This Geometric Workstation Cabin is the Home Office We All Need

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With what seems like a never-ending global health crisis, many have been forced to resort to working from our own homes.

However, even if you have a big enough space for a home office setup, it can feel rather impossible to concentrate with all the distractions around — whether it’s other family members (especially young children), the bed (which suddenly looks more comfortable than ever), Netflix, or, for most of us, the fridge.

Find yourselves ticking all of the boxes above? Perhaps it’s time you check out the Workstation Cabin — a multi-purpose separation pod designed by Budapest-based design studio Hello Wood.

Complete with insulation, built-in A/C, soundproof capabilities and more, this unique 86-square-foot, 15-sided wooden house is constructed using natural Scots pine wood panels, complemented with large windows that take in plenty of natural light.

Its compact size means it can settle right within your back garden, serving as a workstation or a meeting room during the week, while in the after-hours or over the weekends, it can be converted into a playroom for the kids, a guest room, or even just your own little sanctuary whenever you feel the need to step out for some quiet time to read or relax.

Function aside, this pebble-shaped geometric construction is a vision in its own, and will aesthetically enhance your outdoor space like a work of art. The entire blueprint is computer-generated, so it can be sent to a CNC machine for quick and easy production. It can then be assembled off-site, before being delivered and installed in your preferred location, all in a matter of days.

Interested to get one of your own? Contact Hello Wood for details.

Cindie Chan

Own a Piece of History at the Waldorf Astoria New York, Marilyn Monroe’s Former Home

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In 1955, Marilyn Monroe was nearing the height of her career, she was dating Marlon Brando, and living in suite 2728 at the Waldorf Astoria New York — paying US$1,000 a week and rented from fellow actress Leonora Corbett. In today’s money, this clocks just under US$10,000 (approx. HK$77,500) a week.

Living in a three-bedroom suite on the 27th floor for the better part of a year, Monroe was known to have decorated the place with pictures of Albert Einstein and her own portrait done by actor Zero Mostel. She was living in the suite as she took method acting classes in Manhattan and met Arthur Miller while she was setting up her own studio, Marilyn Monroe Productions.

An invoice showing expenses such as phone, sundries and food being charged to Monroe’s suite number 2728.

The hotel, which has now become an architectural landmark in New York city, first opened its doors in 1931 and has hosted a number of politicians, world leaders and celebrities throughout the years.

For the first time ever, the historic New York hotel is welcoming high net worth buyers to permanently own an apartment in this same iconic building, in effect purchasing a slice of history.

In 2017, the hotel closed its doors for a multi-year renovation that is set to transform the upper portion of the hotel into the brand new The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, sitting atop a 375-key hotel. Slated to reopen officially in 2022, the residential towers have recently launched for sale.

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With the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Grace Kelly, President D. Roosevelt and even Queen Elizabeth II having passed through its doors, the Waldorf Astoria is reputed as place where one could interact with history at close quarters, whether through the storied halls themselves or through its design reflecting the zeitgeist of the early 20th century.

From the 1893 World’s Fair Clock made by Tiffany & Co. that sat in the Peacock Alley to Nina Saemundsson’s ‘Spirit of Achievement’ statue; Cole Porter’s piano in the original lobby to Track 61, the secret railway track directly linked to Grand Central Station that transported former presidents to the hotel — a number of these artefacts have been removed or closed off from The Towers during the renovation period but residents can expect to see them by the time they are officially opened to the public.

The renovation of The Towers is being overseen by a star ensemble team consisting of renowned interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot, architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and hotel interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. The aim was to breathe new life into the building while respecting and maintaining the design intent of its original architect Lloyd Morgan.

With Deniot being in charge of interior design, future residents can expect to find the original Art Deco references existing in harmony with more modern trends. He has especially relied on handcrafted finishes and natural materials to bring a sense of comfort to the otherwise grand opulence of the building.

Available in layouts from studios up to four-bedroom units, the residences feature elegant touches wherever you look: From light-filled, high-ceilinged interiors to custom-designed wood and lacquer cabinetry built by Italian house Molteni & C; professional kitchen appliances by Gaggenau to heated master bathroom floors. The Towers’ common spaces will also see a collection of dynamic contemporary art, such as by Korean artist Minjung Kim, curated with the help of celebrated auctioneer and collector Simon de Pury.

Famous for its round-the-clock service and in-room dining — a pioneering concept at the time — the landmark hotel has been considered the birthplace of the ‘hotel residence,’ or what now what many refer to as the ‘branded residence.’

Similarly, residents at The Towers can expect the same level of five-star service and amenities. A number of attractive features include access to the Starlight Pool, a 25-metre indoor swimming pool with views over Park Avenue; the private outdoor respite named the Starlight Terrace; the Monte Carlo Gaming Room; the Monaco Bar; a wine tasting room with Gaggenau wine vaults available for private storage; and 24-hour concierge services in addition to dedicated on-site professionals to take care of any whim or request.

Situated in the heart of New York city, the Park Avenue luxury residences are priced starting from US$1.7 million (approx. HK$13.2 million) for its studio apartments, with one- to four-bedroom suites also available for upwards of US$18 million (HK$139 million).

Virtual or in-person tours are now available at The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, 305 Park Avenue, New York, United States

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6 Ultra-luxe Homes to Buy in Asia this July

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Whether you’re looking for a holiday home or an investment opportunity, we’ve scouted out all the best ultra-luxe homes to buy in Asia this month.

Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok, Thailand

Enjoy sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River with this three-bedroom freehold apartment at the Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok. The 2,669 sq.ft. unit features a large open-plan kitchen, a living area with double-aspect floor-to-ceiling windows and three-metre high ceilings, which brings a light and airy feel throughout the entire apartment.

Other facilities include a full-length swimming pool, river-view jacuzzi, large children’s play room, barbecue area, a professional gymnasium and a spa room. On top of that, occupants will also be able to benefit from the five-star Banyan Tree Hotel, including housekeeping and private chef service, spa treatments and more.

This property is currently listed for THB 88.5 million (approx. HK$22 million).

Four Seasons Residence, Kyoto, Japan

Situated in Kyoto’s scenic district of ancient temples, Four Seasons Hotel Residences Kyoto is a sanctuary of tranquillity. It offers a unique collection of 57 artfully designed residences, bringing together a fascinating combination of old-world charm and contemporary design. Residents can enjoy access to the hotel’s outstanding amenities from the brasserie to the Michelin-starred Suchi Wakon, as well as the lounge, indoor swimming pool, full-service spa, fitness centre, its concierge services, along with 24-hour in-room dining service. Price upon request.

