After a slow start, Sino Group's twin-towered Long Beach Gardens at Ting Kau on Castle Peak Road is beginning to tweak some leasing interest. After being on the market for a couple of months, three luxury apartments and one duplex have been leased out in Beach Tower, the first of the two towers now on the market, according to Sino Real Estate Agency. Sino Land is currently leasing just one of the two towers in the development, while it determines whether to sell or lease the other block. Despite having rented out only three flats, Kowloon-based agents said the result was quite encouraging considering that the units were only likely to appeal to people working in the area on airport-related projects. For most other people, analysts said the commuting time from Ting Kau to Central could prove too much of a hardship. Two duplexes measuring about 2,600 sq ft and 22 luxury flats were put on the market. Asking rents for the 1,600 sq ft luxury flats have been set at $35,000, while rents for the duplexes were set at $70,000, according to Sino Land officials. One company official said these are asking rents only and it would be possible to negotiate a cheaper rent. It would also be possible to negotiate a rent-free period of between two weeks and one month, she said. The luxury flats which include a good-sized living and dining room and kitchen, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and separate maid's bathroom. There is also covered parking for each residence, cable television, a clubhouse, adult and children swimming pools, and outdoor playground and fountain. The remaining duplex includes five bedrooms and three bathrooms as well as all the other features found in the smaller luxury units. According to a number of estate agents, Sino Land appears to have hit the right rent for the market. 'These rents are very good for this market,' said Carol West co-director of Dalgleish West & Associates. 'There are a lot of people coming to work on that bridge project as well as associated MTR projects,' she said. 'So I think that the take-up rate should be fairly quick.' Estate agents familiar with the area said Sino Land would have to remain flexible with their leasing terms as there is a good supply of vacant luxury units available throughout the territory. Estate agents also pointed out that development in the area was fairly recent, so any available units currently on the market for lease would be fairly new, they said. But executives working in the Castle Peak area would find the Sino Land development relatively attractive, they added. 'There is a much lower population density,' said Ms West. 'Those rents are not bad for 1,600 sq ft.' Estate agents pointed out that if anyone decided to look for comparable space in the Mid-Levels or elsewhere in Hong Kong they would have to pay a much higher rent. FACT FILE Development: Beach Tower, Long Beach Gardens Location: 103 Castle Peak Road, Ting Kau, Tsuen Wan Developer: Sino Group Number of remaining units for rent: 19 apartments, 1 duplex Rents: flats from $35,000 per month; duplex from $70,000 per month Size: flats 1,600 or 1,638 sq ft; duplexes 2,596 or 2,605 sq ft Amenities: one car parking space per unit, fitted kitchen, satellite TV, landscaped gardens, outdoor swimming pool, clubhouse. Lease: 2 years, deposit of 2 month's rent and two months management fees.