Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson is an Asia-focused journalist who has lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong. Making the most of her global mobile office, she contributes to South China Morning Post on topics including design, property, lifestyle and special reports.

Latest from Peta Tomlinson

Why are Asian property investors repurposing old buildings during Covid-19? Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai are leading the trend

Lockdowns and travel restrictions exposed underperforming hotels and surplus office space, leading commercial property owners to look for other ways to get returns from their assets

Lockdowns and travel restrictions exposed underperforming hotels and surplus office space, leading commercial property owners to look for other ways to get returns from their assets

3 Jan 2022 - 6:00AM
Why ski property prices in US and Europe are rising despite Covid-19 – luxury homes in Aspen and Vail command top dollar, while Japanese resorts are ‘a relative bargain’

Ski property prices in US and Europe are soaring as the pandemic heightens city folks’ need for remote getaways – here’s everything you need to know

Ski property prices in US and Europe are soaring as the pandemic heightens city folks’ need for remote getaways – here’s everything you need to know

2 Jan 2022 - 6:00AM
Home interior design trends in 2022: soft colours, natural light, sustainable materials and lots of plants, experts say

From Pantone’s Very Peri blue colour of the year to sustainably sourced materials and mindful living environments, here’s what we’ll be seeing in homes in 2022, interior designers say.

From Pantone’s Very Peri blue colour of the year to sustainably sourced materials and mindful living environments, here’s what we’ll be seeing in homes in 2022, interior designers say.

31 Dec 2021 - 4:39AM
The world’s most expensive celebrity homes, ranked: Blackpink’s dorm and the Ambanis’ Antilia are worth more per square foot than Queen Elizabeth’s Buckingham Palace

From the Ambanis’ Antilia skyscraper to The White House, the houses of the rich and famous can be notoriously difficult to price – but a new study has revealed some surprise truths about the power of stardom

From the Ambanis’ Antilia skyscraper to The White House, the houses of the rich and famous can be notoriously difficult to price – but a new study has revealed some surprise truths about the power of stardom

17 Dec 2021 - 11:17AM
The rise of ultra-luxury branded residences – Thailand and Vietnam are catching up with Dubai, Miami and New York for fancy hotel-managed apartments, as five-star living becomes a global trend

The number of branded residences are expected to double by 2026, with Thailand and Vietnam catching up to the US quick as five-star living becomes a truly global trend

The number of branded residences are expected to double by 2026, with Thailand and Vietnam catching up to the US quick as five-star living becomes a truly global trend

13 Dec 2021 - 2:28PM
How Hong Kong sustainability award winners came to a Cambodian village’s aid, ensuring water security while providing a social gathering place

Magic Kwan and Kenrick Wong’s project to ensure water security for a Cambodian community plagued by drought also provides a social gathering place for festivals and informal chit-chat.

Magic Kwan and Kenrick Wong’s project to ensure water security for a Cambodian community plagued by drought also provides a social gathering place for festivals and informal chit-chat.

8 Dec 2021 - 6:15PM
Singapore, Seoul and Chinese cities lead the surge in pandemic-era home sales as WFH and larger living spaces become the ultimate luxury

Singapore, Seoul and Chinese cities saw the biggest increases in home sales as buyers consider moving to quieter, less busy places, or to a bigger place more easily accommodating work from home

Singapore, Seoul and Chinese cities saw the biggest increases in home sales as buyers consider moving to quieter, less busy places, or to a bigger place more easily accommodating work from home

20 Oct 2021 - 3:34PM
Can an art collection really improve health and wellness in luxury homes? San Francisco’s Four Seasons Private Residences jazz up shared spaces with Kaws and Jeff Koons pieces

Architects on statement projects around the globe are enlivening shared spaces with carefully chosen works by Kaws, Jeff Koons, Olafur Eliasson and many more

Architects on statement projects around the globe are enlivening shared spaces with carefully chosen works by Kaws, Jeff Koons, Olafur Eliasson and many more

6 Oct 2021 - 10:00AM
Hong Kong luxury real estate is getting more expensive – again – as residential sales rebound in The Peak and Southside, according to Colliers and Habitat Property agents

The city’s luxury residential sales are rebounding, especially on The Peak and in Southside, where lifestyle factors like large indoor and outdoor areas are highly prized

The city’s luxury residential sales are rebounding, especially on The Peak and in Southside, where lifestyle factors like large indoor and outdoor areas are highly prized

9 Sep 2021 - 4:21PM
The engineering behind vertical gardens – how the plants are chosen, installed and kept alive

Green walls and rooftop gardens have become a common sight as the world’s cities become more sustainable. How are they engineered, and who does the weeding?

