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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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.