Living in Chai Wan
Described as a mosaic of residential and industrial properties, Chai Wan lies at the eastern end of Hong Kong Island and is increasingly recognised as a location for those seeking an edgier approach to housing.
Properties: mostly high-rise apartments and lower-rise industrial buildings, Chai Wan attracts those who see the potential in the many warehouse-style buildings, renovating unloved properties into New York loft-type homes or home-offices with enviable space, some with uninterrupted sea views.
Transport: Chai Wan MTR station on the main Island Line is about 25 minutes away from Central. A bus ride to Central takes about 40 minutes. Taxis are prevalent.
Amenities: there are various supermarkets, local restaurants and warehouse outlets. Chai Wan is, however, mostly a local district with few international food and shopping options. Still, there are several global coffee and fast food chains on every street corner and the modern shopping and entertainment mall of Cityplaza is a few minutes away by car.
Perks: a renovator’s dream, Chai Wan has a gritty appeal and the availability of sea views and space potential without paying Central prices. Art spaces, venues and creative businesses are increasingly making the most of the area.