SUN City, in the centre of Metro-Huizhou in Guangdong, promises to inject new life and cash into that area of southern China. The brainchild of the Guangdong Provincial Government, Sun City will serve the Huicheng area, Daya Bay Economic and Technological Development Zone and 13 neighbouring towns over an area of 1,500 square kilometres. Phase One, or 450 units, of residential Regent on the Park, is 95 per cent sold with phases two and three being planned. Apartments range in size from 1,400 square metres to 1,800 sq m and sold for an average $320 per square foot (about $440,000 to $480,000 per apartment). The houses, which include 3,000 square feet of house area, a balcony, parking space and garden for a total of 8,400 square feet, sold for an average $520 per sq ftbased on the house area. Larger homes with 4,000 to 5,700 sq ft of living space (for a total of 10,000-16,000 sq m including garden and car park) sold for $2.3 million to $2.9 million. Of the 14 streets offered for sale in the first phase of Star Place, 70 per cent have been sold. The retail and residential complex generated $450 million in sales with 70 per cent from retail space at Star Place and 30 per cent from residential unit sales in Regent on the Park, after a recent exhibition in Hongkong. A similar launch in Singapore resulted in sales totalling $870 million. Star Place offers a total of 611,000 sq m with a net retail area of 400,000 sq m. It comprises entertainment facilities as well. Thirty-eight streets, with easy-to-recognise names such as Flower Street, Leather Street, Glass Street, Camera Street, Vogue Street, Supermarket Street, Cosmetics Street, Men's Wear Street and the like have the flexibility to cater for 140-160 retail outlets. However, with some tenants taking over more than one site, it is likely to open with about 4,000 retail outlets.