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Old September 26th, 2007, 08:13 PM   #41
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Old October 31st, 2007, 12:08 PM   #42
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HarbourView is the place to be for life of luxury - but at a price
24 October 2007
South China Morning Post

Website : http://www.harbourviewplace.com/

Taking up residence The HarbourView Place serviced suites in West Kowloon may well be a bit of "more of the same". That is, if you have been lucky enough to have experienced the luxury hospitality of its sister property Four Seasons Place across the harbour in Central.

The two properties, aside from their size, Four Seasons Place has 519 serviced suites, while the HarbourView Place has 266 suites, have a lot in common.

Perhaps their offerings are better described as "more of the same" for those accustomed to the type of slick interior design and at-your-fingertips service.

"The HarbourView Place takes Four Seasons Place as a benchmark. Whatever Four Seasons Place offers, it will also be available at HarbourView Place," said Mavis Kang, general manager of Signature Homes, the residential leasing arm of Sun Hung Kai Properties.

Both properties offer room service, concierge and butler service, gyms, meeting and conference facilities. Not only will The HarbourView Place be the tallest serviced suite hotel in Hong Kong, sitting atop one tower of The Cullinan, its view will be of Central and its architectural glory.

Accommodation at the "younger sister" will range from 400 sqft to 1,500 sqft and will provide a "homey" feel that you can't get from staying in a typical hotel, according to Ms Kang.

Of course, luxury comes at a price. Very few individuals would have to dig deep into their own pockets, as there is a long waiting list of corporations willing to ensure their visiting executives are lodging near their offices.

Average rentals are HK$73 per sqft at Four Seasons Place and will be about HK$60 per sqft at the HarbourView Place when it launches by the end of the year.

In fact, rent at Four Seasons Place's two penthouses (2,800 and 3,600 sqft) set records by emptying the pockets of two European clients in the finance industry by more than HK$130 per sqft, with a substantial increase in rent when the leases are renewed next year.

Signature Homes believes the market can sustain two luxury serviced apartment complexes. "The success of Four Seasons Place has shown us undeniable potential for luxury serviced suite hotels in the market," Ms Kang said, noting that the Central-side suites are filled to capacity. Four Seasons Place has generated a portfolio income of HK$200 million in the first half of the year and the average rental ranged from HK$67 to HK$88, representing a 20 per cent increase in the past 12 months, according to Signature Homes.

Expectations are high for the launch of The HarbourView Place's 266 suites in an area of about 200,000 sqft. Signature Homes expects all the suites to be leased by the end of 2008, according to Ms Kang. Belinda Kuan, assistant general manager of Signature Homes, said: "The property will bring in about HK$150 million of annual rental income with the suites fully let."

The mantra of location, location, location will likely ring true for success at The HarbourView Place. With 2 IFC currently Hong Kong's tallest building and arguably the most prestigious office address, towering next to Four Season's Place, it stands to reason that the same phenomenon will take place across the harbour at the ICC.
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Old November 4th, 2007, 06:30 PM   #43
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Life at the top
Demand for sumptuous skyscraper homes is rising with the floor levels

9 November 2007
South China Morning Post

The world of luxury living is soon to reach new heights with the opening of The HarbourView Place in West Kowloon. And, with an influx of capital into Hong Kong, coupled with a buoyant economy, the major property agencies forecast rental rates will also reach new levels due to strong demand and a limited supply of available premium accommodation.

Some complexes have been hanging up the full sign while others are running at near capacity, although pressure on the market should be relieved, at least temporarily, early next year when the multilevel The HarbourView Place opens. It will join a host of developments in the West Kowloon area including luxury private residential blocks such as One SilverSea which looks across the bay to Union Square towers such as The Arch and The Harbourside.

Sun Hung Kai Properties' The HarbourView Place will be Hong Kong's tallest high-end serviced suite complex and will offer breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula in addition to world-class amenities.

The HarbourView Place is part of a wider venture, the Kowloon Station Development, that includes the adjacent International Commerce Centre (ICC) - set to become the world's third-tallest building when completed. Boasting unparalleled accommodation with the distinctive quality of luxury hotel services, it will occupy the 50th to 70th floors of the Cullinan II, one of the twin Cullinan towers that will be the city's highest residential project.

The HarbourView Place will have about 300 deluxe rooms including studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites from 400 sqft to 1,500 sqft.

Mavis Kang, general manager of Signature Homes, the residential leasing arm of Sun Hung Kai Properties, is confident the five- star complex will satisfy clients' requirements for "premier living standards".

