Check out Eight Kwai Fong, Happy Valley’s rare first-hand home address

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The eastern stretch of Mid-Levels above Happy Valley has long been synonymous with the most elite addresses in Hong Kong. 

From the time-honoured residences located on Stubbs Road to spacious apartments and homes on Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley has always been home to Hong Kong’s most well-to-do families and professionals. But for a first-hand residence to appear in such a storied district is rare, with 75 percent of private homes in the area surpassing the 30-year-old mark. Eight Kwai Fong offers the rare opportunity for keen homeowners to have their hand in a fresh property.

Formerly launched in 2015 by New World Development, one of Hong Kong’s preeminent property developers, Eight Kwai Fong was recently acquired by Singaporean conglomerate Farzon Group — it is the business’s maiden luxury residential project in the city. 

Tucked behind a discreet, elegant entrance, the property was initially poised as a luxury serviced residence crafted around a mansion style and layout — you’ll still catch such artisanal details today, from its high ceilings to bright and lofty designer interiors, the bespoke furnishings across all the common areas to a growing contemporary art collection adorning the walls of the lobby and clubhouse.

The 28-storey single-tower residence comprises a total of 156 units, with 139 now selling under the wing of its new owners. Ranging from stylish studios to one-bedroom apartments, the luxury condos feature plenty of natural light, with private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a gorgeous view over the sleepy Happy Valley neighbourhood.

Homes are each outfitted with Miele cooktops and hoods, whilst a residential clubhouse features a common room with large marbled kitchen and dining room accommodating up to 10: a plus for any home chef keen on entertaining guests. There’s also a 24-hour gym, reading lounge, a private garden fitted with a barbecue grill, as well as a rooftop garden for residents to enjoy and soak up the surrounding views.

Besides being located in a quiet, safe and pet-friendly neighbourhood, Eight Kwai Fong is also set in a privileged location when it comes to families with young children looking to carve a path to excellence: It’s located in the Primary School Net number 12, the district is home to some of the city’s top schools such as St. Paul’s Primary Catholic School, Marymount Primary School and Queen’s College. It’s also just a hop and a skip away from international schools such as French International School and Hong Kong Japanese School.

Neighbouring churches, mosques, old galleries and shops, not to mention a growing plethora of restaurants and bars, Eight Kwai Fong is an address that offers a balance of peacefulness and vibrancy, with transport links that take you to Central and Admiralty in just eight minutes. Whether it’s a special dinner at the storied French restaurant Amigo or a weekend browse at F11 Foto Museum, the neighbourhood’s offerings promise that there won’t be a dull moment living at Eight Kwai Fong. 

What’s more, the first 50 buyers of Eight Kwai Fong will automatically become complimentary members of Butler Asia‘s residential butler services. Conceived to be the ‘Uber’ of personal home management, Butler Asia’s services run the gamut of home cleaning, closet reorganisation, household repairs and grocery errands — all tailored according to your personal preferences so you can enjoy your home fuss-free after a long day at work.

“Happy Valley is a uniquely prestigious location in the city, and the amount of first-hand residences in the district is exceptionally scarce and limited.” said Dora Wong, Farzon Group’s General Manager of Asset Management in Hong Kong. “We always strive for perfection for every property project we are involved with and it is clear to us that the sky’s the limit when talking about the potentials of this project. The residence is perfect to act as our debut project in Hong Kong.” 

Show flats are open to the public at Eight Kwai Fong Happy Valley from 15 October, located on the ninth floor. Contact +852 2818 1388 to make an appointment.

Eight Kwai Fong, 8 Kwai Fong Street, Wong Nai Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2818 1388

This article is presented by Farzon Group.

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Buy a New Apartment at Embassy Gardens in London

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Who cares about Brexit? Despite widespread uncertainty regarding the UK’s future departure from the European Union, London’s luxury property market has remained resilient, with prices continuing to rise and new high-end developments opening all over the British capital. London’s most ambitious and exciting property development of the moment is none other than Embassy Gardens, an expansive 15-acre riverside project on the South Bank of the River Thames that’s anchored by the new U.S. Embassy. 

Located in the fast-transforming Nine Elms district, home to the iconic Battersea Power Station, Embassy Gardens is a landmark development which, when completed, will include nearly 2,000 new homes, stunningly landscaped gardens, offices and flexible work spaces, leisure facilities, and 130,000 square feet of bar, restaurant and retail space, including a new Waitrose supermarket. In addition to being the final chapter in the remarkable story of the South Bank’s revitalisation, Nine Elms will also become better connected to the rest of the city with the extension of the London Underground’s Nothern line to include stations at Nine Elms and Battersea.

Opening in three phases, Embassy Gardens has just completed its second phase (also known as the Legacy Buildings), which means that developer EcoWorld Ballymore is set to release a new collection of 2-bedroom apartments in Legacy 1 and Legacy 3, two buildings that overlook the US Embassy and the meticulously landscaped gardens in Embassy Square. Fortunately for Hong Kong buyers, the launch of these new apartments will take place during a two-day exhibition (16 and 17 November 2019) held at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. 

Both standing 22 storeys tall, Legacy 1 and Legacy have an architectural feature you won’t find anywhere else: the Sky Pool, a world-first in swimming pool design that connects the two buildings on the 10th storey. The interiors are just as impressive, having been designed by Benningen Lloyd and Luis Bustamente to offer residents the best in contemporary luxury living. 

