Heading for pastures new
FOR the past three years, Pearl Ni has been very busy enjoying long country walks, her twice-weekly aerobics class, painting lessons and the roof-top garden of her furnished flat at the Parkview.
But as an 'empty-nester' - with the kids off studying in the United States - both Pearl and her husband have decided that their 1,312-square-foot two bedroom flat in the prestigious development on Tai Tam Reservoir Road is too big for both of them. So they are trying to decide whether to move to a smaller flat or pack up and move to the US to be closer to their kids.
Pearl and her husband are asking $12 million for their flat. In August 1994, they were offered $13.3 million but turned down the offer because one son was still at home.
'We're selling all of the furniture with the flat, so it's in move-in condition,' she said.
Pearl said one of the flat's most attractive features was its roof-top garden. 'I put a lot of work into that garden,' she said.
Pearl doesn't think the current downturn in the property market should be a hindrance in selling the property. 'If people have a business mind this is the time to enter the property market,' she said.
She and her husband bought the serviced flat three years ago, because they liked the facilities at the Parkview and its location.
'I've been able to keep very busy living here,' she said. 'I can wander over to the clubhouse and do aerobics twice a week and go to drawing classes.' The Parkview also boasts outdoor tennis courts, two outdoor swimming pools, and one indoor Roman-style bathhouse.
Right outside her doorstep is Tai Tam Reservoir Road, which leads to the sprawling 3,250 acres of Tai Tam country park.
'When you get into the park, it is possible to walk all the way to Stanley,' she said.
But after spending three years at Parkview, Pearl said what she would miss most about Parkview was the service and the attitude of the staff.
'It was like living in a serviced flat,' she said. 'But the hotel staff, the security people always called us by our names. It is a very nice personal touch.' Pearl said that their units came with many of the amenities associated with hotel living, with restaurants, a library and private cinema.
Other amenities in the development include a supermarket, a nursery, bank and postal services, a beauty salon, car parks and a regular bus shuttle to Central.
Interested parties wishing to see the flat, should contact the Hong Kong Parkview Management's PR department at 2812 3812.