THERE is no shortage of overseas investors, especially from Hongkong, seeking to buy British property, despite a recent newspaper poll that showed nearly half of all Britons would emigrate if they had the chance. A Gallup poll in the British Daily Telegraph newspaper on February 22 revealed that 49 per cent of Britons would leave the country if they could. However, there is apparently no lack of interest from Hongkong in the British domestic property market, particularly in prestigious locations. British estate agent Hastings recently exhibited two developments at the Hongkong Hilton and, over five days, made 13 sales. Nine luxury apartments at Spencer Park, near Hampton Court Palace, were snapped up at prices averaging around GBP200,000 (about HK$2.2 million). Four flats in the Octagon refurbishment in the much-sought-after Hampstead area were also sold. The Spencer Park development is built in a stately neo-Georgian style and set in five acres of private parkland with 160 metres of frontage on to the River Mole, which runs into the Thames River at Hampton Court. The two-bed and three-bed apartments are on three floors. The ground and first contains eight flats each, and the top floor has three large penthouses, each with an extensive private roof terrace. The Octagon development is a total refurbishment of a strikingly unusual period building within walking distance of Hampstead Heath. As with Spencer Park, common areas are marbled and there is a handsome staircase as well as lifts and a security system. Prices range from around GBP130,000 to more than GBP230,000 for the best of the four penthouses. Hastings partners Mr Morris Nourani and Ms Lucy Fitzpatrick said they were delighted with the response in Hongkong, but said they had expected as much, having had previous contact with investors in the territory. ''I haven't had any time to work out a breakdown of our costs on this trip, but I suspect we shall see little if any change out of GBP25,000. ''But that doesn't matter - 13 sales more than covers that,'' said Mr Nourani.