For sheer travel convenience, the serviced apartments at Lanson Place The Waterfront Residences can hardly be bettered. They are directly above the MTR's Kowloon Airport Express Station and the Tung Chung line. The complex is part of the Union Square development on Austin Road West, in Tsim Sha Tsui. Due for completion in 2007, it comprises - in addition to the serviced apartments - office blocks, luxury residential apartments, two hotels and a one million square foot shopping mall. At 12 million square feet, the development is one of the largest such developments anywhere. The developers hope the location's easy access to amenities via the nearby MTR and bus routes, plus its position above the Airport Railway Kowloon Station check-in counters, will see it become the new hub of Kowloon, and a new gateway to China. The first phase of Lanson Place opened in June last year. All 61 units are occupied, while the second phase stands relatively empty, with about one quarter of apartments occupied. The lifestyle promoted by Lanson Place is that of a long-stay condominium environment. Lynn Ma, director of sales and marketing, says the environment is more in sync with that of a home, pointing out that other serviced apartments have hotel-type features. The lobby is deliberately understated, with a small seating area and a concierge to handle requests from residents. Lanson Place does not completely escape the hotel-type ambience. Maid service and a newspaper are provided daily, and on weekdays there is a complimentary continental breakfast. The 45-storey building houses 181 apartments split into two and three-bedroom suites, as well as 40 three-bedroom duplexes with a study that can double as an extra bedroom. Most duplexes come with a harbour view; extras include a larger kitchen, a dishwasher, and a full-sized oven, and an upstairs sitting area next to the master bedroom. Large windows run the length of the apartments, allowing natural light to fill the living space, and the high ceilings give a sense of extra space. The decor is luxurious: soft and hard furnishings are sourced from Banyan Tree, and modern conveniences range from air-conditioners to home-theatre television, DVD and stereo. The commercial element of Lanson Place is kept to a minimum: there are no shops, restaurants or bars in the building. Residents have automatic access to the Lanson Place club lounge. Features include a small gym, sauna and steam rooms, an indoor pool, 24-hour business centre with computer and Internet access (secretarial services can be arranged). A conference room is available for hire. A small patio and barbecue area available for tenants' use can also be hired for private functions. Residents can also use facilities of The Waterfront club, which houses a larger gym, racquetball courts, an outdoor pool, a simulated golf room, and play and games rooms for children. Lanson Place is geared towards long-term tenants, most of whom stay at least one year. As well as expatriates, a number of young local professionals reside at Lanson Place. Ms Ma says short-term guests keep returning. 'It is only 20 minutes to the airport. We can check in for guests and get their boarding pass.' Apartments range from 1,210 square feet for two-bedrooms to 1,365 and 1,565 square feet for three-bedroom suites. Duplex apartments are between 2,060 and 2,590 square feet. Prices begin at HK$30,000 for a two-bedroom suite, and the largest duplex begins at HK$75,000 per month.