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An idyllic and elite lifestyle enjoyed in green seclusionWhether it's a plush penthouse in the city or a grand house in the country, Hong Kong can provide it. Compiled by Roney Chan
St Andrews Place, developed by Sino Group, is a low-density, elite residential district near the Hong Kong Golf Club and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Beas River Country Club, at Beas River in Sheung Shui, New Territories.
The development comprises 26 three-storey houses, with views of 18 hectares of green countryside (this will be the venue of next year's Olympic equestrian events).
As one of Hong Kong's most prestigious addresses, St Andrews Place is a country retreat with a history dating back more than a century. The natural beauty of the environment can be compared with Shek O and Deep Water Bay.
The houses, each with five en suite bathrooms and a multipurpose room, come in three styles: Augusta, 7,510 sqft; Belgravia, 5,895 sqft, and Cameron, 4,848 sqft. Each boasts vast living spaces, with ceilings that soar to 5.79 metres. The private gardens, at the front and back of the houses, range from 3,000 sqft to 4,000 sqft, while one garden extends to as much as 14,000 sqft.
The outer walls of each house are paved with Giallo Cecilia dolomite and granite, and the dining and living room floors are paved with limestone. The living room has floor-length windows and a crystal chandelier.
World-brand appliances are installed in the kitchens and bathrooms. These include Gaggenau hotplates and Snaidero cabinets, and Newform mixers and showers, Duravit Starck 2 water closets and Roca bathtubs. The master bathroom has a Whirpool Sabella double massage bathtub or a Roca massage bathtub and a Toto Avenate auto-flush water closet.
StAndrews Place boasts strict security. Infrared rays and heat energy detectors are installed on the periphery of the development. Alarms are connected to a 24-hour control room. Security guards provide continuous surveillance.
The two-storey clubhouse provides 20,000 sqft of recreational space. Indoor facilities include a 19.8-metre swimming pool, a foot massage pool, a children's pool, a jacuzzi, a gymnasium and a lounge; the outdoor facilities include a landscaped sun deck, a children's play area, a tennis court
The typical resident here is a businessman or entrepreneur who regards St Andrews Place as a country home or weekend resort for relaxed but sophisticated living in a heritage location. Neighbours tend to hail from Hong Kong's luxury residential neighbourhoods.
StAndrews Place is near the Tolo Highway and the cross-border points of Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau, Huanggang and Man Kam To. Residents enjoy easy travel between their homes, the urban areas and the mainland.