Green walls and rooftop gardens have become a common sight as the world’s cities become more sustainable. How are they engineered, and who does the weeding?

20 Aug 2021 - 12:42PM
Are co-living spaces making a comeback in Hong Kong? The millennial property trend hits China as young professionals seek flexible short-stays and communal lifestyles

A growing demand for hassle-free living and flexible rental solutions in prime city centre locations has inspired the latest rethink of co-living communities

A growing demand for hassle-free living and flexible rental solutions in prime city centre locations has inspired the latest rethink of co-living communities

15 Aug 2021 - 1:40PM
Monaco beats Hong Kong for most expensive real estate on the planet – but how will land reclamation project Le Portier Cove change things?

Despite the upheavals of 2020, Monaco cemented its status as the world’s most expensive residential property location – reporting average sales of US$5,100 per square foot

Despite the upheavals of 2020, Monaco cemented its status as the world’s most expensive residential property location – reporting average sales of US$5,100 per square foot

10 Aug 2021 - 4:29PM
UK student accommodation is getting more expensive despite the pandemic – bad for London’s foreign university students, good for property investors …

Despite Brexit and Covid-19, demand for student accommodation is booming in Britain, especially close to London’s cultural hubs, as demand from overseas continues to grow

Despite Brexit and Covid-19, demand for student accommodation is booming in Britain, especially close to London’s cultural hubs, as demand from overseas continues to grow

6 Aug 2021 - 5:05PM
The Covid-19 serviced apartment boom: luxury hotels struggled amid travel bans and lockdowns, so how did this property sector thrive – especially in Asia?

Travel ground to a halt thanks to pandemic restrictions, but serviced apartment operators changed tacks to attract a different kind of clientele ...

Travel ground to a halt thanks to pandemic restrictions, but serviced apartment operators changed tacks to attract a different kind of clientele ...

19 Jul 2021 - 6:00AM
Why are the super-rich snapping up country and beach houses amid Covid-19? In the UK and Australia, homebuyers are skipping London and Melbourne for Cornwall and northern New South Wales

City dwellers are rethinking their lifestyle amid Covid-19 lockdowns, pushing prices up in non-urban areas – especially as remote, flexible work and school become more acceptable

City dwellers are rethinking their lifestyle amid Covid-19 lockdowns, pushing prices up in non-urban areas – especially as remote, flexible work and school become more acceptable

16 Jul 2021 - 3:06PM
London, New York or Miami: which city has the most OTT penthouse? Properties are all vying to design the most luxurious home, with lavish details from private spas and cocktail bars to swish WFH offices

Properties are all vying to design the most luxurious home, with lavish details from private spas and cocktail bars to expansive home offices – so which is the best?

Properties are all vying to design the most luxurious home, with lavish details from private spas and cocktail bars to expansive home offices – so which is the best?

25 Jun 2021 - 4:00PM
What property could you buy for US$2 million? A flat in Hong Kong, London or New York … a beachfront penthouse in Phuket or a luxury ski getaway in Niseko, Japan

City centre access or proximity to the piste? Heritage property or contemporary living? Sea views or a pool or both? Here’s what you could get for your dollars …

City centre access or proximity to the piste? Heritage property or contemporary living? Sea views or a pool or both? Here’s what you could get for your dollars …

24 Jun 2021 - 10:00AM
How did Covid-19 spark super-prime home sales in London? More US$10 million-plus homes were sold in the UK capital in 2020 than any other global housing market – even New York and Hong Kong

Double- and even triple-digit rises in prime and super-prime property sales have driven the city’s priciest areas to outpace rivals New York and Hong Kong – and what about its growing giga-prime sector?

Double- and even triple-digit rises in prime and super-prime property sales have driven the city’s priciest areas to outpace rivals New York and Hong Kong – and what about its growing giga-prime sector?

21 Jun 2021 - 5:00PM
This is what public spaces will be like for you post-pandemic: touchless buttons, natural air, flexible layouts – and more QR codes

Whether at a shopping mall or an airport, expect a lot more touchless buttons, spaces with natural air flows, QR codes and flexible layouts.

Whether at a shopping mall or an airport, expect a lot more touchless buttons, spaces with natural air flows, QR codes and flexible layouts.

18 Jun 2021 - 7:17AM
The hospital of the future: more holistic, less dehumanising, and better able to deal with a health crisis, designers say

An architect’s prototype for a new kind of hospital, to be built in Qatar, and electronics giant Philips’ mobile clinic experiment could pave the way for more humanised health care.

