Razor Hill

It may not be as pretty as Lobster Bay or as smart as the Giverny, but Razor Hill has a certain charm. It’s not village living, but it’s a great location if you’re looking for convenience.

High up in the clouds, opposite the prison, Razor Hill is the site of an old pig farm. Now, it’s a series of developments leading up the hill – Razor Park, Rise Park and Greenpark, among others.

The developments are mostly in typical Sai Kung/Clearwater Bay villa style. They’re situated in walled communities with security guards at the gate and regular security patrols who’ll call you at work if you leave your front door open and monitor any visitors or deliveries. Most have shared swimming pool and tennis courts, making them fun places for children.

The management companies also take care of cleaning and maintaining the common areas and general up-keep with fees starting at about $2,000 a month for the smaller units. If you’re renting, the landlord should cover this expense.

Razor Hill is close enough to the Eastern Harbour Tunnel for an easy commute by car to Hong Kong Island, avoiding the messy rush-hour traffic jams along Hiram’s Highway and Clearwater Bay Road. Sai Kung town is a 15-minute drive and Razor Hill is close enough to Hang Hau’s East Point City shopping Mall to pop by for a coffee and a whizz round Taste.

In fact, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to international supermarkets. There’s a Jason’s Marketplace in the newly refurbished Dairy Farm Shopping Centre at the bottom of the hill. The shopping centre itself has an odd but useful mixture of shops and services. Along with the highly regarded Owens, Trodd & Partners doctor’s practice, there’s The Property Shop, a good hairdresser and laundry.

For the kids there’s a tuition centre and Kids Can – an English-based activity centre – and the mini trolleys in Jasons Marketplace are always good fun.

The clouds over Razor Hill can hang very low, limiting visibility. Add to that the chanting of the prisoners as they exercise in the yard of the prison at the bottom of the hill and at times Razor Hill can be a spooky, magical place. But with safe, convenient living and all mod cons on your doorstep, it’s hard to beat.