Rising to a height of 1811 feet (552m) above sea level, Mount Austin (the Peak) is Hong Kong’s highest point. This lofty, verdant summit is home to lush country parks, which encompass some of Hong Kong’s best-known walking trails. Also located atop of this apex is the bustling Peak Tower complex, a famed tourist attraction, accessible by road or the quaint funicular, the historic Peak Tram.
However, the Peak is not simply a prominent tourist attraction for this mount is also home to an exclusive, upmarket residential district. The Peak, has for years been considered as the most desirable residential enclave of Hong Kong. Not only does the Peak offer jaw-dropping vistas of sky-scraper bedecked Hong Kong, Victoria Harbor and beyond, but it is also blessed with year-round temperate weather, which differs significantly from the tropical climes prevailing over the rest of the city.
The desirability of the Peak as a residential option has been in place since colonial times. Hong Kong’s Peak District or the Hill District encompassed Mount Gough, Mount Kellet and the environs of Magazine Gap and was an exclusive European domain until the early twentieth century.
The area was the summer haunt of the upper echelons of British society.
An area of low-rise ‘bungalow’ accommodation mainly accessed via sedan chair transportation until the launch of the Peak Tram funicular in 1888. The launch of this charming mode of transportation transformed the Peak from a mere summer getaway to an area habitable all year round, and bungalows soon gave way to mansions and palatial estates.
The residential choices on the Peak range from stand-alone homes, villas and townhouse many of which have private gardens and swimming pools. Also located here are several low-rise, spacious abodes from the colonial era, which have been renovated to modern specifications.
The Peak School, which was established in 1911 on Plunketts Road, represents the ESF network in this vertiginous area and serves primary school students resident in the vicinity and the upper Midlevels region.
The German Swiss International School on Guildford Road is a private, co-educational institution that offers instruction in English and German from Kindergarten right through to Secondary school. In addition, three other pre-schools operate on the Peak and include the Sunshine House International Pre-School, the Highgate House School, and the Peak Pre-School.
Residents of the Peak are within easy reach of the many delights of Central, which is accessible via a 15-20 minute drive downhill. However, they are in no way isolated while living on the Peak. In fact, the Peak Tower and its adjoining Peak Galleria hosts plentiful shops, cafes, restaurants and ATMs for banking facilities.
As for supermarkets, the Peak Galleria is home a branch of International Supermarket while a Wellcome and a Jason’s Marketplace are also within proximity.
Modes of transport
Many residents of the Peak area have personal means of transportation and many residences here are offered with car parking spaces.
The lower level of the Peak Galleria also has a bus terminus for the public bus, minibus, and taxi services.
Walking and hiking, while taking in the breathtaking 360 views of Hong Kong are the primary recreation facilities of the area. The Morning Trail, the Hong Kong Trail, the Native Tree Walk are favorite expeditions of the Peak neighborhood that also boasts of two public parks.
The Matilda International Hospital, a hospital of international repute on Mount Kellet Road is the primary health care provider for the area.
Kelletteria is a gated community of five detached townhouses on Mt Kellet Road. Each townhouse features desirable accents such as a private pool, garden, and balconies. The townhouses feature separate living and dining areas on their lower levels along with one of the four bedrooms, and the kitchen and staff quarters. The upper level of the townhouses is home to three spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. These stylish abodes also feature two large terraces one adjoining the private swimming pool on the lower level and the other on the roof. Additionally all three bedrooms have balconies that afford the panoramic views typical of residences on the Peak. Two covered parking spaces are on offer with every townhouse.
Watford Villa is another secured development comprising of six three-level townhouses that share a communal swimming pool. The residences offer four large bedrooms with three bathrooms including two en-suites. A bright and airy well-demarcated living and dining area, a balcony and garden round up the dwelling, which also comes two covered car parking spaces.
Located on the lower rungs of the Peak, the Oasis is a mid-rise development consisting of two blocks. Each block is nine floors high and has two apartments per floor for a total of 32 homes that range in size from 2061 to 3297 square feet and feature three or four bedrooms and a study area.
All the elegant apartments at the Oasis are outfitted with balconies, which offer a grandstand view of the celebratory fireworks in Victoria Harbor, a Hong Kong tradition.
The development has a clubhouse that features a well-equipped gym and outdoor swimming pool.
Engel and Volkers Hong Kong currently has listings in all three properties mentioned above.
So if you relish looking down at Hong Kong from its very top on the Peak do get in touch with our eminently knowledgeable, experienced and professional team today to schedule a viewing.