Homes at The Curtiss Apartments in London's Beaufort Park development have been enhanced with modern details that will interest Hong Kong buyers looking to invest in British property or purchase a student flat for their youngsters, agents say. The development is located in the leafy neighbourhood of Colindale, in the North London suburb of Hendon. As the roll-out of phases of the scheme continues, agents marketing the project say updated specifications, such as extensive down lighting, wine coolers, video entry phones, exclusive kitchen designs and choice of flat sizes, will make Curtiss Apartments much sought after. Developer St George has created the 25-acre Beaufort Park close to the Colindale Underground station, linking residents to central London, less than 30 minutes away, with overland train connections to other areas within and outside the capital. Middlesex University is also in the area, with the London universities within commuting distance. Beaufort Park combines 'cosmopolitan living with landscaped open spaces', according to the developer. St George adds that with the increasing cost of student accommodation, more students and their families are finding better value in purchasing a property rather than renting. What distinguishes Curtiss Apartments is the building's prominent location on the main boulevard of the estate and proximity to Colindale tube station. Beaufort Park amenities include a gym, a Tesco supermarket, restaurants, child-care facilities and even a shared car scheme. Curtiss also has a range of prestige and penthouse apartments with splendid views over that part of London. Another motivation for potential buyers, particularly for Hong Kong investors, is the battering the British pound has taken. Agents say this will create more opportunities for Hongkongers to pick up bargains. 'The weakness of sterling is clearly one of the deciding factors that may help influence a decision when Asian investors consider a purchase within the London area,' says Peter Murray, a London-based partner at agents King Sturge, which is marketing the property in Hong Kong. 'Market stabilisation and improved London domestic activity, and recent increases in London house prices also provide confidence. The two combined factors represent good timing for dollar-based investors.' Murray says a wider range of flat sizes is available at Curtiss Apartments from one- to three-bedrooms and ranging in size from 411 sqft to 2,652 sqft. Prices are in the region of GBP163,950 (HK$1,917,430) to GBP985,000. 'The main design feature that stands out in The Curtiss Apartments is the new and updated designs and specifications, particularly to the kitchens, that will be exclusive to The Curtiss Apartments.' As for the other features, Murray says: 'Down lighting will be provided throughout, with wine coolers and video entry phones. 'The building has a prominent location within the hub of the development and on the main boulevard, so it's closer to the amenities of Beaufort Park and closer to the tube. There is also a wider range of apartment types.' London's planners are regenerating the area surrounding Beaufort Park and developers say the project appeals to young professionals and owner-occupiers wanting to live in the capital. The Mayor of London's GBP7 million growth-area funding plan for Aerodrome Road includes the replacement of rail bridges and improvements to bus, pedestrian and cycle access. The developers also describe Beaufort Park as 'an exercise in sustainability', using the latest materials and techniques to improve the immediate environment by creating landscaped parkland, courtyards and tree-lined boulevards. Curtiss also offers residents private car parking, together with 24-hour security and concierge service, and a business centre. Residents at Beaufort Park are also able to use a pay-as-you-go car club called Streetcar. The club allows members to hire a Volkswagen Golf for as little as 30 minutes, to longer periods of up to six months, and only pay for the time that they use the car. The developer says the scheme is aimed at reducing the need for a private car, resulting in significant cost savings while also helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Historically, the Colindale district has had strong associations with the Royal Air Force as the site of an aerodrome during the pioneering days of aviation in Britain. The Curtiss project takes its name from the second world war fighter plane.