"It features a high quality and comprehensive standard of hotel service to guests, further expanding and enhancing Signature Homes' quality luxury residential portfolio with an additional top-end serviced suite hotel," she says.

Ms Kang believes the city's tallest luxury serviced suite complex will only add to the success of the company's latest high-end property across the harbour in Central.

"We are proud to have been able to witness Four Seasons Place successfully redefining the standard for premium luxury living," she says. "It is evident that market demand for this type of quality serviced suite hotel is on the upswing, so The HarbourView Place will accommodate these needs."

The success of Four Seasons Place has generated a portfolio income of HK$200 million in the first half of the year, bringing in an additional income of HK$100 million for Signature Homes. Four Seasons Place is fully occupied and has a long waiting list. Average monthly rental ranges from HK$67 to HK$88 per sqft, representing a 20 per cent increase in the past 12 months.

And with The HarbourView Place soon to be launched, Signature Homes is not resting on its financial laurels, as it is going to set a new rental benchmark for luxury residences in Kowloon, with plans to charge HK$60 per sqft a month.

The proposed price compares with rents at top-end serviced flats in traditional high-end districts on Hong Kong Island. The company believes business executives and expatriates from multinational corporations will find it the destination of choice on the Kowloon waterfront.

Harbour City Estates, which operates Gateway Apartments at Harbour City Gateway in Canton Road, expects the Union Square development and the rise of the ICC to benefit Tsim Sha Tsui. Gateway has 499 luxury furnished apartments catering for the many executives and their companies who favour living in Kowloon.

As they boost top-level recruitment in the region, several multinationals have put Gateway Apartments on their preferred short-list for expatriate housing. Like other developments in Kowloon, residents at Gateway Apartments take advantage of good road and rail links to the airport. These will be enhanced when plans to build a high-speed rail access from Kowloon Station to Guangzhou get the full go-ahead.

Across the harbour, meanwhile, at Swire Properties Pacific Place Apartments, demand for luxury accommodation has been also growing. Jeremy Lamburn, leasing manager, Pacific Place Apartments, says the facility, strategically located close to upmarket hotels, the Central business hub and transport interchanges, has seen demand grow over the past 12 months.

"It has substantially increased compared with the summer of 2006," Mr Lamburn says. "Occupancy levels at Pacific Place Apartments are hovering around 100 per cent and there is a waiting list for vacancies in most apartment types."

While the popularity of the apartments has reached new levels, this is not merely a flash in the pan, but is based on high standards and an increasing demand for premium living by executives and their families.

"Ninety per cent of our residents originate from our long-standing corporate clients and the majority are business professionals from all over the world," Mr Lamburn says.

While the city is suitable for many executive tenants, there are alternatives away from Hong Kong's urban centres, although these are also in demand as the limited supply of luxury properties are leased.

Sino Land, with a variety of properties across the SAR, from the south side of Hong Kong Island to the New Territories, has a proven history of catering for this growing sector and creating home environments that meet the criteria for a change in lifestyle.

Sino Leasing assistant general manager Victor Tin says demand on the residential market, from expatriate and local clients, has been strong over the past year and is continuing to grow.

"Since the economy has improved substantially, we have had a lot of upgrades from smaller apartments to larger apartments for a better quality of lifestyle," he says. "We also see a lot of short-term service lettings as locals renovate their flats during the summer season."

He predicts that while there is such strong demand for a limited number of available luxury properties, rental rates will continue to rise.

"We are going to see another 10 to 20 per cent increase in the coming months," he says. "The luxury leasing market is still very strong; all houses and luxury apartments are either full or pre-leased before expiration.

"And, as there is no new supply of leasing developments, we are still positive on the market."

Mr Tin says the scope of the company's portfolio has made it appealing to a wide range of clients and that they offer all types of properties, from serviced apartments to individual houses with rents ranging from HK$8,888 to HK$380,000 per month.

