Hong Kong regained the title of Asia’s most expensive location for business travel in 2017 – but there are no shortage of visitors to our city. Increasingly, we’re seeing a rise in the popularity of serviced apartments, as business travellers look for a home away from home. Serviced apartments are also a good stepping stone for those relocating to Hong Kong for the first time, or young professionals who will only be here short-term.
If you’re not sure how long you’re going to be in the 852, serviced apartments offer an affordable entry-point into the market, and shorter-lease terms mean you can avoid the financial outlay that comes with finding a more permanent address. Even if you’re planning to stay, we know that finding a suitable flat can be a daunting task, and a stay in a serviced apartment can tide you over while you carry out your home search.
There have been serviced apartments in Central and Wan Chai for many years, but now operators are opening up on the east of Hong Kong Island, catering to business travellers based in Taikoo Place and the surrounding area, as well as elsewhere.
The best thing about serviced apartments is the amenities, which are normally more sophisticated than those you’d find in a regular hotel room. They normally provide separate living and sleeping quarters, a comfortable sofa where you can curl up, and a fully-fitted kitchen with cooking utensils. You can also forget about housekeeping, as all that is taken care of by professional cleaners!
Once you’re ready to find something more permanent, remember it’s a great idea to partner with a single agent you trust. We’ve got plenty of fabulous properties that will make you want to live in Hong Kong long-term!
Area: Wan Chai
Rent: $28,000-$120,000 per month
Size: 365-1,771 sq. ft
Bedrooms: Studio to 3-bedroom penthouse
The Luna offers a wide range of apartment types, from studios to a three-bedroom penthouse. Sevenday concierge and resident services are provided, and residents can enjoy excellent facilities including an outdoor function area, terrace and gym, and a club lounge. The property is close to the CBD with an MTR station, buses and trams just a few minutes’ walk from the door – not to mention a huge array of delicious restaurants.
Area: Mid-Levels East
Rent: From $165,000 (incl.)
Size: 2,200 sq. ft
The view from Kennedy Road from this property is enough to make you fall in love with Hong Kong’s famous city skyline all over again. Close to the CBD, the building’s residents enjoy both convenient commutes and multi-storey living. The three-bedroom duplex has very good storage and a large kitchen – if you love cooking, this place is for you!
Area: North Point
Rent: $58,000 (incl.)
Size: 1,173 sq. ft
If you’re looking for a quiet residential area in Hong Kong East, this apartment is definitely worth a visit – for one thing, the open city and harbour views are simply stunning. Aside from its spaciousness, another positive aspect of this apartment is how close it is to a number of international schools, making it ideal for families.
Area: Happy Valley
Rent: From $150,000 (incl.)*
Size: 2,451 sq. ft
Looking for a good value apartment in a quiet neighbourhood? Look no further! This apartment not only has views of HK’s well-known racetrack, but it boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a maid’s room. Residents can enjoy excellent facilities including a gym, tennis court, squash court and outdoor swimming pool. * Rental promotion: $125,000 (incl.), subject to the tenant committing to the lease before 30 June 2018
SEE THE SEA
Area: South Bay
Rent: $85,000 (incl.)
Size: 1,390 sq. ft
Located on the peaceful Southside of Hong Kong Island, this apartment not only enjoys breathtaking ocean views, but has a fully fitted kitchen, while the complex offers excellent facilities including a gym, tennis court, children’s playground, squash court and outdoor swimming pool – even its own shuttle bus service. This truly is a rare find in Hong Kong
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This article first appeared in the June/July 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.