Kenne Mansion, Midlevels, Central, Hong Kong

Situated on Kennedy Road in Mid-levels, Central, Kenne Mansion is a three-bedroom home spanning 2,560 sq.ft., boasting a magnificent view over Hong Kong Park and the dynamic Central skyline. The property features a modern interior with an Art Deco-inspired flair. At the price of HK$68 million, the house also includes an accompanying parking space for your vehicle.

The affluent residential area is popular amongst middle class and expat professionals for its walking distance to the CBD, Hong Kong Park and Botanical Gardens.

Thai Style Estate, Thailand

Inspired by the Amanpuri Resort in Phuket and landscaped by world-famous architect Bill Bensley, this unique Thai-style residential project features two large elevated Thai villas, a multipurpose clubhouse and a lovely Thai sala. The 24 by 7-metre swimming pool and the rock-granite barbecue terrace are beautifully surrounded by tropical gardens with mature coconut trees, brass statues, chedis and shallow ponds, along with gently flowing fountains and water features. The entire plot spans close to 69,000 sq.ft., and is illuminated by breathtaking lighting in the evenings to offer residents with a true oasis of peace, calm and privacy, all simply 25 minutes’ drive from bustling downtown Bangkok.

House of Reflection, Taiwan

One of the five completed Jim Olson houses located in an exclusive gated community in Great Taipei New Town, the House of Reflection is conveniently located at just 30 minutes from the centre of Taipei City, and 40 minutes from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. 

Just like the rest of Olson’s creations, the 7,486-sq.ft. property brilliantly masters the use of space and light, featuring a stately, 2.9-metre-high entrance, large floor-to-ceiling windows framing the magnificent mountain views, a 7.5-metre-high living room adorned with a hanging art installation. The luxury space is completed with an outdoor pool, minimalistic wooden furniture, all contributing to a sense of understated luxury aimed at home owners with discerning tastes. The house is now available on the market at the asking price of HK$61.81 million.

Grandview Mansions, Midlevels East, Hong Kong

Located in a quiet location on Wang Fung Terrace off Tai Hang Road, this stylish colonial low-rise apartment is rare on the market for its unique outlook, open view and efficient usable area. The typical unit of 1,364 sq.ft. feels much larger, comprising of two bedrooms including one ensuite and two balconies, a separate room for the domestic helper, as well as a parking space for your vehicle.

This article is written with aid from Christie’s Real Estate. As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Cindie Chan

6 Ultra-luxe Homes in Asia to Buy This June

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This month in ‘Ultra-luxe Homes’, we’re once again diving into a plethora of impressive residences across the region: including a winter retreat in one of Japan’s most prestigious ski villages; the world’s tallest luxury apartment (complete with “sky car porch”) and much more.

No matter whether you’re in the market for a brand new getaway property or lucrative investment opportunity, here are six of the most staggering options we’ve found this month.

1. Saladaeng One, Bangkok

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This ultra-luxe condominium is part of a wider residential development at the heart of Bangkok, by local real estate developer SC Asset. Located just across the way from stunning Lumpini Park, this one-bedroom unit boasts uninterrupted views of the surrounding Silom financial district; with tenants also having access to the complex’s club, rooftop pool and fitness facilities. Saleable area for this property comes to a total of 613 sq. ft., making it an ideal bolthole for the frequent business traveller.

2. Ford Avenue, Singapore

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Designated by Singaporean authorities as a ‘Good Class Bungalow’ (one of the city-state’s most desirable residential property classifications) Ford Avenue is a slice of resort-style living that remains close to the heart of affluent District 10. At 15,600 sq. ft. there’s ample room for a family of six or more, with carport space and a suitably lengthy 23-metre pool to match.

3. Four Seasons Private Residences, Bangkok

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Part of an ultra-luxe complex exclusively made up of corner apartments along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this Four Seasons-administered property is the Canadian hotel group’s first waterfront residential concept in all of Asia. The 3,830 sq. ft. space is taken up by four bedrooms (each with their own freestanding bath), making this an ideal permanent base for affluent property owners who prefer a touch of hospitality in the home.

4. Galleria Costa, Ashigarashimo

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Less than two hours drive from Tokyo in western Kanagawa Prefecture, Galleria Costa promises to be a getaway home unlike any other. Consisting of 8.5 acres of pristine oceanfront real estate (including a two-storey guest house), the property offers breathtaking, unparalleled view of Sagami Bay; with each room possessing an ocean view. The outdoor pool and baths (rotenburo) have been intentionally designed to give the impression of an infinite horizon; and when you finally manage to pick your jaw off the floor, there’s no shortage of amenities indoors (i.e. a gym, tennis court, karaoke, and golf simulator) with which to keep yourself entertained.

5. Glasshouse Niseko, Hokkaido

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Nestled atop a tranquil woodland escarpment, this bespoke glass, concrete and steel build is one of the most stylish lodges to retreat to after a day spent skiing down the slopes of Mt. Yotei. The ‘Glasshouse’ is the brainchild of award-winning architect Hikohito Konishi: incorporating traditional Japanese building elements, such as an indoor spa handmade using Hinoki wood, into the otherwise contemporary two-floor layout. It’s great as a permanent retreat during ski season, or failing that — to rent for your next excursion to Niseko.

6. Moon Shadow Villa, Phuket

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Located in Phuket’s affluent, resort-heavy neighbourhood of Kamala, ‘Moon Shadow’ is a stupefyingly large private villa, with six bedrooms and a saleable area totalling 12,366 sq ft. Incredible views of the Andaman Ocean are to be had at quite literally every angle throughout the house — excluding the wine cellar — with standout features of the project including a waterfall feature, double-wide terrace and peripherally connected private terraces.

As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Randy Lai

Inside Sylvester Stallone’s Golf Club Mansion, Now For Sale

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Sylvester Stallone — or, of course, Rocky or Rambo — might be a movie star famed for tough action roles, but unbeknownst to many, he’s also got a softer, artistic side too as a prolific painter, and enjoys transforming his houses into stunning homes filled with elegant decor.

While the actor continues to retain his bi-coastal residences in Los Angeles and Coconut Grove in Miami, he’s recently decided to release his golf club home in La Quinta, California on the market. The property was custom-built in the city’s golfing community of Madison Club in 2008.

