The Manhattan Escape
Finding yourself the best place to live in Hong Kong can be a challenging task especially if you are a new and relocating family. Spoilt for choice, there are so many terrific locations all over Hong Kong and each neighbourhood or district offers something different, be it on an island such as Lamma, away from the hustle and bustle, at the beach like Shek O, Stanley and Clearwater Bay, or in the quieter back to nature green zones of the new territories in Sai Kung.
Consider Tai Tam
With such a great selection of locations, there are other factors that come into play to suit each individual or families requirements such as convenience, access to schools, commuting distances, transport, and security. The residential district of Tai Tam is situated on the south side of Hong Kong Island, set against a spectacular backdrop of lush greenery of the Tai Tam Country Park. This is a popular neighbourhood with expat families and locals alike, offering a peaceful environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city and yet with close and walkable access to Stanley village with its beaches, shopping and entertainment, and surrounded by the famous hiking trails in the Tai Tam Country Park and Reservoirs down to Tai Tam Bay.
The Manhattan development in Tai Tam offers a luxurious refuge from the bustling city for families with school age children and working professional alike. The complex consists of five towers with 312 units of varying size, from two to four bedrooms, with both single and duplex units. It is situated about 10 minutes walk from the beaches and amenities of Stanley. There is a regular shuttle bus to Stanley, and a morning bus service to the Chai Wan MTR for working residents. The entire development is privately owned by the developer who has retained the property for letting purposes only. This makes The Manhattan highly popular with expat families as it offers luxury accommodation and excellent facilities at a reasonable rental, and more open space to move about.
Many of the apartments have being recently fully renovated, and prospective tenants are offered the choice of the newer upgraded finish, or the original finish at a lower rental. All the apartments have small balconies with panoramic views over Tai Tam Bay and Stanley beach, and come fully equipped with the latest appliances and AC split systems. There are maid's quarters in the larger apartments and each apartment comes with one or two carparks.
There is a Residents' Club on site and good recreational facilities with a large swimming pool, 4 x tennis courts, squash courts, children’s playgrounds and a full service gym and fitness center. For those looking for additional family and social recreational activities, the complex is situated straight across from the American Club’s The Country Club - Tai Tam. This is an incredible place if you are fortunate enough to attain a membership. Massive resort style swimming pools at the oceans edge, first class dining with those incredible views, children’s clubs, adults only private plunge pool and deck area, cafes, BBQ areas, spa and sauna rooms, hair salons, shopping arcade and so much more.
In And Around The Area
Stanley Village and Beach offer a wonderful lifestyle for families and especially if you want to have pets. From the markets to the village, the shopping is complete and varied with well stocked supermarkets, boutique organic stores, electronics, fashion, homewares and much more. There is even an H&M store. With restaurants galore flanking the beachfront, pubs and cafes Stanley is so popular on the weekends and enjoys a safe and friendly relaxed atmosphere.
You will be well taken care of with medical, dental and veterinary clinics within the Stanley Mall, as well as banking and ATM facilities. Major hospitals with 24 hr emergency services and catering to the ex pat community are close by.
For families with children of schooling ages, The Hong Kong International School is located in Tai Tam, along with the International Island School in nearby Repulse Bay and a wide choice of kindergartens, junior, middle and senior schools all within reach depending on your requirements.