Mid-Levels home gives taste of high society

ALL you need is a suitcase, a budget of $80,000 a month for rent and the fully-furnished apartment on the 32nd floor of Beauty Court could be yours for the taking.

The tall, pink high-rise towers above all others in the vicinity, giving it a 180-degree view of the harbour.

Unlike so much of Robinson Road, the building, which is less than two years old, has a ''green'' address at the quiet end, near Oakland Avenue and Littleton Road.

According to the agent, Midland Realty, the property would be ideally suited to a corporate executive with a young family.

Each landing has two apartments and is served by two lifts and it has an outer steel door for added security.

Inside, the varnished maple wood floor of the living and dining area is in perfect condition, setting the tone of the entire apartment.

Facing the doorway is the mirrored wall of the dining area.

Immediately in front of it is a circular table with a glass surface, allowing seating for five people.

To the right of the door is the kitchen; to the left, the room opens out into the living room area.

Full-length sliding windows open on to a glass-walled balcony with a stainless steel railing.

The views are incredible, looking out across the harbour, or downwards to the teardrop-shaped swimming pool far below.

Indoors, the view is just as impressive; residents will want to make the most of the hi-tech 40-inch projector screen which can also receive cable television.

A comfortable three-piece suite in purple and blue shades makes relaxing easy.

Dividing the living area from the bedrooms is a frosted glass door with wrought iron work in a shadow-wood frame.

The master bedroom, which shares the same exciting sea view - taking in the land reclamation area of Sham Shui Po - has a deep window sill.

To the left of it are full-length shadow-wood wardrobes which line the wall. Facing them is the double bed with a padded headboard unit that includes matching wooden side tables and a dressing table.

It has a light pink carpet matching the curtains and headboard.

The en suite bathroom has a row of patterned ceramic tiles which complement the pink shades of the bedroom with the grey bathroom and toilet units.

Large mirrors in front of the sink and the facing wall maximise the feeling of space.

The second bedroom is now a children's room and has two beds at right angles to one another, each with deep drawers. It also has a pink-fitted carpet and full-length wardrobe.

FACT FILE LOCATION: Beauty Court, 82 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong.

FEATURES: High-floor apartment with a harbour view.Fully-furnished rooms throughout, with outdoor swimming pool and children's playground.

SIZE: 1,771 square feet gross.

PRICE: $80,000 per month.

AGENT: Midland Realty, Hong Kong. Tel: 523-1196 FACT FILE LOCATION: Coombe Green, Coombe Hill Estate, near Wimbledon, Surrey, England.

FEATURES: Secluded miniature country estate with six reception rooms, including teppan yaki and billiard rooms. All six bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and the master bedroom has an additional bathroom and a dressing room. The house has a separate staff flat and extensive garaging, a flood-lit tennis court and heated swimming pool.

SIZE: 10,000 square feet.

PRICE: GBP2.5 million (about HK$28 million) freehold.

AGENT: Aylesford & Co (HK) Ltd. Tel: 559-6355.

FACT FILE LOCATION: Paradise Palms, Carrara, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

FEATURES: Three-bedroom single-and two-storey townhouse and villa residences set in landscaped grounds.Swimming pool, access to golf and tennis facilities.

SIZE: Villas about 110 square metres. Townhouses about 120 sq m.

PRICE: From A$138,500 (about HK$760,000).

AGENT: Knight Frank Kan and Baillieu. Tel: 810-8123.