With four bedrooms, five bathrooms and an interior donning a mixture of Old World Mediterranean style and Caribbean Island-influenced touches, Stallone’s 4,889-sq.ft. home embodies his Italian ancestry. Highlighted features run from the rustic wooden double front doors to the walled patio entry, the impressive vaulted foyer, an arched entrance that opens into a double-height living room complete with fireplace and more.

It’s also a home clearly meant for entertaining. Dinner parties can be hosted in multiple places from the formal dining room connected to the rear terrace, the large eat-in island kitchen to the outdoor dining spaces adjacent to the courtyard. There is also a wine room and an outdoor kitchen with private terraces for an intimate sip-and-bite.

Upstairs, the master suite with its own fireplace makes for the perfect place to cosy up in, as you catch up on Netflix via the television that rises up at the foot of the bed. The suite is also completed with a large master bath, dressing room and another private terrace, this time, with seemingly never-ending views to the mountains.

Step outside the house, past the fire pit and across the grass is where you’ll find a pool and spa for your enjoyment, accompanied by lush plantings, water features as well as a rock-strewn flowing stream that runs across the property.

Located in suburban Los Angeles, La Quinta is famed for its abundance of golf courses, and has been the host city for a number of prestigious golf tournaments over the years. It’s also a celebrity hot spot with star residents including Kanye and Kim Kardashian-West, Tom Brady and Kylie Jenner.

Want to live like Sylvester Stallone? The actor’s La Quinta mansion is currently listed with an asking price of US$3.35 million (HK$25.9 million). Interested parties can contact listing agent Josh Reef of Douglas Elliman, Beverly Hills.

(Images courtesy TopTenRealEstate.com)

As of the publishing date of this article, the aforementioned property is available for sale. We cannot guarantee that the property will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check with the listing agent for the most up-to-date information.

Cindie Chan

The N02 Chair by Fritz Hansen and Nendo Stylishly Adopts Recycled Materials in the Home

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Known for its handsome, room-enriching contemporary furniture pieces, Fritz Hansen sought out Japanese design studio Nendo in order to jointly develop the brand’s first chair using recycled materials, the N02.

Head designer of Nendo, Oki Sato, modelled the N02 after a folded piece of paper — a simple, elegant shape he reportedly discovered while working at his desk. The same fold is incorporated into each N02’s back; and doubles as an aesthetic flourish as well as a means of enhancing flexibility and user comfort.

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Japanese architect and designer Oki Sato (pictured), head of design firm Nendo.

The body of each chair is manufactured using ‘circular plastic’ — a composite of household waste polypropylene — used in items such as yoghurt tubs and sandwich bags — which are collected, processed and up-cycled within Central Europe. Fritz Hansen insists on this sourcing arrangement because of its effectiveness in reducing carbon emissions and improving waste management throughout the region.

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The N02-20 (pictured) is available in the same five colourways as the original, and features a distinctive tubular steel ‘sledge base’ instead of 4 legs.

At launch, the N02 was offered in five different colours; with the brand releasing yet another two variants on the basic four-legged design last November. The N02-20 features a tubular ‘sledge base’ leg — said to make sitting for longer periods more comfortable — whereas the N02-30 takes the ‘paper fold’ shell and transfers it onto a swivel platform. In keeping with Fritz Hansen’s theme, the base is also made with 95 percent recycled aluminium. With the exception of the latter wheeled variant, each N02 is easy to clean, space-efficient and suitable in a variety of household or commercial environments.

Originally established in Copenhagen in 1872, Fritz Hansen is a leading global design brand in the fields of furniture, lighting and interior accessories. Best known internationally for its six collaborations with the Danish Functionalist Arne Jacobsen (between 1952-1958), in recent years the brand has gone on to collaborate with other notable contemporary designers including Piero Lissoni and Jaime Hayon.

This article was published via AFP Relaxnews.

Staff Writer

9 Ultra-luxe Homes to Buy in Asia this May

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Incredible investment and home buying opportunities abound in Asia this month: You have the luxury of choice to settle in a rare Portuguese-style manor, a super-luxe sky villa at the tip of Bangkok’s new skyline, a private seafront detached home in Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay, and more.

Whether you’re in the market for a new holiday home or an investment opportunity, here are nine ultra-luxe homes to buy in Asia this month.

1. Estrada de Penha, Macau

Not only are you buying a home at one of Macau’s most prestigious addresses (and no, it’s nowhere near the Cotai strip), you’re also getting ownership of one of our sister SAR’s finest properties of yore. On top of Penha Hill — Macau’s answer to Victoria Peak — you’re treated to the most exclusive vistas looking over the bay and up-and-coming Hengqin Island, with the Macau Tower squarely in view. Built in 1991, Estrada da Penha is a magnificent European-style manor replete with colonial-era architecture, located right at the top of Penha Hill. Spanning 12,812 sq.ft. of interior space, the large family home features six bedrooms and six full baths, three partial bathrooms, two basements, private patios as well as a sheltered car park bay fitting four vehicles. It’s on the market with the asking price of HK$490 million.

2. Penthouse at The Sukhothai Residences, Bangkok

This sexy Sathorn penthouse is located at the very top of The Sukhothai Residences, a development completed in 2012 by Hong Kong’s HKR International Group — at the time, it was the the first luxury residential project in Thailand to surpass the THB300,000 per sq.m. bracket (approx. HK$6,710 per sq.ft.), with some of the top floor units priced at about HK$8,200 per sq.ft. Now, this spectacular duplex is on the market, and our guesstimate for the price would be upwards of HK$104 million. Occupying the 36–37th floors, the fully furnished designer penthouse features four large bedrooms and separate maid’s quarters, a private sky pool, garden terrace and dedicated entertainment rooms, just to name a few of its lavish features. Spanning 12,730 sq.ft., the penthouse also comes with fixed parking spaces. 

3. Sky Villa at Tela Thonglor, Bangkok

One of the newest ultra-luxe developments by Bangkok giant Gaysorn Property, Tela Thonglor is considered one of the most desirable residences in the city, just steps away from trendy hotspots such as The Commons. With a square footage of 3,756 sq.ft., the Sky Villa penthouse features designer furniture by Roberto Cavalli, with bespoke interiors across its four-bedroom layout. Its wraparound balcony features stunning views of the Bangkok skyline. Priced at THB255 million (approx. HK$61,482,981), the residence is operated like a serviced unit, complete with fitness centre, pool, security and cleaning staff, as well as private elevator access for every home.

