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Old March 29th, 2009, 08:46 AM   #61
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港鐵康城站轉乘繁複班疏
3月17日 星期二 06:30
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耗資八億元的港鐵將軍澳支綫二期,將於今年中通車。到時列車將在將軍澳站「分道揚鑣」,南奔二期新落成的「康城站」,北赴原來的寶琳站。乘客由北角出發,繁忙時間須緊記「三加一」搭車模式,即三班往寶琳,才有一班到康城,以免搭錯車;康城站要等十分鐘一班車,寶琳站最長亦要等五分鐘。議員批評班次疏落,令該區居民不便,促請港鐵改善安排。

港鐵昨向立法會提交將軍澳支綫(二期)的進展及票價報告,更安排傳媒參觀年中啟用、以紫色為主調的康城站。港鐵署理車務主管蔡德贊表示,早於九七年設計時,將軍澳綫已定出康城站,車站工程已完工,去年十二月起進行訊號等測試,預計今年中通車,標誌着將軍澳綫全面啟用。屆時,從康城站到中環,車程僅三十四分鐘,八達通票價與寶琳站出發相同,為十一元二角。

康城站啟用後,將軍澳站將搖身一變,成為轉車站,列車由北角抵達將軍澳站後,將「分道揚鑣」,南往康城,北抵寶琳。乘客若在繁忙時段,由北角出發,更應緊記口號:「寶琳、康城『3+1』,將軍澳站要揀定!」

  列車將以四班一組,頭三班開往寶琳,第四班則以康城為終站。港鐵鼓勵乘客先抵達將軍澳站,再轉車到目的地,將軍澳月台將有紫色排隊綫,方便乘客,港鐵亦會聘請一百名臨時員工,穿上紫色制服,協助乘客。由北角前往將軍澳,班次將會加密,由現時的每兩分四十秒,加密至兩分半鐘一班,每小時由廿二班加密至廿四班。

雖然班次加密,但實際上只有調景嶺和將軍澳站乘客可享受;現時寶琳和坑口站的乘客,由於每小時有六班車由北角往康城站,往寶琳站的每小時只有十八班車,較現時反而減少四班車。寶琳開出的列車,繁忙時段候車時間由兩分半鐘至五分不等,平均三分十八秒一班車,等候時間較現時兩分四十秒一班車;非繁忙時段,來往北角及寶琳,則維持四分鐘一班。

康城站乘客,繁忙時間不但要等十分鐘才有一班車;在非繁忙時間,更要體驗市區綫首次引入的「穿梭列車」服務,來回康城、將軍澳及調景嶺三個站,班次每十二分鐘一班。港鐵估計,通車初期,康城站每日有一千人次使用。

立法會交通事務委員會委員陳偉業 ,及西貢 區議員方國珊均擔心「一綫兩總站」容易搭錯車,為配合「三加一」發車模式,部分坑口及寶琳班次,跌至五分鐘一班,促請港鐵改善。陳偉業直指:「到時車又少,等到人不耐煩,投訴實多,會重演東涌 逸東邨入伙初期,班次疏落的情況。」
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Old April 8th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #62
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Developer spots chance to ride market recovery
21 April 2009
Hong Kong Standard

Cheung Kong (0001) plans to launch residential projects Le Prestige in Tseung Kwan O and phase two of Celestial Heights in the next two weeks to take advantage of a housing market recovery.

The Tseung Kwan O project, phase two of Lohas Park, is awaiting presale consent. It is expected to launch in late April to early May, said Cheung Kong Real Estate director Francis Wong See-chung.

He said prices will not exceed HK$10,000 per square foot as the developer is targeting owner-occupiers.

Cheung Kong earlier said it planned to charge more than HK$5,300 psf on average. The Capitol, phase one of Lohas Park, was priced at HK$5,133 psf at its launch last February.

Le Prestige is expected to include 1,688 units of between 900 sq ft and 1,300 sq ft.

The project was developed by Cheung Kong and MTR Corp (0066).

