If you are of the view that Hong Kong is just another concrete jungle, you will be delighted to know that it, in fact, has some lush, green areas where living in a house not an apartment is still an option. Lovers of nature and outdoor activity in Hong Kong gravitate towards such verdant areas like Clearwater Bay, situated on the southeastern end of the Clearwater Bay Peninsula in the New Territories.
Clearwater Bay is home to a relatively untouched, picturesque landscape dotted with small charming villages, green hills, expansive country parks and pristine beaches like Clearwater Bay beach and Clearwater Bay First and Second beach. The area’s tranquil setting vastly differs to the big city ambience offered by other parts of Hong Kong.
Clearwater Bay is thus a favorite with folk who relish green environs and active pursuits, while appreciating the fact that their home is still within comfortable commutable distance of the main business districts of Hong Kong.
Real Estate Choices
Clearwater Bay is one such area of Hong Kong where living in a house with ample space for all members of the family including pets is extremely viable. The area features several, small villages like SheungSze Wan, Siu Hang Hau, Mau Po, Heng Mei Deng amongst others. These villages and settled communities along Clearwater Bay Road host several stand-alone houses, villas and Townhouse developments outfitted with terraces, green spaces and swimming pools. Duplexes and apartments featuring comprehensive facilities are also available at gated complexes like Casa Bella. Most of the residences located in Clearwater Bay afford stunning views of either the sea or then the area’s green hills or both.
Village houses are a popular feature of the real estate makeup in Clearwater Bay. These structures are indigenous dwellings, usually, owned by native Hong Kongers. Many Village houses have been extensively remodeled and renovated in recent times. These homes typically encompass a living area of 2100 square feet (saleable area) and offer three to four bedrooms along with a 700 square foot terrace. Some village houses also have private gardens and swimming pools and make ideal abodes for largish families.
Clearwater Bay is equipped with adequate transport links to the rest of Hong Kong and concerns about the commute to Central can be easily brushed aside. The closest MTR station within reach of Clearwater Bay is Hang Hau and from here all of Hong Kong is easily accessible via the city’s excellent MTR network. Aside from the MTR, Clearwater Bay is connected by regular and mini bus services to Diamond Hill, Po Toi O, Kwun Tong Ferry Pier, Tseung Kwan O MTR station and Ngua Chi Wan minibus station. Both red and green taxis operate in the area, and if you self-drive, you can expect to arrive in Central from Clearwater Bay within half-hour under normal traffic conditions.
A family-centric area, Clearwater Bay abounds with schooling options. The area hosts several excellent kindergarten facilities in the form of the ESF International Kindergarten, the Garden House Pre-School and Kindergarten and the Sunshine House International Pre-School. Clearwater Bay also has its own ESF primary school, the Clearwater Bay School. Secondary school students from the neighborhood, usually, go to the ESF network’s zoned King George V School in Ho Man Tin, Kowloon. Other reputed international schools popular with students residing in Clearwater Bay include the ESF Renaissance College, the Hong Kong Academy, the Kellet School, the Hong Lok Yuen International School, the Australian International School, the Harrow School and the Nord Anglia International School.
A close-knit, rather self-contained community inhabits Clearwater Bay. So if you enjoy living in an environment where you can interact with neighbors and local business owners then Clearwater Bay may be an ideal fit for you. In terms of facilities, the residents of Clearwater Bay have easy access to myriad shops, restaurants and outlets of major supermarket chains. Located in and around Clearwater Bay, are branches of supermarkets like Fusion at the Silverstrand Mart, Park n Shop at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Taste at the Eastpoint City Mall and Jason’s Marketplace at Razor Hill and at the Popcorn mall at Tseung Kwan O.
Additional shopping and dining options and services are also available at the HauTak Shopping Center (adjacent to the Hang Hau MTR station), the Po Lam Mall in neighboring Tseung Kwan O and Megabox in Kowloon Bay. The town of Sai Kung can be accessed via a twenty minute drive from Clearwater Bay and it has a good selection of eateries offering Indian, Sri Lankan, Thai, American, Mediterranean cuisines in addition to Chinese fare. Po Toi O village also located on the Clearwater Bay peninsula is renowned for its excellent seafood restaurants, which draw diners from all over Hong Kong.
The nearest hospital from Clearwater Bay is the hospital at Tseung Kwan O though residents of the area also frequent the United Christian Hospital in East Kowloon and the Prince of Wales hospital in Shatin. OT&P is a popular private medical practice inthe RazorHill Dairy Farm shopping center in Clearwater Bay while several private doctors and medical practitioners are available at Sai Kung and Hang Hau located close by.
Clearwater Bay’s immense appeal lies in the fact that it offers a plethora of outdoor pursuits suitable for all ages. The area is outfitted with some top-notch recreation facilities like the exclusive Clearwater Bay Golf and Country club. The club offers a wide array of facilities including a waterside 18-hole championship golf course, tennis, badminton and squash courts, a swimming pool, an onsite spa and organic farm and even a marina. The lush Clearwater Bay Country Park has within its folds the highly acclaimed Clearwater Bay Equestrian and Education Centre that offers riding lessons for novices as well as proficient riders. The park also hosts various scenic walking and hiking trails and features BBQ pits and kite-flying areas.
The three pristine beaches of Clearwater Bay count as some of the best beaches in Hong Kong and are equipped for much water-sporting action like wake-boarding, kayaking, paddle-boarding, surf skiing, sailing and swimming.
However, if you would rather swim in a swimming pool than in the sea, then you can exercise this choice at one of Hong Kong’s best public pool complexes in nearby Tseung Kwan O. The easy availability of these diverse ‘quality of life’ amenities belies the fact that Clearwater Bay is a rural backwater. Rather it is a vibrant community that offers a world-class standard of living in the midst of a pulsating city.