What apartment to choose in Midlevels West

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Amongst the many residential enclaves situated on Hong Kong Island is the highly favored area of Mid-levels West. Extending out west from Mid-Levels Central, this primarily residential neighborhood spans an expansive area whose boundaries lead on to the neighborhood of Pokfulam on the south of the Island. The main arteries of the Mid-Levels West neighborhood are Robinson Road, Conduit Road, Caine and Bonham Road. All these thoroughfares host a wide array of public transport options including public buses, mini buses, taxis and the landmark Central Mid-Levels escalator. These various modes of transport put Central and other parts of the island within easy reach and thus, account for the tremendous popularity of the neighborhood.  Along with these busy, main roads the neighborhood also hosts several tranquil stretches like Mosque Street, Park and Lyttleton Roads and leafy, verdant routes like Hatton Path, Po Shan Road and Kotewall Road, which provide easy access to the popular Morning Trail. 

Residential options in the neighborhood are numerous and comprise largely of high rise, amenity-filled towers interspersed with a few older buildings dating back to the 1960’s and even a sprinkling of ‘Chinese’ walkup buildings. Most apartments located on the higher floors of these buildings offer gorgeous views of Hong Kong’s magnificent Victoria Harbor. As for prices, residences located within the area are thought to be more price-competitive than those located within other desirable areas like the Peak and Mid-levels Central. The Mid-Levels West, however, does hosts a few top-notch apartment buildings where prices of dwellings on par with those of the aforementioned districts. If you are concerned about the availability of everyday necessities and conveniences, you need not worry.  The neighborhood’s main roads like Robinson, Caine and Bonham Roads feature a smorgasbord of eateries, supermarkets, laundries, gourmet food stores, boutiques, doctor’s offices, pet shops and more. Other attractions like Hong Kong’s new hub of creativity, the PMQ market and the many myriad attractions of Soho and LKF are also located within easy reach of the neighborhood. The district is located in the zone for the Island and Glenealy schools of the ESF network.

Additionally, it also hosts several other well-regarded primary and secondary schools like St Paul’s College, Ying Wa Girl’s School and St Joseph’s College along with the world-famous, University of Hong Kong, the territory’s oldest institution of higher learning.  With all these various amenities on offer, it is hardly surprising then the Mid-Levels West is a much sought after residential choice in Hong Kong.   And who better than to help you navigate the options in this district but we at Engel and Voelkers, Hong Kong for we have our flagship outlet located bang in the midst of this vibrant neighborhood at 95 Caine Road, and naturally know the area intimately. We would now like to introduce you to three stellar developments located within the neighborhood, which are guaranteed to meet every conceivable need.

I’ll take Manhattan at The Gramercy

Love the Big Apple? Then you are bound to love the Gramercy, an effortlessly cool development that rises high above Caine Road.  A recent addition the area, the Gramercy was built in 2012. The development   offers 106 stylish apartments spread over its 27 floors. Saleable areas in the apartments range from 296 to 1900 sq. Feet. The apartments at the Gramercy are finished to a high quality and feature high-end fittings in the open-plan kitchens and bathrooms.  While some apartments have balconies, all the apartments in this luxury hotel like development have access to its five-star clubhouse, which features a BBQ area, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool, a top-notch gym and lush gardens. The piece de resistance at the Gramercy is its onsite restaurants. Housed within the development is an exclusive Japanese eatery 38 serving Kyoto Kaseiki and the IPC food labs, which brings the farm to table concept from Fanling in the New Territories to the city.  The restaurant also offers a treasure trove of organic and fair trade goodies including prepared foods. So if you don’t feel like cooking after a long day, it’s not a problem you can just go down in the building itself to get your meal or then venture out to one of numerous eateries located within proximity. The Gramercy offers inner city living at its stylish best.

