Popular Housing Districts

Housing District

In Hong Kong, housing options are diversified - from small apartments in high-rise to multi-storey detached houses in various districts.

In this session, you will note and find out the most popular housing districts favored by both locals and expatriates.

In general, singles like to settle in Central and the nearby districts where nightlife is affluent. Families with kids will choose mid-levels where schools are in neighborhood and big apartments are supplied. Quality houses at the Peak and Island South appeal to senior executives with higher budgets.

Chung Hom Kok

Chung Hom Kok is a quiet area located on a peninsula midway between Repulse Bay and Stanley. It offers predominantly townhouses and luxury low-rises, and commands higher rentals than many areas of the South Side. Many of the villas here have pools and private yards. The availability of houses and apartments with small gardens and outside space make this an attractive area to live in.

Small local supermarket, dry-cleaner’s and a doctor’s surgery can be found in this area. Most residents travel to Stanley for shopping, about five to ten minutes’ drive away. The area is well served by public transport with routes to Central and elsewhere.

Both campuses of the Hong Kong International School are nearby.

Deep Water Bay

Deep Water Bay is located between Shouson Hill and its larger neighbour Repulse Bay. Views are spectacular. The Deep Water Bay Beach lies just around the corner.  Accommodations are predominantly townhouses and large detached houses with private gardens built on the hills and overlooking the picturesque Hong Kong Golf Club and Deep Water Bay. There are also a few high-rise apartments with facilities.  The comfort living environment and convenience make this area very attractive. The Aberdeen Tunnel offers easy access to commercial and shopping centres in Causeway Bay and Central, which is a mere 20 minutes away, depending on traffic. 

Supermaket, stores and other amenities are only a short trip away.

Around the area, International schools are abundant.  The Hong Kong International School is located on South Bay Road; while the South Island School is on the Nam Fung Road.  The Singapore and the Canadian International Schools are on Nam Long Shan Road nearby.

Happy Valley

Happy Valley is famous for its racetrack. It comprises high-rise blocks, traditional older-style low-rise apartments and houses, together with some serviced apartments for short-term accommodations. Properties located near the hill-foot may enjoy spectacular city views or racecourse views.

Restaurants in the neighbourhood are many and offer a wide range of cuisines, there are numerous small bars and shops and there are two good-sized grocery stores.  You can take a bus or minibus to the business and entertainment district of Causeway Bay which is only 5-minute drive away. Public transport is mainly located on Wong Nai Chung Gap Road. Some developments have their own recreational facilities while members of the Hong Kong Jockey Clubhouse could enjoy exclusive club house facilities nearby. 

The French and Japanese international Schools cater for school children of these ethnic groups.

Reputed Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital is situated at Village Road.

Jardine's Lookout

It is partly surrounded by beautifully wooded hills and overlooking the glittering Victoria Harbour.  Jardine’s Lookout is a luxurious residential area just above Happy Valley.  Accommodation ranging from modern high rises to large detached houses.  Low-rise and high-rise apartments make up the rest of the community. 

Transportation linkage is well equipped.  Jardine’s Lookout is only a 10-minute drive to Central business district and 5 to Causeway Bay where the Cross Harbour Tunnel is located, making travel to the Kowloon side easy. Minibuses and buses are alternatives for access to other parts of the city.

Jardine’s Lookout has its own supermarket, deli, florists, post office and many small provisions stores. French

Mid-Levels Central

Mid-levels refers loosely to the area above Central and below the Peak, stretching east and west of Garden Road. The Mid-levels Central district is very popular with expatriates due its close proximity to the Central business center in fact the longest escalator in the world makes it very convenient to commute to work within minutes. This neighbourhood is also very close to the popular nightlife and dining districts of Soho and Lan Kwai Fong.

Mid-Levels Central is predominantly high-rise accommodations. Often referred to as "Lower Peak ", Mid-levels Central is very beautiful with winding, hilly roads surrounded by trees.

Many well-known prestigious blocks and high quality properties can be found in here.  Apartments are generally spacious and airy; many of them offer pools and sports facilities.  Lower complexes have views of neighbouring buildings and the city, while higher floors may have Victoria Harbour or lush-green views. Some developments higher up on the hill may get a glimpse of the Peak. 

