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Wheelock property on Mt Nicholson reclaims title for the most expensive flat in Asia in terms of square footage

Flat 16D and three car parking spaces on Mount Nicholson sold for HK$639.796 million, or HK$140,800 per square foot, a record in Asia.

The bumper price came right after news that Hong Kong’s border with mainland China will likely reopen as early as next month.

A flat in Wheelock’s ultra luxury residential property Mount Nicholson at The Peak has sold at a new record price per square foot in Asia, with analysts saying an expected reopening of Hong Kong’s border with mainland China will likely boost the city’s real estate market.

The developer sold flats 16C and 16D at phase three of Mount Nicholson for a combined HK$1.2 billion (US$154 million) to the same buyers, Wheelock said in a statement on Tuesday, without disclosing the identity of the buyers.

Flat 16D and three car parking spaces at Mount Nicholson were sold for HK$639.796 million, or HK$140,800 per square foot, breaking the record held by a flat in CK Asset Holding’s 21 Borrett Road luxury resident project, which also came with three parking spaces and was sold for HK$459.4 million – or HK$136,000 per square foot – in February.

The price for flat 16C stood at HK$560.92 million, or HK$134,000 per square foot, which was only slightly lower than the previous record at Borrett Road.

The bumper price indicates Hong Kong’s luxury properties remain extremely sought-after by buyers even though the overall economy has not recovered from the impact of the pandemic last year and months of social unrest since mid-2019.

“The record-breaking price came right after the news report that Hong Kong’s border could reopen as early as next month. This has given hope to wealthy mainlanders from the Greater Bay Area to come across the border and buy luxury homes in the city,” a mortgage broker said.

Hong Kong’s land border with the mainland will reopen fully to quarantine-free travel by June at the latest, official sources told the South China Morning Post this week.

The scheme will entail a small pilot programme involving daily quotas in Guangdong province in December, followed by an expansion in February to allow “mass events”, a source said, reaffirming what Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had suggested last week. A full border reopening will happen in June, or earlier, if all goes smoothly.

“In addition, interest rates remain at their lowest levels on record while inflation pressure is looming. This has led those who can afford to pay the price to buy properties now, particularly luxury ones as supply remain limited. The outlook for the luxury market remains bullish,” the broker said.

Mount Nicholson was developed by Wharf Holdings along with Nan Fung Development and comprises 19 detached houses and 48 flats in three phases. It has some of Asia’s most expensive homes in terms of square footage. Its location, reputation for build quality and celebrity buyers, has made it a much sought-after address for Hong Kong’s wealthy set.

In May, Mount Nicholson broke another world record by selling a single parking space for HK$11.9 million, the highest price ever seen worldwide.

(South China Morning Post)


Link distributable income rises 14pc to $3.3b

Link Real Estate Investment Trust (0823) said its total distributable amount increased 14.2 percent year-on-year to HK$3.34 billion in the six months before September 30, and the interim distribution per unit for the period increased by 12.7 percent to HK$1.6 billion.

Link also said that it has acquired 100 percent interest in two institutional-grade car park and car service centers in Hong Kong for HK$5.82 billion combined, after buying 50 percent stakes in three retail properties in Sydney for AUD$538.2 million (HK$3.1 billion) on Sunday.

Chief executive George Hongchoy Kwok-lung said in an online conference that the vendors will lease these two properties for long-term use after the sales, and that Link views the deals as long-term investments.

The gearing ratio stands at a "comfortable" level after the acquisitions, he emphasized in the meeting. The ratio of debt to total assets increased to 23.6 percent from 21.6 percent.

Upon completion of the deals, Link will become the owner of the two properties.

One property is located at No. 60 Ka Yip Street in Chai Wan, and is a 9-story godown building with a gross floor area of approximately 438,351 square feet which has been repurposed into a full-service building hosting an automotive showroom, car servicing and repair workshops, godowns and ancillary offices.

The Hung Hom one at No. 50 Po Loi Street is a 13-story mixed-use car park building with a GFA of approximately 421,401 sq ft.

It has also been repurposed to a full-service building hosting an automotive showroom, car servicing and repair workshops, as well as a car park with 932 private and public parking spaces.

It also said it acquired 75 percent interest in two recently-developed modern logistics assets in Dongguan and Foshan for 754 million yuan (HK$918.72 million) on October 27.

(The Standard)



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領展將同時與租戶就目標物業訂立租約,由成交翌日起計為期五年 (就柴灣物業而言,現有租約將於2022年6月30日屆滿),並附帶可由租戶行使之三次續租權,以重續連續以三年為期限的租約。根據柴灣物業租約,租金將為每月7,313,854元直至2022年6月30日,自2022年7月1日起則為每月7,935,000元,而根據紅磡物業租約,首年租金為每月7,962,000元,惟於每份租約期限內每年遞增4%,於成交翌日之每個周年日生效。












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