5 Hot Properties to Buy in Toronto Right Now

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Toronto, Canada is a dynamic city with soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces but look closely and you will find a city of exceptional charm and unique neighborhoods. It’s a growing city known for its culinary, art and music scene. If you’re planning on moving to Toronto or just looking for another investment, we’ve rounded up these top five properties for you to consider. 

22 Hedgewood Road 

Situated in the quiet midtown Hoggs Hollow neighbourhood, this home is elegant, modern yet classic. Spanning 15,000 sq. ft., the home is equipped with spacious living spaces, a gourmet kitchen, a massive wine cellar, an outdoor pool, and even a basketball court. For approx. HK$58,612,162, you’ll get 5+1 bedrooms, and 9 bathrooms. 

2045 Lake Shore Boulevard West 

Located in downtown Toronto, unit #3703 is a luxury suite that offers 3,000-sq.-ft. of living space with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Designed with an open concept in mind, the kitchen and living room is surrounded with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a panoramic view of the Humber River. Residents who reside in the building have access to nine acres of green space, saltwater pool, tennis courts, spa, and more. The unite is going for approximately HK$14,062,227 with HK$18,314 in maintenance fees.  

31 Knightswood Road 

Now, this home might not be everyone’s cup of tea as it features a more unique design aspect. There’s a rainforest bathroom complete with rainforest sounds to boot. Aside from that, this 15,000-sq.-ft. mansion includes 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a library, a wine cellar, a home theatre and a garage that can fit up to 11 cars. Outside, the backyard is designed with an in-ground pool complete with a slide and hot tub. The home is on the market for approximately HK$79,166,002.

225 Forest Hill Road 

Looking for a monochromatic home? This 9,000-sq.-ft. home is designed with white marble detailing throughout and accented with black and brown touches on the flooring, staircase, cabinets and more. On the market now for approximately HK$35,184,890, the home boasts 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, plus a gym, wine cellar, steam room, and immaculate walk-in closet. 

139 Sheldrake Boulevard 

If you’re in the market for a modern, sleek and stylish home, 139 Sheldrake Boulevard could be the property for you. With floor-to-ceiling windows located on the main floor, the design allows natural light to flow into the living area and kitchen for a seamless indoor-outdoor effect. The design elements also include stylish light fixtures and a glass staircase that overlooks the living room. The home is fit for a large family with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, available at a price tag of approximately HK$34,891,682. 

Austin Miao

Invest in: Cam Ranh, Vietnam’s Hottest Hospitality Market

Posted in Market Report, What to Buy

The unspoilt coastline of southeast Vietnam has become a property investor hotspot in Asia. It belongs to the Khanh Hoa province which has grown in popularity for its pristine beaches and year-round tropical climate. But beyond its natural beauty, Cam Ranh lures investors with its secluded refuge, idyllic seafront views, flourishing connectivity to international airports, tempting price point, and most importantly its appreciating value with government policies and burgeoning new properties in development including integrated resorts. Here are the three reasons why Cam Ranh is heating up to be Southeast Asia’s hottest property investment. 

Secluded and Untouched by Mass Tourism 

Cam Ranh has been under the radar as Vietnam’s best kept secret until recently. A promising venture, the once primitive landscape is still very much in its original rural beauty without the crowds of more populated travel destinations. The Cam Ranh peninsula’s white sand and crystal waters are a traveler’s paradise, making investors eager to be one of the first to tap into the land.

Compared to Southeast Asia’s top sun and sand destinations like Bali, Phuket, Boracay, or even Nha Trang (just 45km north and sharing a coast with Cam Ranh) which boast the same picturesque views and vibes, the privacy and solitude is unbeatable at Cam Ranh. With such similarities, it is predicted that Cam Ranh too, will become a tourism capital. Moreover, neighbouring destination Nha Trang is showing signs of tourist overload, making Cam Ranh an easy vacationing alternative within the region. 

Accessibility and Connectivity 

The international terminal at Cam Ranh International Airport has undergone a HK$1.27 billion (US$163 million) renovation and opened in 2018 to accommodate more direct flights, reducing travel time and inconvenience. The airport sees 10 million passengers a year, and is one of the busiest airports in Vietnam together with Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and Da Nang, with direct flights to and from mega metropolises like Hong Kong, Bangkok, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. With easier accessibility and more potential routes from Tokyo and Singapore, Cam Ranh will be open to further tourism for its convenient logistics. Apart from its airport, Vietnam’s visa requirements are minimal and can be processed upon arrival, making it all the more simple (and convenient) for travellers.

Appreciating Value with New Developments on the Rise 

Many resorts are currently being constructed at a rapid pace, and there are further plans to erect more luxury hotels, apartments villas, and holiday houses. Pioneering projects such as Cam Ranh Riviera, Fusion Resort, Dessole Sea Lion and Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts have been running with great success and new development projects are currently going underway.

