Bordered by Central in the east and Kennedy Town in the west, these once traditional areas of pre-war, 5 storey ‘walk-ups’ have seen a huge increase in expatriate tenants over the past few years.
Often described as the new SOHO, there are chic coffee shops and international gourmet restaurants as well as small street side dai pai dongs, up market boutiques and antique shops as well as traditional Chinese medicine and dried food shops – the best of both worlds where old meets young.
In addition to the old style low rise buildings, some of these now beautifully renovated with attractive roof top terraces, there is a wide range of new apartment buildings with excellent club house facilities. The area caters mainly for the professional single or couples market with high density living in compact units.
The convenience of city living is enhanced by good supermarkets, numerous street markets for fruit and vegetables as well the Sai Ying Pun wet market. A good example of a smart new development in this area is Island Crest in Sai Ying Pun with its’ comprehensive facilities. There is a wide choice of serviced apartments in both Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun, something for every taste and budget!
The area is well served by minibuses, City Bus, taxis, and the old style Hong Kong tram. The MTR goes as far as Sheung Wan however construction is now well under way to extend the Island line with two more stations, Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town due to be completed by 2014. Many bus routes run along Des Voeux Road and Queens Road West and though many streets are too steep or narrow for buses, some minibus routes travel through the upper streets.
Sai Ying Pun is home to Hong Kong’s oldest university, Hong Kong University, established in 1911. Many of the international schools also have campuses in the western districts now, such as:
Opened in November 2011, The Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre, situated on the waterfront in Sai Ying Pun, has excellent sports facilities as well as two indoor swimming pools. The Sheung Wan Civic Centre is situated on the 4-7th floors of the Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building. The Civic Centre houses an exhibition hall and a theatre as well as an art studio. The Municipal Services building also houses various restaurants.
The Community Church of Hong Kong is situated close to the MTR station in Sheung Wan. The aptly named Hospital Road is home to the Jockey Club Sai Ying Pun Clinic, a public medical facility as well as the Prince Philip dental hospital and the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences is located in Sheung Wan.
Hong Kong’s new SOHO
Offers convenience of city living
Close proximity to dining facilities
Wide choice of serviced apartments
Several international schools
MTR extension nearby to open in 2014