Why 8 Conlay May Be the Most Coveted Property in Kuala Lumpur

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With Kuala Lumpur booming on the Southeast Asia property scene, there’s never been a better time to get your foot in the door. And by door, we mean one of the luxury sky-rises shooting up around the city as developers flock to transform the skyline of the bustling Malaysian capital.

Those shopping around will likely already know of 8 Conlay, one of the brand new developments in Kuala Lumpur, an integrated high-res located in the heart of the city. Designed by celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen and Hong Kong-based architect Steve Leung, the luxury accommodation consists of three towers atop a four-storey lifestyle retail podium, and has the distinction of harboring the first and only five-star Kempinski Hotel in Malaysia as well as the world’s tallest twisted twin residential housing branded serviced residences, YOO8 serviced by Kempinski.

What else makes this property a truly unique addition to KL? We chat to Joanne Kua, Chief Executive Officer of KSK Group (the Malaysian lifestyle property developer of 8 Conlay), to dig deeper into the concept and inspiration behind the landmark project.

Tell us a bit about the background of 8 Conlay and the motivation behind this development.

8 Conlay is the inaugural development of KSK Land, a Malaysian lifestyle property developer with the vision to craft bespoke properties that prioritise design, craftsmanship and lifestyle. Scheduled to open by the end of 2020, this integrated development is located on nearly four acres of freehold land in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, consisting of three towers atop a four-storey lifestyle retail podium, featuring the first and only five-star Kempinski Hotel in Malaysia and the world’s tallest twisted twin residential towers devoted exclusively to branded serviced residences called YOO8 serviced by Kempinski. 

Branded residences are a level above typical premium residences, a splice between a high-end condominium and a luxury hotel that caters to every whim, fancy and need of the resident. 8 Conlay is not a traditional building. We are designing for the future, and wanted to create something unique that will not fade over time. We wanted a building that is timeless. We wanted to create a building with architecture that is liveable.

What makes KL’s market primed for this opening? Is there major demand for luxury residences offering this shared experience?

There is an upward trend of high net worth individuals globally forecasted to rise by 22% over the next four years according to a 2019 Wealth Report by Knight Frank. As global wealth creation expands, the demand for luxury branded residences in key market centres such as Kuala Lumpur will undoubtedly rise.

At the YOO8 residences, the concept of building vertical communities will promote community relations amongst the residents through the facilities floors by Trop, liveable architecture that stands in time and the ‘confluential’ experience of 8 Conlay Kempinski connecting local experiences to locals and foreigners alike.

Luxury residences have long term value and are considered safer investments. The global recognition of the brand attached to luxury branded residences provides a sense of security in the investment.

How is 8 Conlay set to elevate the art of living for its residents? 

The idea is that you walk into 8 Conlay and into YOO8 and everything is there, ready for you. It is like entering a Kempinski suite, but the suite belongs to you. Services are at your beck and call. Time is the most important luxury these days. So everything in our project has been thought out to be the most convenient for the buyer, so they can focus on the luxury of time.

The lifestyle at YOO8 Serviced by Kempinski is about the power of placemaking. Placemaking is a way we bring areas forward. It’s about watching people designing their own homes, creating new hubs, a world where people share similar aspirations.

Tell us about some of the main selling points of the development. 

8 Conlay is an ambitious mixed-used development that will be the world’s tallest twisted twin residential towers in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle. Three towers will pierce the skyline when the project is complete – two of which are branded residences – anchored by a base of ‘lifestyle retail quarters’. 

Exclusive design concepts mark the identities of the two branded residences — Hong Kong-based Steve Leung brings his Asian aesthetic to Tower A while British celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen’s creative handprint can be seen in Tower B. This gives potential buyers a wide range of options to choose a home from, a home that really suits them and their individual sensibilities.

