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Old July 26th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #26
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The Java to open at $11,388 psf
21 July 2010
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The first 30 homes at The Java in North Point are to be sold at an average of HK$11,388 per square foot. But the remaining 45 flats may be dearer.

Prices for the first 30 units at the 32-story building developed by Emperor International (0163) range from HK$8,752 to HK$14,039 psf.

The cheapest is 477 square feet and will go for HK$4.6 million, while the most expensive - 1,205 sq ft - will cost HK$16.9 million. Those paying within 60 days get a 10 percent discount.

Assistant general manager Andrew Yu said the homes may go on the market on Saturday at the earliest.

Lai Sun Development (0488) will release the first 50 homes at The Oak Hill in Wan Chai on Friday at an average of HK$14,300 psf.

But Yu said Emperor's focus will be on smaller flats while Lai Sun's homes are all over 900 sq ft. Competition on Hong Kong Island is not fierce as 60 percent of the 14,000 primary homes available this year are in the New Territories, Yu added.

Meanwhile, a Mount Nicholson Road site that will go under the hammer next Wednesday is attracting interest.

New World Development (0017) managing director Henry Cheng Kar- shun said his firm is keen.

Emperor International may bid for a luxury property site at 20-22 South Bay Road that is up for private tender.
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Old August 8th, 2010, 06:00 PM   #27
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Great homes for midgets, providing they're slim
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It's bad enough when a developer's show flat features furniture fit only for children or midgets. But when there's no mock-up flat and buyers are forced to rely on diagrams and models, the ruse is even harder to spot.

That's precisely the problem facing would-be buyers at The Oakhill, a Lai Sun Development project under construction in Wan Chai where flats went on sale last Friday - promoted with "furniture layout plans" that feature items much too small for the average adult.

While potential buyers can refer to a sales brochure that contains floor plans without furniture and gives the overall dimensions of the flats, they are being encouraged to view the "furniture layout plans" on the project website.

But measure the bed in the master bedroom against the scale of the corresponding floor plan and you discover it is barely 1.5 metres by 1.2 metres - at least 30cm shorter than standard.

Putting a standard-length bed in the smaller bedroom would leave no room to walk around the foot of it.

Wardrobes in the master bedroom are only 30cm deep, half as deep as a standard wardrobe and too small to hang a man's suit in properly. In the dining room, six people are expected to cram around a table on chairs which are just 30cm wide.

Designing Hong Kong, an urban activist group, says if the items were replaced with furniture on the market - from IKEA, for example - the rooms would look less spacious on paper.

A disclaimer next to the layout plans on the website says the plans have been simplified and are for reference only.

"The overall design, layout or colour scheme of the development concerned may be changed with all the plans subject to the final approval by relevant government authorities. All layouts, designs, fittings and finishes shown are for reference only and all subject to the final provisions upon completion," the disclaimer reads. Julian Poon Yui-man, vice-president of Lai Sun Development, had no comment on the Post's findings. He said the company had hired professionals to draw up the plans.

The Oakhill is the first private residential project to go on sale without a show flat for buyers to look at since a raft of government-mandated measures to make flat sales more transparent took effect last month. The project's sales office in Causeway Bay has models of the building under construction, floor plans, and sample kitchen and bathroom tiles.

The new rules covering show flats require only that they be accurate if provided; they do not make the provision of such a show flat compulsory. While developers are barred from including artist's impressions in the sale brochure, they can put them in promotional materials provided there is a disclaimer.

Paul Zimmerman, chief executive officer of Designing Hong Kong, said the furniture diagram was misleading. "All promotional materials should be covered by the same rules as those regulating sale brochures and show flats. If the plans do not use standard furniture dimensions, they should clearly mark it."

James To Kun-sun, a Democratic Party spokesman on development affairs, said the government should monitor the promotional materials if a developer does not set up show flats. A floor plan without furniture, which states the dimensions of each room rather than the whole flat, should be made available.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 01:37 PM   #28
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I wonder when they'll start using movable walls as a norm in HK
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Old August 10th, 2010, 04:53 AM   #29
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I wonder when they'll start using movable walls as a norm in HK
i would love to see that.
but just don't know how many walls in a flat can be movable since the flats are tiny with a certain few walls as structure wall that actually support the building.
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 05:40 PM   #30
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Old September 18th, 2010, 05:10 AM   #31
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8/28 - Notice construction in blue scaffolding next to Sun Hung Kai Ctr.

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Old December 23rd, 2010, 07:37 PM   #35
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Looks like 57-58 numbered floors, which sounds about right but this one will stand very noticeably in the neighbourhood.
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It must be very close to 200m tall I'll update the amount of floors in the thread title. The tower is very slim, I like it.
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I just don't understand how a 58fl building gets approved, but I do love them tall!
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What's the final height of Oak Hill Wanchai? Is it close to Hopewell Centre?
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