4. Jade Residence, Taipei

Priced at US$6.5 million (approx. HK$50,381,175), the Jade Residence is a surprising enclave of tranquility, reportedly located just 15 minutes’ walking distance away from the city’s icon, Taipei 101. For a slice of breathtaking nature right in the heart of the city, this looks to be exactly where you’ll want to be: the exclusive edgeless pool is the highlight of this residence, with immersive views of Elephant Mountain as the backdrop. Every square foot of the home is artfully appointed, and fit for the stylish buyer in mind: whether it’s a display wall for your favourite decorative vases and ceramics, to ample dining and entertaining space for socialising, and even a home entertainment room.

5. Twin Waterfront Home, Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong

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Spanning a total area of 10,078 sq.ft., this luxurious Clearwater Bay compound is the home you want if you’re looking for that holiday feeling year-round. The grounds consist of two twin buildings: a two-storied main house and a detached guest house, as well as a garden and infinity pool. This seafront residence is fully kitted out with a top-of-the-line kitchen and pantry. The main house features four bedrooms while the guesthouse features two, and both buildings have their own fireplaces. The airy residence is ideal for weekend getaways with friends or equally as a comfortable home for those who love to entertain.

6. Yugawara Hot Spring Estate, Kanagawa, Japan

Built in 2006, the Yugawara Hot Spring Estate is located in Ashigarashimo-Gun, in Japan’s western Kanagawa Prefecture — around two hours’ drive from Tokyo centre. The stately residence is characterised by its elegant design reminiscent of a European chateau and a dramatic foyer that greets you with a sweeping spiral staircase. It’s ideal as a holiday home for onsen lovers, as it’s located in a historic hot spring district that was documented since the time of Japan’s oldest book of poetry, the Manyoshu. The two-storey estate spans some-8,000 sq.ft., with two master bedrooms, two guest rooms, one tatami great room, a generous seven baths including indoors and outdoors, a home theatre, private elevator and private driveway. For the families who love to pamper guests and extended family to a holiday retreat, this is just the ticket.

7. Duplex at Four Seasons Private Residences, Bangkok

Standing high above the Chao Phraya River, the Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok — Asia’s first waterfront Four Seasons Private Residences — offers a status symbol in the address in itself. The top-floor corner duplex is priced at THB161,190,990 (approx. HK$38,861,068), with amenities and design aimed at the luxury collector in mind. There’s glamour at every turn and the exclusivity, hospitality and service that comes with the Four Seasons name. The sale offered is for a 75 years’ leasehold on the 3,830 sq.ft. estate, featuring four bedrooms and four full bathrooms.

8. Summer Village Home in Sai Kung, Hong Kong  

Hong Kong’s wealthy flock to the outskirts of Sai Kung, Tai Tam and the Southside for their abundance of spacious detached homes far from the city centre, and this sun-drenched home in Sai Kung makes for a charming retreat from the frenetic pace of the day. The drastically converted village home now features five stylishly appointed bedrooms (featuring a fabulous marbled master bath), while the white-washed walls and rustic accents instantly transport you to Bali or Mykonos. The ground floor also opens up seamlessly onto the pool deck, perfect for weekend entertaining.

9. Pollock’s Path Mansion, The Peak, Hong Kong

It goes without saying that a home on The Peak in Hong Kong comes with that million-dollar view of the harbour — but for this HK$880 million home, you’ll find that every room makes the most of this asset. Its most enviable feature is the expansive pool deck, which places you almost at arm’s reach with the Bank of China building in the distance. The living room features high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that face north, directly onto the harbour, while the four bedrooms upstairs also make the most of the location. Initially built in 1978 and well renovated and maintained throughout the years, the 3,649 sq.ft. home has plenty of potential for you to jazz up the interiors.

As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Evelyn Lok
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7 Ultra-luxe Homes to Buy in Asia this April

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Whether you’re looking for a holiday home or an investment opportunity, we’ve scouted out all the best ultra-luxe homes to buy in Asia this month.

1. Cloud Thonglor-Phetchaburi by Risland, Bangkok

Rising above all other developments on Phetchaburi Road, Cloud Thonglor-Phetchaburi by Risland is regarded as the tallest luxury residential development project in Bangkok’s newest emerging business and lifestyle district. Inspired by the revelation of a clear sky after rainfall, the skyscraper impressively boasts a semi-outdoor U-shape Sky Swimming Pool atop the roof, complete with sun deck, jacuzzi and kid’s pool, as well as a seating area and a rooftop garden. Other facilities include a fully-equipped fitness and golf simulator, yoga studio, theatre, sauna, library with meeting room and more. The 581 sq.ft. Cloud Double Exclusive unit with two ensuite bedrooms is currently priced at HK$2,171,442.

2. Concourse Skyline Penthouse, Beach Road, Singapore

Priced at HK$263,346,945, the Concourse Skyline Penthouse — with its stunning, almost 360-degree panoramic view of the Singapore skyline, internationally-acclaimed design and bespoke furnishings — is one that will set the bar high for modern-day luxury living.

A partnership between public-listed developer Hong Fok Corporation Limited, luxury magazine Robb Report Singapore and acclaimed interior design firm The I.D. Dept., this 11,130 sq.ft. Super Penthouse (a rare category of penthouses exceeding 10,000 sq.ft. in floor area) occupies the top two floors (levels 39 to 41, including the private roof garden) of the Concourse Skyline residential tower, and features a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind living space that is specifically designed for the ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

The first floor and the roof garden have been transformed into the perfect spaces for entertaining, and the second-floor comprised of private living spaces including an outdoor pool for relaxation and pampering. The entire place — with five bedrooms including a master ensuite large enough for two king-sized beds — is furnished with some of the world’s finest furnishing, décor and home products. Examples include an exclusive made-to-order chandelier personally installed by the Paris-based glass artist Nathalie Ziegler, an elegant rocking chair by acclaimed British-Israeli designer Ron Arad — one of only 12 pieces worldwide — and a free-standing Meisterstuck Soundwave bathtub in matte black by luxury German brand Kaldewei, which pulsates with the beat of the music once connected to a Bluetooth device.

An added bonus? The new buyer who purchases the penthouse before end of August will get to keep a rare 1.01-carat icy-blue diamond, valued at S$3.02 (approx. HK$16,520,466), that is currently sitting inside a secret wall safe within the property.