For example, as Leung’s style is evocative of a modern urban space as well as a tranquil retreat, YOO8 Tower A exudes a sense of calm, bringing together the best of modern design and refined city living. With interiors designed to reflect Leung’s two exclusive concepts, Wood and Water, YOO8 Tower A’s 564 serviced residences range from 700 sq. ft. to 1,308 sq. ft. across 61 floors, setting a retail benchmark of RM3,283 per sq. ft.

Radiating timeless elegance and Hoppen’s quintessentially English style, YOO8 Tower B appeals to the inner cosmopolitan with its understated glamour and aesthetic vision of leisure and luxury. With interiors designed to reflect the South African-born designer’s linear style in two exclusive concepts, Spring and Urban, YOO8 Tower B’s 498 serviced residences range from 705 sq ft to 1,328 sq ft across 56 floors, setting a retail benchmark of RM3,370 per sq ft.

Kempinski will anchor the experience of living in YOO8. Beloved for its unrelenting dedication to luxury, the German luxury hospitality brand will bring its impeccable level of service to all units – completing the name of the brand: YOO8, serviced by Kempinski. 

The final tower of 8 Conlay will also be a Kempinski – the first Kempinski hotel in Malaysia, itself with its own residences component. All the hallmarks of Kempinski will be present – including its ambassador extraordinaire ‘Lady in Red’, the sybaritic Kempinski spa and the local ethos that colours its service and experience.

What are the most unique factors that makes 8 Conlay different from other luxury residences? 

8 Conlay will be the tallest twisted twin residential towers in Malaysia (when completed), spanning across 3.95 acres of commercial and freehold land. A mixed-use integrated development with a gross development value of RM5.4 billion, 8 Conlay differentiates itself from what is ‘perceived’ to be competition. 

The branded residences at 8 Conlay called YOO8 serviced by Kempinski features not one but two power brands — international design studio YOO founded by John Hitchcox and Philippe Starck and Europe’s oldest and most established hotel group, Kempinski. 

The property’s two residential towers feature interior concepts exclusively designed by Steve Leung & YOO and Kelly Hoppen for YOO, as well as landscape architecture by TROP Studio. The branded residences will provide luxury in-house services by the adjoining five-star Kempinski Hotel. While the retail lifestyle quarters will complete the bespoke lifestyle experience.

What other major trends are you seeing in KL’s property market? Are you planning additional developments in the area? 

Kuala Lumpur is now one of the destinations to ‘watch’, being selected as one of ’52 Places to go in 2020’ by the New York Times, while there is a rise in the number of expatriates, with Malaysia ranked as the 9th best destination for expatriates to live and work in, according to The Expat Insider 2019 Survey.

The potential for KL’s property market is limitless, with the rapid on-going infrastructure development over the years focused in Kuala Lumpur city resulting in more connectivity and accessibility inbound to the city and within the city and its surrounding areas. The future high-speed rail project linking Malaysia to Singapore enables a seamless and a shorter travel time (90 minutes from KL to Singapore) and the expansion of the Mass Rapid Transit lines. The improved connectivity will enable businesses to be more productive and access a broader market place, spurring urbanisation.

The next future project will be in a strategic area in Kuala Lumpur and will reveal more details of the development in the future.

What do you think people are looking for as far as property investments in KL?  

Kuala Lumpur has a capital appreciation on average of 5.1%, giving high return on investment (in terms of Luxury Residential Property Capital Gains). Foreigners can buy freehold properties in Malaysia and have the same rights as the locals, governed under national land code which is the same system as Hong Kong are used to, which is the British Torrens. KL offers high quality residential products at lower entry costs compared to some of the other SEA countries.

In the space of “luxury residences”, Kuala Lumpur has one of the most “affordable” price per square feet, in comparison with Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. For example, the 8 Conlay development is priced at USD809 per square feet. While, in Bangkok, the price per square feet is US$2,061 for 98 Wireless, in Singapore US$2,511 per sq. ft. for the Ritz-Carlton Residences and in Hong Kong at US$4,376 per sq. ft. for the YOO Residence.

