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What defines a luxury property in Hong Kong?

What defines a luxury property in Hong Kong, the most expensive real estate market in the world? As Stella Abraham, Head of Residential Leasing & Relocation Services National Director Jones Lang LaSalle Limited (JLL), explains, it has more to do with amenities and lifestyle than the space and size.

The Drake has become a sought-after development
The Drake has become a sought-after development

“The definition of luxury living is different in every country. In New York, it could mean living in a penthouse loft on Fifth Avenue. In England, it could mean living in a large Victorian cottage with a cosy fireplace and a 10-acre farm in your backyard. Here in Hong Kong, our definition of luxury is living smarter and more efficiently. As the most expensive property market in the world, land in Hong Kong is at a premium. With apartments averaging less than 500 square feet per household, developers need to think outside the box to find selling points – other than square footage – to attract tenants to their developments.

Exclusive, state-of-the-art clubhouses are quickly becoming one of these. With gymnasiums, yoga and spin rooms, heated outdoor swimming pools, spas and rooftop lounges, these five-star facilities give residents the same levels of convenience, sense of community and pampering as one of the city’s exclusive private members’ clubs.

Innovative technology, such as smart home-security systems, app-controlled light and AC systems, online clubhouse booking platforms and wireless home appliances are also top of tenants’ lists when looking for a new home. This high-spec tech can allow residents to control their surroundings with a few touches of their smartphone. What could be simpler?

Contemporary luxury property no longer means living in the biggest house with the best views— though that’s certainly a bonus. These days, it’s more important to have the right amenities at hand or on your doorstep to meet your own unique lifestyle needs.”

Here are some luxury property options currently available from JLL:

Oasis in the city

luxury property: The Morgan has excellent open views from every apartment
The Morgan has excellent open views from every apartment

Area: Mid-Levels West

Rent: HK$110,000 per month

Size: 1,360 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Newly built with quality interior finishings and excellent open views from every apartment, The Morgan is one of MidLevels’ hottest addresses. The building boasts a lavish 16,000-square-foot clubhouse, with a range of facilities from a music space to a yoga room, resort-like terraces, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Panoramic Ocean Views

luxury property: Beautiful views of the South China Sea
Beautiful views of the South China Sea

Area: Pok Fu Lam

Rent: $108,000 per month

Size: 1,522 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

The views of the South China Sea from Bel-Air flats are not to be missed. Its clubhouse offers a theatre, a private wine cellar, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a gym, several function rooms and an indoor sports hall. Bel-Air also boasts several restaurants and a diverse range of classes accessible to all residents.

Urban luxury

Area: Mid-Levels West

Rent: $63,000 per month

Size: 1,070 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Apartments at 80 Robinson Road enjoy fantastic views of Victoria Harbour, as well as a stunning, state-of-the-art clubhouse equipped with a gymnasium, multi-function rooms, a bowling alley, indoor swimming pool, squash courts and an indoor children’s play area.

Ultimate Cityscape

Area: Gold Coast

Rent: $48,500

Size: 1,611 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

With panoramic sea views from every apartment and townhouse, The Drake is one of the most sought-after luxury property developments in Tuen Mun. With private beach access, the newly opened resortstyle clubhouse features a gymnasium, indoor swimming pools and multiple play areas for children.

Best of South Side

Area: Repulse Bay

Rent: $142,000

Size: 2,627 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

This newly renovated fourbedroom duplex at The Lily has a stunning open-plan kitchen and spectacular views over Repulse Bay. Residents can also enjoy fantastic clubhouse facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium, multi-function room, children’s playground and large barbecue area.

For more detail on these properties or to see more options, go to jll.com.hk

This article first appeared in the Oct/Nov edition of Expat Living. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.

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