3. Marinella, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows for an incredible view overlooking the Aberdeen Marina Club and out towards the South China sea, this 1,355 sq.ft., two-bedroom apartment is located in one of Hong Kong’s most esteemed addresses. The double-storied unit hosts two glass balconies extending out from the living and dining room. Both bedrooms come with its own bathrooms for maximum privacy, and there’s a fully equipped open kitchen for those who enjoy entertaining friends and family with a home-cooked meal. Occupants will be able to enjoy the development’s luxurious facilities from the grand lobby to the club house, as well as the high standard of property management and services. This unit, with the asking price of HK$55,000,000, comes with covered car-parking space.

4. Reignwood Hamilton Scotts, Scotts Road, Singapore

The perfect home for supercar lovers, this three-bedroom apartment on Singapore’s Scotts Road houses the highest ensuite sky car porch in the world, so you can keep your toys close and proudly on display 24/7. At 2,756 sq.ft. and an asking price of HK$76,703,242, everything is state-of-the-art, and that includes a spectacular unblocked view over Goodwood Hills’ lush, tropical rainforest — rather apt for the occasion, we think. Buyers will enjoy the grand lobby equipped with 24-hour advanced security system including audio-video intercom, ERP car-park barrier system and biometric (fingerprint) access, plus private lift lobby at every floor. Other creature comforts include marble-floored living and dining areas, ensuite bathrooms, and brand-name amenities such as a Poliform built-in wardrobe from Italy, Poggenpohl kitchen system, Miele kitchen appliances and more.

5. The Esse Sukhumvit 36, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 

Located at the prime area of Central Bangkok with the Thong Lor BTS just 20m away, Esse Sukhumvit 36 is a joint development project by Singha Estate and Hongkong Land, comprising 338 apartment units sitting atop a podium deck of luxury facilities. Everything is designed by internationally renowned consultants, where residents can enjoy sophisticated interiors with high quality finishes, along with expansive amenities, including a 25 metre-lap pool, jacuzzi, onsen, yoga room, golf simulator room, rooftop amenity garden and sky bar. Completing in 2020, unit options at Esse Sukhumvit 36 span from one to four bedrooms, with prices ranging from TH฿12,600,000 to 93,000,000 (Approx. HK$2,993,320 to HK$22,093,554).

6. Vallon de Merville, Country Height Damansara, Kuala Lumpur

Conveniently located just 10 minutes away from the city centre and three minutes to One Utama Megamall, this luxurious bungalow, with the asking price of HK$35,977,000, occupies a land area of 12,019 sq.ft. and a built-up area of 11,884 sq.ft. It comes with a brand new interiors across all 4 bedrooms and its living spaces, including a private pool, home cinema and personal gym room, surrounded by greenery — ideal for those preferring a peaceful, quality lifestyle.

7. Harbour View House, Ocean Drive, Singapore

Situated at the northern area of Sentosa Cove, the Harbour View House is a two-storey seaside bungalow spanning 12,500 sq.ft, with a sea view facing the soon-to-be Greater Southern Waterfront.

This modern, minimalistic 6-bedroom architecture is the work of the renowned SCDA Architects, and comprised of a courtyard with a gorgeous outdoor pool, with two wings — East and West — on opposite sides that are connected via an entry pavilion at its south. The two-storey East Wing houses the main living areas, while the single-storey West Wing is dedicated to a home office and entertainment areas. Priced at HK$427,938,786, it’s only expected that the Harbour View House has everything that goes beyond the definition of luxury.

As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Cindie Chan

Building Spotlight: Tai O Heritage Hotel, Hong Kong

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Far from Hong Kong island’s maddening crowds, overlooking rustic stilt houses and agile fishing craft to and fro across Lantau, travellers will uncover glimmers of Hong Kong’s colonial past — lovingly restored, beautifully preserved and worthy of an extended residence. In our latest instalment of Building Spotlight — a monthly series spotlighting the structures which have come to define the city’s cultural legacy — we retreat to Tai O Heritage Hotel, a Grade II historic building set against the most westerly point in Hong Kong.

QUICK FACTS
  • Address: Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island
  • Built: 1902
  • Site Area: N/A
  • Gross Floor Area: 1,000 sq. mtr.
  • Price per square foot: N/A

The Tai O Heritage Hotel is perched atop a hilly outcrop overlooking the village of the same name: a historic Hong Kong fishing community that has populated western Lantau for over three centuries. Managed by the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation (HKHCF), the property consists of 9 rooms which occupy the site of the former Tai O police station. The original station was built in 1902 — among the first of its kind to be set up in the New Territories. Over the centuries, this expanse of coastline was a frequent target for pirates conducting smuggling runs in and out of Mainland China, making it a point of sustained interest for British naval forces, and later, Hong Kong’s colonial-era police force.

Tai O Heritage Hotel

For much of the 19th century, the station was only minimally staffed, yet during the 80s the total number of police posted here grew to 180 (due to increasing triad activity across the westerly part of Lantau). By 1996, a significant decrease in crime across the HKSAR resulted in the station being downgraded to a patrol post, before it was eventually vacated in 2002. In 2008, the HKHCF earmarked the complex as one of seven buildings that would be adapted for commercial reuse under the ‘Revitalising Historic Buildings through Partnership’ scheme. An estimated HK$64.9 million was allocated to the station’s redevelopment: as a boutique hotel that opened to the public in late 2011.

Tai O Heritage Hotel

Within the hotel grounds, the two structures originally housing the Tai O police station have been preserved: there is a main black and an outhouse, both two stories high, connected by an overhead footbridge on the first floor. The main block meshes traditional Chinese building techniques with Western architecture, illustrated in a tiled ‘pan-and-roll’ roof, cantilevered eaves and large, airy French windows punctuating the building’s facade. The outhouse was added in the 60s to enhance the station’s self-sufficiency: outfitted with multiple kitchens, a drying room and an interpreter’s office. To capitalise on the station’s hilltop location, a watchtower was constructed at one end of the outhouse.

Today, these historic spaces have mostly been converted into a handful of tastefully appointed spaces. Suites and guestrooms all bear the name of a vessel or rank used in the marine police. ‘The Commissioner’, formerly the station’s charge room and armoury, has been rebuilt as a suite with two vanities and a private terrace; while the ‘Eagle’s Point’ takes the on-site canteen and transforms it into a roomy, 375 sq. ft. abode — ample space for two intrepid vacationers and their children.

Tai O Heritage Hotel

In a city prone to incessant commercial redevelopment, the Tai O Heritage Hotel stands out for its rare blend of significant cultural heritage and commercial viability. But don’t take our word for it: in 2013, UNESCO conferred the coveted Award of Merit on the property, citing an “extensive cultural mapping effort that has greatly informed the restoration work and…enhanced social and economic opportunities provided by the building’s new use”. Now that’s the tagline to a hotel getaway that we can really get behind.