This makes it an attractive investment especially for foreigners who are looking at high return on investment.

What is your favourite feature of the development? 

To create something memorable and iconic, the twisted design remains a favourite feature of the development, where it is inspired by the curves of 8 Conlay from the Chinese character of the figure 8. 

More than a luxury development, 8 Conlay has been curated to be a place where the next wave of trailblazers can gather and create their own stories – a vision we take to heart in everything that we do. Throughout the hotel and branded residences, as well as the property’s experience-driven retail space, we have worked diligently with our partners to transform public spaces into shared experiences.

It is also the maiden project undertaken by KSK Land.

For more information, visit the website here.

Leslie Yeh

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

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What to Know Before You Buy Property in Kuala Lumpur

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If buying property in Kuala Lumpur isn’t something to which you’ve given any thought, you really should reconsider. After all, Malaysia’s property market is open to foreign investment, and recent changes to the law will soon make it easier than ever to add a home in Kuala Lumpur — or Johor Bahru, Penang, or Melaka — to your portfolio. 

Add to that a resilient economy, the ease of doing business, affordable property prices, low buying costs, financing options, and a lack of restrictions on the free flow of capital, and buying in Kuala Lumpur starts to seem like a no-brainer. Below, we’ve compiled the most important facts and figures you should know before you think about making any purchase. As always, be sure to seek professional legal advice as laws are subject to change, and to engage an experienced attorney to handle the paperwork.

What type of property can you purchase?

Unlike other, more restrictive economies, Malaysia allows foreign buyers to own unlimited freehold (full, permanent ownership) and leasehold (typically 99-year ownership) properties of any type, from apartments to single-family homes and so on — there are more than a dozen property categories in total. That being said, any acquisition of property by non-citizens or foreign companies requires prior approval from the relevant State Authority before it can be completed.

What’s the easiest way to finance the home?

There’s no limit on how much money foreign citizens can hold in accounts at Malaysian banks, so the easiest way to finance your new home purchase would be to arrange the funds in your home country and then transfer them. Alternatively, banks such as CIMB and UOB offer home loans designed for foreign buyers, so they’re a great place to start your search. Generally speaking, mortgage loans in Malaysia have average interest rates of 4-5%. Buying costs usually fall in the same range.

What’s the minimum purchase price?

Responding to an oversupply of properties on the market, the government recently announced that, for a one-year period starting from 1 January 2020, the minimum purchase price for property in urban high rises will be lowered from RM1 million (approx HK$1.89 million) to RM600,000 (approx. HK$1.14 million) for foreign buyers. There’s plenty of property to snatch up, too: Kuala Lumpur currently has RM2.05 billion worth of unsold units priced at RM600,000 and above, according to the Finance Ministry.

What else do I need to know?

If residing or retiring in Malaysia is something you’re considering, it’s best to apply for the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) Programme, which grants foreigners a 10-year visa plus access to more favourable financing rates as well as lower minimums on property purchases, though the actual figures vary from state to state. MM2H visa holders enjoy a host of other benefits as well, such as tax-free remittance of foreign income, ability to import a car, ability to bring a domestic helper, and more.

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Market Focus: Why Kuala Lumpur is an Increasingly Attractive Property Market

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While Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Bangkok boast all the dynamism and glitz commonly associated with the modern luxury lifestyle in Asia, Malaysia’s relatively chilled capital Kuala Lumpur is viewed as a safe haven in troubled economic times. Throw excellent regional travel connections, unrivalled tropical vacation opportunities and outstanding dining into the mix, and it’s easy to see why KL is increasingly an attractive destination for high-end property investment from across the region.

Much like neighbouring Thailand, however, Malaysia is suffering from a glut of unsold homes, in this case due to overbuilding, demand mismatch and currency depreciation in recent years (the ringgit has dropped 16 per cent in value against the US dollar since 2014). According to data released by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance in October, the number of unsold properties across the country stood at 54,078 units at the end of the first quarter of 2019, valued at 37.2 billion ringgit (RM37.2 billion, about HK$70 billion), with residential units accounting for the bulk.