The Nha Trang Bay Investment and Construction Joint Stock has since been one of the most attractive ventures, with tourist experiences becoming increasingly exciting. These integrated resorts include casino expansions with the Vietnam Prime Minster deciding on investing in casino businesses such as KN Paradise Cam Ranh as part of the country’s proposal of the Ministry of Planning an Investment in 2019.

With the KN Paradise expected completion date scheduled for 2025, investors are eager to get a piece of the pie before the value of the market skyrockets. It is currently the fastest growing up-and-coming area in Southeast Asia, suited for luxury high spending tourism and coastal residences. Aside from resorts and villas, golf courses, shopping malls, and boat marinas will also be constructed. 

Dara Chau

10 Ultra-luxe Homes in Asia to Buy This January

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As the new year begins, so do our endeavours to find the ultimate dream home. The target? Only the most luxurious, biggest, or stunning homes across Asia will do. From Taiwanese mansions to penthouses in Singapore and townhouses on The Peak in Hong Kong, here are the properties that made it onto our top ten ultra luxe list.

37 Island Road in Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong

For an easy HK$1,800,000,000, this stunning detached house in Hong Kong’s prestigious address in Deep Water Bay could be your new home. The townhouse has a phenomenal view of the sea and holds four sumptuous bedrooms and five bathrooms across an expansive 5,276 sq. ft. area. A spacious private garden, balcony and covered car park also add to the privacy of this property. Its close proximity to country parks, golf course, yacht club and international schools doesn’t hurt either.

The Harbour View House in Sentosa, Singapore

As 12,500-sq.-ft. harbour view houses go, this extraordinary property in Singapore is really quite spectacular. Selling for HK$449,548,024, this two-floor modern-style seaside house is located on the northern side of Sentosa Cove, which lends a great view across the sea. Two wings are connected by an entry pavilion and centres around a lush courtyard. The east wing offers two floors of living space with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, while the one-floor west wing holds the home office and has been designed to entertain. Other highlights include an outdoor pool, garden space and a jacuzzi.

98 Wireless Road in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok’s thriving property market has meant a wide array of prime real estate on offer. One such investment includes a luxury duplex in Sansiri’s flagship condominium, 98 Wireless. It’s been dubbed the Fifth Avenue of Bangkok and features an elegant space with three bedrooms and bathrooms. The stylish 2,691 sq. ft. space is worth HK$47,451,35 and is what luxury homes are made of. The property is also furnished with a salon, fitness, playroom, spa room and swimming pool. 

Mountain Peak Mansion in Taipei, Taiwan

Perched on the peak of Yangming Mountain, this mansion is conveniently located near downtown Taipei and yet still benefits from endless greenery. It really is the best of both worlds. The property itself is designed with minimal Japanese style in mind and features floor to ceiling windows to fully show off the natural surroundings. It also has expansive space for a garden, along with a terrace and farm land which welcomes horses too. Price is available upon request.

Galleria Costa in Kanagawa, Japan

This estate is not only uniquely designed so that all rooms face the coast of Manazuru peninsula, but it’s also huge. It holds over 13,000 sq. ft. of space which includes one master bedroom, three guest rooms, an outdoor pool, two outdoor baths, mist sauna, stone sauna, treatment room, fitness room, jacuzzi, tennis court, golf simulator, home theatre with karaoke system, library, wine cellar, massage room, and much, much more. Price is available upon request.

17 Bluff Path at The Peak, Hong Kong

Sitting above the rest of Hong Kong, this luxury townhouse features five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Inside, modern design elements blend seamlessly with a classic style to ensure timelessness. The sophisticated 4,559 sq. ft. home is a cool HK$1,200,000,000 investment that offers both mountain and sea views, while a garden and terrace provide more private space within to enjoy. The partially furnished property also includes a fully equipped kitchen as well as six covered car park spots to protect your cars from natural elements.

Penthouse in Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore

Luxury waterfront property Reflections at Keppel Bay was designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind and features the iconic and impressive double curvature towers with alternating heights. At the very top, this 13,309 sq. ft. penthouse showcases some of Singapore’s most jaw-dropping vistas from above. It also spans three floors and features six bedrooms, a spacious living and dining area, and a contemporary party zone on the top floor for elegant entertaining.

Veyla Natai Beach House in Phuket, Thailand

For those seeking sun, sand and sea in privacy, this secluded beach house on Natai beach in Phang Nga is just the place. There are only thirty units available on the property, and only seven facing the unobstructed views of the pristine Andaman sea, making beach vacationing ultra exclusive. The 7,792 sq. ft. villa comes fully furnished with custom furniture and state-of-the-art technology. It’s also equipped with three beds, three baths, a private beach front, fitness centre and private swimming pool. This holiday home will set you back approximately HK$25,500,000.