To learn more about the property or make a booking, visit Tai O Heritage Hotel online.

Randy Lai

3 Hot Properties to Buy in Kuala Lumpur Right Now

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There’s no denying the captivation of living in the modern and exotic city of Kuala Lumpur – the vibrant melting pot of heritage, cultures and cuisines — and now with relaxed Malaysian property policies in place, well that’s just the cherry on top. So whether you’re looking for a second home, retirement estate or investment asset, here are three hot properties on the market worth putting a down payment on.

Damansara Heights Villa

Seclusion and convenience might sound contradictory, but just outside downtown Kuala Lumpur is this luxurious hilltop mansion in the tranquil neighbourhood of Damansara Perdana offering just that. The 14,000 sq. ft. property offers stunning unobstructed hillside views both day and night. With five bedrooms, fitness studio, pool room, theatre room, and maid’s quarter this home is perfect for those looking for privacy while still being in close proximity to the city. US$6.33 million | luxuryestate.com

Modern Industrial Mansion in Damansara

Also located in the district of Damansara is this unmissable industrial-style mansion. Using glass, dark wood and steel as core materials, the home is designed to float within a valley and let in as much natural light as possible. The modern one-of-a-kind home spanning 13,000 sq. ft. comes with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a roof deck, zen garden, art gallery, outdoor pool, spacious balcony and home theatre. US$3.5 million | luxuryestate.com

Embassy Row Manor

If space is what you’re after, look no further. This 5-storey home is spread across 17,840 sq. ft. and includes 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an outdoor pool, open deck and 12 parking spaces. Located in the Embassy Row area right in the heart of KL, you can enjoy exquisite views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers within the city on one side, while facing the Royal Selangor Golf Club on the other. US$9.69 million | luxuryestate.com

Staff Writer

The Waldorf Astoria Residences in NYC is for Sale Following Transformative Restoration

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An icon of glamour and grandeur, the Waldorf Astoria has been the epitome of luxury hospitality since it opened its doors in 1931. The legendary hotel has been the Manhattan residence of choice among global elite, world leaders, cultural icons and royalty — hosting former famous guests such as Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill, Grace Kelly, Queen Elizabeth II and former US presidents JKF and Barack Obama amongst countless more. 

The Waldorf Astoria has switched hands a few times, but was last sold to Chinese insurance company, Anbang Group in 2015 for US$1.95 billion and later transferred to Dajia Insurance Group to control Anbang’s assets due to a run in with fraud. The property is undergoing a US$1 billion renovation as of 2017 and is set to reopen in 2022. The renewed Waldorf Astoria may not be ready for check in for another two years, but apart from attracting hotel guests, Dajia is also looking to woo investors with the property’s brand new residences within the building, The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, which is now up for sale. 

The meticulously restored Waldorf Astoria will be transformed from its original 1,413 hotel guestrooms to only 375 guest rooms and 375 apartments, making each unit much larger. The lower floors will remain as accommodation for the hospitality side of business, while the upper floors will turn into a collection of contemporary luxury condominiums. The residences range from studio flats which start at about US$1.7 million to one-bedrooms for US$2.6 million to four-bedroom units to two pinnacle penthouses for sale at north of US$18.5 million. 

For the restoration, one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design and urban planning firms Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) has taken up the challenge. As Waldorf Astoria is New York City’s largest privately-owned landmark, great attention to detail was given to the original Art Deco design and to understand the building’s history and maintain its heritage while bringing it into a new age. The interior design rests on the expertise of emblematic designer Jean-Louis Deniot, the visionary behind some of the world’s most opulent homes.

Every detail was carefully considered and custom made for The Towers including solid custom-paneled interior doors with bespoke antique bronze hardware, custom Italian cabinets, vanities with polished marble countertops, forged polished nickel fixtures and tile mosaics featuring a Waldorf Astoria-inspired pattern. Every residence has been outfitted with all new windows with modern sound-attenuating technology while bringing back the 1931 design, herringbone floors and a full suite of integrated state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances. 

“The Waldorf Astoria has a forever lavish aura. The interiors will reflect the magnificence of the past mixed with today’s great sense of energy. They will be grand and playful, all highly inviting, with many elements of surprise and excitement.” 

Jean-Louis Deniot, Interior Designer of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria

As a resident of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, residents receive year round access to the hotel’s amenities. Over 50,000 square feet of private residential services includes a 25-metre swimming pool with a relaxation lounge, fitness centre with private training studios, men’s and women’s private spa (with sauna, steam room, treatment rooms), grand salon, private wine storage, games room with bar and lounge, theatre, private workspace with boardrooms, and children’s playroom.  

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, 303 Park Avenue, New York 10022, USA

Sales Inquiries: www.waldorftowers.nyc | +1 212 872 1200

Dara Chau

Pharrell Williams’ Beverly Hills Mansion Can Be Yours for HK$132 Million

Posted in How the One Percent Live, What to Buy

For US$16,995,000 (approx. HK$132,045,201), you can live in Pharrell Williams’ Beverley Hills, California, estate on 14175 Mulholland Drive. Back in 2018, the Grammy winner, singer, songwriter, and producer bought the lavish mansion from movie producer and director Tyler Perry for a cool US$15.6 million (approx. HK$121.2 million).

Custom-built back in 1992, the ultra-modern abode sits on four acres of land and spans 17,475 square feet. It’s equipped with 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and has a 200-foot driveway. When you step into the house, there is a mini reflective waterfall that looks onto a number of overlapping staircases with a pyramid-shaped skylight that allows for natural light to flow in. The exterior is clad in glass-and-steel, boasting luxe features, including a tennis court, waterfalls, a motor court that can fit up to 30 cars, koi ponds, and even a grotto equipped with a swim-up bar.

Take a peek inside the jaw-dropping property below.

Austin Miao

Italian Properties for 1€ Still Up for Grabs

Posted in What to Buy, Where to Live

The best investment on earth is earth. And why wouldn’t it be? They’re not making any more of it. That may be the case the world over, with the little exception of one (or a handful of) places – quaint villages all across Italy. Not only are the prices ridiculously affordable, it is in fact so low that even pocket change, can make you a homeowner. For the measly sum of 1€ (US$1.1), a house in rural Italy can be yours. Here’s the catch: they all belong in abandoned towns and part of the purchase agreement requires buyers to spend a minimum of 22,470€ (US$25,000) in refurbishments, renovations and upkeep over the course of a few years and a small security deposit. 

