IF you enjoy living in Hong Kong but want life to pass by at a slower pace, Clearwater Bay offers the advantages of the countryside with good transport links to Central.
Bougainvillea Gardens is in a secluded area with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and South China Sea and has electronic security gates protecting it from unwanted visitors.
Built in 1980, the property is one of four detached houses on the private estate and has its own garden and oval-shaped swimming pool.
Just a short walk from mini-buses to Choi Hung MTR, and two minutes by car to the supermarket, the agent Maximum Developments Ltd said the house was an ideal family home in a beautiful setting with easy access to everyday conveniences.
The two-storey Mediterranean-style villa has a split-level living and dining room.
Entering on the upper level, the marble hallway has steps leading down to the sitting area which has full length sliding doors leading to a large outside terrace.
There is a working fireplace which serves as a focal point, as well as the wonderfully calming view and high ceiling. Combined, they exude an ambience of comfort and well being.
The dining area on the upper level leads to the European kitchen with stylish dark wooden units - there is plenty of space to use the area as a breakfast room.
Maids' quarters adjoin the kitchen, which has a back door that connects to a lean-to which leads around to the front of the building.
White marble steps with black marble edging go upstairs from the living room. The large master bedroom commands a sea view, which overlooks the terrace and leafy garden below it.
Fitted wardrobes provide plenty of hanging space and attractive saloon doors lead to the en suite bathroom.
Next to the master bedroom is another bedroom which is equally well appointed.
Two further bedrooms are on the opposite side of the landing, directed towards the front of the house and there is a second bathroom.
The terrace on the ground floor level is about 1,000 square feet and has a gazebo at one end.
Beneath it is an open-fronted covered area that can be used as an outside sitting room. It faces the pool and garden, which are separated by a row of semi-tropical trees and plants.
As well as its own gardener, Bougainvillea Gardens has an added attraction: avid golfers can practice their swing on the driving range currently being landscaped on the communal grounds at the front of the house.
This unusual feature could make this $25 million property hard to resist.
FACT FILE LOCATION: Bougainvillea Gardens, Silverstrand, Clearwater Bay.
FEATURES: Luxury property commanding uninterrupted sea view in peaceful surroundings. The property is a 30-minute drive to Central. The beautifully appointed four-bedroom house includes a master bedroom with en suite, second bathroom, separate dining room with spacious sunken living room, working fireplace, modern European fitted kitchen, and maid's quarters.
SIZE: 2,200 sq ft detached house with 5,000 sq ft garden.
PRICE: $25 million.
AGENT: Maximum Developments Ltd, Sai Kung. Tel 358-2182.