The Adventist and Canossa Hospitals are situated in Mid-levels.  International schools such as the Glenealy School, the Island School and the Carmel School are suited around the area. The one-way Bowen Road is favoured by many joggers as it is with reasonable distance stretching off from Garden Road to Kennedy Road and located at the heart of the area. 

Mid-Levels East

It is generally referred as the hillside east of Hong Kong Park stretching to Wong Nai Chung Gap Road.  Housing is range from mid-rise apartments to modern developments.

Apartments on Kennedy Road vary from low to mid rental range that suite single or young couples. Older spacious apartments can be located in Stubbs Road.  New luxurious apartment are under developed in the area.  Apartments in this the area typically offers panoramic city views overlooking Wanchai, Happy Valley and Causeway Bay business districts and stretching harbour views. 

The Hong Kong Park is nearby, residents on Kennedy Road could access within 30 minutes.  Pacific Place, a first-grade shopping mall and entertainment complex, is also in the vicinity. Wan Chai is within walking distance through Hopewell Center.

International schools around the area: the Chinese International School in Braemar Hill, Bradbury Junior School by ESF, the French International School in Jardine's Lookout and the Hong Kong Academy on Stubbs Road.

Three private hospitals are located in the area: the Adventist, the Canossa and Hong Kong Sanatorium in Happy Valley. 

Mid-Levels West

The Midlevels West is a good district compromise for expats who want to be close to the central business district and the nightlife of Soho and Lan Kwai Fong. There are apartments that fit many budgets, and often rental rates reflect the views, some of which are stunning, spanning over the city skyline, over Victoria Harbour to Kowloon side. The neighbourhood atmosphere is relatively quiet and there are a number of parks with play areas.

The 800-metre escalator allows easy access from and to Central.  It takes around 20 minutes to complete the journey, much quicker and energy efficient than walking. 

The Peak

Tai Po generally refers to Tai Po Old Market, the area of the traditional market towns; Tai Wo Town and  Tai Po New Town. In the past, Tai Po is a simple village town.  It has been transformed into a modern town after decades of development.  It is still preserving its historical relics and charming countryside scenery. 

Tai Po comprises mainly public housing estates and over 100 villages scattered across the district.  Low-rises and exclusive townhouses have been built behind Tolo Highway to enjoy the water views offered by Tolo Harbour.  Tai Mei Tuk, a place close to Plover Cover Reservoir, has become a new area for developers to build luxury townhouses, touting its water views and good Feng Shui setting. 


Situated on the western end of Hong Kong Island, the area offers low density residential accommodation.  Hong Kong University is located in this area and the University’s personnel occupy many blocks of flats. Half expatriates and half locals make up to this medium density population.  Housing comprise of   older style low-rise blocks, prestigious townhouses and only a few larger high-rise estates, due to a height restriction on construction. Many homes enjoy views of outlying islands and the Lamma shipping channel. PokFuLam Country Park is located at this area which brings nature surroundings.  

Public transport is good and shopping convenient.  There are 2 international schools within the area: the West Island School (ESF) and Kennedy Junior School (ESF). 

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay is one of Hong Kong’s largest beaches, and definitely one of its most popular. The Repulse Bay is famous with its golden-pebbled sand, palm trees and little seaside shops.  Shops selling ice cream and floatation devices. Crowds flock to the area during the weekends.

Two largest statues can be found in the areas: Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy), symbolising love and kindness and Tin Hau (Queen of Heaven), protector of fishermen and seafarers.  Statues like Buddha, celestial animals and various Gods are also located within the area. The Bridge of Longevity is worth crossing, as it extends your life by three days every time you cross it. 

Accommodation is ranging from apartments to houses of all sizes, nearly all enjoying great sea views, are available in Repulse Bay.

The area has good transport links, excellent food shopping and some fine restaurants. Just 30 minutes by bus, 20-30 minutes by car to Central.

The Hong Kong International School (HKIS) and South Island School are located in this area. 

Shouson Hill

Shouson Hill is on the south side of the island near the Aberdeen Tunnel.  It offers a quiet and leafy environment with many low-rise apartments and deluxe villas apartment and townhouses in the area.  Most complexes have pools and/or communal gardens.  There are views of Aberdeen, tree-lined hillside and the South China Sea from many of the dwellings here. The location is perfect for a morning jog along the hilly road. 

Access to public transport is easy and convenient. There are several bus routes that serve the area. The Aberdeen Tunnel and the Deep Water Bay Road are providing quick routes.  Amenities are a little scarce here, but it is a short trip to the shops of Repulse Bay or to Hong Kong Parkview which has services. 