The unbelievable bargain price was set to woo potential new residents to revitalise what had become ghost towns due to locals emigrating to metropolitan cities in pursuit of bigger opportunities. In an attempt to salvage emptied out villages, the cheap sale would restore towns to a healthy population. 

The news of one euro homes for sale in Sambuca of Italy first broke last year. The story of the cheapest property in the world went viral. And now, after over a year of test driving the concept to lure investors to tap into the untouched, depopulated town, neighbouring villages are starting to follow suit. Is it too late to get in on the action? No. The good news is the first people to snap up these homes have now moved in and the returns are positive. So where are these 1€ homes you ask? Here’s a list of some of the most gorgeous, forgotten places all over Italy. 

Bivona 

Binova is one of the newcomers to join the 1€ movement. The Sicilian town also offers tax bonuses to anyone who is willing to move in. Town councillor Angela Cannizzaro is facilitating the great interest in the homes by setting up multilingual agencies to help buyers navigate through the process. There are currently 10 houses on the market, but more will be made available soon. 

Cammarata 

If waking up to a beautiful sunrise gets your day going, then Cammarata is the place. Known as “the town with 1,000 balconies to the East,” the Sicilian town is known for its views and hearty local cuisine. Cammarata is also one of the most attractive deals with not just the dollar pricetag of a home, but also due to the government handing out a US$1,116 (1,000€) incentive for every baby born in town. 

Gangi

As one of the first towns to be listed for 1€, Gangi has become one of the most popular property markets offering this special deal. “Over 160 crumbling dewllings got a makeover thanks to new owners and this has triggered a revival also for the private real estate market. The old centre shines again,” Mayor of Sicily explains. There are about 15 homes that are still available, so if Gangi is one of the places you’ve been eyeing, act fast. 

Sambuca 

Sambuca is probably the one you’ve heard of if you’ve looked into dollar homes. It was the first town to offer the unbeatable deal, and thus has garnered overwhelming interest. With such great demand, local authorities have set up auctions to offer homes to the highest bidder. Only one of 16 homes were actually sold for 1€, with the highest being 25,000€. So a little on the pricier side, but what’s a little extra for Sambuca’s illustrious mazes, rugged hills and local wine?

Zungoli 

Location, location, location. That’s what it’s about at Zungoli, which borders Naples and the Amalfi coast. Aristocratic mansions, cobble steps and ancient castles make Zungoli one of the most romantic and picturesque towns in Italy. In preparation of the sale, this old rural land gets an upgrade with new pavements, public lights and lightning WiFi. Thirty houses have been sold, but there are more lots available for purchase. 

So if being a property owner of a home in the rustic romantic towns of Italy for dirt cheap is a dream of yours, it isn’t too late. Get a piece of the pie by applying here or here and start packing.

Dara Chau

Building Spotlight: Blue House, Hong Kong

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With skyscraper upon skyscraper sweeping the skyline of Hong Kong, it’s not unusual to overlook the far and few historical and cultural buildings that have survived over the decades. For the first instalment of our monthly series, Building Spotlight, we take a closer look at one of the city’s most illustrious houses – the Blue House. 

QUICK FACTS

  • Address: 72, 72A, 74, 74A Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai
  • Built: 1922
  • Site Area: 808 sq. mtr.
  • Gross Floor Area: 2,323 sq. mtr.
  • Price per square feet: N/A

Tucked away from the busy street of Queen’s Road East in Wan Chai, and nestled quietly off the adjacent little path, Stone Nullah Lane is the Blue House. It’s hard to miss as it stands boldly with neighbouring buildings in 1920s heritage style architecture painted in vibrant blue, yellow and orange against the ashy tone buildings we’ve grown accustomed to around town. Known as the Blue House Cluster, the brightly painted façade of the three buildings has long been a tourist (and social media) attraction for its vibrant hues. 

Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai | Photo: Public Records Office

Back in the 1870s when the Blue House was built, it blended in with its surrounding buildings seamlessly. For one, the structural style of the construction was very much of its time, and secondly and more surprisingly, the building itself wore a slightly bleaker hue.

Built in the 1870s, the four-storey building was known as Wan Chai Kai Fong Hospital or Wah To Hospital, named after the God of Medicine from the Three Kingdoms period. As the first hospital of its district, it provided locals with Chinese medical services. The centre closed in 1886, and became a temple dedicated to worshipping Wah To. 

Stone Nullah Lane, 1915

Fast forward to the 1920s, where four four-storey tenement blocks were built and the structure was simply named 72-74 Stone Nullah Lane. The ground floor remained as a shrine, while upper storeys were repurposed as residential dwellings for lower income families. The temple remained until the 1950s when it was subsequently replaced by a martial arts studio and Teet Da clinic opened by Kung Fu master Wong Fei Hung’s protégé, Lam Sai Wing and nephew Lam Cho. About a decade later, it had undergone several changes including an osteopathy clinic, a grocery store, a Chinese wine shop and even a school that offered free education to children within the neighbourhood. It was also home to the first and only English school in the district before WWII as well as a committee hall for the Chamber of Commerce for Fishmongers. 

Stone Nullah Lane, 1963 | Photo: Information Services Department

In 1978, 72, 72A an 74 Stone Nullah Lane was surrendered to the Hong Kong Government. It wasn’t until 1997 that the building was repainted blue– the distinctive colour that earned the house its name. The iconic hue that has made the Blue House so recognisable and given it much of its charm, came as an accidental coincidence when the decorators at the time covered the exterior in remaining excess paint from the Water Supplies Department. In 2009 74A Stone Nullah Lane, which was previously privately owned, also surrendered to the government, the same year Blue House earned its Grade 1 Historic Buildings status. 

In 2006, the government announced its plans for renovations at the Blue House and its adjacent buildings. All historical features have been preserved including its timber staircase between the two blocks serving the flats in the upper floors, old patterned tile flooring and ornamental ironwork railings. Units were also given cantilevered balconies that overlooked the streets below. Inside, the 20 apartments were given a much-needed revamp with modifications to include bathrooms and flushing toilets, kitchens and air-conditioning. A courtyard area in the middle of the block was also converted into a public gathering space. 

The Blue House today | Photo: Development Bureau Hong Kong

Cultivating and preserving culture, the Blue House is Hong Kong’s architectural treasure. The house is partially open to public for viewing and regularly hosts events and art exhibitions that touch on Hong Kong history and development. 

