ANYONE who has wondered what residential space worth $10,000 per square foot would look like should take a stroll down Plantation Road. At No. 52, they will see a vision in modern Greco-Roman architecture, complete with cherub-encrusted fountain and ornate tiling. From the palm tree-lined avenue which sweeps gracefully down to the forecourt, past the fountain to the hexagonal swimming pool, this small complex of eight houses is novel in Hong Kong. In building a development like Abergeldie, construction company Playmates was striving for a certain style. The result: unlikely, but pleasing. Having passed the fountain, strategically placed for maximum fung shui value, several sets of cream-tiled steps lead to the imposing front doors. However, most residents will probably enter their houses through the underground car park and take the internal stairs in each house. The front door leads into a combined living and dining area. Extending the length of one side and stretching out in front is what the agent calls a garden. In reality, it is a wonderful balcony covered in cream tiles, with extra space at the side. Wide French windows open on to what must be one of the best views in Hong Kong - one that stretches from the Peak down to Central and as far as the eye can see on a clear day to Kowloon and beyond. High ceilings add to the overwhelming sensation of space. Far from looking brand new, the walnut-coloured wood-block floors appear as if someone has lovingly polished them for years. An narrow door leads from the main room to the kitchen, but this is the secondary entrance. The other is in the hall, which also connects to the basement garage. The kitchens are fabulous, with Pogenpohl fittings, plenty of work tops and a big window. One surprise is the spiral staircase which curls up from the kitchen through the ceiling to the maid's quarters and utility room on the second level. This unusual feature means the maid can be summoned from either level without her employer having to negotiate the stairs. Being on three levels, several flights of stairs have been built to an unusual specification. They are more shallow than is customary. On the first landing is a guest cloakroom, with the utility room and amah's quarters. The spiral staircase pops up in the utility and winds up towards the roof. Further up the stairs is a huge landing, with several doors leading off it. This space is big enough for a family room, as long as they do not mind it being something of a thoroughfare. A corridor lined with floor-to-ceiling cupboards leads off to an airy bedroom, with a small half-moon balcony affording a stunning view of Central. The en suite bathroom is simple but effectively decorated in Gianni Versace-designed tiles in shades of grey, black and white. Another bedroom could double as a study, or be used for both as there is space to spare. Up another flight of stairs is the spectacular master bedroom. The splendid view once more is evident, this time from a private terrace. The square layout of the room is offset by the cathedral ceiling which adds an air of warm style to a room which might otherwise seem a little stark. Next door is a sizeable room which could be another bedroom, a dressing room, or study. Whoever sleeps here could be forgiven for thinking they lived in another, superior world as they look down on Seven Road and the rest of Hong Kong far below. Residents will probably never want to leave their mountain retreat once they have seen the spectacular hexagonal swimming pool with enough space for several barbecues around it, and the sunken tennis court. Parking will never be a problem since every unit comes with a minimum of three spaces. Pricing is vague, but the units sold so far have averaged $35 million. The official asking figure is $10,000 per sq ft. This must be the ultimate in status-symbol living in Hong Kong. FACT FILE LOCATION: Abergeldie, 52 Plantation Road, The Peak, Hong Kong. FEATURES: The ultimate in no-expense-spared luxury, these houses have four bedrooms, a splendid living and dining area which opens on to a huge balcony with sweeping views of Central and Kowloon, Pogenpohl kitchen, three Gianni Versac-tiled bathrooms, an internal staircase to the car park (minimum three spaces per unit). The master bedroom has a private terrace, the hexagonal pool has enough room for 50 people to recline around it and the sunken tennis court is open but completely sheltered. SIZE: 3,655 sq ft. PRICE: $10,000 per sq ft. Units so far average $35 million. AGENT: Contact Jones Lang Wootton residential department. Tel: 846-5000. FACT FILE LOCATION: Birkdale Terrace, Sanctuary Cove, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. DESCRIPTION: Spread over 474 hectares near the mouth of the Coomera River, Sanctuary Cove is Australia's first purpose-built resort community. This house is situated on the edge of the eighth fairway of the picturesque tree-lined Palms golf course. Built to an open-plan design, it has a light and airy feel with a stylish living area, wet bar, a user-friendly kitchen, three bedrooms, paved patio and a double lock-up garage. Magnificent views over the golf course, a private rear garden with in-ground pool anda barbecue area add up to most people's idea of the great Australian lifestyle. SIZE: Three-bedroomed villa. PRICE: A$495,000 (HK$2,574,000). AGENT: Contact Sanctuary Cove Realty. Tel: (075) 77 6175 or fax 30 8650. FACT FILE LOCATION: Seacliff Mansions, 19A-19D Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong. DESCRIPTION: Anyone interested in this flat has the option of either buying or renting in this extremely popular and pleasant location. Convenient for Stanley, Repulse Bay and Park View shopping, this flat has three large bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the usual spaciously laid-out sitting and dining area, kitchen and utility rooms. Being an older block, it has no communal facilities as such, but there is a car parking space. Lovers of the wide open spaces will appreciate the large balcony and stunning view of Repulse Bay. SIZE: 2,500 square feet. PRICE: For sale at $11.5 million. Rental $55,000 a month. AGENT: Contact Victoria Properties. Tel: 525-6125.