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Top 5 Reasons to Live in Kennedy Town – The Complete Guide.

Kennedy Town is located on the Northwestern Tip of  Hong Kong Island.  It is bordered by the Belcher Bay of Victoria Harbour to the north, by the Sulphur Channel to the west, Shek Tong Tsui to the east and Mount Davis and Lung Fu Shan to the south.   Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Live in Kennedy Town.

1. Cool Vibe 

Once well known for a large Abbitoir the area has transformed into a “foodie haven” with every sort of restaurant represented from Japanese Inspired Mexican to the Cities Hottest Brunch Spots.   Kennedy Town has a relaxed vibe with a real neighborly feel. 

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2. Quirky Accommodation

Kennedy Town if the perfect mix of the old and new as represented in the Architecture with a distinct east meets west vibe which is also evident in its bar culture. 

Many of the older buildings have given way to swanky modern high rises some of which take advantage of the lovely sea views.

So whether you are living solo or with a large family Kennedy Town has great accommodation options for all tastes and budgets.

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A one bedroom flat in a modern highrise with Swimming Pool and Gym starts at HK$25,000 per month and will go up to HK$70,000 for a three bedroom with sea views.

3. Convenient Transportation

Kennedy Town is the last stop of the MTR Island Line from Central. There are also multiple public transport options taking you to and from all areas of Hong Kong Island. The high-speed Route 4 Highway connects Kennedy Town to Central and Beyond with several direct buses making it possible in 15 minutes.


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4. Trendy Restaurants

Kennedy Town as a huge array of eateries to suit anyone’s taste. It is home to some of the trendiest restaurants in the City and the Hippest Barrister Cafe’s

Favorite Cafe’s –
Winston’s 
% Arabica

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Favorite Aussie Style Brunch:- Catch

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Favorite Tacos:- 11 Westside

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Favorite Fusion:- Missy Ho’s

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5. Examples of some listings In Kennedy Town

Living Room Opening Up to Terrace


New Fortune House

500 sq ft, 1 Bedroom

Asking Rent:  $45,000

Living Room Opening Up to Terrace


Tung Fat Building

1340 sq ft, 2 Bedroom

Asking Rent:  $90,000

For More Information on living in Kennedy Town including updated Listings, Please contact me below:-

Anthony Hindmarsh

TEL: +852 9105 1406

EMAIL: anthony@qi-homes.com

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Sai Ying Pun – The Complete Guide

Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Live in apartments in Sai Ying Poon Hong Kong

Sai Ying Pun is built on the steeply sloping lower slopes of Victoria Peak and also west of the Central Business District.  It stretches from Connaught Road West to the North to Bonham Road to the South and from Eastern Street to the East to Pok Fu Lam Road to the West.

1. The Vibe:

Sai Ying Pun is a popular residential area on Hong Kong Island consiting of mainly older low rise buildings and modern high rises.  The area has seen a  massive urban development over the past 10-15 years with the culmination of the opening of the MTR Station in 2017.

Busy Street in Sai Ying Poon at Queens Road East
Busy Street in Sai Ying Poon at Queens Road East

2. Trendy Eateries and Cafes

The main arteries that make up the core of Sai Ying Pun are First, Second, Third and High Street. Over the past 10 years many of the car repair shops and local shops have made way to trendy restaurants and cafe’s.

restaurant and cafe in Sai Ying Pun
One of the many restaurants and reason to live in sai ying pun

Most cuisines are represented from French to Indian. Despite offering an international array of restaurant choices Sai Ying Pun retains much of its local flavour with local Chinese markets and Butchers along side gourmet food purveyors.

3. The Housing Factor:

There are many choices for housing from older 70’s buildings to ultra-modern apartments many with extensive facilities such as swimming pool, gym, and outdoor play areas . The average size of apartments in Sai Ying Pun range from 500-1000 sq ft.

Rooftop Flat close to Pok Fu Lam Road
Rooftop Flat in Sai Ying Pun

4. The Convenience Factor:

Sai Ying Pun station, which is one of the MTR stations and part of Hong Kong Island line, started servicing the area on 29 March 2015. Trams run along Des Voeux Road West, taking passengers to the east or west of Hong Kong Island.

Many bus routes run along Des Voeux Road and Queens Road West, with some routes routed through the lower parts of Water Street and Pok Fu Lam Road. Most streets are too steep or narrow for buses, however green minibuses and some red minibus routes travel through the upper streets.

