Neighbourhood Guide: Happy Valley & Jardine’s Lookout

This month I’m taking a look at two neighbourhoods (which are quite apt considering the activity in and around the area this weekend) – Happy Valley and Jardine’s Lookout (located on a hill just above Happy Valley). Both of these areas typically have more of a sleepy vibe, due to the lack of MTR, and are popular with families, young couples and even some of the local celebs!  Despite not having an MTR stop, they’re still easily accessible via buses, mini buses and the tram in Happy Valley.  This weekend however, the Sevens might disrupt that a little.

HAPPY VALLEY

There is a real community feel here, which makes it an appealing location for your first home in Hong Kong.  A neighbourhood most famous for its racetrack, Happy Valley has a mix of high and low rise apartment blocks. Many of the properties have commanding views of the nearby sights, be it the racetrack, mountains or sometimes the harbour beyond.

Some properties include Tagus Residences, perfect for the modern urbanite; and The Leighton Hill, a luxury housing estate popular with families.  JLL will have a new sole agency coming into the market just before the summer so stay tuned to hear more about that.

There are lots of options for those who like to eat out, plenty of bars and pubs where you can catch up with other like-minded locals and a variety of shops where you can pick up your daily essentials.  The close proximity to Causeway Bay is appealing should you fancy heading out of the suburbs for a lively atmosphere and some retail therapy.   It also has a good selection of hotels if you have visitors stopping by.

Try Classified for good coffee and cheese, but maybe not together! The Jockey for good old pub grub and Wong Nai Chung Market Cooked Food Centre – home to one of HK’s best dai pai dongs.

If you are thinking of joining a members club, you’ll be pleased to know that the Football Club is within walking distance. If you are a sporty person and want to join a team then contact the club to learn more about memberships.  There’s also lots on offer in terms of exercise too, from running round the outside of that infamous racetrack, yoga classes, crossfit and your traditional gym – you’ll find it all here.

There a good transport links with the tram line starting from Happy Valley, a number of bus services and within walking distance to Causeway Bay MTR Station.

JARDINE’S LOOKOUT

Situated above Happy Valley and in amongst Hong Kong’s beautiful rugged mountains, Jardine’s Lookout is an exclusive, purely residential area close to good schools and the great outdoors.  There are a variety of homes on offer in the area, from low, mid and high rise apartments, to townhouses and sole mansions.  The community here is well-established and secure, with some properties set within a gated perimeter.

Property picks include The Legend, bright airy apartments looking out onto the green countryside; and Serenade that has unbeatable Victoria Harbour views.

Breath-taking harbour views, a tranquil atmosphere, close proximity to the French International School and easy access to essential daily amenities, make it a popular destination for expatriate families.

 

 

Like training in the great outdoors (you may have a bit more energy than me!)  Then you can run along the hiking trail on Jardine’s Lookout, or just simply hike. The entire Wilson Trail starts from Parkview Mansions all the way up to Quarry Bay. So Jardine’s Lookout is actually the section 2 of it, where hikers can enjoy a 270 degree view of Hong Kong.

For those of you going to the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens this weekend, see you there!

Have a good weekend.

Cheers,

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