“The property market in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia appears to be bottoming out, although it will take some time before the market sees any significant growth,” says Sarkunan Subramaniam, managing director at property consultants Knight Frank Malaysia. “The market is expected to improve gradually with support from various government initiatives.” These include a lower price threshold for foreign buyers of high-rise property in urban areas from RM1 million to RM600,000 in 2020.

That said, the Malaysian property market – and particularly that of KL – has witnessed an influx of investment in 2019, mostly from elsewhere in Asia, for multiple reasons, with premium properties pulling in a substantial share. Anxiety arising from anti-government protests in Hong Kong has resulted in local capital flowing into Southeast Asia, with Malaysia viewed as an especially dependable refuge from instability.

A unit at the YOO8 serviced residence at 8 Conlay, scheduled for completion in 2021.

Other factors include healthy Malaysian GDP growth of 4.7 percent in 2018, and confidence buoyed up by pro-investment policies of the new Pakatan Harapan government, voted in that same year. On the whole, however, simple, no-nonsense bang-for-buck considerations have been key to KL’s growing attractiveness for overseas cash.

With Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing all now boasting some of the most expensive residential property prices not just in Asia but worldwide, humble Malaysia – according to data recently released by international property consultant CBRE – currently rests in 24th position on the global average house-price list. CBRE’s Global Living 2019 report states that the average price for a “prime property” in Hong Kong now tops US$6.8 million, while in Singapore it would be in excess of US$1.2 million. The average for such a home in KL is less than US$500,000.

“This makes luxury property in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia very affordable for investors from these regions,” says Danny Broadfield, CBRE’s associate director, International Project Marketing Asia.

Subramaniam at Knight Frank, meanwhile, defines a premium KL property as “generally priced above the RM1 million mark, or above RM1,000 per square foot on built-up area. Currently, the cumulative supply of luxury property totalled approximately 57,000 units, or circa 10 per cent of the total supply, in Kuala Lumpur.” 

Kelly Hoppen-designed bedroom at YOO8 serviced residence.

Looking at branded residences operated by hotel chains (popular examples include The Residences at The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur and Four Seasons Private Residences), Subramaniam adds that there are in the region of 2,400 finished units in central KL alone. “In the near future, another 2,000 units are expected to be completed,” he says. “These new branded residences are generally priced above RM2,300 per square foot.”

With nearly a quarter of Malaysia’s total population of more than 30 million being ethnically Chinese, and the proportion leaping to more than 40 percent in KL, investors from mainland China and Hong Kong feel especially welcome in the city, and so they are the most enthusiastic outside buyers of KL homes. The national government has further encouraged this phenomenon with fast-track residency visas for the wealthy, most notably through the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme. 

“You have a similar time zone, a world-class airport in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, good road connectivity and rail systems, great food, people and culture, all teamed with Mandarin-speaking locals,” enthuses Hong Kong-based Broadfield. The SAR is less than four hours away from KL by air, with Bali being under three hours and Singapore less than an hour’s flight time, or seven hours by rail.

Indeed, though recent years have been challenging for local developers, according to Global Living 2019, “The luxury, high-rise segment [in KL] is largely a foreign investors’ market … High levels of existing supply in this market may moderate launch activity in the in the near future, as the current inventory is being absorbed. These dynamics also mean that prospective buyers of luxury property are currently at an advantage, with many investment opportunities available.”

Although there are low-density pockets of high-wealth-individual homes scattered across Kuala Lumpur (see Damansara Heights, Desa ParkCity, Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Imbi, among others) luxury residences tend to be clustered in the city centre, most notably in the high-rise district known by the acronym KLCC. This sprawling, multipurpose “city within a city”, is characterised by statement architecture (most notably the iconic Petronas Twin Towers), five-star hotels (including the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur and InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, among others) and upscale designer-driven shopping malls.

