Draughty London mansion, anyone?

A general view of 18 Carlton House Terrace in St James's, in London. Photo: EPA

So, London’s reputedly most expensive mansion has been trumped by London’s even more expensive mansion.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 12:56pm

In West Vancouver, a 13,000 sq ft mansion aimed at Chinese buyers

The courtyard of a C$23.8 million mansion in Caulfield, West Vancouver.  Photo: SCMP Pictures

At the opposite end of the Vancouver market to the 297 square foot Balance "micro-suites" is a 12,998 sq ft mansion in Caulfeild, West Vancouver, with an asking price of C$23.8 million (HK$180 million). While Canada's tiniest flats are mainly being marketed to local first-home buyers and lower income earners, the Caulfeild estate is aimed squarely at Chinese buyers. Vancouver's most expensive listing features a two-storey library and a huge wine cellar built around the stone outcrops on which the home is built.

26 Apr 2013 - 11:38pm

Super-rich eye London's most expensive house

The palatial Regency mansion at 18 Carlton House Terrace, London, that is now on sale with a £250 million price tag. Photo: SCMP

Wealthy Hong Kong and mainland buyers, who have been pouring their money into London's prime bricks and mortar, are now eyeing Britain's most expensive mansion. The house on Carlton House Terrace in central London has a price tag of £250 million (HK$2.95 billion).

24 Apr 2013 - 6:03am

Colonial gems defy years

Qingdao is that rare gem in modern China - a city seemingly immune to the rapid changes that often bring dramatic transformations to the cityscape. It's almost as if its colonial past has inoculated it against the reconstruction that has been sweeping the nation for more than three decades.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Axe hangs over private historic homes on Peak

Amid debate over the future of Ho Tung Gardens, half the remaining private historic homes on The Peak are under threat of redevelopment.

This has prompted heritage advisers to urge a rethink of conservation measures for what one terms an 'endangered species', and a public discussion on the willingness of taxpayers to acquire at-risk sites.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Want to visit Jessville mansion? Good luck, you'll have to book

Just how much access should the public get to heritage sites that are owned by private companies? In the case of Jessville, a 77-year-old mansion built in the Italian Renaissance style in Pok Fu Lam, the answer is once a week, no more than 50 people a month and by appointment only.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

The flophouse option

If the economic crisis leaves you down on your luck, Nathan Road's notorious budget hotels may give you time to plan your comeback

24 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

All options open to save mansion

Preservation strategy drawn up for building

Numerous preservation options will be explored by the government to save the badly defaced King Yin Lei Mansion when it starts talks with the new owner.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

'Bomb' gear find

Police detained a 35-year-old New Zealander after seizing equipment and chemicals normally used for making home-made bombs from his Chungking Mansions room.

14 Feb 1998 - 12:00am