Happy Valley - The Altitude
The busy streets of Hong Kong can be challenging at times for everyone. For those who have lived in the Central and Soho districts, and feel that they need to move around a bit, would like a bit more space, or just wish to have a quieter pace on the weekends, there are a number of perfect suburbs to consider that are not too far out, have all the conveniences of a buzzing neighbourhood with a great village atmosphere, and have a number of good regular transport options. One of these is Happy Valley.
This area is very popular with both young professionals and families alike. It is considered a lovely and safe place for children with loads of sporting activities around, and for adults there are plenty of things to do at night and on weekends to keep everyone happy. With a very relaxed pace, the central streets are brimming with great restaurants and bars which are popular with the expat community. Brunch on weekends is essential and you don’t just have to live here to enjoy what’s on offer.
Happy Valley Race Track
Generally the name Happy Valley is thought of as synonymous with the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s race track of the same name. And indeed this landmark club attracts visitors from all over the world who come to visit and punt at this historical track. Located right in the centre, the landscape is one of high rise buildings following the curvature of the track looking down and out across the field. Wednesday night races attract a large crowd and it is definitely one of the best nights out whether you place a bet or just go for the fun.
Happy Valley was first known as Wong Nai Chung Valley named from the river collecting waters from Wong Nai Chung Gap and surroundings. It was full of rice paddies and basically swampy until they constructed the racecourse in 1846. The area became home to 6 cemeteries and then became known as Happy Valley, a common euphemism for cemeteries. In 1922 the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital opened in Happy Valley.
Nowadays, in addition to the racing track the centre of the course is filled with sports fields for rugby and football and it is home to the Happy Valley Athletic Association. The parks are also well used by schools and local clubs and the track round the racecourse is popular with local runners.
The Altitude Residential Development
To live here you will find there are a good selection of apartments in the area. One that offers a very spacious layout and is located in the heart of Happy Valley is The Altitude. Built in 2011, The Altitude is a modern luxury residential high-rise development comprising of 2 buildings both 32 stories high and on each floor you will find only two very spacious apartments per floor. The internal layouts are western style open plan with high ceilings and plenty of full windows. These range in size from 1451sq ft to very spacious 3060 sq ft.
The buildings face south west and all have good sized balconies that take in the views out over the racecourse and the mountainside to The Peak. On site for residents you will find a BBQ area, fully equipped gymnasium, a sauna and mahjong room, all set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Car parks are provided.
All local amenities such as supermarkets, shops, medical clinics, vet services, restaurants and bars are all within walking distance. Being in the heart of the village The Altitude affords a very easy and convenient lifestyle. Causeway Bay is just a few minutes drive away for a full shopping experience and further dining options. The property is conveniently connected by excellent public transportation networks and there are always plenty of taxis servicing the area.