Other areas to consider include neighbouring Bukit Bintang, U-Thant and Ampang Hilir, immediately east of KLCC. Encompassing the city’s embassy enclave, these areas also provide doorstep access to quality-lifestyle amenities such as spacious, leafy parks of orchid gardens and choreographed fountains, international schools and top-flight medical care, convenient municipal transport infrastructure, varied nightlife, even the prestigious Royal Selangor Golf Club.

Steve Leung-designed unit at YOO8 serviced residence.

The high-end residential property currently generating the most buzz in KLCC is 8 Conlay, a mixed-used freehold development on Jalan Conlay, its three towers – the tallest rising 68 stories – set to become the loftiest residential structures in all of Southeast Asia when they are completed in 2020 and 2021. Two of the towers will comprise the YOO8 Branded Serviced Residence, with more than 1,000 one, two and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 700 square feet to 1,308 square feet. The third tower will be the Kempinski Hotel and Residences.

This ambitious, US$1.3 billion complex is a design-driven collaboration between RSP Architects Kuala Lumpur, the Philippe Starck co-founded interior-design firm Yoo, and Bangkok-based landscaping experts Trop. Clearly tugging a forelock in the direction of 8 Conlay’s most likely buyers, the development draws aesthetically on the yin-yang concept and the Chinese character for the lucky number eight.

Residential units in 8 Conlay’s Tower A, with creative input from Hong Kong interior designer Steve Leung, feature distinctively Asian flourishes, while Britain’s Kelly Hoppen offers a more minimalistic approach through two distinct interiors concepts, Urban and Spring, in Tower B. YOO8’s Water Lounge on level 26 of Tower B features a 25-metre pool, rainforest-inspired ripple pools and pod-like cabanas. The multi-level Green Refuge “park in the sky” accessed from the 44th floor evokes Balinese rice terraces and features a jogging path.

Priced at less than US$800 per square foot, YOO8 comes in at a fraction of the US$2,000 required for similar luxury at 98 Wireless in Bangkok, or the more than US$4,000 needed for a Yoo Residence home in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay. According to developer KSK Land, non-Malaysians currently account for 75 per cent of YOO8’s buyers, with half of those coming from Hong Kong and mainland China.

For those who cannot wait, one of the most sought-after luxury condominium developments already completed in KL is Le Nouvel KLCC, its striking glass facade liberally decorated with lush greenery details and rising over Jalan Ampang, one of the oldest and most prestigious thoroughfares in the city. At the time of writing, a 2,110-square-foot, three-bed unit in Le Nouvel KLCC, with white marble flooring, Poggenpohl-designed kitchens and Miele appliances, was up for grabs for RM5.48 million.

Le Nouvel KLCC

The 2016 creation of Pritzker-winning French architect Jean Nouvel – who collaborated with such design luminaries as lighting guru Hervé Descottes, interiors specialist Koichiro Ikebuchi and landscape artist Patrick Blanc – Le Nouvel KLCC houses 195 light-filled homes (including one to four-bed apartments and a small number of penthouses) over two towers rising 43 and 49 levels, with a pool deck on floor seven and a panoramic Sky Bridge on level 34 housing inviting lounges and fine dining.

Other luxury favourites in the vicinity include popular service-residence tower Banyan Tree @ Pavilion, The Face Platinum Suites and Tropicana The Residences, the latter occupying the 25th to 53rd floors of a sleek, 55-storey tower designed by Chicago-headquartered architectural giant Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the company that’s also behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and New York’s One World Trade Centre. The property is managed by Tropicana Corporation Berhad, and shares space with the upscale W Hotel below.

