Kowloon City is an up and coming district in the centre of Kowloon, widely known in Hong Kong for its coveted school zone and a destination for foodies, the low-rises that were once restricted by height due to the old Kai Tak Airport are gradually being replaced by high rise luxury developments.
Part of Hong Kong Government’s top redevelopment zones, the old Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon City has already been redeveloped into a world class Cruise Terminal, with plans for adjacent retail & amenities along with a brand new MTR station that will be connecting the district for the first time, these new developments and increase in accessibility will surely cement the district’s popularity in Hong Kong.
One of the most attractive aspect of Kowloon City, especially for local families, is Kowloon City’s school net and the quality of the district’s learning centres. Kowloon City is a located in a highly coveted school zone with a POA (Primary One Admission) School Net that has some of the most desirable schools available for Central Allocation. Coupled with having some of the best EFS and international schools in the area, it is not surprising that Kowloon City has developed into a major education hub in Kowloon.
In recent years there has been a growing number of high-end and specialised supplementary learning centres in Kowloon City, the area today, probably has the highest concentration of these Tutor Centres anywhere in Hong Kong. For parents and students faced with Hong Kong’s highly competitive school system, Kowloon City’s premier school zone and well established education facilities makes for a highly compelling reason to reside there.
Long ago since when the Kai Tak International Airport was still operating in Kowloon City, the area has been credited as a gourmet neighbourhood with an endless streams of travellers passing through for some of the best food Hong Kong has to offer. This hasn’t change since the airport was disused, foodies still flock to Kowloon City for the best hotpot, traditional Chiu Chow, local desserts and Thai Cuisine. Along with these synonymous cuisines that put Kowloon City on the map, there is a growing trend of high end French bakeries, cake shops, dessert shops, and hip new restaurants popping up all over Kowloon City.
Along Hau Wong Road and the surrounding neighbourhood you can find top end gourmet retail that attract consumers from all over Hong Kong. With shops selling the top of the line fruits & produce all the way from Japan to hairy crabs, quality meats and Italian or French gourmet ingredients. Living in Kowloon City you will be spoilt for choice by a seemingly endless variety of some of the best restaurants in Hong Kong and a large selection of quality gourmet goods & produce on offer.
The current Cruise Terminal in Kowloon City already has world class facilities, including high end restaurants and convention centres, the large rooftop garden is worth the visit alone. The subsequent high-end retail, hotels and amenities to cater for the future increase in tourists and foot traffic will surely add to the allure of district. The up and coming MTR Station due for completion at the end of 2016, will connect Kowloon City to the MTR network for the first time, this station will have a pedestrian subway connected directly from Nam Kok Road in the heart of the district. Since Kowloon City is practically in the middle of the peninsula, the district will have superb accessibility to the whole of Kowloon as well as to Hong Kong Island and the New Territories.
Ever since the height restrictions were lifted from the dismantling of the old airport, there has been a renewed interest in Kowloon City. Now with the anticipation of new infrastructure and amenities that accompany the Cruise Terminal, and a brand new MTR station, its popularity is at an all-time high with redevelopments all over the district trying to capitalise on this surging demand. This unassuming gourmet haven and coveted school district is very soon to be one of the most desirable places to live in the whole of Kowloon.
Information on Kowloon City provided by Home Net, Licensed Hong Kong Real Estate Agency.