“Wanchai is a great choice. You have all the shops, restaurants and transportation lines you need. It is the best of both worlds in terms of having both local and western expat needs. The budget is on the lower side for housing options, with many choices to choose from - old buildings, apartment complexes and serviced apartments."
“The area is very convenient, but one of the busiest in HK and very noisy. You’ll hardly get any peace, which can make you go crazy after long working hours. There’s not really an outdoor space and greenery. There is a lot of light, noise and crowd pollution. Probably not the most ideal place for families with kids, but not a bad location for singles and young people since everything is very within reach."
“A very convenient place to live. It has excellent supermarkets within walking distance, loads of restaurants and nightlife if you’re in to that scene."
“Great for young professionals and singles. There is so much to do in the area and nearby. You are neighbours to Wanchai and Central. Pacific Place (one of the biggest malls) is a stone’s throw away.There’s a great mixture of local culture and expat influences. I can walk tothe wet markets, international supermarkets, shop, eat a variety of cuisinesall in one go. It’s awesome! Now with the influx of new restaurants flooding in, the scene has really come alive."
“Full of shopping malls, and hotels. It’s really convenient. We live in a serviced apartment just below Pacific Place and it’s the best. We can walk everywhere and transport lines are all around us. There are more and more F&B establishments opening in this area. Really great for young people. I find that it’s not the best for families or petowners. You can find much better options in other neighbourhoods if you have children and pets."
“Incredibly convenient! We are the midpoint between Central and Causeway Bay. It’s the perfect location if you can’t decide whether to live closer towards Central (more expats) or towards Causeway Bay and surrounding areas that are more local."
“Midlevels is seen as the place to live in Hong Kong for the wealthy. If you are new to Hong Kong, then Midlevels makes sense as there are so many young professionals and expats here. It’s close to The Peak Hike, which is a hugely popular attraction for visitors and locals living here. Midlevels traffic can get pretty bad during rush hour, and it’s not the most convenient location out of all the other neighbourhoods that you can choose from. I moved from Midlevels to Happy Valley about 3 years ago and I really enjoy where I am now."
“The hills and slopes here are very steep, which has its pros and cons. Getting up here can be a mission but you also get quite a dramatic view over the Hong Kong skyline. The further up you go, the less densely populated it feels - so less claustrophobic."
“If you are single and young, this is a great place to live. Good access to bars and restaurants, and you can walk to work (if you work close by) during the cooler months of the year. It’s a very convenient location since you are practically in Central. Soho and Lang Kwai Fong are literally at your fingertips, along with gym facilities like Pure. It’s a more expat community and less local."
“Plentiful greenery and hiking trails if you know where to look. The Botanical Gardens is in the area and more wellness friendly than other parts of Hong Kong."
“Beachside living at its best. We don’t even feel like we are in Hong Kong. We have more space here, cleaner air, and getting to city centre is quite convenient. The entire area running from Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay, South Bay, to Stanley is like a little community in itself. We can pretty much get most of the things we need here. It’s not as isolated as people say."
“It feels like resort-living. I commute to Central for work and it’s always a pleasant feeling to come home. It’s tranquil and gives me a peace of mind that is much needed in a busy city like HK."
“Lovely area and transportation is convenient. It helps to have a car though."
“We love living in Repulse Bay. You can walk everywhere in the area. Great hiking trails, plentiful outdoor space, a number of beaches to choose from, and more dog-friendly than most other places in Hong Kong. There’s a huge community feel here because it’s removed from citycentre (15-20 minutes to Central by Taxi) , so it’s easy to meet your neighbours especially if you have kids that are enrolled in the same school(s).Hong Kong International School is nearby - it’s a beautiful area for kids to grow up in. It is definitely a pricey area though."
“If you love being outdoors, this is a perfect location. There is so much to do, and it’s a very self-contained neighbourhood. Transportation is not bad but it helps to have your own car. Some people love it here and others hate it. It may feel isolated, because apart from a handful of shops, restaurants and a spa, there is not much here. But there is easy and frequent transport to Central and other parts of the city. Repulse Bay Beach can get insanely crowded (and dirty) on the weekends. It’s has become a tourist attraction and tour buses pass by in flocks. It’s not as serene as it used to be, but it also depends on the day of the week."
“Stanley has lots of nice restaurants (Al Fresco), beaches, BBQ areas, public library, Water Sports Centre, a bus terminus, its own shopping plaza with supermarkets, and cute shops and boutiques. It’s close to the American Club and the best thing is the much better air quality. There are a number of beaches in Stanley and in the vicinity - Repulse Bay, Middel Bay, South Bay, Deep Water Bay and Redhill."
“Stanley is beautiful but if something happens to either side of the roads (the only road to get through), you can get stuck in traffic for ages. It happens enough to be an issue for somepeople."
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“We enjoy living here because it’s more quiet and relaxing than many other parts of the city. Commuting is not that big of an issue. We have our own shuttle buses and it’s only about a 30-40 minute ride to Central."
“We love it here. We have a 7 month old son and my husband commutes to Central for work. It’s only about a 10 minute cabride to Repulse Bay and even closer to Stanley Market where I can up all my groceries and essentials. The air quality is better here and the views are unbeatable overlooking the water. We are right next to one of the most prominent schools - Hong Kong International School (HKIS)."
“The residential part of Kowloon Tong is fairly upmarket and not too budget-friendly, but if you are able to afford the options here, the housing is lovely. The commute can be quite horrendous depending on what time it is but there are always public transportation options. It’s so easy to get to Hong Kong Island via MTR or ferry. It’s close to some massive malls such as Festival Walk which has a fair number of movie theaters, supermarkets and shopping."
“It is mostly a quiet area with no loud noises. The main advantage is that it is mostly comprised of low-rise apartment complexes and houses. Pollution here is slightly better than most other areas. It’s great for families who are seeking a quieter lifestyle."
“The most beautiful thing about living in Shatin is the convenience of connecting to the town centre, but still having the tranquility of suburban living"
“There is significantly less air pollution here. The air here feels fresher and less congested."
“It is mainly a local area, there are some expats around but not on the scale of HK island. It’s quite nice in that we can get everything we need here. There is a gigantic shopping mall that’s even better than the malls on Hong Kong Island. It’s a quiet environment with community feelings, reasonably priced by HK standards. Lots of options for housing with small outdoor areas and garages, schools, clubs..etc. The problemis that the houses here are much older and in need of serious renovation. It really helps to have a car here and most residents here do own a car."
“Really convenient for food and transport but very removed from the action happening on HK Island"
“I work on Hong Kong Island and it’s really refreshing to remove myself from the city once my work is finished. There is a great expat community in Lamma, with a ton of beautiful cafes and restaurants. I have large dogs, so this is a perfect location for me since the island is very dog-friendly. Commuting to Central and city-centre is not as hectic as many people think - it’s only a 45 minute ferry ride which I find to be a much better commute than traveling by MTR. It’s much more relaxing and gives me the necessary down time I need."
“I used to live in Central, but decided to try the outer islands. It was the best choice I ever made. I have done the whole city thing already and it’s not for long term living. I feel much happier now that I can differentiate between home life and work life. It keeps me grounded living here because HK can start to become an unhealthy bubble after awhile."