Taxis frequent First, Second and Third Streets.

A series of escalators can take pedestrians up Centre Street, from First Street to Bonham Road via the Sai Ying Pun Market.

MTR Station on Bonham Road
MTR Station on Bonham Road

There are also multiple public transport options from Large Double Decker Buses to Public Light Buses.

5. Examples of some listings In Sai Ying Pun.

Fook On Building


FOOK ON BUILDING

350 sq ft, 1 Bedroom

Asking HK$ 22,000 per month

The Summa


THE SUMMA

769 sq ft, 1 Bedroom

Asking: $24.8 Million (Sale)

For More Information on living in Sai Ying Pun, Please contact me below:-

Anthony Hindmarsh

TEL: +852 9105 1406

EMAIL: anthony@qi-homes.com

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Pok Fu Lam Hong Kong – The Complete Guide

Pok Fu Lam is a popular residential area for its relative affordability compared with mid-levels and the south side. 

Unique Apartment with Roof Terrace in Pok Fu Lam
Unique Apartment with Roof Terrace in Pok Fu Lam

1. The Vibe:

The residential area of Pok Fu Lam is located on the western tip of the of Hong Kong. It is notable for its quiet, green living environment. It is a popular choice for expats due to the proximity to excellent schools, the University of Hong Kong as well as the Quick Commute to Central. Pok Fu Lam has lots of residential options from large scale complexes to small colonial walk up low rises.

Map of Western Tip of Hong Kong Island Pok Fu Lam
Map of Western Tip of Hong Kong Island Pok Fu Lam

2. The Proximity To Nature

This Part of Hong Kong enjoys a coastline along the western tip of Hong Kong Island where you can find many interesting walks close to the water. It also has popular hikes and trails through the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to the Peak.

Pok Fu Lam Reservoir
Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

3. The Housing Factor:

There are many choices for housing from ultra-luxurious apartments complexes such as Bel Air to smaller low rise walk up building such as those found in Bisney Road. Many flats offer panoramic sunset views. Many highrise buildings enjoy panoramic sea and sunset views, extensive facilities such as swimming pool, gym, and outdoor play areas whereas some low rise buildings will have large balconies or rooftops that are perfect for entertaining.

Ocean Views from High Rise Apartment in Pok Fu Lam
Large Scale Housing Complex in Pok Fu Lam

4. The Convenience Factor:

There is a multitude of public transportation options. Not far is the Hong Kong University MTR station, Large Double Decker Buses and Small Mini Buses leave from Pok Fu Lam to Central, Causeway Bay or to Aberdeen. Commute time to Central Business District is a mere 15 Minutes Via the HIghway Route 4 Linking Kennedy Town to Central.

Ocean Views from High Rise Apartment in Pok Fu Lam
Ocean Views from High Rise Apartment in Pok Fu Lam

5. Examples of some listings In Mid Levels.

View From Apartment


BEL AIR – RENT

1780 sq ft, 4 Bedroom

HK$ 90,000 per month

BAGUIO VILLA – SALE

2487 sq ft, 4 Bedroom

Asking: $76 MILLION

For More Information on living in Pok Fu Lam, Please contact me below:-

Anthony Hindmarsh

TEL: +852 9105 1406

EMAIL: anthony@qi-homes.com

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Mid-Levels Hong Kong – The Complete Guide

Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Live in Mid-Levels Hong Kong

Mid Levels is divided into three key areas namely Mid Levels Central (located just above Central) Mid Levels West (from Garden Road to Western Street) and Mid Levels East (From Kennedy Road to Lower Stubbs Road) 

1. The Vibe:

Mid-Levels is an affluent residential area on Hong Kong Island in offering Panoramic Views of Victoria Harbour  It is located between Victoria Peak and Central as a result, this area is very popular due to its walking distance to a central, multitude of public transport options and excellent schools.

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Mid Levels

2. The Proximity To Nature

Mid Levels is close to several well known walks and hikes such as the Bowen Road Fitness Trail and the Old Peak Road / Conduit Road Peak Trail. Both are popular outdoor activities for people who live in Mid-Levels Hong Kong

Bowen Road Fitness Trail

An added attraction of the Mid-Levels is its close proximity to nature such as the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens and comparatively better air quality than many parts of the Hong Kong Island. 

