A HAVEN from the hustle and bustle of Hongkong is provided in this Stubbs Road apartment, which is just 10 minutes' drive from Central. High ceilings, sliding glass doors opening on to a balcony, and an open floor plan combine to create an impression of space and elegance. One of the apartment's most attractive features is its balcony, which is large enough to accommodate a table and chairs. A bird's-eye view of Happy Valley racecourse and Victoria Harbour, and the opportunity for fresh air and a breeze, make it a sure-fire favourite with owners. It is currently a two-bedroomed flat, but a third room can be created in a corner of the spacious L-shaped living/dining room area. Ingenious ready-made walls are concertinaed into two cupboards, and pull out to meet a pillar, converting the flat into a three-bedroomed property. The living and dining areas still adjoin one another, and this is one of the few pitfalls the flat possesses - any food smells emanating from the dining are likely to drift into the living area, and could spoil after-dinner enjoyment of coffee and conversation. Interior decoration is simple and effective. Plain walls and cream carpeting are lit by a multitude of individually-controlled spotlights, all of which can be dimmed to create the right ambience. A floor-to-ceiling mirror covers the wall separating the balcony and window, and to the left of the living area, the glass shelves are backed by a mirrored wall. Below, fitted cupboards, again in the pale wood featured throughout the flat, have black marble-look desk tops. An interesting feature which draws attention to the dining area is a large saucer-shaped alcove set into the ceiling, and featuring spotlights for innovative dinner table lighting. A large Japanese-style wooden and white paper frame hangs on the wall, adding an air of tranquility. To the left of this area is the kitchen. Elongated in shape, it is almost in two sections. The kitchen has white floor tiles, light wood fitted drawers and cupboards, and features a double sink and lots of work surfaces. A utility room, storage room, toilet, amah's room, and backdoor lie beyond it. Beyond the living area at the back of the apartment are the bedrooms. The master bedroom features a peach wall at the head of the bed and white paint elsewhere, with a window overlooking the city to the right and floor-to-ceiling fitted cupboards and drawers along the length of the wall at the foot of the bed. There is shelf space for audio-visual equipment, and unobtrusively set into this panelling is a door into the en suite bathroom, which is split into two sections. The first section features a green and black marbled floor and mirrored walls, with double basin to the right and a make-up and hair vanity table ahead. The room to the left, fully tiled in marble, features a toilet, bath with shower attachment and a shower behind a glass partition. Air conditioning cum heating facilities provide warm air if required, and a telephone in the bathroom allows occupants to make calls while relaxing in their tubs or putting on make-up. The second bedroom also has a window, but it looks out on to a rock face and while any view is better than none, the glass in this window is frosted. FACTFILE LOCATION: 47A, Stubbs Road, Central Hongkong Island. SIZE: 2,480 square feet. FEATURES: Two/three bedrooms, two bathrooms, balcony with city views, car-parking. PRICE: $8.8 million. CONTACT: Sole agent, Steven Ellison, Charm Home. Tel: 520 1003. It also has fitted cupboards, and is currently painted pink. The second bathroom features a shower behind a glass partition, toilet, basin and mirror and is decorated with beige marbled walls. The apartment lobby has recently undergone renovation and there is covered car-parking space.