Tai Koo Shing is one of Hong Kong’s more well-known and popular middle class residential areas and is easily accessible with the Tai Koo Shing MTR. The area is known for and largely consists of the Tai Koo Shing Estates and the large City Plaza shopping Mall.
The Tai Koo Shing estates is one of the largest scale private housing in Hong Kong and consist of 61 towers with a total of around 12,698 apartment units. Built in phases from 1976 to 1987, these apartments are very family friendly and offer more space compared to today’s standards. With its abundance of comparable units and relatively frequent sales transactions, an index of the transaction price per square feet of the Tai Koo Shing Apartments is a popular representative of percentage increases/decreases for the overall market.
The area is popular for many Japanese and Korean Expatriates throughout the years, many establishments in the area have been developed to cater to their communities bringing along a definite appreciation from the locals. The main benefits of the area also include being adjoined to the large commercial development of Tai Koo Place and its accompanying amenities, proximity to the Harbour promenade and Quarry Bay park, and being adjoined to the City Plaza Shopping Mall.
The City Plaza Shopping Mall is one of the largest shopping Malls in Hong Kong and is easily one of the most spacious and least congested. The shopping mall is more catered towards the local communities and offers retail brands that reflect this, its main draw cards includes the 5 star Cineplex, Ice skating rink and the large Apita Japanese supermarket that stocks quality produce and many international brands.
Historically, the tai Koo Shing estate was once the site of the Taikoo dockyards, in the early twentieth century, Taikoo had a 750 ft. long dry dock that was fully equipped for building and repairing Ships, today, this space has become nothing but an underground carpark. The Dock was originally owned and operated by Butterfield and Swire, later when the dockyard was moved in the 1970’s, the Tai Koo Shing estate was developed by Swire Properties and was one of the first major private housing estates in Hong Kong and this achievement quickly catapulted Swire properties’ status as a major contender in real estate development in Hong Kong.
Information on Tai Koo provided by Home Net, Licensed Hong Kong Real Estate Agency.