Once a quiet little neighbourhood nestled between City One and the Shing Mun River, Shek Mun is finding its place on the Hong Kong property ladder
You have probably passed Shek Mun numerous times, perhaps coming from the mountainside tunnels under Sha Tin Pass, or on the MTR going to Ma On Shan – if you see the Coca-Cola bottling factory, it’s just a skip across the bridge behind. Less well known than City One, yet only five minutes walk across the river, Shek Mun is bubbling with potential, and the market is taking notice.
Located there is a newer public housing estate, along with luxury housing developments Ravana Garden, Garden Vista and Pictorial Garden overlooking Shing Mun River. They will soon be joined by a Sun Hung Kai Properties development on On Yiu Street, in the heart of the area, and no doubt the first of many new developments.
HSBC has a significant office development in the area, as does the Heung Yee Kuk, with its theatre, recital and exhibition spaces. The two developments join campus extensions for the International Christian School and the Hong Kong Baptist University. The Jockey Club Kitchee Centre has also served as a development hub for local football talent, from the club whose signing of former Uruguay international striker Diego Forlan has been creating a buzz across the Asia soccer scene.
There is a great deal of interest in Shek Mun, and a number of advantages make it clear why. Transport convenience for one, with close connections to Kowloon by road or MTR, but behind the scenes there have been several new properties creating excitement around Shek Mun.
A little stardust clearly goes a long way, and now analysts are seeing Shek Mun as an alternative to other commercial areas, particularly for businesses driven from Hong Kong Island by the hot office market. New working spaces in Wong Chuk Hang and Kowloon East have been the talk of the town of late, but Shek Mun has seen the opening of two phases of Kings Wing Plaza, with mixed office and retail spaces offering better value and a high degree of accessibility to Kowloon and Sha Tin.
Aside from new commercial developments, Shek Mun’s dining scene has a number of hidden gems. At 524-room Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Shatin in the area, Chinese restaurant ClubONE River View and LEVELthirty Lounge & Bar on the hotel’s roof have proved to be sleeper hits with those in the know. It is just one of many coffee shops, restaurants, bars and cha chan teng cafes popping up to meet the new commercial and residential demand.
With biking trails leading towards the Science Park, Tai Po, Tai Wai and Ma On Shan, along with quick access to the beautiful country park around stages 3 and 4 of the Maclehose Trail, Shek Mun has an easy breezy aura to it. Perched on the Shing Mun River, it commands spectacular views towards Fo Tan and Tai Mo Shan sitting beyond. It’s perfect for families or sporty young couples, so keep the area in mind for renting or purchase.