The famous theme park in Hong Kong, Ocean Park lies just nearby.  The Hong Kong Golf Club and the Marina Club are also here, making the region hot to the country club crowd.  Deep Water Bay’s beach is reputed to be one of Hong Kong’s nicest.

The South Island School is also located here. 


It is a village on the peninsula that juts into the South China Sea, while a little farther to the south of Redhill/Tai Tam.  Stanley has its compact shopping mall where multi-storey car-parking, supermarket, restaurants, wine cellar, bookstore and some retail shops are available.  Locals and tourists rush to Stanley at weekend for beaching, shopping and dining.  Some romantic restaurants with Western food and Chinese cuisine can be found in Stanley.  There are many trendy beach-side restaurants, bars and cafes where people enjoy their happy hour and evening time. All are less than 10 minutes walk away.  Stanley beach is not one of Hong Kong’s best, but it is ideal for sun-worshippers and is the site of annual Dragon Boat races. 

There is good variety of low-rise housing, from small, good-value apartments to luxurious houses with tennis courts and swimming pools, many with outsider terraces and gardens as well.  The Hong Kong International School is nearby. 

Transportation is easy and convenient with at least six bus routes offering rides to several locations in Central. The market off the main street offers groceries, street-stalls selling fruits and vegetables, pharmacies and a post office, making it quite self-contained.

Tai Hang

Tai Hang is nearby Causeway Bay and Happy Valley and beneath Jardine’s Lookout.  It is an area dotted with older mid-rise and more modern high-rise apartments. Apartments on Tai Hang Road vary from low to mid rental/price range suitable for single persons or young couples, to families.

The area is served by buses, minibuses and taxis.  Causeway Bay lies 5-minute driving distance away with connections to the underground railway station. Wanchai Waterfront and the Central business district are within 5 to 10 minute driving distance.  Kowloon is linked up by the Cross Harbour Tunnel just downhill. 

International schools are found around the area including the Chinese International School in Braemar Hill, the Japanese International School in North Point, the French International School in Jardine’s Lookout, and the Hong Kong Academy on Stubbs Road.

The St. Paul’s Hospital is just around the corner.

Tai Tam

Tai Tam is located in Hong Kong south-eastern region, adjacent to Stanley, The Tai Tam reservoir is a large fresh-water reservoir, surrounded by a country park. 

Tai Tam is largely consists of a mixture of high-rise and townhouse estates with gardens and private pools, some offering fantastic facilities. Views over the South China Sea are tremendous here.  Most the apartments here will be unobstructed. This area is very popular with Americans as the American Country Club and the Hong Kong International School (offering an American-style curriculum) are both situated in Tai Tam.

Only buses and taxis are available as MTR does not runt to the south side of the island.  It is a short drive through the Tai Tam Gap to Chai Wan, the eastern terminus of the MTR.  Shopping is nearby for basics such as groceries and dry cleaning services. The Redhill Plaza has numerous shops, including a large American style supermarket. 

While most of the residential areas overlook the sea on high cliffs, Tai Tam also boasts its own small beach at Turtle Cove.


It is located centrally on the northern shore of Hong Kong, between Admiralty and Causeway Bay, this is one of Hong Kong's oldest districts and today is a blend of old traditions and new developments. Wan Chai waterfront is a major commercial area with glass wall office buildings and five star hotels.

At night, it is famous with its red light district.  It is still a preferred area for visiting US forces and western expatriates.

Accommodation is mostly older residential buildings.  As town redevelopment has been starting these years.  New single block and modern apartments, some with stunning views, can be found.   Serviced apartment with the use of a gym, swimming pool, sauna, tennis and squash court, children's play area and golf simulator is offered to locals and westerners.


It is the area stretching from the southern end of the Aberdeen Tunnel up to the western shoreline just opposite Ap Lei Chau Island.  Previously a fishing area with excellent natural shelter, Aberdeen still retains its early industry.

Public housing estates, some high-rise accommodations and some industrial buildings are along the Aberdeen Praya Highway up to Wong Chuk Hang Road to the east.  The biggest local shopping mall is the Aberdeen Centre located near Aberdeen Main Road.

