No wonder Mr Tsang's face was a picture when he landed his new job yesterday. It means he will inherit a collection of paintings he has had his eye on for years. In 1995 he asked the Hong Kong Museum of Art if he could borrow some pieces to decorate his Shouson Hill Road residence. But the now-defunct Urban Council rejected his request, saying it would set a bad precedent. The museum later gave him three reproductions. The Chief Secretary for Administration's residence - Victoria House in Barker Road on the Peak - and Government House are the only official residences that are allowed to be decorated with works on loan from the museum. The downside for Mr Tsang is that he will find his new house 666 square metres smaller than his present home in Aberdeen. The 3,005-square metre Victoria House does, however, include a swimming pool and a study, which his Shouson Hill Road home lacks. It has three bedrooms, two sitting rooms, a dining room, a tennis court and garden. Mr Tsang owns two flats with his wife, Selina. They have a flat at Royal Parade, Kew Gardens, in London, and a flat in MacDonnell Road under the name of Ace Regent Development, of which Mr Tsang and his wife are the only directors. Mr Tsang did not know he would one day live at the Barker Road residence when, as secretary for treasury in November 1993, he defended a $3.1 million grant for Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang to refurbish it. The expenses were for necessary maintenance including the replacement of the air-conditioning plant and ducting as the house had not undergone major renovation since 1982 - when Sir Philip Haddon-Cave was chief secretary. Mrs Chan also created a regal interior with crystal figurines, antique Chinese porcelain and glittering chandeliers to brighten up the house. While it is unclear if Mrs Chan's decoration style will suit Mr Tsang, his wife was said to be less than happy to find their current house lacked a gas stove and did not have enough bedrooms for their two sons when they moved in in 1995. Mr Leung will move into Mr Tsang's Shouson Hill Road house. In addition he owns three flats in Hong Kong, three in Singapore, one in Hawaii and a house in Dongguan. He also owns two commercial flats - in Beijing and Shanghai. Mr Leung might be taking a pay cut of around $12 million in his new job, but he will enjoy some fringe benefits. When he moves into the financial secretary's official residence, he will pay just $15,360 in rent. He will be served by five staff - a chief steward, a head chef, two chefs and two domestic servants. Other perks include civil service medicals and dental benefits.