Market sources said the 439-unit second phase of Celestial Heights in Ho Man Tin will launch soon. Show flats in Hung Hom are almost completed.

Ricacorp Properties said transactions in the secondary market dropped 9 percent last week to 424 from 468 deals week on week, as homebuyers turned their attention to new developments.

Cheung Kong's Central Park Tower II and The Latitude by Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) launched last week and reported strong sales.

Prices continued to recover last month, Knight Frank Research Hong Kong executive chairman Alan Child said. Mass residential prices rose 1.5 percent and luxury property was up about 2 percent.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 08:06 PM   #65
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小 都
4月27日 星期一 06:30
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港鐵將軍澳支綫新站「康城站」啟用在即,意謂該站上蓋樓盤「日出康城」亦入伙有期。

眾所周知,「日出康城」第一期名為「首都」,年前開售樓花時經濟仍一片好景、樓市大旺,幾千個單位火速售罄。如今,只見第二期也興建得如火如荼,雖未開售,但高聳的大廈外牆已標示出其正式名字:「領都」。

「首都」之後,來個「領都」,其實有點不明所以。也許,既然「首」是第一,「領」大概也是取其「領先」、「領導」的意思吧,「首領」也。

據知,整個「日出康城」將會興建八到十期,看來以後的期數,也會沿用「都」這個叫法。不禁令我遐想,還可以有甚麼「都」呢?

「京都」也不錯吧!「京」本身就有「首都」的意思,「首都」之後來個「京都」,其庭院設計可以採用和風,甚有噱頭。再來可以是「天都」,借用黃山高峰的氣魄,來形容八十層高的住宅;「水都」則用來命名最近海邊的一期,配以威尼斯的裝修風格;膚淺一點的,則可以有許多選擇,甚麼「金都」、「名都」、「花都」、「海都」之類,不過卻難免令人聯想到夜總會。

不如來一期叫做「小都」吧!聽起來很特別、很有風格呢!
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首都未入伙先租出 實際回報僅1.9厘
5 June 2009

【明報專訊】預料短期內入伙的將軍澳日出康城首都,未入伙已出現首宗租務成交,一個40餘樓900餘方呎向海單位,以全包月租1.1萬元租出,帳面租金回報率僅至2.5厘,扣除管理費(每方呎2.15元)及地租,回報率降至1.9厘。市場人士指出,目前該盤有300個放租盤,兩房租金由8000元起。

3房享海景 呎租低於12元

中原地產分行經理黃田偉表示,由於首都仍未公布收樓日期,所以現時所簽的是臨時租約,待業主收樓後1個月內正式起租,現時租客交下數千元誠意金。他稱,部分業主為避過入伙時的放租潮,希望短期可租出單位,而未收樓便出租單位,並不算罕見,過去兩年城中駅也有類似例子。現時調景嶺站城中駅同類單位,月租約1.3萬元。

租出單位為首都5座右翼高層A室,面積958方呎,屬3房連套房加多用途房間隔,單位現享海景,原業主去年3月以527萬元向發展商購入。

黃補充,首都現時租盤選擇充裕,約有300個,當中以3房供應較多,而平均每呎叫價為12元,比同區其他屋苑每呎做價約15元的水平要低。市場人士估計,由於近期樓市回穩,所以預料首都大部分買家都會收樓,放租盤稍後會明顯上升,680餘呎兩房單位租金會下試6500元水平,900方呎向公路3房低層單位,料下試8000元水平。
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Change to schedule of Tseung Kwan O line
7 July 2009
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One in every four MTR trains from North Point to Po Lam will end at Tseung Kwan O instead from July 20, to pave the way for a new train service that ends at the new Lohas Park station that will open on July 26. The MTR Corporation said trains on the Tseung Kwan O line would run more frequently but one in every four would veer south after Tseung Kwan O station, to end in Lohas Park instead of Po Lam in the north.
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MTR station opening attracts fans and foes
27 July 2009
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The opening of the Lohas Park MTR station yesterday attracted not only railway fans but also protesters and criticism.

About 20 rail enthusiasts were on hand when the first train pulled out to Tseung Kwan O station at 5.57am.

