rise apartments and a few gated communities. The Festival Walk is an expensive shopping center that is connected to the city center by the MTR, making it about a 20 minute commute to town.

The New Territories include the area from the north of Kowloon to the south of mainland China. It also includes more than 200 islands. It houses more than half of the Hong Kong residents.

Sai Kung is a small fishing village and is popular for both locals and expats. You can sit on a park bench and gaze at the water and the mountains or choose to eat at one of the many seafood restaurants. It’s possible to hire a boat on the weekends to sail to one of the many surrounding islands for swimming and diving off of one of the beaches. Since Sai Kung is not on the MTR line, however, it is a long commute to Hong Kong Island. The accommodations are a little cheaper, though.

Lantau Island is more than twice the size of Hong Kong Island and contains the country’s biggest park, Disneyland, and the airport. Discovery Bay is one of the most popular areas for expats, as well as for those who have pets. It is quite a bit greener than Hong Kong Island and is still relatively thinly populated. The majority of the people living on Lantau Island must travel off the island for work but it is well-connected to the mainland via the MTR line and ferry services.

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