AN imposing wooden door with solid brass handles is the first thing that strikes a visitor to No 32 Strawberry Hill.
The door cost $100,000 and is the first of many attractive features that make this town house an outstanding property.
The house was built in 1976 and is the end building in row of six on the Strawberry Hill estate.
Access via a private road and high-level professional security by ex-Gurkhas ensures a quiet, safe environment. Neighbouring blocks are spread over a wide area for optimum privacy.
Sole agent Brooke Hillier Parker said the owner-occupied four-storey townhouse was exceptional because it had a fully modernised interior not often found in older-style residential properties on The Peak.
No expense had been spared by its present owner in renovation and redecoration, making it a highly desirable property in an exclusive area.
Another unusual benefit for this type of property on The Peak was the availability of a swimming pool, tennis and squash courts.
No 32 enjoys an open green view and has a private landscaped patio at the back with a small pond and large leafy tree.
Like many houses of its kind, the enclosed porch entrance on the first floor level, leads down to the other floors.
On entering, the first impression is one of space. The marble floor in the hallway and the skylight above reflect and let in lots of natural light, creating a cool, open atmosphere.
The garage, which can house two cars, and the maid's area lead off from the hallway.
Downstairs on the second floor is a gallery dining room which seats 12 comfortably. Adjacent is a large fitted kitchen with Zanussi appliances, built-in breakfast bar and an adjoining utility room and maid's quarters.
Below, the third floor is a spacious lounge. Recessed lighting and built-in display cabinets either side of a working fireplace are distinctive features that give the room character and enhance the homely ambiance.
A spiral staircase leads from the balcony to the patio.
Off the lounge is the smart study where bookcases line the walls. An en suite bathroom means it could be used as a third bedroom.
The fourth floor - the lowest level of the house - features an enlarged master bedroom with attractive French doors opening on to the patio. Built-in wardrobes and a walk-in closet provide lots of hanging space.
The en suite bathroom has Italian ceramic units and a separate shower. Also on this floor is a second bedroom with en suite bathroom and a linen room. The high ceilings throughout the building emphasise the feeling of space.
Two minutes' walk from The Peak School and 15 minutes' drive into Central, No 32 is on the market at $50 million.
FACT FILE LOCATION: 32 Strawberry Hill, 8 Plunkett's Road, The Peak, Hong Kong.
FEATURES: End-row property with landscaped patio on quiet private estate with high-level security. Property includes two bedrooms (with en suite ), study (with en suite ), modern fitted kitchen, skylight, built-in fireplace, spacious lounge and dining room. A swimming pool, tennis and squash courts are available. PRICE: $50 million.
SIZE: Four-storey townhouse with floor area of 3,200 square feet, excluding double garage and private patio. AGENT: Brooke Hillier Parker. Telephone: 879 1188.
FACT FILE LOCATION: Turleigh Combe, near Bath, Wiltshire, England.
DESCRIPTION: Partly period country house in picturesque setting with commanding views of Salisbury Plain on the edge of Turleigh village. Previous owners include directors of All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon. Landscaped grounds include heated swimming pool, tennis court, summer house, outbuildings and approach golf green. The fully modernised residence in immaculate condition includes large hallway with Doric portico, seven bedrooms (one a master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom en suite ),two additional bathrooms, shower room, four major reception rooms, kitchen, breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom and double garage. Ten kilometres from shopping facilities and amenities in Bath. Within easy reach of M4 motorway and intercity trains to London.
SIZE: Detached house in three hectares.
PRICE: GBP1.2 million (about HK$14 million) freehold. AGENT: De La Terre Group, Hong Kong. Telephone: 810 6818.
FACT FILE LOCATION: 29-31, Mossop Street, London SW3, England.
DESCRIPTION: Newly built four-storey townhouse in Chelsea with unusual viewing tower. It has four bedrooms with en suites (one with shower room only), drawing room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room (with Zanussi washing machine and drier),cloakroom, garage and small roof terrace. The master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and large dressing area, with French windows leading to the roof terrace.
SIZE: Free-standing property with total floor space of 2,819 square feet. PRICE: GBP525,000 (HK$6.3 million) AGENT: Cluttons LRA, Hong Kong office. Telephone: 840 0461.