Cemagi Villa in Bali, Indonesia

This seaside villa is situated on the coast of Batu Bolong Beach in Cemagi village and is, for want of a more elaborate word — paradise. It’s one part contemporary, one part luxury and just a stone’s throw away from the beach, lush tropical gardens and ocean views. The12,900 sq. ft. five bedroom villa asks for HK$25,260,000 and inside the Balinese oasis, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that flood the space with light. Upstairs, there are dual master suites with open air bathrooms and sea-view balconies, private guest suites, and terraces. The most spectacular feature however is the sunken 98 ft. pool with an alfresco dining lounge against enchanted tropical landscaping.

Taiwan Villa in New Taipei City, Taiwan

A rare gem (one of five to be exact) by Seattle architect Jim Olson is a masterpiece property embodying art, architecture and nature. Located in the gated community in Great Taipei New Town for the highest levels of privacy and security, the 7,484 sq. ft. three-floor home holds a perfect balance of indoor and outdoor spaces, spacious interiors, private gardens and outside terraces. The three bed and bath is within close proximity to prestigious schools, special amenities and the famous Wulai Hot Springs. It also has its own private pool overlooking the rolling hills of Taipei City. Price is available upon request.

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.

Fontaine Cheng
Born and bred in London, Fontaine is a self-proclaimed foodie with extensive experience in the luxury lifestyle landscape. When not exploring the world — discovering cultures and tasting new dishes — she can be found sipping a nice cup of tea (or G&T) hoping to adopt a puppy.

5 Hot Properties to Buy in Phuket Right Now

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Bangkok may be the world’s most-visited city, but it’s Phuket that has one of the fastest-growing property markets in Thailand. Thanks to the island’s natural environment and beauty, many a luxury resort can be seen investing in the area, which helps to attract a wealth of tourism and development projects. So whether you’re looking for a new base, holiday home, or real estate to investment in, here are the top five hottest properties to keep your eye on.

Villa Sawarin

As part of an exclusive collaboration between acclaimed architects Jean-Michel Gathy and Phillipe Stark, it goes without saying that Villa Sawarin (approx. HK$169,451,700) is exceptionally designed. At this private Cape Yamu development in Phuket’s east coast, traditional Thai elements weave effortlessly and flawlessly into the contemporary aesthetics of this expansive 8-bedroom, 10-bathroom villa. It sprawls over 43,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space, with highlights that include its own golf practice green and a stunning infinity pool within three acres of beautifully manicured garden. Inside, a spa room, home theatre, fully-equipped gym and yoga studio provide more reasons to never have to leave this magnificent property.  

Avadina Hills by Anantara

Perched on a forested slope overlooking the western shore of Phuket, Avadina Hills by Anantara (HK$87,157,695) is a collection of 16 villas in a prestigious and secluded neighbourhood. Each villa is set against some of Thailand’s best natural views — from the green hillsides just above Layan Beach, to the azure waters of Andaman Sea. The design has been left minimalist, with clean lines and natural materials, which mean the 28,427-sq.-ft. site is completely customisable, from a four-bedroom property to include additional bedrooms, a study, or even a private gym or cinema.

Villa Shanti, Jivana Beach Residences

Along the quiet, peaceful stretch of Natai Beach on the west coast of Phang Nga are several beachfront retreats. But none are quite as eye-catching as Villa Shanti (approx. HK$60,477,360). As one of three villas in the Jivana Villas estate, this six-ensuite-bedroom property is housed in five connected Thai-style pavilions that intersperse the palm tree-lined garden. Across the huge, 68,000-sq.-ft. Space is simple but contemporary style living spaces that allow the sweeping views of the Andaman sea to take centre stage, while a 82 ft. infinity pool and breezy open pavilions (or salas as they’re known in Thai) enable relaxing alfresco moments that are ideal for dining and entertaining guests.

Villa Isa, Trisara Residences

This three-floored, six-bedroomed, and two-pooled villa embodies luxury without a doubt, but it also boasts two other precious commodities that many seek — nature and privacy. Framed by lush tropical forests and exotic gardens, the Villa Isa (approx. HK$58,777,200) is a secluded retreat set over a private bay on Phuket’s west coast, where residents have access to their own private beach. Other features of the 21,528-sq.-ft. property include a spa, gym, and tennis courts that are ideal for those who like to keep active, while a billiard room, private cinema and even a unique petanque field for boules sports is sure to keep everyone entertained.

Moon Shadow Villa, The Pavilions Residences

For a little over HK$40 million, you can attain a piece of prime real estate that combines luxury with both comfort and privacy. Located in the peace and quiet of Kamala in Kathu, the Moon Shadow Villa (approx. HK$39,192,750) is one of two parts in The Pavilions Residence and employs ocean views as its main backdrop. Contemporary and spacious design are the key points at this 12,357-sq.-ft. home, with unique features such as double-height ceilings, infinity pool, curved central staircase, wine cellar, and a large terrace for outdoor entertaining making it easy to move in immediately.

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.

Fontaine Cheng
Born and bred in London, Fontaine is a self-proclaimed foodie with extensive experience in the luxury lifestyle landscape. When not exploring the world — discovering cultures and tasting new dishes — she can be found sipping a nice cup of tea (or G&T) hoping to adopt a puppy.