Among them was Kei Chun-on, 15, who arrived at Lohas Park station at 3.30am with four of his friends. They waited at the station entrance until it opened at 5.47am.

Chun-on said the launch was quite a big event for the MTR and he and his friends were excited to be part of history.

But not everyone is happy with the new station.

A Democratic Party survey after a trial of the so-called 3+1 service found half of the 228 passengers interviewed were not satisfied with the arrangement, and 48 per cent had found the trains more crowded.

Every fourth train on the North Point-Po Lam line will run to Lohas Park during peak hours. A shuttle train service will run between Lohas Park and Tiu Keng Leng every 12 minutes during non-peak periods.

Party member and Sai Kung district councillor Cheung Kwok-keung suggested the MTR Corporation run a train to the new station after every fourth train to Po Lam, or "4+1", so the waiting time for passengers going to Po Lam would be shortened.

The Democratic Party said it had also received complaints about guides in the station.

Two new pairs of LCD screens have been installed in each station along the Tseung Kwan O line.

The party said that was not enough for passengers to know the trains' destinations clearly, especially later when no ambassadors would be deployed on the platform to guide passengers.

Passenger Andy Chan said at Lohas Park that the 12-minute wait for a train to the station was too long, but the signs and guides were fine.

Meanwhile, about 40 villagers from Choi Yuen Tsuen, who might be evicted to make way for the express train between Guangzhou and Hong Kong, took the opportunity to protest.

They chanted slogans and distributed leaflets in their farming clothes in the Lohas Park station and then travelled to Tseung Kwan O station with their shoes off, to show they were "just kind and harmless people".

They handed a letter to a representative of the MTR Corp and demanded to talk to Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng.

The protesters said the government had been ignoring their views and they hoped their village would not be demolished because of the rail link.

An alliance of residents from MTR Corp properties also turned out, seeking lower management fees.
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Look at all those A/C compressors! Ugh, Le Prestige is going to look just like The Capitol, with even less spacing. And all the same height too.

By itself, one building looks fine. But ten of them??
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They might be boring but I thought these are all large units?
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Well ... "large" by HK standards, but actual realizable area is a big discount vs. what they advertise.
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Yea - most new places are well under 80% actual floor area of 'advertised' aren't they?

So a 900 sq ft flat is actually just a 700 sq ft place - if you're lucky. Many are as low as 70-75%.
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Yea - most new places are well under 80% actual floor area of 'advertised' aren't they?

So a 900 sq ft flat is actually just a 700 sq ft place - if you're lucky. Many are as low as 70-75%.
Well........ the sales-able area as advertised is not the same as the flat usable area.
Many people still don't understand how the developers come up the sales-able area, even the professional like real estate agent, architects and engineers.
Each developer have its own way to do the calculation in each project to maximize the sales-able size in the legal limit.
The developers are definitely cheating, but there is nothing you can do except not buying the property from them.

Some time the sales-able area is measured from outside wall to outside wall, which include the wall thickness. If the wall is 1 foot thick, you lose 1 sq foot per 1 linear foot of wall inside the flat. If there is 100 linear foot of wall perimeter, that's 100 sq foot or $1 mil for those 10k per sq ft flat.

Then some developers count the window terrace as part of the "usable" area, but the owners can't actually use those funky set terraces. But a 3 bedroom flat, with four 10 sq ft terrace, you lose 40 sq ft there which cost 400k!!!!!

That's not it. Common area and club house footage are also lumped into the sales-able area. Each flat shares a proportion footage of these public area within the complex. You may have lost another 100 SF just because of this shared spaces.

The usable size may be 500 sq ft in a flat, but the buyer may be paying for 7-800 sq ft of sales-able area, that you are paying a bunch of craps.

There were talks to unify the method of measurements and make a legal term a year or two ago by the real estate agents, HKIA, HKIE etc. professional organizations. But then the government thought it (more an excuse) was in interference with the property market, which was against the "small government" ideology, and didn't pass it through.

So be smart when you are really buying a flat to live in.
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