Dara Chau

10 Ultra-Luxe Homes to Buy in Asia this March

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Looking to invest in the accelerating growth of real estate in the region? Whether it’s a new eco-centred township in Malaysia or the most prestigious address in Singapore, these aspirational homes are on the market right now.

1. Grandezza, Eco Sanctuary, Klang Valley

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First launched in 2015, Eco Sanctuary is a 308-acre township located to the south of Kota Kemuning spanning some 4,000 properties. There are multiple collections of homes in various styles, all surrounded by lush landscaping, commercial hubs, hotels and wellness centres — making it a truly self-sufficient and self-contained, eco-minded gated community. Completed at the end of 2019, Grandezza features a spate of 260 high end bungalows and semi-detached homes that make up Eco Sanctuary’s lowest density and final landed area. A semi-detached, five bedroom home at 3,079 sq. ft. is priced from HK$3,559,510, while a seven-bed bungalow at 6,075 sq. ft. is priced from HK$11,998,995.

2. Serenity Sky Villas, Ho Chi Minh City

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With a starting price of HK$2,875,140, SonKim Land’s luxury condo tower Serenity Sky Villas is a bona fide vertical resort. Located at a prestigious address in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 CBD, Serenity Sky Villas boasts 45 units ranging from one to four bedroom homes, as well as garden villas and penthouses. Alongside double-height ceilings and private pools, there’s also a fine-dining restaurant and a top-floor residents’ infinity pool to enjoy.

3. Hanacreek, Niseko

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Led by Hong Kong-based boutique property developers Apex Property, Hanacreek is the latest in a rush of luxury properties opening at one of the most favoured ski meccas on the planet. Located in the heart of the popular Hanazono ski resort and the town of Kutchan, Hanacreek is the first land subdivision concept in Niseko, where owners can build their own mixed-use developments. Each of the plots of land will have their own onsen connection, making it an ideal blank slate to build your dream home or holiday chalet. Four plots out of 17 in phase one have been designated specifically for single-dwelling ski-in chalets, which can be easily entered into a rental pool to generate income while you are away.

4. Wallich Residence, Singapore

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Considered one of the superlative luxury properties in Singapore at the moment, Wallich Residence stands high above Tanjong Pagar in Singapore’s CBD, located from the 39th to 64th floors of Guoco Tower — Singapore’s tallest building. As the crown jewel of developers GuocoLand, Wallich features a collection of 181 luxury residences of exceptional design, headed up by award-winning studio Wilson Associates. The tower in itself is a self-sustained vertical city of sorts with commercial, retail, residential and urban park amenities, while the five-bedroom ‘super penthouse’ offers homeowner Sir James Dyson (yes, of the vacuum cleaner brand) the best view of the sprawling city directly from up top.

5. The River Thu Thiem, Ho Chi Minh City

March - Ultra-luxe homes in Asia - The River Thu Thiem

This joint venture between Hongkong Land and CII is situated right on the bend of the Saigon River, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2. With proximity to international schools and the central business district, it’s the perfect location for expatriates looking to invest in HCMC. You’re getting the best of both worlds with convenience and connectivity while also getting to enjoy the lush greenery and panoramic river views of the area, which is also having its moment in the real estate spotlight. Units range from one to four bedroom apartments and sky villas, all the way up to a pool villa category starting at 2,637 sq. ft.

6. Meyer Mansion, Singapore

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Slated to complete in 2023, Meyer Mansion is situated along one of Singapore’s stretches of shore that historically was the seaside weekend retreat for the city-state’s wealthy, dotted with bungalows that overlook the lush green East Coast. Today, the GuocoLand development is a 25-storey estate featuring 200 units ranging from one to four bedroom apartments. The property offers that storied, million-dollar vista of Singapore’s East Coast and Marina Bay, while other perks include proximity to downtown (just a 7-minute drive away); smart home-enabled amenities, as well as being just steps away from the beach. A 1,765-sq.-ft. four bedroom unit is priced starting at HK$26,507,326.

7. The Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok

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If living at Bangkok’s most prestigious address is a no brainer for you, you’ll want to consider the Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok, where you’ll be calling the eye catching MahaNakhon tower home. Located in the heart of town, the residences are located in the upper sections of the tower, with prime views overlooking Lumpini Park, the Chao Phraya River and the Gulf of Thailand. With the Ritz-Carlton name you will naturally be pampered as much as any guest at their hotels with their signature attention to detail. Choose from residences ranging from two to five-bedroom apartments in both simplex and duplex layouts. Prices for a two bedroom duplex start at HK$19,431,929.

8. The Lofts Asoke

March - Ultra-luxe homes in Asia - The Lofts Asoke

Developed by Raimon Land, The Lofts Asoke is the latest in the Thai developer’s streak of The Lofts residential complexes, and it’s now ready for move-in. Located in the highly desirable area of Asok, the recently-completed luxury property does what it says on the tin: a conveniently located, high end condo featuring industrial loft stylings that will satisfy the whims of any hip investor. With one to three-bedroom units available, a three-bedroom duplex is priced at HK$8,085,935.

9. The Kita by Kengo Kuma

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Slated to complete this year, this elegant 12-unit complex in Tokyo’s Kitasando is headed up by Canadian luxury developer Westbank, and features the design of award-winning architect Kengo Kuma. Offered as an antidote to Tokyo’s frenetic pace, the complex features a decidedly warm, tranquil and texture-rich quality championing natural materials. Conceived in 2018, the building is set to unveil at the same time as Kuma’s other headline project of late — the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Stadium. With a hand in both the structure and the interiors, Kuma’s approach features plenty of expansive al fresco spaces, as well as a rooftop infinity pool and terrace offering views over the Shinjuku skyline.

10. Dune Hills Samui

March - Ultra-luxe homes in Asia - Dune Villas

With the gulf of Thailand at your feet and located just minutes from the Koh Samui airport, Dune Hills Samui is a brand new development of 39 pool villas made for the discerning jetsetter looking for a second home, stylish retirees and second-home owners alike. The property is also fully managed by an on-site team; coupled with the decent rental return (at 6-7.8 percent over four years) and land price appreciation rates (20-24 percent over four years), plus a guaranteed complimentary annual stay, it’s an ideal home to invest in. A roomy, 4,284-sq.-ft. five bedroom pool villa is currently priced at about HK$4,696,335.

As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Evelyn Lok
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. She covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.