Living in a city doesn't mean you have to limit your home to a box-size apartment with a view of someone else's kitchen. There are places that offer a spacious piece of property with a breath of fresh air and will not cost hundreds of millions of dollars. These types of properties are the low-rise estates usually found in the Southside of Hong Kong. 'Forty per cent of the properties there are low-rise buildings,' says Joyce Lam, associate director of residential sales at Savills. One of these low-rise properties is up for sale at Pine Lodge in Shouson Hill Road West. Living in Pine Lodge is comparable to living in Europe where everything is spread out with lots of greenery. There are four blocks in the estate and each building contains three apartments; two duplexes with gardens and one simplex on the top floor. The duplex on sale contains European interior decor, with big half-circle shaped windows as the special feature. The windows offer a bright and homely atmosphere. The property has about 3,000 sqft of indoor area and 930 sqft of landscaped garden, which has an area specially for barbecues. It includes four bedrooms, one of them en suite. There are two parking spots provided for the tenants. Interested buyers will have to take part in a 'sealed-bid offer' which will end on March 26 at 5pm. Although there is no minimum asking price, Lam from Savills, the sole agent for the duplex, recommends interested buyers take note of a recent transaction for a similar duplex in the area. A 2,106 sqft duplex, which also comes with a garden at Evergreen Gardens at 18 Shouson Hill, sold for HK$50 million, which works out to about K$23,700 per square foot. Lam says the owner of the Pine Lodge property is also aiming to sell the property for HK$23,700 per square foot, which would be in the region of HK$71 million. The property will be sold with an existing tenancy. The lease expires in January next year. The duplex has been on the market for about two weeks and there have been several inquiries about the property. Lam believes that the future owner will be able to rent out the apartment for appreciably more than the present figure of HK$85,000 per month, which is exclusive of government rent and management fees. She says the owner should be able to command HK$150,000 per month. Savills believe the future owner will probably be local. 'Most residents in the area are either local or foreigners with their families,' she says. 'Not many mainlanders choose this area as they are more attracted to new luxury properties that offer convenience.'