Living in Kennedy Town
Kennedy Town is situated west of Central and predominantly residential - close enough to the heart of Hong Kong and all the city offers but with a more relaxed vibe.
Properties: contemporary new apartment buildings with gyms and pools are popping up, but the more prevalent walk-ups provide many with value, character, space and renovation opportunities. The Tung Fat Building is a classic example of the renovation potential of older style buildings in the area. This is mostly mid-to-high-rise territory, with less office space and more street-level buildings than next-door Central.
Amenities: a wide selection of western and local eateries abound, particularly around Catchick Street. A recent plethora of boutique shops, restaurants, and apartments has attracted professionals and young families wanting a bit more surrounding space or buying opportunities. Kennedy Town Public Swimming Pool is an ultra-modern and hugely popular indoor-outdoor recreational bonus on the harbour-front.
Transport: Kennedy Town benefits from its own MTR station, with Central roughly 10 minutes ride by train. Multiple bus routes will get you to Admiralty in about 15 minutes. There is also a tram line that takes you straight to Central in just over 20 minutes.
Perks: the absence of skyscraper offices on the harbour front gives a sense of being much closer to the water and less hemmed-in by buildings. There’s the newly extended Central and Western District Promenade, Sheung Wan section, for those who like a waterfront walk.