13 Brentwoood Ave

Why this Luxury Toronto Home is a great investment for Hong Kongers.

13 Brentwood Avenue is an architectural modern masterpiece surrounded by nature in the Lansing-Westgate community of Toronto, Canada.

Spacious Living Areas
Spacious Living Areas

Great Location Close to Excellent Schools

Located on a very private cul-de-sac with wrap-around ravine, the home was designed and built by the Vice President of Design and Construction for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.  

Ample Space for Family Gathering
Ample Space for Family Gathering

Ample Space for Family Gathering

This 5 bed, 5 bath home, is built on a lot of 49.2 feet by 175 feet, and has over 5,000 square feet of livable space, with 4 parking spaces, 2 kitchens, and a separate walk-out lower level guest suite. 

Modern Open Kitchen
Modern Open Kitchen

Quality Finishings built to Last

Custom furniture adorns each immaculately designed room, and Brazillian cumaru hardwood, and Italian Traverntine limestone floors grace the main and upper levels.   Cherry Wood Doors, anodized aluminum windows, 3 gas fireplaces, built-in speakers, dazzling bathrooms wrapped in stone, and a walk-out completely finished lower level with apartment. Gorgeous sweeping views of the ravine wrap around. 

Great Privacy and Close to Nature

Great Outdoor Space
Great Outdoor Space

Excellent schools, public transit, parks, tennis, golf, hiking, skiing, highway access to downtown and away from the city. 

Specs

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 4 Car Garage
  • Total 8,608 sq ft.
  • Asking Price: C $ 3,500,000.00

For a referral to the local agent please contact: Anthony Hindmarsh Whatsapp +852 91051406 or email: anthony@qi-homes.com

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Why Home Staging is helping beat Hong Kongs Challenging Property Market

“Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.” Alex Sheldon, The Home Stylist

The Home Stylist (THS) tell this to every one of their clients, to help them understand how important their unique personality is in styling their home. Home is not just a place, with well-lit rooms and nicely arranged furniture. Home is a feeling that you get from all these elements put together in just the right way, with just the right amount of personal touch.

But, how do we create that ‘feeling’ of home when the place in question doesn’t yet have an owner to give it personality? This is where home staging comes in, and it is much more than just nicely arranged furniture.

In Hong Kong’s current challenging and competitive residential sales and leasing market, professional property staging has become an essential ingredient in achieving success.

So what is Home Staging?

Home staging is the process of preparing a property for sale or lease with select pieces of furniture and decor. The goal of staging an otherwise empty space in this way is to help potential buyers or renters easily imagine themselves living there. By creating a feeling of ‘home’ with clever styling details, property stagers are able to sell homes for more with less time on the market.

Home Staging Hong Kong
Mid Levels Apartment – Before Staging
Home Staging Hong Kong
Mid Levels Apartment – After Staging

Staged Homes Proven to Rent and Sell Quicker by up to 87%

“It is quite surprising how few people really can visualize an empty space transitioned to their own place! Done properly, home-staging a property gives landlords at least a 60% better chance of having clients walk in the door and say – ‘this is the one for me’.” According to the US National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400. “A staged home will sell for 17% more on average than a non-staged home, and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less. That is statistically 87% faster than non-staged homes.”

“Properties need to present beautifully in print, online and in-person in order to achieve the best price in the shortest possible time,” says Alex. After 2 decades in the home styling and real estate realms, this is something that the THS team has seen time and time again.

“It’s important to create a home, not a showroom which is why a stylist’s eye is so crucial. Every person viewing the property needs to be able to visualize living there ”

Home Staging Hong Kong
First Impressions – Before and After Staging

Offering Diverse Furnishings to Highlight Every Type of Space

THS Property Staging team have just finished staging a 2300sqft 4Bed property in Midlevels in October 2019 on the market for HKD58 million.  For this high-end family home, THS chose furniture and decor from their preferred suppliers, including Hong Kong homeware stores Bo Concept, Tequila Kola and Australian lamp designers Bragg & Co, plus a number of their own accessories and art.

Of course, one style cannot appeal to everyone which is why THS also offers digital lookbooks of room renderings to compliment their staging services. This way they can stage one impeccable room and then take clients on a virtual tour of the rest of the property and show other design concepts. 

Creating Relaxing Spaces - Before
Creating Relaxing Spaces – Before Staging
reating Relaxing Spaces - After
Creating Relaxing Spaces – After Staging

Complete Turnkey Solutions at Every Budget

As a small agency, specializing in personal and tailored services, The Home Stylist finds a unique solution for each and every client depending on their property, their target market and their budget. As a team of project managers with a flair for design, they are not afraid to think outside the box in their quest to create that special feeling of home.

With this Mid-Levels apartment, it is clear that staging made a huge impact. The home, untouched by the owners for more than 40 years, had over 20 viewings in the first few days. 

Qi Homes have successfully partnered with THS on several projects successfully in order to help Rent and Sale apartments throughout Hong Kong. Staging is proven effective in selling the property 50% faster compared to unstaged flats. Furnishing flats with quality finishing also give the property “perceived value” explains Anthony Hindmarsh, Director of Qi Homes meaning buyers or renters are less likely to negotiate as hard. We highly recommend THS and their team of expert Interior Designers to produce the most effective results in any client’s budget. For more information please contact us at contact@qi-homes.com

Highlighting Selling Features - Before
Highlighting Selling Features – Before Staging
Kitchen After Staging
Highlighting Selling Features – After Staging

Featured Property: Kingsfield Garden, Fortress Hill

The Area

Fortress Hill is an undiscovered gem, located on the harbor corner of Victoria Park and at the bottom of North Point/Braemer Hill elite school district.

