NEW high quality but small developments are scarce on both sides of the harbour but for anyone seeking privacy and a quiet life, one property has just come on to the market. On the corner of Bisney and Victoria Roads in Pokfulam, the pleasant four-storey block has 14 units and developer Yu Tai Hing only starting selling them on December 5. Aided by a lavishly decorated show flat, potential customers can imagine what the otherwise rather stark units would look like furnished. From a design point of view, these flats are hard to fault, both for their use of space and abundance of natural light. Unusually high ceilings give a comfortable feeling of space, and a semi-open layout from the combined living and dining area, down a wide doorless passage to the other rooms, adds to this sense of openness. Huge protruding bay windows, with seats wide and long enough to sleep on, complete the feeling of being in a much larger apartment than the maximum 1,429-square-foot net area. The ground floor units have high ceilings and terraces running the length of each apartment, but the higher floors have a better view with spectacular sunsets over the Lamma Channel. Leading off the corridor from the main room is the master bedroom and en suite bathroom, both of generous size with ample built-in cupboards. In most of the units, the passage is split with a dividing wall towards the other end, furthest away from the living and dining room. In the show flat, this dividing wall has been removed. The square space this creates, although surrounded by doors to the second and third bedrooms, kitchen and maid's room, is large enough for a table and chairs. A built-in shelf unit along the wall is ideal for storing a stereo or crockery and glassware. The second and third bedrooms are roomy enough for a double bed, with built-in storage space. One feature not included in the sale units, but displayed in the show flat, is a round-edged fitted desk or dressing table unit. This, combined with putting a mattress on the window seat, creates either a second bed, which would be ideal for children, or a pleasant area to recline and watch the sunset. The kitchens are square and practical, but are the least impressive rooms in the development. Basic units have been used. Off the family room, created by removing the corridor wall, is the maid's room, which in the show flat also doubles for a utility room. To achieve this, a shelf-like bunk has been built about six feet off the ground, with space for a washing machine and cupboard unit underneath. Realistically, the washing machine would fit comfortably in the kitchen. Wood block floors are a feature throughout the apartments, but the units are big enough to be carpeted without feeling claustrophobic. Being a small complex, there is no communal pool, tennis courts or facilities of this kind, but a shuttle bus to Central is proposed, and the public areas and car parks have been finished to a high standard. A smart lift lobby looks impressive, and there is 24-hour security and satellite television. Management is by Colliers Jardine. FACT FILE LOCATION: Albany Court, 51-53 Bisney Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong FEATURES: Brand new 14-unit development. Some flats have sea views, two on the ground floor have large terraces. Each has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, (one en suite ), combined living and dining area, maid's room, kitchen, private parking for up to four cars per unit, satellite TV and proposed mini-bus service to Central. SIZE: 1,326-1,832 sq ft gross. PRICE: from $6,730,000 - $10,080,000. AGENT: Contact Yu Tai Hing Co's sales office. Tel: 813-3043 or 817-8549. FACT FILE LOCATION: Double Bay, 46, Island Road, Deepwater Bay. DESCRIPTION: Situated along the waterfront between Deepwater Bay and Repulse Bay, Double Bay is a prestigious development of 12 three-storey townhouses in landscaped gardens. The featured house has been altered to include four bedrooms and has been designer decorated. Features include elegant combined living and dining room leading to a private terrace, study, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, three other bedrooms, three additional bathrooms, family room, fully equipped Pogenpohl kitchen, utility area, maid's quarters, central air-conditioning system, car parking space for two vehicles, large garden and private terrace. Outside facilities include communal swimming pool, children's playground and access to private pier. SIZE: 4,180 sq ft. PRICE: $50 million. AGENT: Contact Vigers residential department. Tel: 810-1100. FACT FILE LOCATION: Tulira Castle, Ardrahan, County Galway, Ireland. DESCRIPTION: Tulira Castle is an important Irish landmark with fascinating historical and literary connections. Home of the celebrated 19th century playwright Edward Martyn, the poet William Butler Yeats and his patron Lady Gregory met at Tulira to plan the founding of Ireland's legendary Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Martyn was also involved in the revival of the art of stained-glass making, and Tulira contains many exquisite examples of the craft. Other features include carved stone and marble fireplaces, pitch-pine floors, William Morris painted ceilings, and corner turrets with seating areas. The original four-storey castle tower dates from the 15th century, with the castellated house adjoining it added by Martyn in 1882. Tulira has been completely restored to its former glory over the past 20 years. The tower comprises an entrance hall, oak-panelled study, chapel, vesting room, bedroom chapel and two games rooms. The house has 11 rooms plus five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three staff bedrooms and staff bathroom. Tulira would be ideal for a luxury residential estate, small hotel or equestrian centre. SIZE: Mediaeval tower surrounded by castellated house set in 150 acres of gardens, arable and woodland. PRICE: US$3 million to include most of the furnishings. AGENT: Sotheby's International Realty. Contact William Montgomery. Tel: 001-44 (2477) 88668 or fax 88652 (Northern Ireland).