Stylish London look

ON entering this duplex apartment, it is easy to imagine it in London's exclusive Chelsea, rather than Hong Kong's Shouson Hill.

Just a couple of minutes' drive from the Aberdeen Tunnel, this apartment has been designed with lavish attention to grace and comfort, as though space was no object.

The result is a well-lit entrance hall with room for a free-standing dresser and a large built-in open display cabinet, ideal for anything from porcelain plates to box files.

As well as a cloakroom, neatly tucked around the corner, is a small room which is perfect as a study.

The drawing room - it is far too elegant to be described as a living room - is simply as delightful and relaxing as a room can be.

White walls and pale grey carpet complement the current owner's taste in Chinese antique furniture, the dark yellow northern elm wood setting off the understated decor to perfection.


With one entire wall fronted by a floor-to-ceiling window with views out over Ocean Park, the atmosphere generates absolute peace.

Four white pillars are positioned towards the centre of this room, giving it a focal point.

The sofa and armchairs fit comfortably around a square coffee table in the centre.

The dining room table can be accommodated almost unnoticed on the side nearest the kitchen, which is also enormous.


Here, there is ample room for a kitchen table.

A small balcony stretches part way across the front of the drawing room window.


Access to the kitchen can also be via the hall, into a big utility room, and an unusually large amah's quarters.

The stairs are open-plan, leading up to a landing which is so big the current owners use it as a family room.

Far from feeling like a passage, the square space fits a big corner sofa perfectly, with the relatively low ceiling providing a cosy feeling with its feature skylight windows.


One door opens to a storage cupboard, with ladder rungs up to the roof for maintenance access and a vast open corridor of built-in storage space marking the way to the master bedroom which, like all four bedrooms, has a bathroom en suite and its own balcony.

Unexpectedly, one room turns out to be a sauna, not used by the present owner but fully functional.

Two of the other bedrooms are mirror images of each other, both featuring one side of an internal half-moon window. Instead of facing directly outside, these form a sort of minstrel's gallery, and overlook the drawing room below.


Upstairs is carpeted throughout, and all the bathrooms have wooden fittings, louvered cupboard doors and brightly coloured sink and bath units.

The apartment has access to the biggest swimming pool in Shouson Hill - shared by only 12 other flats - two parking spaces and 24-hour security.

The current owners are willing to consider a lease-back arrangement, because they are happy to stay on, or they will consider sale with vacant possession.

The price is negotiable, depending on which option is preferred.

FACT FILE LOCATION: Henrendon Court, 8 Shouson Hill Road.

FEATURES: Enormous combined drawing and dining room, stunning views from floor-to-ceiling windows, four bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom and balcony, upstairs living room, pool, two parking spaces, 24-hour security.

SIZE: 4,000 sq ft PRICE: $20 million, but negotiable for lease-back arrangement.

AGENT: Contact Cherry Graham at Relocations on 812 7060.

FACT FILE LOCATION: Manderlay Garden, 48 Deepwater Bay Road.

DESCRIPTION: Imported ruby red ceramic roof tiles give these three-storey semi-detached town houses a warm attractive appearance. Built in 1987, they have three bedrooms, a den, an enormous living and separate dining room, plus car parking for two cars. Each house has its own patio and enjoys access to the pool, private garden with jogging path, botanic garden, tennis courts, barbecue and children's play area.

SIZE: 3,594 sq ft gross floor area.

PRICE: $23.8 million, with vacant possession now.

AGENT: Contact Trish Ferrige at Victoria Properties, telephone, 565 6125.

FACT FILE LOCATION: Beverly Hills, 6 Broadwood Road, Hong Kong.

DESCRIPTION: This stylish apartment has four good-sized bedrooms and two bathrooms, which have been tastefully decorated. Conveniently located, it has a balcony from which to enjoy the wide sea view. Facilities include a car parking space, swimming pool, squash court and playground.

SIZE: 1,750 sq ft PRICE: $11 million.

AGENT: Contact Renu Budhrani at Chesterton Petty, telephone, 840 1177.