Hong Kong’s efficient and extensive MTR system is world-renowned. The system provides convenient transport connections throughout much of Hong Kong. In 2003, the Executive Council of Hong Kong permitted the MTR Corporation Limited to extend its services further by the construction of two new lines, an extension of the West Island Line and the South Island Line.
The South Island Line is the first MTR connection for the southern half of Hong Kong Island. While the extension of the West Island Line will increase the ease of access to the neighborhoods of Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town. Work on these new lines commenced in earnest and on 28th December 2014, the three-kilometer extension to the West Island MTR line opened for business. However, out of the three main stations on the line, only two stations have opened at Kennedy Town and Hong Kong University respectively while the third station at Sai Ying Pun will open in mid-2015.
As for the seven-kilometer South Island Line, construction on that transport link began in 2011 and is expected to complete by the end of 2016. A new transport link almost always revitalizes the neighborhood it serves. Such rejuvenation is currently underway at the old-world neighborhood of Kennedy Town located near Pokfulam on the western side of Hong Kong Island. This primarily ‘local’ neighborhood once served as ‘the meatpacking district’ of Hong Kong as it was home to several abattoirs and even an incinerator plant. These structures were the first to go as the construction of the MTR line began.
Another casualty of the MTR project was the Kennedy Town public swimming pool, which was knocked down to make way for an exit of the future MTR station. However, this change was not permanent for the Hong Kong government’s Leisure and Cultural department soon replaced the old swimming complex with a spanking new facility at another site within the neighborhood. This new complex currently features an oceanfront leisure pool and a secondary outdoor pool. The complex by the end of 2016 will also feature a teaching pool, a Jacuzzi, and another multi-purpose pool.
On Kennedy Town’s harbor front, Davis Street, a similar transformation has taken place as small shops and local businesses have given way to several trendy boutiques and bars. In fact, this stretch has now been christened the‘ Soho of Kennedy Town’ and it rivals the restaurant row of Wyndham Street with its plentiful, diverse dining options. Popular eateries located along Davis Street include Bistronomique and Bistro du Vin, Piccolo Pizzeria and Bar, Gutlee Sushi, Half and Half Wine Bar, Tequila on Davis amongst others.
Along with hip restaurants and bars, even some prestigious international schools like Hong Kong Academy and the Harbor School have set up new campuses at Kennedy Town. Moreover, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has included the revamping of Kennedy Town under its grand “A Harbourfront for the People” project. The group’s enhancement plans for Kennedy Town include the construction of a grand shopping mall along with a waterfront promenade and pet park. Also on the anvil are plans to convert the Western Wholesale Food Market into a restaurant complex and to set-up a series of al-fresco dining outlets along the oceanfront.
These planned changes along with the construction of the new MTR line have altered the real estate scenario of Kennedy Town. The neighborhood that once the sole domain of 1960’s buildings and low-rise tenement buildings now has a new crop of luxury developments. While developments like the Belchers, the Merton, Manhattan Heights, the Sail and Harbor One have been around for some time now, several new luxury developments are being planned for the neighborhood. For instance, the Sun Hung Kai group has announced plans for two new developments in the area. Also, work on developments such as the Kowloon Development Company’s ultra-luxe 49-storey Cadogan tower and the towering Lexington Hill complex are near completion.
The arrival of an MTR station in Kennedy Town has greatly raised the locality’s neighborhood profile. Residents of the neighborhood are delighted that the extension of the West Island Line has cut their commute time to Central by almost half. Now in addition to buses, trams, and minibuses, they can also use the MTR to get speedily around Hong Kong. As a result, even expatriates who traditionally prefer neighborhoods like the Mid-Levels are now considering the resurgent, sea-facing neighborhood of Kennedy Town as a residential option.
Are you currently looking for a rental or even an acquisition in Hong Kong? Then the Kennedy Town neighborhood is definitely worth a look. Prices in the neighborhood are on the rise, so it’s best to lock down a deal without much delay. Engel and Volker’s team of well-experienced and professional agents at is very familiar with the rapidly evolving neighborhood of Kennedy Town. We can thus guide your real estate decisions accordingly.
So come be a part of the change, call us today to learn more about the changing face of Kennedy Town.