At Close Range at Centre Stage

If you would rather be located at a distance but still within easy reach of Central and Sheung Wan, then perhaps you might want to consider a development called Centre Stage located on the on the increasingly hip, Hollywood Road.This modern, chic development consists of two, tall towers that rise from a podium and was constructed by well-known developer Henderson Land Corporation in 2006. Adorned with a magnificent, imposing lobby of much steel, glass and marble the development offers 388 apartments that range in size from 363-1,680 sq. Feet (saleable areas) and offer varied configurations of two and three bedroom units. These diverse apartment plans ensure that the development caters to all families of all sizes. All the units inCentre Stage sport a contemporary look and feature the much-coveted  ‘outdoor space’ in the form of balconies.  Additionally, the kitchens and bathrooms of the units are smartly adorned with top of the line appliances from well-known brands like Miele, Gaggenau, Duravit and so forth.

The topmost floors of the two towers house elaborate duplex penthouses kitted out with tall curtain walls, winding marble stairwells and private rooftops. Private living at its best with stunning city and harbor views thrown in for good measure. The residents at Centre Stage enjoy the use of many amenities like the services of an exclusive concierge service and access to a swank clubhouse. The development’s recreation cum leisure space offers   a whole host of facilities. Onsite at the Centre Stage clubhouse is a 25-meter long outdoor heated pool, a Spa facility, a gym, a business centre, function and indoor game’s rooms and a theater. Another unique offering takes the form of a wine-tasting room where you can mingle with fellow residents as you discuss and taste various wines.

Double Delight at 80 Robinson Road

If the above-mentioned developments are relatively new builds at the other end of the spectrum is 80 Robinson Road an older, but immaculately maintained development conveniently situated between Robinson and Bonham Roads. 80 Robinson Road dates back to 2001, when it was built by the Nam Fung group.  Considered to be a pioneering build of its time the development has two entryways a private driveway on Robinson Road and a lower, second entry point on Bonham Road. The development features two tall towers, Tower 1 with 34 floors and the slightly loftier Tower 2 with 36 floors. Floors bearing the Chinese feared ‘unlucky’ number 4 are omitted in the development, which also offers ample parking spanning seven levels. 

A total of 264 apartments, are on offer at 80 Robinson Road. Four units occupy each floor of the developments and encompass saleable areas ranging in size from 618 to 1052 sq. Feet. The apartments are set up as two or three bedroom units, and the upper floors of each tower are occupied topped by two, opulent penthouses outfitted with private roof decks. All the apartments of the development feature high-quality fittings in their kitchens and bathrooms. The units are further equipped with split inverter units that have both heating and cooling functions ideal for drafty Hong Kong winters, as well as sultry summers. The apartments offer stunning vistas of the city, the surrounding green hills and the iconic Victoria harbor in the distance.

The most remarkable feature of  80, Robinson Road  is its one of kind twin clubhouse facility. This activity cum leisure center comprises of two spaces one of which is a refurbished historic edifice, the London Mission Building a colonial-era structure of 1893 vintage.  The twin clubhouses offer a range of recreational facilities such as an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a billiards room, a children’s playground and games room, fitness center, a space for aerobics and dance and a squash court. For residents who would like some quiet time, the facility also offers a tranquil reading room. Added to this already extensive recreation mix, is a putting green enabling resident enthusiastic golfers to practice their swing along with a two-lane bowling alley.  A plethora of recreational activities available at 80, Robinson Road ensures that it enables much social interaction amongst its residents. So if you enjoy interacting and meeting with your neighbors, then 80, Robinson Road may be just the place for you.

All three of the above-mentioned developments though conveniently located within the Mid-Levels West differ in terms of age of building, facilities offered and ambience. While the Gramercy and the Centre Stage may have great appeal for singles and small family units, 80, Robinson Road is a favored choice of families with kids. Engel and Volkers regularly has listings in all three developments and no matter if you want to explore one or then all three of them do get in touch with us in person or on the phone to arrange for a viewing at the soonest.


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