Inspired by Soho lofts, the new 2-bedroom apartments coming to market feature an open-plan design that maximises space and makes the most of the natural that light that comes in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Light-coloured oak, marble worktops, black granite, luxurious leather, richly woven fabrics, polished steel and handcrafted Spanish porcelain tiles and amongst the beautiful materials used throughout each apartment. 

Being a 21st-century luxury development, Embassy Gardens offers residents a dazzling assortment of amenities: the Eg:le Club, a private residents’ club for work, relaxation and entertaining; a rooftop bar with breathtaking views; a private gym with a yoga studio, boxing ring, and top-tier equipment; a business centre with two dedicated meeting rooms; a full-service health spa; a private cinema and more. Robin Gill, Good Food Guide Chef of the Year, is behind not one but two restaurants here: Darby’s, a ground-floor eatery focussed on immersive Irish cuisine; and a forthcoming 10-floor restaurant exclusively open to residents.

All this is in addition to Embassy Gardens’ ample dining, shopping and entertainment options, proving that this development is fast becoming a dynamic hub of London and a community in its own right. With its combination of great design, incredible amenities, beautiful green spaces and so much more, this wonderfully rejuvenated district is shaping up to be one of the most desirable places to live in London, one that’s worthy of your consideration whether you’re seeking a pied-a-terre or a permanent relocation.

If you’re interested to learn more about Embassy Gardens, be sure to attend the upcoming exhibition on 16 & 17 November 2019 from 11am-7pm at Edinburgh Room, 2/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong. If you’re curious to learn more about this burgeoning district of London, don’t miss the “Transforming London-Nine Elms Regeneration” presentation, which will be held Friday, 15 November at 7pm; Saturday, 16 November and Sunday, 17 November at 2pm.

For further information, or to register your interest, please contact Cushman & Wakefield at +852 2507 0578 or ipm.hk@cushwake.com.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

Get Into the Olympic Spirit at This New Tokyo Property

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At the centre of Tokyo’s Olympics-inspired redevelopment, BRANZ Atago Toranomon offers sophisticated contemporary living in a stellar location.


The Tokyo Olympics in 2020 will provide an extraordinary opportunity for the Japanese capital. In particular, the city’s property market is set to get a boost with the launch of the Greater Tokyo Redevelopment, which will transform central Tokyo with a number of new developments and infrastructure — and right at the heart of it is BRANZ Atago Toranomon.

The new development, from List Sotheby’s International Realty and Tokyu Land Corporation, occupies a prime location in Toranomon 3 Chome, part of one of the Japanese government’s six National Strategic Special Zones. It enjoys unparalleled public transport links: Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line is just a two-minute walk away and Onarimon station just seven minutes, while the new Toranomon Hills Station will open in 2020. Surrounding districts include the business centres of Ginza, Shinbashi and Akasaka, diplomatic quarter Azabu and cultural melting pot Roppongi.

Standing 17 storeys tall, BRANZ Atago Toranomon offers residences featuring 13 different floor plans. With a backdrop that combines the bustling and urban with the tranquil and bucolic, it has been designed according to a philosophy that blends the best of both, the use of sophisticated tiled surfaces dovetailing with an entrance hall, lobby and courtyard feature a that form an oasis of natural calm.

An unrivalled specialist in luxury residential property, List Sotheby’s International Realty is the equally prestigious property division of the world-famous auction house. It boasts a network of about 1,000 offices in more than 70 countries, including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand. The company represents the very finest in luxury properties around the world — a portfolio into which BRANZ Atago Toranomon fits perfectly.

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What You Need to Know About Vancouver’s New Oakridge Development

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In case you didn’t already know, Westbank is one of the most progressive city-builders and developers of complex mixed-use urban environments. 

Assembling a global design team worthy of the incredible opportunity Oakridge represents, Westbank is setting out to create a new municipal town centre in one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities, re-imagined by a team of architects and designers from Tokyo, Italy, New York, Paris, and Toronto. The team will attempt to create an entirely new kind of urban living: a centre for innovation, creativity, experience and culture, creating Oakridge — “Vancouver’s Cultural Hub”.

Each residential tower at Oakridge will be curated by a renowned design talent. At Oakridge, French designer Clémande Burgevin Blachman will curate completely furnished suites. Clémande’s unique sense of beauty, design, and style has been largely informed by her unusual upbringing.

Growing up travelling with her antique-dealer parents between rural France, Paris, and the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, Clémande’s life experience was eclectic, to say the least. Previously, she was called to New York to revamp the home division of Calvin Klein under the direction of creative renegade Raf Simons.

In her stunning design concepts for Oakridge, Clémande blended her continental sophistication with a spatial generosity and carefree creative freedom that perfectly befits the architecture and the project’s spectacular location in Vancouver’s new town centre.

About Oakridge

The new Oakridge will be an organic mosaic of residential space, indoor and outdoor retail experiences, public art, cultural performance spaces, collaborative workspace, civic institutions, and culinary experiences both grand and intimate, all surrounded and intertwined by a large multi-level public park. It will all be served by a dedicated low-carbon-fueled neighbourhood energy centre.

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