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New kind of urban luxury emerging in Western District

Hong Kong Island’s Western District has become increasingly popular with expats with improved transport links and a growing number of funky bars and restaurants proving a real drawcard, particularly in the area between Kennedy Town and Sai Ying Pun. Stella Abraham, Head of Residential Leasing & Relocation Services National Director Jones Lang LaSalle Limited (JLL), shares her expertise on what is happening in the market in our regular updates.

Western District: Stella Abrahams JLL, relocation services Hong Kong
JLL’s Stella Abrahams is well-placed to advise on living in Hong Kong

“With the golden months of non-stop junk trips and relaxing by the poolside finally upon us, a new wave of expatriate families will step foot into Hong Kong for the very first time. Having helped expatriates from all corners of the world relocate here, I understand how daunting and overwhelming the whole process can be. Even simple things such as finding the neighbourhood supermarket can seem like a real challenge at first, but it soon becomes a breeze and in no time newcomers fall in love with our amazing city.

At the moment, we’re seeing many young expatriates move out of traditional havens such as the Mid-Levels and Discovery Bay and into the Western District, in particular between Kennedy Town and Sai Ying Pun. Developments such as The Sail at Victoria, Imperial Kennedy, Nova, High West, and Centre Place have brought a new kind of urban luxury living to these neighbourhoods.

With deluxe clubhouse facilities, beautiful sea views and sophisticated transportation links into Central and other areas of Hong Kong, these developments are helping to drive the rapid gentrification of these areas. And it’s not only expatriates gravitating west; many world-renowned restaurants have followed suit, with Potato Head from Bali and Little Creatures Brewery from Australia both opening up in the district. In recent years, the Western District has become an increasingly welcoming and diverse community and one we highly recommend newcomers to Hong Kong to explore, if not call home!”

Here’s a sample of what’s available to rent on the market:

Hip and Eccentric

Western District: This hip apartment is in a refurbished traditional tenement building in Kennedy Town
This hip apartment is in a refurbished traditional tenement building in Kennedy Town

Area: Kennedy Town

Rent: HK$95,000 per month

Size: 1,250 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

In a completely refurbished traditional tenement building, this Western District unit features stylish and contemporary interiors with an open-plan kitchen and living room. With incredible sea views, the apartment is conveniently located just minutes from the Kennedy Town MTR station, as well as a multitude of fantastic neighbourhood restaurants, hip cafes and supermarkets.

Harbourside Style

Western district: This four-bedroom apartment has stunning sea views
This four-bedroom apartment has stunning sea views

Area: Kennedy Town

Rent: $55,000 per month

Size: 1,059 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Built by the reputable Hongkong Land, this high-rise is situated on one of Hong Kong’s popular running trails, Victoria Road. Its beautiful elevated ceilings and stunning sea views make this fully-furnished apartment popular among young expat families who are looking for some peace and quiet, but without being too far from Kennedy Town’s shopping and dining hotspots.

Modern and Affordable

Area: Sai Ying Pun

Rent: $32,000 per month

Size: 525 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

Popular with young professionals and new families, High West is tucked away in a quiet, charming side street in Sai Ying Pun. It’s conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from HKU MTR station, and the unit features a wide balcony and large windows that bring in abundant natural light.

Luxury Living

Area: Sai Ying Pun

Rent: $98,000

Size: 1,247 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Located on the vibrant High Street in Sai Ying Pun, this stunning, fully-furnished duplex features quality, modern furniture and a spacious, covered flat roof that is perfect for outdoor entertaining. The complex also has superb clubhouse facilities and is seconds from the best restaurants and cafes in the area.

Contemporary Home

Area: Sai Ying Pun

Rent: $52,000

Size: 1,053 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

This modern three-bedroom apartment on the northwest waterfront has a well-appointed layout, wide balcony and quality finishings. This high-rise has deluxe clubhouse facilities and is conveniently located near to the tram line. This unit is best suited for young professionals working in the Sheung Wan and Central areas.

This article first appeared in the Jun/Jul edition of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.

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