There’s no doubt that living in Hong Kong is challenging sometimes. Apartments are notoriously small, buildings are tightly packed together, and many neighbourhoods are loud and crowded. While the city’s urban landscape makes good fodder for all those #residensity posts on Instagram, it doesn’t always add up to a peaceful lifestyle. It’s no surprise, then, that for many Hongkongers, securing a spacious home in a quiet area surrounded by greenery is the ultimate fantasy.
Of course there are challenges to realising this dream: not only the city’s sky-high property prices but also the scarcity of worthy homes available on the market. However, if you have the dream and the means to attain it, we’d suggest considering a move to South Lantau, where residents enjoy a style of natural living that may grab your attention.
Why South Launtau? It’s a nature lover’s dream, backed by Lantau and Sunset Peaks, and home to some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the SAR. From here you can enjoy panoramic views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the South China Sea. If water sports are your thing, you can indulge your passion nearby at Pui O and Cheung Sha Beach, where you can also enjoy unspoilt stretches of sand absent of the crowds found at the city’s most popular beaches. Imagine that the fun things you only get to do on weekends became a part of your daily life: That’s what living in South Lantau is like.
Living there also puts you in close range of many of Hong Kong’s best scenic hot spots, from Ngong Ping 360 to Tai O. Aside from the bucolic natural landscape, the area is free from the negative trappings of urban life. There are no traffic-clogged streets, nor is there the feeling that you’re living on top of your neighbours — it’s literally a breath of fresh air.
Heading out of town? Hong Kong International Airport is less than 20 mins away. And don’t worry about being isolated: Getting to the city centre is simple via ferries from Discovery Bay and Mui Wo, allowing you easy access to urban activities whilst enjoying the peace and quiet of living in a more natural setting that is perfect for families and nature lovers.
Positioned between Cheung Sha and Pui O beaches on Lantau Island, Whitesands is a new residential development that allows you to enjoy the best that this verdant part of Hong Kong has to offer. Comprised of two-storey detached homes with three- or four-bedroom layouts, the complex has the feeling of a holiday resort blended with the everyday comforts of home.
Wrapped in a clean, white façade, each house blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow in plenty of natural sunlight whilst providing gorgeous vistas of the surrounding mountains and coastline. Inside, airy living/dining rooms open onto private yards where you can cook on a grill, soak up the sun, practise yoga poses, or work on your putting if you’re a golf enthusiast. Including gardens in the front of each home, these surprisingly large green spaces help the residences blend into the natural scenery whilst allowing you to enjoy the outdoors with complete privacy and comfort.
If you like entertaining, you’ll love living here. The elegant kitchens have minimal decoration, plenty of storage, and wide counter spaces for families to cook together, and the layout also makes it easy to host parties and family gatherings, given the kitchen’s proximity to the dining room and the backyard. Imagine hosting a pool party every weekend: Three houses in the complex also come with private outdoor swimming pools, an almost-unthinkable amenity in Hong Kong.
Looking to relax? Upstairs, most bedrooms come with private balconies, and the master bedrooms boast en-suite bathrooms in which a large, freestanding bathtub faces big windows that allow you to gaze out into the hills and contemplate the majestic scenery. If that’s not a dream bathroom, we don’t know what is.
A home like this is certainly hard to come by in Hong Kong, but its appeal is obvious. If you’re looking for a respite from hectic city living but don’t want to be too far away from the action, Whitesands offers a picturesque middle ground — right in the middle of two beaches. What could be better than that?
This story is presented by Whitesands.
District: South Lantau Coast
Name of the Street and Street Number: 160 South Lantau Road
For details, please refer to the sales brochure of Whitesands