Tin Hau and Fortress Hill draw families to nearby schools and professionals to quiet retreats and short commutes
Construction boom expands home choices in quiet neighbourhoods next to Causeway Bay
Fortress Hill and neighbouring Tin Hau are enjoying a construction boom of new residential buildings and shopping malls.
These neighbourhoods are not too far from the gleaming shopping centres of Causeway Bay, such as Sogo and Hysan Plaza.
Tin Hau is next to busy Causeway Bay and a quiet residential area with a combination of dong laus, high-rises built in the 1970s and 1980s, along with some new residential buildings that have propped up in recent years. The area has also attracted a number of garages since the late 1960s.
Local property agents say that Tin Hai and Fortress Hill’s leasing and sale markets have been active since early last year. They say young families with children like Tin Hau and even Fortress Hill because of the number of public and private schools there. Families living in the areas also send their young as far as to Island School, near Deep Water Bay, agents add.
Tin Hau is also totally residential and a world apart from Causeway Bay, but its proximity to Central’s business district also gives the area an edge, and professionals are willing to pay a premium when leasing or buying an apartment there, according to Tommy Chan, a property agent with Centaline Property Agency.
Young families are also attracted to the area’s proximity to Causeway Bay’s shopping, dining and entertainment attractions.
Some of Tin Hau’s more popular residential developments include The Pavilia Hill, Victoria Court, Grand Villa, and Magnolia Mansion. Leases in these developments vary from HK$44,000 per month for a 716 sq ft apartment to HK$63,000 per month for a 1,042 sq ft unit.
The Pavilia Hill is the latest luxury development in Tin Hau. Developed by New World Development, it comprises five 31-storey blocks around a Japanese landscape garden.
Tin Hau also has a historical significance. The Tin Hau temple on the cusp of Tin Hau and Causeway Bay is a popular place of religious significance, and one of a string of Tin Hau temples spread all over the city.
According to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s website, Tin Hau Temple was constructed by the Tai clan, although in what year is uncertain. Legend has it that the Tai clan found a red stone shaped like an incense burner on the shore at Causeway Bay. Believing that it had been delivered by Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea, they built a temporary shrine to house it.
The shrine then became so popular with boat dwellers in the area that the Tai clan raised funds to build a temple on the same site. One of the oldest relics preserved inside the temple is a historical bell cast in 1747, the 12th year of the reign of Qianlong.
Fortress Hill has a cluster of older buildings built in the 1980s and 1990s. The famous Sunbeam Theatre is also located there. The 80,000 sq ft Cantonese opera theatre was built in the early 1950s and still stages productions, although there were plans to transform it into a shopping mall. In March 2007, the smaller auditorium was rebuilt as a multipurpose theatre for stage performances.
Most of the residential developments in Fortress Hill are on either side of the main King’s Road, which cuts through Tin Hau to Taikoo Shing and beyond.
Some of the popular developments in Fortress Hill are Le Sommet, Fortress Metro Tower and Fortress Garden. The rentals in these developments start from HK$20,000 onwards, depending on the area of the flat and the floor.
The higher-floor flats are obviously more expensive to rent. Values in Le Sommet can vary but, on average, a higher-floor unit would rent for about HK$45,000 per month.
Units for sale are valued from HK$7 million upwards, and their prices vary according to the area, agents say.