An old style that breathes new life
IMAGINE a Sunday morning lying in a huge bed, gazing out a window on to Hongkong harbour, and deciding whether to relax in the jacuzzi or have breakfast on the balcony.
Climb down from the raised queen-sized bed platform and decide the jacuzzi can wait.
Instead, tread across the Persian rugs through to the sitting room.
Pull back the sliding balcony doors, step outside, and draw up an elegant wrought-iron chair and enjoy the breathtaking view.
This is the type of luxury that can now be found at the recently renovated 30-year-old Borrett Mansions on Bowen Road.
Despite the renovations, the old world charm remains - high ceilings and the feeling of added spaciousness these provide.
Everything about this 2,800-square-foot flat is designed to feel cool and spacious.
White walls and whitewashed wooden floor tiles, off-set by antiques and reproduction furniture give it an elegant and comfortable atmosphere.
To add to this coolness are ceiling air-conditioners. Numerous televisions are tucked away unsuspected in cabinets.
There is an extremely generous amount of storage space, with even one complete wall in the sitting room lined with an unobtrusive cupboard.
The balcony is big enough for a table and other pieces of furniture.
Looking down on Bowen Road from the balcony, the city and harbour spread into the distance.
A red lacquered cabinet in one corner of the all-white sitting room hides a 34-inch television that receives satellite transmission.
A stereo system is also supplied. In fact, the only items the new owner will need to bring to the flat are a video and cutlery. Everything else, including towels, is provided.
Antiques abound. A Chinese peach box adorns one corner, while a Japanese screen hangs on another wall, each item drawing the eye pleasantly round the room's simple contours.
A four-door mirror lines one wall and masks yet more built-in cupboards behind the eight-seater dining table, which sits between one rosewood and one black lacquer sideboard.
The kitchen is a dream, with a free-standing square marble-topped work-surface in the middle of the room, a microwave oven, a four-gas ring cooker, a Siemens convection oven, fridge, dishwasher, garbage compactor and water purifier.
Floor-to-ceiling cupboards covered in an imitation glossy granite surface complement the pink grey marble work tops, and a novel two-seat table pulls out of a recess if needed to seat four.
Generous-sized accommodation for two maids, complete with shower and sitting room is behind the laundry room. The laundry room comes equipped with a Siemens washer and dryer and still more built-in cupboards.
Recessed lighting and a dropped ceiling are features of the corridor leading to the master bedroom, which has a space-saving sliding door.
Huge walk-in cupboards flank the entrance to the main bedroom, with heaters, tie hangers, shoe racks, drawers, cupboards for every conceivable item of clothing.
Richly decorated with red lacquered headboard, the bed sits on its raised platform. The television, lights and other appliances can be controlled by flicking a bed-side switch.
An antique Chinese table and Chinese lacquerware, and low chests in front of the bed give the room an exotic feeling.
A red heat light warms the en suite immediately and a telephone point means never being out of touch even when relaxing in the jacuzzi.
A family room in simple tones of grey black and white has been fitted out with sofa bed, work desk and fax and phone point for use as an office.
Two children's rooms, with lots of shelving and cupboard space mean plenty of room for toys.
The family room has its own bathroom, and the children rooms share one.
FACTFILE: LOCATION: 6/F Borrett Mansions, 8a Bowen Road, Mid-Levels. RENT: $90,000 per month, two-year lease preferred. SIZE: 2,800 square feet gross. FEATURES: Three bedrooms, combined family/guest/office room, three bathrooms. AGENTS: First Pacific Davies. Tel. 525-4418.