"Tenants also look for alternative luxury houses and apartments in alternative locations such as the New Territories," he says.
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Old November 11th, 2007, 07:17 AM   #46
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What is the longest you can rent out a service apartment for, generally speaking?
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Old November 11th, 2007, 03:01 PM   #48
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What is the longest you can rent out a service apartment for, generally speaking?
Don't think they specify terms, although I'd suggest telling management in advance if you're extending your stay and it should be fine as long as there is availability. Usually I see a minimum stay (ie. 1 month).
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Don't think they specify terms, although I'd suggest telling management in advance if you're extending your stay and it should be fine as long as there is availability. Usually I see a minimum stay (ie. 1 month).
I know there are 12 month packages, but I've never seen offers longer than that.
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I know there are 12 month packages, but I've never seen offers longer than that.
Some expats stay in town for several years, and would hence need to extend beyond the typical monthly / annual package. Don't think that's a particular problem if they give enough advance notice, since some management firms give priority to existing clients provided they tell them before a certain date if they're staying or vacating.
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Some expats stay in town for several years, and would hence need to extend beyond the typical monthly / annual package. Don't think that's a particular problem if they give enough advance notice, since some management firms give priority to existing clients provided they tell them before a certain date if they're staying or vacating.
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Do you know what the policy is, if there is, on sharing service apartments? (Not The Cullinan, just in general)
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Do you know what the policy is, if there is, on sharing service apartments? (Not The Cullinan, just in general)
What do you mean share? Like in college days when a few people sign up and share an apartment? I'd imagine there are head count caps per unit to prevent a whole group of people crowding into a 2-bedroom or they can charge per head.
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Nah, I don't mean signing up as 2 people and then inviting 5 more to share a 600' sq ft flat with me I just meant with another person; how are the expenses debited - would they charge you individually or just as a whole?
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【回顧展望-地產篇】2008年有機會推售新盤一覽
18 December 2007
經濟通新聞

  《經濟通通訊社記者周伽然報道》2008年有機會推出市場的全新樓盤一覽:

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   地區     樓盤       提供單位數量       發展商  

                     (伙) ---------------------------------------- 

  西營盤  第一街╱第二街項目     496    嘉里╱市建局 

  香港仔  鴨脷洲海旁道        700    新地(0016)、嘉里 

                            (0683)及百利保 

                            (0617) 

       海峰華軒2期        180    泛海(0129) 

  九龍城  豪門1及2期        488    華懋 

  何文田  半山壹號          500    長實(0001)╱南豐 

  尖沙咀  天璽            825    新地 

       河內道重建項目       345    新世界(0017)╱市建局 

  新蒲崗  萊茵港          1200    新地 

  大角咀  浪澄灣共5座       1104     恆隆地產(0101) 

       海泓道╱海庭道項目    1080    信和(0083)╱華置 

                            (0127)╱南豐 

       櫻桃街項目         522    南豐╱市建局 

  沙田   大圍港鐵維修車站     4276    長實╱港鐵(0066) 

       The Palazzo  1299    信和╱港鐵 

  馬鞍山  Lake W       2274    信和 

  元朗   YOHO Town二期  1890    新地 

  將軍澳  日出康城二期       4273    長實╱南豐╱港鐵 

       將軍澳56區       1150    新地╱港鐵 
資料來源:利嘉閣地產
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Old January 1st, 2008, 08:03 AM   #56
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天璽將推帶動 換樓客主導 九龍站豪宅屢現提價封盤
20 December 2007
星島日報

樓價持續上升,業主憧憬後市,九龍站一帶的豪宅出現提價封盤情況,但交投表現仍見平穩。本月暫錄得70宗成交,當中區內換樓客入市比例明顯增多,成交以3房單位為主。受到銀行減息效應帶動,加上區內豪宅項目天璽預期於明年第一季推售,相信上蓋屋苑成交價於農曆新年前將有3至5%的升幅。

美聯營業董事謝嘉誠表示,凱旋門業主普遍看好後市,紛提價封盤,加上節日臨近,不少業主出外旅遊,令成交稍為放緩。本月暫錄得30宗成交,平均呎價約15000元,表現尚算平穩。而早前摩天閣高層A室,面積3291方呎,成交價1.07億元,呎價約32513元,創同類型單位的二手新高呎價。

摩天閣每呎32513元創新高

中原地產分區經理余倫峰表示,樓價不斷上升,不少九龍站區業主趁旺市套現獲利後,於區內換樓升級,令區內換樓客比例明顯增多,帶動3房單位交投。以擎天半島為例,本月暫錄得20宗成交,當中約7成為3房單位,平均呎價則約11000元。余倫峰稱,區內業主有見樓價升勢持續,看好後市發展,市場出現封盤情況,佔總放盤量約2成,優質盤源因此日漸缺乏。

他續稱,位近九龍站的港景峯本月暫錄得10宗成交,表現與上月同期相若,當中3房單位佔6成,平均呎價則約9000元,較11月上升逾3%。余氏指,由於港景峯的交投量一向較少,業主議價空間較大,封盤現象亦較少,放盤量較為充裕。市場現約有300個放盤,平均呎價由7000至11000元不等,主要視乎物業的樓層及景觀而定。