Heading away from the city centre, to the leafy and affluent suburb of Damansara Heights, freehold development Aira Residence is a fine choice for luxury buyers who prefer to keep a lower profile. In the words of its developer, this luxurious condominium complex of 105 units – designed by an international team jointly headquartered in the Netherlands and Singapore, and completed in 2019 – offers  “the choice of either immersing themselves in urban activity or retiring to the privacy and peacefulness of their own homes”.

Aira Residence

Aira Residence’s 105 residential units, ranging in size from 2,679 to 7,730 square feet, were priced at launch between RM4.6 million and RM13.5 million. In keeping with the tranquil, natural environment, the complex is equipped with a rain harvesting system, bio-ponds, energy efficient lighting, and low emissivity glass coatings that minimise UV and infrared light, thereby reducing solar heat transmitted to interiors. 

“In an attempt to differentiate the product offerings, we now see more developers incorporating eco-friendly initiatives and aesthetic features with unique architecture design into their projects,” Subramaniam says of current market trends. “Luxury properties with higher product specifications can be seen as a catalyst to enhance the image of an area while also having a positive impact on real estate values.” 

Looking to the future, the general view of KL property experts is that new supply of luxury residences in the Malaysian capital is expected to be limited in coming years, or to come online at a slower rate than previously.

“As with many developing countries, the priority is to introduce physical and technical improvements that will bring Kuala Lumpur up to par with other advanced cities,” says CBRE’s Broadfield. “Above all, Kuala Lumpur is a modern city that retains a relaxed lifestyle and has plenty of future potential. With demand for luxury properties from overseas investors high and limited new supply, this will have a positive upwards pressure on property pricing.”

Gary Jones

10 Ultra-luxe Homes in Asia to Buy This December

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Following nearly a decade of unbroken expansion, Asia’s real estate markets are in for choppier waters. U.S.-China tensions, rising interest rates, expensive debt financing — the region has its fair share of challenges. Nevertheless, market fundamentals in 2019 remain solid: high-level acquisitions continue — backed by massive reserves of institutional capital — and, despite volatility, experts are predicting investment in the region will rise to US$108 billion. For now it seems, the cycle continues. To help you get the most out of it, we’ve curated a mixture of 10 ultra-luxe homes — both condo-style and freestanding. Located in mature and emerging Asian markets, these will make a welcome addition to any private portfolio (or at the very least, a stunning holiday home). Read on below.

YOO8 Residences, Kuala Lumpur

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Located in the heart of the KL city centre, YOO8 sets a bold new benchmark for premium living in Southeast Asia. The apartments, designed by British interiors guru Kelly Hoppen and ranging in size between 705-1,328 sq ft, are part of the ambitious mixed-use development at 8 Conlay — local developer KSK’s answer to world-class dining, residences, and retail all rolled into one. 

Martin Modern, Singapore

ultra-luxe homes in Asia

Situated within earshot of the Singapore CBD, and 5 minutes walking distance from the Great World MRT line, it’s all ‘location location’ at Martin Modern — the newest addition to GuocoLand’s coterie of luxury residences. In the best tradition of Singaporean condos, the development makes ample use of the native landscape: residents have access to 15 different green spaces (e.g. forest trails, rain gardens, mazes), whilst 80 percent of the site has been intentionally earmarked for arboreal use.

28 Barker Road, Hong Kong

ultra-luxe homes in Asia

Located amidst the billionaire enclave of Barker Road, this 4-bedroom property — much like neighbouring addresses on the Peak — boasts uninterrupted views of Victoria Harbour. It’s part of an exclusive 7-house development, with all residents sharing a private clubhouse and indoor swimming pool. Each house features a private lift and includes two covered carports. 

ARNA Ekamai, Bangkok

ultra-luxe homes in Asia

Located at the intersection of Thong Lo, Ekamai and the upscale Emporium mall, ARNA is a relatively serene development consisting of 11 private residences. Homes are available in three configurations: all of which feature a 4-car garage, and a bare minimum of 3,710 sq ft interior space. Additionally, the development’s location (off of 65 Sukhumvit Road) gives residents unprecedented access to some of the best transport infrastructure in the capital.

