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Choosing your ideal neighbourhood – Hong Kong Island

Whether you’re looking to move to the city or you are already living in Hong Kong and in need of a change, we can help you find the best place to live. With some help from Stella Abraham and her team at JLL we bring you the second in our 4 part series ( read part one and part two here) on how to feel at home in the 852.

Pok Fu Lam at sunset
Pok Fu Lam at sunset


HK Island West

Pok Fu Lam


Heading west from the Peak takes you to Pok Fu Lam, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Hong Kong. A ‘garden district’ popular with families, it features spacious properties in a choice of old colonial or modern buildings, and if you’re craving fresh air and sea-views this is the place for you. A 15-minute drive from both Central and the beaches on the south side of Hong Kong Island, living here means you can have it all! Having good international schools, parks and clubhouse facilities on your doorstep is an extra bonus. The Cyberport conference and retail centre is also nearby, where parents and their kids can grab a coffee, watch a movie or enjoy a bite to eat.


Kennedy Town


Featuring an eclectic mix of trendy restaurants and local grocery stalls, Kennedy Town is a great choice for young professionals and families who want to experience traditional Hong Kong life, while still feeling connected to the modern city. From a base here you can stroll along the promenade, swim in the outdoor Olympic-sized public lido or hike the Hong Kong Trail. At the end of the MTR’s Island line, Kennedy Town is less than 10 minutes away from Central on public transport.


HK Island South


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Repulse Bay in all its glory




If you want to drink in stunning views over the South China Sea with your morning coffee, a Southside apartment would suit you perfectly. Together, the neighbourhoods of Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay, Chung Hom Kok, Stanley, Tai Tam, Shouson Hill, Shek O and Big Wave Bay make up some of the most luxurious residential areas on Hong Kong Island. Close to both beaches and the spectacular scenery of Shek O Country Park, these neighbourhoods are popular with families, couples and singles that enjoy the outdoors. The area is easily accessible by bus and Hong Kong’s army of red taxis.


Stanley is home to a market that sells everything from groceries to jewellery, and even art. Restaurants, bars and pubs line the promenade – perfect for a well-deserved drink at sunset! The easily accessible beaches play host to a range of water sports and the annual Dragon Boat Festival.


Repulse Bay also features beachside dining, bars and fitness studios, while schools, doctors, dentists and beauty salons are all nearby. Don’t be put off by this neighbourhood’s name!


Stay tuned for more area guides, where we will cover some of HK’s most sought after neighbourhoods.

Stella Abraham is Head of Residential Leasing and Relocation at JLL Hong Kong. Born and raised in the city, she’s passionate about its people and property market. This is her checklist of Hong Kong’s most popular neighbourhoods to help you focus your search and make the best decision when it comes to choosing your next home.