Sai Wan Ho is a residential area located just next to Tai Koo, it is just a short walk from the City Plaza Shopping Mall and easily accessible by the Sai Wan Ho MTR or the many bus and mini bus lines that pass through King’ Road.
The area is a popular community hub, with plenty of facilities that cater to the Eastern districts including the Island East Swimming Pool which is one of the more kids & family friendly public pools in Hong Kong, the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre which provide a theatre and many facilities for cultural and community art activities, and 2 large indoor sports facilities, Sai Wan Ho Sports centre that provides the standard multi-purpose courts and gym, and the Island East Sports Centre which is a clubhouse type recreation centre that offers plenty of extras like indoor golf rooms, bowling greens, and sports climbing walls.
Sai Wan Ho also offers plenty of open areas and green space with its large promenade, park and jogging track/walkway that runs along the harbour to Quarry Bay Park. This promenade is a popular gathering place for the local community during the many festivals throughout the year and is also a popular and ideal congregation point for dog lovers in the area.
With the many facilities and popular open spaces, Sai Wan Ho has plenty of great value food and dessert options that cater especially to the younger crowd, including the infamous Tai On Building with its food stalls and the small restaurants and popular dessert Shops on and around Sai Wan Ho St.
The area was once renowned for quality public housing and large residential blocks built in the 60’s along Sau Kei Wan Road, notably, the large scale housing on tai Cheong and Tai Hong St, and the Tai On Building which remains a landmark even today. With aging real estate and the wealth that the area offers, being right next to the harbour, great sports & arts facilities, proximity to many international schools, MTR, open green space and parks, it is no surprise that the area is a prime target for many Developers.
In the recent years this aging residential area has seen a seen a dramatic change along the harbour, starting with the upscale Les Saisons and the enormous Grand Promenade development that sits right next to the Harbour. These residential developments sparked the gentrification of the promenade and the surrounding streets. Tai Hong St, with views towards the harbour is today completely revitalised and now offers an upscale selection of western fare, cafes, and bars, the area was even coined the Soho of the East.
Slowly more modern and upscale developments are starting to take over the Sai Wan Ho landscape, more recently with I·UniQ Grand near the MTR station and 18 Upper East on Shing On St. These newer buildings at the moment are in a sharp contrast with its neighbours, but with many buildings in Sai Wan Ho coming to age, the area will slowly but surely see more redevelopments in the near future.
Information on Sai Wan Ho provided by Home Net, Licensed Hong Kong Real Estate Agency.