Damansara Hilltop, Kuala Lumpur

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Located in the Damansara township straddling the border of Petaling Jaya, this lofty 5-bedroom listing is an ideal base of operations for families — not to mention throngs of errant bachelors — but is still within driving distance of Malaysia’s capital. No expense was spared in the entertainment department, with the property boasting an infinity pool, gym, and purpose-built home cinema.

Siyut Villa, Bali

ultra-luxe homes in Asia

Quiet beachfront villas are something of a rarity in Bali nowadays yet this five-bedroom listing — at the centre of a sprawling 2.23 hectare estate — is a potent reminder of why holidaymakers fell in love with the province in the first place. A stone’s throw from the southeastern town of Sanur, this listing meshes airy modernist architecture with Balinese interiors à la Bill Bensley. Not to be missed: the jaw dropping pool-slash-courtyard.

Le Nouvel Ardmore, Singapore

ultra-luxe homes in Asia

WingTai’s latest luxe abode — overseen by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel — is set within the heart of Ardmore Park, boasting all of the bells & whistles one would normally associate with Singapore’s new wave of premiere condos. There’s a clubhouse, concierge service, even a full-size tennis court, but it’s the building’s facade — clad in a mesmerising grid of luminescent material — that proves the most striking.

15 Northcliffe Terrace, Gold Coast

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Gilt with pristine ocean views as far as the eye can see, this 3-bedroom condo — at a covetable address in the heart of sunny Surfers Paradise — mixes Antipodean cool with the very best in modern living. The property is accessed via dedicated key-coded lift, and opens out onto a verdant living space which doubles as a jewel box of natural light.Finishes make ample use of premium timber and Carrara marble, whereas all kitchen appliances come courtesy of Gaggenau.

Majes Tower, Tokyo

Within earshot of retail/dining hotspots such as Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills, Majes Tower is a fantastic option for residents who wish to explore Tokyo’s more cosmopolitan side. While the average floor plan here veers toward cosiness, Majes Tower’s location more than makes up for this — yielding excellent views (particularly at nighttime) of surrounding Minato-ku.

One Riverside, Taipei

Residents at this high-end development, pitched across the water from New Taipei City, enjoy panoramic vistas of the Taiwanese capital’s many landmarks. Taipei 101 and the Keelung River are all within sight, and for those who prefer exercising outdoors a 204-hectare public park — popular with Taipei locals — is within walkable distance. Residents also enjoy proximity to some of the city’s ‘it’ destinations, including Miramar Commercial Circle and The Mandarin Oriental.

Randy Lai

5 Kuala Lumpur-Based Interior Design Firms You Should Know

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These interior designers in Kuala Lumpur offer only the best solutions and strategies to create spaces that combine function with artistic outcomes.

Metrics Global

Metrics Global is a one-stop design and build firm that focuses on achieving impeccable results for clients by tailoring designs that are skilfully integrated with urban graphic arts, charming landscapes, iconic sculptures, thoughtful environmental details, sensuous interior concepts and meticulous 3D modelling.

One Roof Design

One Roof Design is an established team of experienced and dynamic professionals specializing in interior design, building/renovation, residential-and-commercial-product sourcing as well as purchasing and creative marketing services. The company provides a full range of creative services under one roof for residential and commercial projects.


Palladio is an award-winning design consultancy with visionary designers at its heart. With 25 years of interior architecture experience, Palladio services all sectors of the interior architecture design industry including residential, hospitality, retail, government, education and corporate clients.

SQFT Space Design Management

Whether it’s a property show unit, corporate office, retail establishment or private residence, SQFT Space Design Management offers outstanding design and incredible value.

Turn Design Interior

Incorporated in 1998, Turn Design Interior is an established Malaysian company specialising in interior design for homes, condos, offices and more. To date, the company has been awarded many contracts from the government as well as from private sectors.

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