3. The Housing Factor:

There are many choices for housing from ultra-luxurious apartments to compact family homes. The costs of apartments vary according to the size, location, and age of the building. Many highrise buildings offer extensive facilities such as swimming pool, gym, and outdoor play areas whereas some low rise buildings will have large balconies that are perfect for entertaining.

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Mid Levels

4. The Convenience Factor:

Travel to and from the Mid Levels can be done via Road or The Central Mid Levels Escalators. At 800 meters (2,600 ft), it is the longest outdoor escalator in the world. It was opened on 15 October 1993. The escalator runs downhill from 6 am to 10 am and uphill from
10:30 am to midnight every day. Pedestrians traveling in the opposite
direction making use of the adjacent stairs and footpaths. Apart from its
transportation function, it is a tourist attraction.

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Mid Levels

There are also multiple public transport options from Large Double Decker Buses to Public Light Buses.

5. Examples of some listings In Mid Levels.

10 CASTLE LANE

700 sq ft, 2 Bedroom

HK$ 56,000 per month

PANORAMA

2160 sq ft, 3 Bedrooms

Asking HK$ 85,000 per month

BRANKSOME CREST

1741 sq ft, 3 Bedroom

Asking: $135,000 per monthj

For More Information on living in Mid Levels, Please contact me below:-

Anthony Hindmarsh

TEL: +852 9105 1406

EMAIL: anthony@qi-homes.com

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Sheung Wan – The Complete Guide.

Sheung Wan has seen a rapid transformation over the past few years.   It has  changed from a sleepy residential neighborhood to a hangout for Hong Kong’s most stylish urban youth”  Here is our Top 5 Reasons to Live in Sheung Wan.

1. Cool Vibe 

There are plenty of quirky boutiques, trendy bars, cafés, and restaurants are constantly interspersed with Temples and traditional Chinese Herbalists. 

Western Market Sheung Wan
Western Market

2. Quirky Accommodation

Sheung Wan boasts an interesting mix of traditional Chinese walk-ups and modern high-rise buildings, many of which have been renovated with open kitchens and feature the converted private roof terraces.

Artwork in Sheung Wan
A Typical Street in Sheung Wan

Living in Sheung Wan can be cheaper than neighboring areas such as Mid Levels or Soho. A One Bedroom Flats can range in Price commencing at HK$25,000 per month to HK$40,000 for anything unique or with a rooftop. A Two Bedroom Flat be as high as $70,000.

3. Convenient Transportation

Sheung Wan is a one stop of the MTR Island Line from Central and an easy 10-minute walk. There are also multiple public transport options taking you to all areas of the island.

Man Mo Temple Sheung Wan
The Iconic Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road

4. Trendy Restaurants

Sheung Wan as a huge array of eateries to suit anyone’s taste. It is home to some of the trendies restaurants in the City.
Yardbird is a modern izakaya that specializes in yakitori dishes of skewered grilled chicken. Dim Sum Square Serving Local Yum Cha Favorites. Chachawan Serving Authentic Thai Cuisine and Mrs Pound serving East Meets West Fusion Dishes are amoungst a few favoriates.

Sheung Wan Restaurant
Authentic Thai Food at Chachawan

5. Examples of some listings In Sheung Wan

Central House

474 sq ft, 1 Bedroom

HK$ 35,200 per month

U Lam Terrace

900 sq ft, 2 Bedrooms

Asking HK$ 65,000 per month

Wing Lok Mansion

900 sq ft, 1 Bedroom

Asking: $11.8 Million.

For More Information on living in Sheung Wan including updated Listings, Please contact me below:-

Anthony Hindmarsh

TEL: +852 9105 1406

EMAIL: anthony@qi-homes.com

Living in Hong Kong

Whenever Hong Kong is mentioned in a conversation, the first image that jumps into the mind is a vibrant hub of finance and commerce, a cultural melting pot located in a beautiful bay in the South China Sea. However, Hong Kong is also well known for the perpetual smog formed from the exhaust of the dense traffic on its ever busy streets, But Living in Hong Kong is also exciting, safe and dynamic.  Here is our insight to living in a town we all call home.

