In many parts of the world (the UK and Commonwealth Nations), the term ‘High Street’ refers to the main business street of a city or town. This stretch usually hosts outlets of popular stores, various businesses and branches of banks. However, here in Hong Kong, ‘High Street’ essentially alludes to a long stretch in the enchanting Sai Ying Pun neighborhood.
Sai Ying Pun, affectionately called ‘WoHo’ or even the new Soho, is presently the ‘au courant’ district of Hong Kong. The former British military base of the late 1800s, today plays host to a lively mix of food markets, fresh tofu and noodle stalls, incense and stationery shops, D.I.Y outlets, bakeries, laundries and plentiful low-rise Chinese tenement buildings. Sai Ying Pun seamlessly blends all that is old Hong Kong with a new and puts forth an extremely agreeable vibe.
As if its character-filled ambience is not enough, Sai Ying Pun is also very conveniently located. The neighborhood is a mere ten minutes away from Central by public transport and is also within walking distance of the Hong Kong University and several prestigious schools. The area is further, due to be bestowed with even more conveniences in the form of a spanking new MTR station(westward extension of the Island Line) and a new escalator link, the Centre Street Link.
All this transformational activity has turned High Street and its allied Third and Second Streets into Hong Kong’s new ‘foodie central.’ The restaurant rows located here host several fantastic eateries offering a smorgasbord of global cuisines. The many dining options of High Street include Sup1 ( French, Chinese and Japanese), Metropolitan Café (French), Jaspas( western fast food ) Pizzeria Italia and Café Monteverdi(Italian), Uncle Padak(Korean), Phukets (Thai), La Terra(Spanish) Czarina 1964(Russian), High Street Grill(American) and FukuRobatayaki and Kaki (Japanese). Other well-ranked eateries like Grassroots Pantry(Vegetarian), Taco Chaca(Tex-Mex), La Viola(Italian), Glow( Mediterranean) and the effortlessly cool gin bar, Ping Pong 129 Ginoteria occupy Third and Second Streets located close by.
If you enjoy trying new restaurants and eating out every night, then perhaps Sai Ying Pun is an ideal residential choice for you. However, that is not to say that if you enjoy rustling up meals that this neighborhood has no appeal. In fact, Sai Ying Pun has plentiful supermarket and wet market shopping options so that sourcing fresh produce and ingredients is also very easy. As for accommodation choices, the area is in the throes of gentrification and so it has come to host several old and new builds eminently suitable to the needs and tastes of discerning families of varying sizes.
Some of the area’s new developments are: -
Located on a quiet section of Second Street, the premium residential development Altro towers over the neighborhood. Sleek, modern Altro offers 41 units in all which range in size from 385 square feet to 1612 square feet(saleable areas). All the units have balconies and are finished to a high standard.
The layout of the building features two apartments per floor from the 5th to 25th levels affording much privacy for residents. From the 26th to the 29th levels the development has four apartments per floor, while the 30th and 31st floors host a stupendous duplex penthouse connected by an internal staircase. All the apartments located on the higher floors offer gorgeous views of the sea. The lower floors of the development house a luxurious clubhouse. This facility extends over two levels and features an outdoor swimming pool, changing rooms, a sky garden, BBQ areas, and a spa, a gym and function rooms.
The Summa, located on 23, Hing Hon Road close to the gates of the prestigious University of Hong Kong is a brand-new development of the area. Featuring two tall towers standing atop a five-storey podium. The buildings together host 168 units ranging in size from 238 square feet to 2298 square feet (saleable areas). While Tower 1 features 80 units, 78 three-bedroom apartments and two duplex penthouse units, Tower 2 has 88 apartments, which include studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedroom units.
The Summa boasts of an elaborate two-level clubhouse. On offer at this facility are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, changing facilities, a games room, a gym, a sun deck, function rooms and lounges, outdoor and covered play areas and courtyards and BBQ areas. If that’s not all, the Summa also offers a bouquet of lifestyle-enhancing services such as concierge, housekeeping, property management, leisure planning and orientation services for new arrivals into Hong Kong. The availability of these many amenities ensures that residents at the Summa are very well looked after at this luxurious tower.
The Kensington Hill, a single tower development from Wheelock Properties, is currently under construction at 98, High Street. This luxe development is expected to be completed in 2016 and thus, currently offers all the price advantages associated with an off-plan build. On completion, it will offer 75 units. Most of these apartments will be set up as two or three bedrooms measuring 570 to 870 square feet (saleable areas) in size. In addition to these units, the development will also feature nine larger apartments ranging in size from 1050 to 2290 square feet(saleable areas). The Kensington Hill will also feature a whole host of facilities including a top-notch clubhouse.
Intrigued by what you are reading? Want to know more about these developments that are changing the landscape of Sai Ying Pun? Then do get in touch with us, luxury real-estate specialists, Engel and Volkers, for our experienced and knowledgeable team will be happy to assist and address all your queries.