Gough Street – NoHo Neighbourhood
There are some streets that everyone knows about, every great city has them, written about, instagramed and photographed, shopping streets, art streets, food market streets and so on. Gough Street is one of these streets that constantly attracts a crowd, whether Hong Kong residents or visiting tourists, they find their way to Gough street, lured by recommended restaurants, famous and infamous guests that having eaten there before, such as the late and great Anthony Bourdain who wonderfully sniffed out the local street food of noodles beef and tomatoes on the corner of Gough and Mee Lun streets creating an instant sensation that continues today. They come to Gough Street for the homewares stores, selling quirky and unusual items and knickknacks to upscale designer couches and pieces of furniture. They come for fine dining and they line up for the street food.
Gough Street has a special vibe that comes alive from the diverse mix of eateries and retail stores but most of all it’s because of the people that live in and around the area and those that come to visit. The traditional and very colourful wet markets are right next door with local butchers, grocers, fruiterers, delicatessens and fresh flower stands all carrying out business in a bustling manner, carts being pulled and shoppers haggling with cash for the best price.
NOHO - Space And Residences
NoHo is an older inner city suburb that is crowded with older style buildings, the typical shop front at ground level and residences above style that old Hong Kong is famous for. Dotted around are more modern developments, but mostly this suburb is intact with the older Chinese buildings.
Apartments in this area are generally located in walk ups (buildings with no lifts) and generally being low rise, they start with five to ten floors for the tallest ones. This can be an effort if you are on the top floors, however most of these buildings have a rooftop area that goes with the top floor apartments, and these are highly prized by the younger professionals that like to entertain at home on the weekend with BBq’s. Some of the rooftop terraces are quite elaborate with a hot tub or cabana lounge with nice vistas of the surrounding neighbourhood
Most of these apartments are individually owned therefore you will find a mix of renovated and un-renovated. Some have had incredible designer makeovers, taking out walls and creating huge loft style or spacious open planned living spaces and larger bedrooms with walk in robes. Generally these older buildings have much higher ceilings so you feel more space overall. Some have private terraces or balconies, a few have shared or common areas for all residents.
The Delights Of Living Here
To live in the NoHo neighbourhood is a delight. Much quieter generally than its closest neighbor SoHo, there is little traffic passing through, with cul de sacs and pedestrian only streets. There are also not the late opening bars that can keep residents up at night. But, you are only a 5 minute walk to the entertainment areas of Soho, LKF and Central. The beauty is you live right on the fringe of everything, with so many choices for bars and restaurants, supermarkets, retail therapy, exercise gyms, nail bars, hairdressers with easy access to the MTR and more. Walking through Sheung Wan which borders NoHo gives you art and antiques, and some very cool cafes and wine shops.
There is absolutely no need for a car when you live in Noho. For starters, the older style buildings do not have carparks, and on the streets there are limited places you may find a park. But because everything is walkable you can stay fit (especially in your walk up), save the money, use taxis or the MTR when you need to get further and enjoy being right in the centre of everything that’s about living in Hong Kong.