Just across the Ap Lei Chau Bridge is the Island of Ap Lei Chau. Like Aberdeen. There is large public housing complexes; on the north-western corner overlooking harbour views, however, is the South Horizons, a large scale residential development in this area with its own mall known as the Marina Square.

There is convenient transportation system.  Bus and minibus are easy access to other part of Hong Kong.  Causeway Bay and other downtown areas are only 15-min drive away through the Aberdeen Tunnel. Aberdeen Marina Club and Ocean Park are located in Wong Chuk Hang. In addition, one of Hong Kong's tourist attractions, the Floating Restaurant is also located in this area.

Kowloon Station

The area located stretching from above the Kowloon MTR station to Olympia Station is a newly redeveloped area project called Union Square, which is a land reclamation project in West Kowloon. It includes several residential and commercial buildings upper the Kowloon Station.

Transportation is convenient. It is located on Tung Chung Line of the MTR and Airport Express Airport Express stations.  Bus and mini bus service routes are also available. The Western Harbour Crossing tunnel is located nearby providing easy access for private vehicles and taxis. 

As it is close to Central and the Airport, many expats prefer to live in this area.  Kowloon Station is also favoured for its new developments with stunning harbour and city views.  Heat residential developments including The Arch, Sorrento, The Waterfront, The Cullinan, The Harbourside. 

The tallest building in Hong Kong is The International Commerce Centre (ICC) which is located in Kowloon Station.  It will house major multi-national corporations and the Ritz Carlton (relocated from its old building in Central) the tallest hotel lobby in the world.

“The Elements” Shopping mall is located just below ICC and provides a high-end shopping experience. Modern shopping arcade comprise an ice skating rink, movie theatre, an abundance of parking, and high fashion shops. Expats choose to locate to the area because of the close proximity of all major retail needs.  It is convenient and comfortable.   

Kowloon Tong

Lying on the foot of Lion Rock, Kowloon Tong is administratively divided by Kowloon City and Sham Shui Po Districts.  The area is well-structured.  It is a low-density residential district, middle to upper-class love to live in this quiet area.  Celebrities, billionaires and corporate senior executives also flock to move in.  Townhouses on or around LaSalle Road and Oxford Road are of premier class. 

There are many international and English schools within the district, such as American International School, Australian International School, Delia School of Canada, King George V School and Beacon Hill School. 

Both the rail and the underground run through Kowloon Tong with two stations of the same interchanging. Modern shopping complex "Festival Walk" is just above the Kowloon Tong station.

Clear Water Bay

Clear Water Bay generally covers the northern part of Tsueng Kwan O and the entire Clear Water Bay Peninsula. As part of Sai Kung District, Clear Water Bay is dubbed as the backyard of Hong Kong, loved by expats for its sandy beaches and country parks. 

Accommodation range from village houses to luxury townhouses. Most residential properties are located on the slope sides by the two sides of Clear Water Bay Road, the main road connecting with Tsueng Kwan O and Eastern Kowloon.  Some residential high-rises have emerged in recent years, which feature clubhouse facilities, better building management and better security. 

The recent development of its neighbouring town Tsueng Kwan O has brought the residents of Clear Water Bay enormous convenience. MTR Tsueng Kwan O and Hang Hau stations are just minutes away, and Eastern Harbour Crossing is the shortest route to Hong Kong Island, taking only some 15 minutes to cross the harbour. Shopping and catering facilities are more than enough in Tsueng Kwan O. 

For those who appreciate the serenity of countryside atmosphere and the beauty of seaside living, Clear Water Bay for sure has them all for you. 

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is located in the most Western section of the New Territories in Tuen Mun. The major attraction is the quieter outdoor beach lifestyle.  Golden Beach is the largest public beach in Tuen Mun and the first man-made beach in Hong Kong.  The 480-metre-long palm-shaped Promenade has kiosks selling snacks and drinks.  

A wide variety of amenities are available to suit all tastes and preferences. The Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club and Marina are here for the boat enthusiast. There is a Gold Coast Hotel serve family members.  There is a shopping centre which has all the necessities; pub, coffee shop, restaurant and retail stores.   The Gold Coast Montmartre where every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, street art, handicrafts and other forms of culture find expression. This is the first specific location for street art and culture of its kind in Hong Kong

The major developments are located off the Castle Peak Road and the new Tuen Mun highway. Transportation is mainly by bus or car. Some housing developments offer shuttle bus service connecting to the MTR. It takes approximately 30 minutes to get to Central and the Airport.

