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The best housing complexes for expats

Endless crowds and the morning commuter crush can shock the system of many a newcomer, but the biggest surprise for newly posted expats in Hong Kong tends to be the living space (or lack thereof, compared with most other cities). If you live within the city centre itself, outdoor space and large living areas are hard to come by. But what a flat might lack in space, the complex can make up for in amenities. Whether you’re already suited to high-rise living, or searching for some of the city’s much-sought after space, there are options for you to set up your home with ease.

 

Residence Bel-Air

Hong Kong Island

The Bel-Air Residence offers all the airs and graces you would expect, given its name. Situated along the coast of Telegraph Bay in Cyberport, the six-phase complex includes three clubhouses with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, children’s play areas, fitness centres and dedicated pilates rooms, as well as tennis courts and an on-site beauty salon and spa. With the Cyberport Arcade shopping centre nearby and a convenient shuttle service to Sheung Wan, you’ll benefit from the peace and tranquility of seaside living, while resting assured you are only a short distance away from life in the city.

In-keeping with the suburban feel (or Hong Kong’s equivalent), The Redhill Peninsula complex, located near Tai Tam Country Park, includes high-rise towers, low-rise duplex blocks and townhouses with unbeatable views of the peninsula. With two clubhouses and multiple swimming pools, gyms, dance studios, playgrounds and squash courts on-site, there’s little need to venture out for entertainment on weekends, though if you do decide to, shuttle services to Shau Kei Wan, Stanley and Central service all corners of the city.

 

The Repulse Bay

The Repulse Bay is one of the south side’s most identifiable complexes, with an unmissable, square-shaped hole – abiding by feng shui rules and making room for the dragon from the nearby mountain to pass. The beachfront property boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, children’s playgrounds, tennis and squash courts, and a gym. The four towers rest atop the Repulse Bay Shopping Arcade, catering to residents’ every need, with cafés, supermarkets, gift stores, doctor’s offices and more, while the public transport links and residents’ shuttle bus will bring you to Central in just 15 minutes.

If it’s outdoor space you’re after, few complexes on the island offer more than Regalia Bay, in Stanley. Each townhouse has two gardens, a rooftop terrace, and multiple balconies, while the shared clubhouse houses a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and conference room. Regalia Bay is just five minutes by shuttle to the popular Stanley Market and waterfront, and a 25-minute commute to Central.

On the island’s eastern front, Tai Koo Shing is a sprawling complex just a short distance from the bustling hub of Causeway Bay. 60 apartment blocks surround the popular Cityplaza shopping mall, and on-site recreational facilities include swimming pools, children’s playgrounds and an indoor badminton court. Coupled with the wealth of restaurants, shops and cinemas housed in the mall below, entertainment options abound.

 

Laguna City

Kowloon

On the Lam Tin waterfront, the aptly named Laguna City is a family-friendly private housing complex consisting of four phases, three shopping centres, and two clubhouses. With both an indoor and outdoor pool, a fitness centre, multiple playgrounds, and indoor basketball and squash courts, residents are spoiled for choice on the fitness front, while a reading lounge and three restaurants provide entertainment and respite. The complex is just 10 minutes from Lam Tin MTR station, connecting residents with the eastern edge of Hong Kong island.

If your work takes you between Hong Kong and the mainland, Hung Hom’s well connected transportation links make it the perfect commuter town. The Royal Peninsula has a well-equipped clubhouse, with an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, and children’s playground, making this an ideal option for families.

 

Siena Two

New Territories/Outlying Islands

While there are quiet alcoves on the island, if true peace and quiet is what you seek, setting your sights a little further afield might be your best option. Discovery Bay, on the northern tip of Lantau Island, is a 20-minute ferry from Central, and is popular with expats thanks to the easy commute and community feel. Siena Two is a luxury apartment and villa complex situated near the popular Discovery Bay Plaza and its accompanying amenities. Clubhouse facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, fitness centre, playgrounds, bowling alleys, tennis courts and an on-site café.

If you’re an experienced sailor or a lover of the high seas, Marina Cove in Sai Kung offers a unique opportunity. The properties boast large gardens and yacht berths, while a select few have private pools. Clubhouse facilities include an outdoor pool, sauna, gym, tennis court, and squash court. The nearby Marina Cove Shopping Centre houses a supermarket, restaurant, convenience store and numerous lifestyle stores, guaranteeing you won’t need to travel far to stock up on the essentials.

In the heart of the New Territories is the satellite town of Tai Po. Residents of the low-density Casa Marina II complex occupy two and three-storey houses, each equipped with a private garden, while the larger properties also include private swimming pools. The complex hosts a shared outdoor pool, sauna and gym, children’s playground, badminton, squash and tennis courts, as well as a barbecue area for the fair-weather days, and a shuttle service runs between Casa Marina II and the Tai Po Market train station.

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