[South China Morning Post]
Sai Kung’s low-density residential developments and modern village houses attract city dwellers
Sino Land’s The Mediterranean and New World Development’s Mount Pavilia are pick of big developments attracting newcomers to the district
Over the years, Sai Kung has been a magnetic attraction for city dwellers who love to hike, fish or sail.
The area is known as the “Back Garden of Hong Kong”, a blend of rural tranquillity and urban vibrancy. The district stands out with its low-density residential developments and modern village houses that draw a continuous stream of residents and families moving into the neighbourhood.
Given a limited supply of new residential properties in Sai Kung’s town centre area, the sale of Sino Land’s The Mediterranean in Tai Mong Tsai Road has attracted plenty of attention since its launch at the end of last year.
Victor Tin, associate director of the sales department at Sino Land, says there was virtually no supply of new residential properties in the Sai Kung area over the past decade, so, once launched, The Mediterranean will become a focal point of the district.
“As of June 9, a total of 119 units in the project were sold. Many are residents and end-users living in Sai Kung,” he says.
The Mediterranean offers a low-density resort-style lifestyle, featuring 297 units in four towers. The flats come in a wide range of layouts, ranging from one-bedroom to four-bedroom units, plus special units, such as ones with a garden, rooftops and sky pools.
Tin says the project is complete with a luxurious clubhouse, which has a 45-metre swimming pool, jogging trail and horticultural amenities, plus complimentary limousine service to Hang Hau MTR station. It is just a few minutes’ walk to the Waterfront Park, an alfresco seafood dining street and the Hong Kong Academy international school.
With a long and varied coastline, largely rural character and outstanding scenery, Sai Kung is one of Hong Kong’s most attractive areas. Sai Kung town has grown rapidly over the decades, with more and more locals and expatriates moving into the area, drawn by its natural beauty and recreational features.
The government is trying to strike a balance between residential developments and protecting important natural features in order to address housing needs, and meeting recreational demands. As far as public transport goes, Sai Kung is mainly served by buses, public light buses and green minibuses.
Low-density residential properties are concentrated in Sai Kung town. There are a number of villas and residences scattered along main thoroughfares, such as Sai Sha Road, Hiram’s Highway and Clear Water Bay Road, plus a string of village houses along the long winding Tai Mong Tsai Road on the coastline from Sai Kung town to Pak Tam Chung next to the country park.
Another major residential project coming up for sale will be New World Development’s Mount Pavilia in Clear Water Bay Road, next to the University of Science and Technology campus. It will provide 680 large luxury flats, especially three-bedroom and four-bedroom units.
Smaller projects include Chinachem Group’s two villas at No 20 and 22 Pik Sha Road, and Serenity Peak comprising four houses at Serenity Path, and Stanhope Holdings’ The Woods with six houses in Pak Shek Wo.
Property Listing: Sai Kung and Clear Water Bay