Sai kung

Sai Kung District is the second largest district in Hong Kong. It comprises the southern half of Sai Kung Peninsula in the New Territories plus a strip to the east of Kowloon.  Sai Kung is well-known by beautiful scenery, charming villages and stunning seascapes.  It is fondly claimed as "backyard" of Hong Kong where people love to hike and camp in the bush green country park, fish or sail in the sheltered waters. Beach lovers rush to swim or snorkel in the clear blue waters during weekend.  Sai Kung remains largely pristine to its natural landscape.

The suburbanised Sai Kung now has many low-density residential properties which are increasingly favoured by expats.  Luxury townhouses and low-rises are development in the area.  It comprises a serene haven that harbours yachts and boats owned by the wealthy local residents. There are also many other houses, from village houses to modern townhouses, scattered across the whole district. 

Many seafood restaurants located at the Sai Kung downtown.  It attracts locals and tourists come to taste. There are also a number of pubs and western style restaurants which become a gathering point for expats living in Sai Kung. Other major daily amenities, such as supermarkets, drugstores, government offices, clinics, etc, are located in Sai Kung Town. 

Without the MTR linkage, Sai Kung can only access by buses, mini-buses and taxies.

Sha Tin

Generally, Shatin including Shatin New Town, Ma On Shan and several country parks. Shatin New Town, is a well-developed, self-supporting residential area comprising public housing estates, large-scale developments and luxury-class developments. 

Shatin is nowadays a major community and transportation heart in the New Territories. Railway, highways and a couple of tunnels lead to all regions of Hong Kong. 

Shatin New Town and Ma On Shan are well-developed.  There are numerous shopping centres, markets, restaurants, and shops of all kinds. Bicycle track is provided for people to travel.  For medical care, there are four hospitals serving the community.

Tourist attractions such as the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Shatin Racecourse, Che Kung Miu (a Tao temple) and Lion Pavilion, are also located in Shatin.

Shatin College, a high school sponsored by English Schools Foundation, offers education to the English-speaking students.

Tai Po

Tai Po generally refers to Tai Po Old Market, the area of the traditional market towns; Tai Wo Town and  Tai Po New Town. In the past, Tai Po is a simple village town.  It has been transformed into a modern town after decades of development.  It is still preserving its historical relics and charming countryside scenery. 

Tai Po comprises mainly public housing estates and over 100 villages scattered across the district.  Low-rises and exclusive townhouses have been built behind Tolo Highway to enjoy the water views offered by Tolo Harbour.  Tai Mei Tuk, a place close to Plover Cover Reservoir, has become a new area for developers to build luxury townhouses, touting its water views and good Feng Shui setting. 

Tung Chung

Tung Chung is located on Lantau Island. It is near to the Airport (proximity 15 minutes) makes it a desirable location for frequent business flyers and airline employee. It is also heated to those who are in the airlines services industry and flight operation and aviation industry. 

Grocery store, restaurants, coffee shops and clothing stores can be found in the Citygate Outlets. It is also favoured to those who are in the airlines services industry and flight operation and aviation industry. 

Newly developments in Tung Chung usually offer excellent clubhouse facilities and many units offer stunning views of the water too. 

Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay is a complete reversal to the busy, cluttered life in the rest of Hong Kong.

Accommodation is diversified in this area.  The housing ranges from high-rise apartments to low-rises and townhouses all within a spacious, green environment. Buildings are spread out over two bays whether right next to the beach, up on the headlands or on the hills, all offering views of either the sea or the mountains. Many sea view apartments have the privilege of viewing the spectacular Disneyland firework displays without the noise and on a clear night, the firework displays in Victoria Harbour can also be seen. 

As private cars are not permitted into Discovery Bay, it allows clean, fresh air and the perfect environment for families with children. 

Shops can be easily found in the open-air plaza.  The plaza provides restaurants, cafes and retail store. Supermarket and convenience store are also around the area.

Ferry is the major transportation in Discovery Bay.  Followed the opening of tunnel to Tung Chung, residents can enjoy a bus-ride to Tung Chung MTR station linking you the rest of Hong Kong; while buses to the Hong Kong International Airport connects you to the rest of the world. 

Many expats love to live in because of the abundance of greenery and also the lack of traffic makes one of the most pet-friendly, spacious residential areas in Hong Kong.