An architect’s prototype for a new kind of hospital, to be built in Qatar, and electronics giant Philips’ mobile clinic experiment could pave the way for more humanised health care.

16 Jun 2021 - 5:13AM
Joe Biden put US real estate back on top for Asian buyers – with Seattle and Los Angeles homes now more popular than New York City apartments

Now Donald Trump has been dethroned the US has a ‘friendlier, more rational’ image, which has sparked a fresh wave of interest from property investors – especially Chinese buyers put off by years of trade conflict

Now Donald Trump has been dethroned the US has a ‘friendlier, more rational’ image, which has sparked a fresh wave of interest from property investors – especially Chinese buyers put off by years of trade conflict

5 May 2021 - 12:39PM
Hong Kong’s most expensive homes to rent: from The Peak to Repulse Bay, these are the city’s most lavish luxury residences available for lease

Are you in the market for pricey and opulent rental digs in Hong Kong? You may be in luck – owners of premium property at prestigious addresses are looking to lease rather than sell

Are you in the market for pricey and opulent rental digs in Hong Kong? You may be in luck – owners of premium property at prestigious addresses are looking to lease rather than sell

31 May 2021 - 11:54AM
Tom Cruise’s Colorado mountain ranch is for sale – and for US$39.5 million you can call Ralph Lauren, Robert Redford and Neil Young your neighbours

The pandemic has inspired the world’s richest to buy even more property, seeking out rural and coastal getaways – who might be eyeing up Cruise’s 130-hectare home in the celeb-friendly enclave of Telluride?

The pandemic has inspired the world’s richest to buy even more property, seeking out rural and coastal getaways – who might be eyeing up Cruise’s 130-hectare home in the celeb-friendly enclave of Telluride?

2 May 2021 - 6:00AM
How an Australian couple made their forever home after decades in Hong Kong and Singapore

Having moved home after 11 years in Singapore and 13 in Hong Kong, a couple poured their hearts into turning an 1886-built ‘gentleman’s residence’ in Melbourne into their forever home.

Having moved home after 11 years in Singapore and 13 in Hong Kong, a couple poured their hearts into turning an 1886-built ‘gentleman’s residence’ in Melbourne into their forever home.

14 Apr 2021 - 10:17AM
Why a Hong Kong mother bought and renovated a flat for her three adult children

A designer persuaded a reluctant family to go bold, creating distinctive features that give the home a modern aesthetic while respecting the cultural context of the old-style 1970s tenement.

A designer persuaded a reluctant family to go bold, creating distinctive features that give the home a modern aesthetic while respecting the cultural context of the old-style 1970s tenement.

31 Mar 2021 - 1:02PM
Riding the property wave: luxury beachside surf homes, resorts and even islands, from Tahiti to Queensland and Indonesia, have become so popular that agents are struggling to keep up with demand

That surfing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world – set to debut as an Olympic event at Tokyo 2021 – is just one of the reasons demand for beachside surfer homes is through the roof

That surfing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world – set to debut as an Olympic event at Tokyo 2021 – is just one of the reasons demand for beachside surfer homes is through the roof

29 Mar 2021 - 2:47PM
The Tesla effect: why EV charging points are London’s next big luxury real estate trend

The Tesla effect? Electric cars might still be the reserve of the elite – but that’s exactly why affluent new property developments need to be ready for them

The Tesla effect? Electric cars might still be the reserve of the elite – but that’s exactly why affluent new property developments need to be ready for them

29 Mar 2021 - 9:57AM
The New Zealand property market is currently ‘on fire’ thanks to Covid-19 and low interest rates – it’s now cheaper to buy property in London or San Francisco than Auckland

A combination of returning expats, funds being directed towards property instead of travel and low interest rates are all fuelling property demand in the country

A combination of returning expats, funds being directed towards property instead of travel and low interest rates are all fuelling property demand in the country

24 Mar 2021 - 11:00AM
A Bali-inspired home in the heart of Hong Kong – perfect during a pandemic

Renovating a new flat during a pandemic – and with a baby on the way – presents challenges, but for one Hong Kong couple, life in a virtual lockdown resulted in not only the perfect sanctuary, but savings, too.

Renovating a new flat during a pandemic – and with a baby on the way – presents challenges, but for one Hong Kong couple, life in a virtual lockdown resulted in not only the perfect sanctuary, but savings, too.

24 Mar 2021 - 9:30AM
The arch: how the timeless architectural form is back on trend

Designers and architects are once again embracing the arch, using the form to echo historical associations and integrate space as technology allows more flexibility.

Designers and architects are once again embracing the arch, using the form to echo historical associations and integrate space as technology allows more flexibility.

3 Mar 2021 - 5:15AM