擎天半島平均呎價1.1萬元

余倫峰分析,受到銀行減息刺激,預期會增加外國投資基金流入本港樓市,相信九龍站的豪宅市場亦成為不少投資者入市目標,加上區內豪宅項目天璽預計於明年第一季入伙,進一步帶動區內樓市氣氛,相信成交價於農曆年前將有3至5%的升幅。
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W-Hotel set to open at Kowloon station
18 April 2008
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Sun Hung Kai Properties has announced that its W-Hotel at Kowloon station will open in July. The first W-Hotel establishment in Hong Kong in The Cullinan II will blend international and oriental design in about 400 deluxe rooms that set new standards for Hong Kong's hotel industry, the group says. The hotel will take up 25 floors between the first and 38th floors of The Cullinan II.
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Advance booking is now under way for leased serviced apartments at The HarbourView Place, the latest offering in luxury living from Sun Hung Kai Properties
26 March 2008
South China Morning Post

Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) has released the first batch of 70 rooms for pre-leasing at The HarbourView Place in West Kowloon in a bid to capture its share of the booming luxury serviced apartment segment.

Sister to Four Seasons Place, the company's premier serviced block, The HarbourView Place occupies the 50th to 70th floors of the Cullinan II, one of the twin towers next to the International Commerce Centre (ICC).

SHKP was confident in the future growth of the local market for luxury serviced suites, said Mavis Kang, general manager of Signature Homes, SHKP's luxury residential leasing arm.

"The demand for high-end serviced suites has increased naturally because market conditions are quite favourable right now," said Ms Kang.

"Over the past several years, globalisation and relocation of multinational corporations have consistently fuelled the rise in demand for accommodation of this quality and type.

"As Hong Kong is a major regional and global centre of commerce, it is only natural that these factors would lead to a particularly accelerated need for luxury serviced suites.

"The market trend will continue to move towards convenience, accessibility and high-quality accommodation of the same quality and type," she said, noting that all those elements were provided in the 266 premium suites at The HarbourView Place.

But can the market bear more serviced apartments as extraordinarily expensive as Four Seasons Place? Belinda Kuan, assistant general manager at Signature Homes, said: "With no new supply of quality serviced suites in prime locations, we expect that the demand for luxury serviced accommodation will continue to outstrip supply."

According to Ms Kang, SHKP found there was a strong demand for luxury accommodation such as that offered by Four Seasons Place and The HarbourView Place.

So what does it cost for the privilege of padding about in your slippers minutes after leaving work at the neighbouring behemoth, ICC?

The average asking rent at the first 70 units at The HarbourView Place is HK$60 per sq ft or HK$29,000 to HK$92,000 per month with bookings already being made, Ms Kuan said.

She said Four Seasons Place rents provided a reference point with monthly rates ranging from HK$44,500 to HK$170,200, or HK$72 to HK$93 per sq ft.

"The interest that's been shown from our target market has been encouraging," Ms Kang said. "We have received many inquiries and requests for visiting the show suites at The HarbourView Place."

The company expects to receive some overflow from customers unable to secure a unit at Four Seasons Place, which is fully occupied with a three- to six-month waiting period for sea-view rooms. More than half of the clients at Four Seasons Place stay for six months to a year.

While ICC office workers seem the obvious target for the firm's marketing efforts, Signature Homes also believes that some clients will come from further afield.

Ms Kang acknowledged that being located within the same complex would make The HarbourView Place particularly attractive to business executives and expatriates at the ICC, but she said although located in the IFC II complex, Four Seasons Place tenants were not limited to those working in the area.

"The HarbourView Place's location imposes no limitations," she said. Geographically, it benefits from being close to Central, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui - all of the city's biggest commercial centres, where those who could afford the units might work. The entire ICC development is well-connected to Hong Kong's transportation system.

Convenience is just one requirement for a successful luxury serviced suite. Addressing guests' needs is another priority. The HarbourView Place was specially designed for business executives and expatriates from multinational corporations, said the Signature Homes representatives and might also appeal to other visitors, particularly long-stay business travellers with interests in the Pearl River Delta region.

There's not only a great view in store for those who can afford it, but The HarbourView Place promises to have the best amenities and finishing touches, including highlights such as access to a rooftop heated pool, a health club and lounge.

The accommodation, which was "more comprehensively appointed than a hotel room" was mainly designed for medium- to long-term stays, and featured kitchenettes and an array of luxury home-like spaces, Ms Kang said.

Clients would also have the choice of several luxurious and refined design options, "all of which redefine the standard of premium luxury living".

"I would characterise the design concept as one of contemporary elegance, infused with modern Asian touches, and with an emphasis on practicality," said Ms Kuan.
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