The Peak is nice to live if you have money and own your business that you don’t have to commit to a 9 to 5 work schedule. This district only has 5000 population. It is quiet at night. Air quality is better. You get a fantastic view overlooking the city. For sure, it is a status since you pay a premium to live there. However, it might not be convenient if you are young professionals who work in central and have a busy personal life schedules.
Just speaking from personal experience, I am a young professional whose parents own a townhouse in the peak with view overlooking Victoria harbour. I just returned from US to Hong Kong to work at a financial firm. At the beginning of my job, I lived with my parents in the peak. We had a driver who works from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. I used him everyday to drop me off at my office. If I leave the office late, or decide to eat out before heading back up to the peak or have a social gathering with friends in lan Kwai Fong, I have to take a taxi to get home. And this happens all the time. Over the weekend, the driver is off work schedule. This means that i will have to use app to get an Uber or taxi. This is where the problem begins if you live in the peak. Although it takes around 15 minutes to go down the hills by car, but getting a taxi is inconvenient and it takes long time to get a taxi to respond to your order. Sometimes, Uber can’t even locate a cab nearby to pick you up if you want to head downtown to meet up with your friends. Sure you can always drive your own car. Then, you can’t drink. And finding a car park in downtown is a quite hideous task.
The next problem for living in the peak is grocery shopping and choice of dining options in the peak neighborhood. Obviously, shopping options and dining options are limited as all the shops and restaurants are located at peak galleria. And the restaurants there are not that great. There is a supermarket named market by jason which closes at 8pm daily. If your maid doesn’t know what you want to buy grocery, you have to go there before 8pm by yourself.
There is another trade off for living in the peak. Although it is quiet at night, there is no convient store and noodle shops that are within 20 minutes of walk. If you are craving for some midnight night snack and noodle soup, tough luck.
Since public transportation and taxi are limited, you basically have to have a driver who is living in house with your family. And this caused a privacy concern.
Even the peak residents enjoy a nice view, but it gets old after looking out from the bedroom everyday. If you live in the mid-level, some of the high rise can also have great view of Victoria harbour. Overall, I personally prefer mid level since it has an escalator nearby and tons of cafes are within minutes of walking distance.
Just saying, living in the peak has its trade off. Sometimes, it is really not that convenient if you value privacy and wants easy access to late night cafes and convenient stores.