Thanks to its large and diverse expat community, Hong Kong has a wide range of international schools. When it comes to choosing a place to live, of course, it is that much easier if you live close to your child’s school – and that’s a priority for many of the families that we work with. Stella Abraham, Head of Residential Leasing & Relocation Services National Director Jones Lang LaSalle Limited (JLL), looks at some top spots.
So, where should you live to take advantage of the best schools? Let’s explore some of the neighbourhoods that might be the most suitable for you. The Southside is home to a number of large, residential developments. It’s also close to beaches and extensive country parks, as well as some pre-eminent international schools, including the Hong Kong International School, which offers an American-style curriculum, and the English Schools Foundation’s (ESF) South Island School.
Mid-Levels East is close to Hong Kong Park and some renowned international schools, such as the ESF’s Bradbury and Island Schools, making it an excellent choice for families. The area is also within walking distance of Wan Chai, where you can pick up groceries from wet markets, supermarkets and organic stores.
Situated on the west side of Hong Kong Island, Pok Fu Lam is a 20-minute drive from both Central and the beaches on the Southside. The West Island School (ESF), Kennedy School and Kellett School are all situated in the neighbourhood. If you’re looking for more spacious and resort-like living in Hong Kong, Tuen Mun offers houses with gardens and rooftop terraces. Harrow International School Hong Kong chose this area for its campus when it opened in 2012 and since then the area has seen an uptick in expats looking for low-density living.
Area: Tuen Mun
Rent: $165,000 (incl.)
Size: 4,905 sq. ft
This house is a rare find in Hong Kong! Located in Tuen Mun, near the Hong Kong Gold Coast, it features not just five bedrooms but also a lovely garden and rooftop terrace, with stunning sea views and summer breezes. Make the most of the first-class facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, gym, children’s play area and multi-function room. Harrow International School Hong Kong is just a five-minute drive away.
Area: Redhill / Tai Tam
Rent: $55,000 (incl.) per month
Size: 1,017 sq. ft
If peace and quiet are what you’re after, living in the Southside is definitely a great choice. Apartments in Redhill Peninsula enjoy ocean or green views, and residents have access to excellent facilities including a gym, tennis court, children’s playground, squash court, outdoor swimming pool and shuttle bus services. This two-bedroom, two bathroom apartment is ideal for families!
Area: Mid-Levels East
Size: 2,240 sq. ft
Check out this apartment in the peaceful and family-friendly neighbourhood of Mid-Levels East. It boasts access to an excellent schools network, as well as featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully-fitted kitchen, and quality finishings throughout.
Community and convenience
Area: Pok Fu Lam
Size: 1,003 sq. ft
Pok Fu Lam is a quiet neighbourhood yet is conveniently close to the action of the CBD, and this apartment comprises three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open kitchen. It also comes with a covered car parking space. There are plenty of facilities to enjoy with children, too, including a gym, tennis court, kids’ playground, squash court and outdoor swimming pool.
Area: Jardine’s Lookout
Size: 2,077 sq. ft
This newly renovated apartment in popular Jardine’s Lookout has a practical, well-appointed layout, brand new kitchen and bathroom fittings, and a wide balcony. It’s surrounded by a network of prestigious international schools, including the French International School of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Japanese School. Wan Chai is a five-minute drive away, and Central is 10 minutes.
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This article first appeared in the August/September 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.