To the outside world Hong Kong may appear to be a mass of skyscrapers, but we lucky inhabitants know there is far more to our city than concrete. We take a look at some of the most naturally beautiful homes on the market for nature lovers in the 852.
Kam Tin Road, Shek Kong
- $55,000 per month
- 2,700 sqft
- 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 car parking spaces, maid’s quarters, terrace, spacious garden
With natural light flooding in through the windows, this contemporary duplex home has an open, airy feel – not to mention the lawn, terrace, and views of the rolling hills and mountains. This is one al fresco spot you’ll never get bored of. Looking for a swift turn around? Enquire about the partially furnished option.
If you’re yearning for open country spaces, yearn no more. In Shek Kong, you’re just a 15-minute drive away from Lam Tsuen Country Park where you will discover gurgling streams, challenging hikes, and an abundance of creatures including porcupines, badgers, and leopard cats. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more natural area. Keen birdwatchers will be happy to discover that Mai Po Nature Reserve, which is home to 75 percent of Hong Kong’s winged species, is just a half-hour drive northward too. Grab your binoculars and you might even spot the rare Oriental Stork. Alternatively, if you want to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city, you can be on Hong Kong Island in 15 minutes thanks to the conveniently nearby No. 3 Highway.
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33 Horizon Drive, Chung Hom Kok
- $98,000 per month
- 1,795 sqft – 2,230 sqft
- Modern kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private balcony, communal swimming pool, sea and green views
Soak up the views of the rolling green hills and the ocean on your private terrace, from the comfort of your spacious living room, or even when you’re loading the dishwasher in the kitchen. At this modern, three-bedroom property in the quiet Southside neighbourhood of Chung Hom Kok, you’ve got the luxury of deliciously natural views from almost every window.
Hikers looking for a challenge can conquer the difficult Wilson Trail Section 1, The Twins Catch Water, and The Twins trails, which are all in the area. If you fancy a spot of island hopping, catch the ferry to To Poi from Stanley and explore the unique rockery and ancient carvings tucked away on this tiny island. The rock-based fun doesn’t stop there either, with the rather unusual Bluff Head formation on the Southern tip of Hong Kong Island waiting to be explored upon your return. Alternatively, you can skip the rocks to relax on the sand at Chung Hom Kok Beach and admire the scenic views from Chung Hom Kok Park – remember to take some supplies for an al fresco dinner at the BBQ pits.
Contact: Habitat Property
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Leyburn Villas, South Lantau
- $13,000 – $30,000 per month
- 350 sqft – 1,150 sqft
- 1 – 3 bedrooms, 1 – 2 bathrooms, open kitchen, spacious living area, private terrace, 1 parking space
An ocean view and a friendly water buffalo population – that sounds like the nature lovers dream to us! While you might imagine that such a life would break the bank, that isn’t the case over on the grassy island of Lantau. Nestled on the Southern tip of the island, the new Leyburn Villas development offers apartments starting from just $13,000 per month for a modern, one-bedroom property.
Not only are you a stones throw away from Cheung Sha Beach, you’re also in prime position for taking on Stage 10 of the Lantau Trail, and under a ten minute drive away from the Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak trails. Basically, there are more hikes than you can shake your trekking pole at. Oh, and the buffalo – did we mention the buffalo?
Contact: Leyburn Villas
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1 Shek O Road, Tai Tam
- $600,000 per month
- 6,293 sqft
- 5 bedrooms, 1 general bathroom, 3 ensuite, 1 family room, 2 maid’s rooms, 1 utility room, 1 dining room, outdoor swimming pool, private garden, multiple car parking spaces
Grab your trowel! Green fingered gardeners will fall in love with the abundance of outdoor space at this colonial Tai Tam property, which is just waiting for you to get busy with your bulbs. There are plenty of outdoor seating spots to admire your handiwork and entertain friends, and also five bedrooms should you wish to welcome guests for the weekend.
If you feel the need to venture out from the spacious, green oasis that is your garden, get out and explore the Southside of Hong Kong Island. Wander around Tai Tam Reservoir, or hop on one of the nearby hiking trails. You’re not too far from Shek O Country Park either, with Hong Kong Island’s famous Dragon’s Back hike waiting, and Big Wave Bay on hand should you wish to laze the summer days away at this picturesque, sandy spot.
Contact: Landscope Christie’s
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Lung Ha Wan Road, Clearwater Bay
- $35,000 per month
- 1,400 sqft
- 3 bedrooms, 1 en-suite, 1 maid room, sea view, car parking space, 500 sqft garden
Tucked away in Mau Po Village, this duplex apartment is a blank canvas just waiting for you to make it your own. With lush green views to be enjoyed out of every window, and a spacious garden for little ones and four-legged friends, this $35k rental in a peaceful neighbourhood is something of a gem.
Teetering right on the edge of Clear Water Bay Country Park and opening the door to explore the Lung Ha Wan Country Trail, nature lovers are sure to be in their element. Working in the city? Not a problem. With the LOHAS Park MTR nearby, commuting downtown is a swift and painless affair.
Contact: Sunshine Property
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