A prime neighbourhood in Kowloon spanning both the Kowloon City and Sham Shui Po districts, Kowloon Tong was developed as a leafy, low-density residential area in the 1920s, as a salve for the cramped high rise living on Hong Kong Island. It’s steadily become one of the wealthiest residential districts in Hong Kong. You’ll find plenty of luxurious free-standing houses and townhouses all around the area, and amongst them, a full range of prestigious schools from kindergartens all the way to universities, some of which have a rich history dating back to WWII.
Kowloon Tong MTR station takes you to Kowloon’s bustling shopping districts (such as Tsim Sha Tsui) to the south; and to the New Territories in the north, all within 20 minutes. Located along the East Rail Line, Kowloon Tong is also a useful interchange station that leads all the way towards the border of mainland China, making it a good choice for those who wish to remain close to the city, but are also frequent travellers to Shenzhen or Guangzhou.
Kowloon Tong has long been the dream residential location specifically for families with young children, as it remains to be Hong Kong’s finest school district. Due to the allocation systems of first-year primary school admissions, children living within the same area of the school get an overall higher chance of acceptance, which drives many to reside in the area with the sole purpose of being within the particular school net.
Some of the most elite institutions within the area include Maryknoll Convent School for girls and La Salle College for boys (both with primary and secondary school divisions). There are also kindergartens including Kentville Kindergarten and Cannan Kindergarten, universities such as Hong Kong Baptist University, along with American, Australian and a range of other international schools.
Residences to know
As an upscale, low-density residential area, there is no shortage of luxury homes in Kowloon Tong, which range from large detached houses to gated communities, protected heritage villas and a mix of both modern and Colonial era low-rise buildings. These are spread across enclaves of low-rise luxury apartments along La Salle Road (bordering Ho Man Tin district); Yau Yat Tsuen to the east, and Beacon Hill and Broadcast Drive to the north and northeast.
To get a better picture of the more well known residences in the area, a recent listing of a 2,004 sq.ft. duplex four-bedroom apartment unit at One Beacon Hill, featuring a private outdoor space, was priced at HK$78 million, whereas another 2,190sq. ft. four-bedroom unit in the same development, with a balcony and roof top, has also just been listed with an asking price of HK$118 million. Meanwhile, a 1,674sq.ft. five-bedroom unit with a walk-in closet in the master suite will cost you HK$65 million.
One very important thing to factor into your decision of where to live is that while both One Beacon Hill and Mount Beacon are both located in Kowloon Tong, only the former counts as within the Kowloon City school network (no. 41), which is where all previously mentioned top-tier schools are listed.
What to See & Do
Apart from its school offerings, Kowloon Tong also boasts a great set of supporting facilities from private hospitals to shopping malls. The large-scale Festival Walk shopping mall was developed in the 1990s, and offers 200 retail and restaurant outlets in the upper-mass sector — such as Longchamp, Max & Co., Simplylife, Greyhound, Coffee Academics, Cova — complete with one of the city’s largest ice rinks and a cinema.
Kowloon Tong Club
The members-only Kowloon Tong Club is located on Waterloo Road, and was established in 1935 to provide residents with a place to socialise over leisure and recreational activities from badminton to billiards, tennis, lawn bowling and more. The club continues to thrives today with over 2,299 members. Like most elite members club, those who wishes to be part of its community will have to apply through an existing member that holds special voting rights.
Kowloon Tsai Park
A more economical alternative is the Kowloon Tsai Park, which is situated at Inverness Road, Kowloon City, for public use since 1964. The government-owned park spans an area of 11.66 hectares, and features multiple outdoor facilities including swimming pool, basketball court, soccer pitch, dog park, sports ground, jogging track and more. Visitors are encourage to check out the Bauhinia Garden, where you’ll find over 120 Bauhinia trees all blossoming in a sea of beautiful magenta shades during its flowering period, which is typically from September to June — a popular time for outdoor weddings at the venue.