It’s a new year, and this is my first neighbourhood guide of the year. Not exactly new, the Kennedy Town neighbourhood and its neighbour Shek Tong Tsui (HKU Station) are actually some of the oldest districts on Hong Kong Island – after Central, Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun of course. So why live in Kennedy Town?
Today, Kennedy Town HK is a popular area for families and young professionals, and it isn’t difficult to see why. It’s on the waterfront, nice for taking a stroll, has an MTR, plenty of shops, restaurants, markets and schools near by. There’s even a park and an Olympic sized pool with a kiddie’s pool. It’s busy enough to keep you entertained, but without the loud city vibe that more Central and Eastern districts bring. This is a Hong Kong suburb at its finest.
Apartments to Lease in Kennedy Town
I love the mixture of properties available to lease in this part of Hong Kong. There are state of the art high-rise apartments and low-rise properties – some that have been beautifully refurbished. Here’s a few of our favourites – sometimes stock can be limited so be sure you give us a call if you are interested in a certain building as we know of properties that are coming on to the market.
- Cadogan: Completed in 2014, this luxurious building is only a short walk to the MTR and nice restaurants.
- The Sail at Victoria: Conveniently located in the heart of the shopping and facilities of Kennedy Town
- Lexington Hill: New building in a fantastic location.
- Belcher’s Hill: High floors with wide views of the Western Harbour.
- The Belchers: Attached to a shopping centre, these six blocks have excellent clubhouse facilities and pool.
- Harbour One: Close to HKU Station, shopping amenities and an Olympic-sized pool. Closer to the hispter neighbourhood of Shek Tong Tsui.
Schools in Kennedy Town
There are many good pre-schools located in Kennedy Town, which is one of the reasons why it is popular amongst families with small children. It is also a short bus or car ride away from West Island School for the older children. Here is a list of some of the schooling choices in Kennedy Town:
Woodland Kennedy Town Pre-School
Address: 3C Davis Street, Kennedy Town
Tel: 2817 2011
Casa Dei Bambini
Address: Shop 2-3, Grand Scholar, 419K Queen’s Road West
Tel: 2259 3372
Curriculum: AMI Montessori
Victoria Belcher Pre-School
Address: Portion of Level 3, The Westwood, 8 Belcher’s Street
Tel: 2542 7001
The Harbour School, Primary
Address: 2/F Kennedy Town Centre, 23 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Tel: 2816 5222
West Island School, ESF
Address: 250 Victoria Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Tel: 2819 1962
Curriculum: IGCSE and IB Diploma
Eating and Drinking in Kennedy Town – my favourite thing to do!
Just like Kennedy Town properties, you’ll find both traditional and modern dining options. There are plenty of restaurants chains, and also small ventures with a strong local neighbourhood feel.
Sun Hing Restaurant, Smithfield Road: This buzzing dim sum joint is extraordinarily popular among Hong Kong University students and taxi drivers. The opening hours are insanely long- from 3am to 4pm, so you can jump there almost anytime! I recommend you try the steamed custard bun.
Catch on Catchick, 93 Catchick Street: If you are looking to dine al fresco for brunch or dinner this is a great choice.
Fish and Chick, 25 New Praya: Yearning for some British style fish and chips? This is the place to go. If fish isn’t your thing try the French-style rotisserie chicken!
Missy Ho’s, 48 Forbes Street: I love the decor in this bar and tapas restaurant, especially the iconic swing in the middle of the bar (yes really, and yes you can have a go!).
Kinsale, 2-5 New Praya: A family-friendly neighbourhood restaurant serving good food and sometimes with a bit of live music.
Let me know what your favourites are in K-Town. Do you live in K-Town and if so where?Are you a landlord who owns a property in K-Town? We always have clients who are keen to live there.