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

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.

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5 New Residential Developments in Southeast Asia to Watch For in 2020

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With the sky-high price tags of Hong Kong’s residential properties, coupled with the political unrest and on-going trade war between China and the US, Hong Kong’s property investors have been shifting their focus towards Southeast Asia’s growing markets — from Malaysia to Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia. Looking to expand your portfolio this year into Southeast Asia? We’re rounded up five notable residential developments that you should be keeping your eye on. Scroll down to find out what they are.

8 Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Situated between Kuala Lumpur City Centre and the bustling Golden Triangle neighbourhood, 8 Conlay is an ultra-luxury, mixed-use development by KSK Land designed to deliver an elevated lifestyle experience that redefines luxury living within the region.

The three-tower complex comprises two twisted residential towers linked by two sky bridges (slated to become the tallest in all of Southeast Asia upon completion), a lifestyle retail podium, and Malaysia’s first and only five-star Kempinski Hotel. Residents of the YOO8 serviced residences will not only enjoy world-class design from award-winning firm YOO, but also fabulous facilities such as the Water Lounge and the Green Refuge, as well as Kempinski Hotel’s signature hospitality services including concierge, butler, private chef, housekeeping, tailoring and even massage services.

Floor plan sizes range from 700 sq. ft. to 1,328 sq. ft., with prices that fall approximately between RM2.27 million (approx. HK$4.3 million) and RM4.65 million (approx. HK$8.8 million).

Hyde Heritage Thonglor, Bangkok, Thailand

Those who enjoy Art Deco design mixed with New York City flair will adore Bangkok’s Hyde Heritage Thonglor, which boasts a sophisticated architectural design inspired by the iconic skyline of the Big Apple. The condominium project — realised by Thai-Japanese developer group Grand Star Company Limited — is scheduled for completion in 2022, housing 311 units of 1, 2, 3 bedrooms, as well as duplex penthouses within its luxurious 45-storey structure.

Designed for modern living, each suite features a splendid interior with high ceilings and large floor-to-ceiling windows that give you a sweeping view of the city, day and night. A practical and refined aesthetic in its kitchens and bathroom areas offers a perfect balance of style and function for discerning residents.

Unit sizes start from 431 sq. ft. (1 bedroom) and are priced at approximately HK$3,028,759 onwards.

Oxley Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Situated along Jalan Ampang in close proximity to the the iconic Petronas Twin Tower and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Oxley Towers is set to be the next beaming addition to the iconic skyline of the Malaysian capital. The freehold, mixed-use development is a project of the Singapore-based Oxley Holdings, featuring two modern towers that include a 29-storey Grade A office block, a 78-storey So Sofitel luxury hotel and serviced residences/condo, as well as a 49-storey Jumeirah luxury hotel and serviced residences/condo.

The Jumeirah tower, in particular, will house 181 hotel rooms and 267 residential units; the So Sofitel tower, on the other hand, comes with 207 hotel rooms and 590 residential units. Residents and visitors will have easy access to world-class shopping, dining and lifestyle experiences at the two-storey retail galleria, The Boulevard, located right below, which brings some of the best names in the world of retail, services and hospitality.

Floor plan sizes start from 541 sq. ft., priced starting from HK$2,950,814.

The Albany, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Those seeking unparalleled luxury in Ho Chi Minh City can place their bet on The Albany, which is widely dubbed as the most exclusive, intimate and luxurious of all the residences on offer at Thao Dien — the private residential area considered to be one of the most sought-after addresses in the city. The entire neighbourhood is made to resemble European villages, populated by quaint little outdoor cafés, world-class restaurants, high-end designer boutiques and, of course, internationally-acclaimed schools and institutions.

Only 22 residences are available in the 8-storey building, which includes three- and four-bedroom bespoke residences (sizes range from 2,134 sq. ft. to 3,175 sq. ft.), as well as penthouses on the top floor that come with their own stunning private rooftop pool and tropical garden. There is also one 3-bedroom residence on the ground floor that comes with a private pool and garden. Thanks to its distinctive location, residents at The Albany will also get to enjoy stunning views of the Saigon River and lush green landscapes, along with facilities and services including the fitness centre, swimming pool, as well as housekeeping, gardening service and 24/7 security and reception to make sure each and every resident is taken care of at all times.

The Peak, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Located right in the heart of Phnom Penh along the Mekong River, The Peak is a joint venture of the Singapore-based Oxley Holdings, Cambodia-based Worldbridge Land, CapitaLand and Shangri-La featuring a three-tower mixed-use development — including two residential towers with one- to four-bedroom apartments and another that splits between Grade A offices (14/F – 28/F) and the five-star Shangri-La Hotel (29/F – 45/F) — set atop a five-storey luxury shopping mall filled with specialty shops, exciting restaurants and more.

Residents at The Peak will be able to enjoy a stunning, uninterrupted view of the entire Phnom Penh City, the Diamond Island and, of course, the Mekong River right from the comfort of your own balcony. There are also two sky decks on levels 14 and 55 (roof deck), filled with lush green landscapes and swimming pools, along with a game room, gymnasium, gourmet function rooms, kids play pool and more for a blissful escape from the city.

Cindie Chan