Hong Kong is located in the South of the Chinese mainland, on a peninsula that extends into the South China Sea. What most people don’t know is that the 230 islands near the Hong Kong peninsula are considered part of the city. Hong Kong had been part of the British Empire in the Far East long after the Chinese mainland had received autonomy from the British. It was in 1997 that Hong Kong became part of the mainland when it became a special administrative division. This special recognition arose from the fact that the governing system that had been enforced in Hong Kong was based on the British democratic capitalist system, whereas mainland China had continues to follow the centuries old dynastic system synonymous to communism. Therefore, the provision allowed for the governance of Hong Kong as a separate state.

Due to this unique set of conditions under which Hong Kong has developed, the city boasts of a set of unique qualities that have made it a favorite among many international investors and tourists. For starters, Hong Kong is both politically and financially stable. Secondly, the presence of the British for a much period had the effect of making English one of the 2 dominant languages in the peninsula. This is why all the signs and maps in this city are bilingual which makes it easy to navigate around the city. Finally, the expansive and efficient transport network within the entire Hong Kong peninsula is ranked as one of the best in the world. These are just some of the reasons why Hong Kong is the preferred Asian headquarters for many multinational companies.

The business environment in Hong Kong has been termed as one of the most conducive in the world. This is why so many businesses found it easy to set up shop in this city. Consequently with the ever increasing presence and entry of multinational and foreign owned companies, Hong Kong is a city that has one of the highest numbers of foreign residents of any city in Asia. This is why Hong Kong exudes such a trendy and modern cosmopolitan feel. Hong Kong is truly a city that has a 24 hour economy since it virtually never sleeps. The city boasts impressive numbers of world class trendy night clubs, exquisite restaurants, popular bars, extensive malls, high-end fashion outlets, evergreen parks and beautiful white sands beaches. In Hong Kong it’s never too late to go out shopping, never too risky to go out clubbing never too far to your favorite restaurant. Hong Kong is well known for its 5 star restaurants and hotels that combine unique Chinese hospitality with infinite culinary options to satisfy even the most sophisticated palette. In addition to Chinese cuisine, cuisines from all over the world, prepared by expert expatriate master chefs, are availed to lovers of good food.

Land in Hong Kong is definitely premium real estate considering that the city hosts over 7 million residents. However, despite the population density the city is ever changing. Hong Kong real estate is divided into 4 main regions. These regions are Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, The New Territories and the offshore islands.

Hong Kong Island was the seat of British rule as can be seen from the colonial court house, jail house and the governor’s mansion overlooking the main Victoria Harbor. Hong Kong Island can be further divided into Central and Western district, Wanchai district, Southern district and Eastern district. The skyscrapers, 5 star hotels and malls are found on the Central and Western districts while quiet and rural villages are found to the south of Hong Kong Island. The Hong Kong country club and Ocean Park are found to the East of the island. Most of the open spaces remaining on the island are to be found on the island’s central hills.

Kowloon district is further divided into the Kowloon peninsula and New Kowloon. The New Kowloon region extends to encompass a minor potion of The New Territories. Kowloon boasts a less spectacular skyline due to height restrictions on building. The restrictions had been enforced when the Hong Kong airport was within Kowloon immediate vicinity. Some new residential developments offering luxury apartments have been established with Kowloon Tong becoming a popular residential area for Hong Kong celebrities and actors. The southernmost reach of Kowloon known as Tsim Sha Tsui has evolved into a tourist centric shopping and cultural district. Other notable areas include the Sham Shui Po electronics markets and the Cheung Sha Wan Road wholesale markets.

The Kowloon region and Hong Kong Island border The New Territories on three sides. The New Territories includes the islands defined by the Pearl River Delta which extends slightly into the South China Sea. The New Territories have exponentially transformed from the initial extensive agricultural fields into planned communities and a number of satellite towns. This change was sparked by the similarly exponential population growth on Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. However some parts of The New Territories still possess much of the traditional Chinese rural look of monasteries and beautiful ancient village.

Hong Kong has over 200 outlying islands with Lantau being the biggest. This island is the most economically significant in that it hosts the Chek Lap Kok international Airport and the Hong Kong Disney Land. It also boasts of the famous bronze stature of Big Buddha. An increasing number of the smaller outlying islands along the coast of the mainland have become host resort styled residential developments. This is in response to the growth of an increasingly effluent middle class in Hong Kong. However, it is important to know that an increasing number of the outlying islands are inhabited by small fishing communities.