As it turns out, the 40+ residents who remain at Sea Ranch make use of a private ferry to and from Cheung Chau; still quite a schlep if you suddenly find yourself out of milk. But accessibility isn’t a plus for everyone – even everyone in Hong Kong. The real sense of isolation is what must have brought the party people to buy here back in the 70s and 80s. (A swish weekend retreat for senior executives completed in 1979, Sea Ranch was a kind of Eyes Wide Shut, secret handshake of a development that only those in the know, knew.) And arguably Sea Ranch’s inaccessibility is still the lure – that, and the price. A 1,240-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment, with a large balcony and beautiful sea view, comes in at around HK$4.9 million.