It has been an overlooked area as it is between Tin Hau and North Point, but Serviced apartments Shama And Beak Residences, and the 5 star Harbour Grand have all chosen this area.  The business district on Java Road has also been part of the change.

The Fortress Hill MTR station sits on Kings Road and is accessible to the business and hotel area on the harbor front and to the residences and schools on the uphill side toward Tin Hau Temple Road

The highlight of this apartment is the distinct colonial fee with high ceilings, exposed beams, and commercial grade lighting. There is also a small balcony off the living room offering a little outdoor space. This flat is vacant and available for immediate viewing. Please contact us today to book an appointment

The North Point hill area is well established and mostly owner-occupied spacious apartments.  Kingsfield Garden, our featured property is on a small leafy quiet one-way side street aptly named Comfort Terrace.

Only 4 minutes to transport systems (MTR, bus, and tram) and all amenities and five minutes to Victoria Park

Location

Comfort Terrace is a unique twisty road that acts as a natural sound barrier from the bustle of King’s Road and you are immediately in a quiet green area.

Kingsfield Garden is a low rise building, just 20 flats on 5 floors built-in 1975, but this size apartment so close to the MTR is extremely rare, and very few have been sold since the block was built.

The first two floors are covered carparks and a lift is accessible to all levels.

Interior Highlights

This stylish spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment has a helper room off the kitchen and a covered car park space.

The three bedrooms all have attractive built-in storage and even the smallest bedroom has room for a queen-size bed.

The Kitchen and bathrooms are modern and tiled where the bedroom and living have the traditional parquet

SPECS:

  • Great Location
  • Vacant Possession
  • Age: 1975
  • Size(n): 1175  sq ft net
  • 3 Beds + 2 Bath + Halper Room + Car Park
  • Asking Price: $23.9M

ADDRESS:

  • Kings Field Garden, 1 Comfort Terrace
  • Asking Price $23.9 Million

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Brand New Building by Hong Kong’s Top Developer Now Available for Lease.

Resiglow Pok Fu Lam is the latest development by Hong Kong’s most respected developer Kerry Properties. The building features three different sizes of units from Studios to Three Bedrooms and area available for lease and immediate occupation. Please contact us today for more information and for an appointment for viewings.

Studio Units. 246 sq ft $22,000 LEARN MORE

One Bedroom Units. 314 sq ft $25,000 LEARN MORE

Two Bedroom Units. 551 sq ft $41,000
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Invest in Malaysia – Asia’s Next up and Coming Destination

Many HK people are looking to diversify their property holdings and even their residence and several are considering Malaysia as a possible destination.

Malaysia offers a stable and attractive living environment and a long-stay visa called the “Malaysia My Second Home” (MM2H) visa.  According to reported statistics, Hong Kong applications for MM2H visas have gone up in the last few weeks from less than 10 a week to over 700  last week!

This luxury 3,700 sq ft, fully furnished, sub-penthouse duplex apartment in ONEKL which is a prestigious condominium in the exclusive KLCC area of Kuala Lumpur.

  • recently renovated to a very high standard by Hong Kong architects
  • fully furnished and fully equipped, ready to move in condition;
  • 3 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms;
  • master bedroom and the second bedroom can be cleverly closed off so that it becomes a Master Retreat (bedroom and study);
  • two living spaces – one downstairs and one upstairs;
  • Landscaped entertainment deck, private swimming pool, and water feature
  • maids room and bathroom;
  • kitchen and dining area with a massive granite tabletop, wine fridge, and all luxury appliances;
  • fully air-conditioned with dimmable halogen downlights throughout;
  • 2 car parking spaces – side by side;
  • ONE KL is a highly secure gated condominium with 24/7 security guards and 24/7 reception;
  • ONE KL is extremely well located opposite Suria KLCC and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and within 2 minutes walk of the KLCC Convention Centre and KLCC Park – a wide range of shopping (from luxury brands to home groceries) is within walking distance.
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Property Highlight: Cool Loft Inspired Apartment has the perfect Urban Vibe

This lovely renovated loft inspired apartment has One Large Bedroom and a Small Study located on trendy Bonham Strand and is the Ultimate Urban Space in Sheung Wan.

The apartment has been finished in modern clean palates of White Cabinatary and Light Colored Floors with High Ceilings and Lots of Storage. The large bedroom has ample built-in Floor to Ceiling Storage. The Modern Bathroom features a hotel-style separate shower and bathtub as well as a full-size built-in laundry.

No expense has been spared in the modern kitchen with high-end appliances and mod cons.

The highlight of this apartment is the distinct colonial fee with high ceilings, exposed beams, and commercial grade lighting. There is also a small balcony off the living room offering a little outdoor space. This flat is vacant and available for immediate viewing. Please contact us today to book an appointment

SPECS:

  • Age: 1974
  • Size(n): 670  sq ft net
  • 1 Bed + 1 Study
  • 1 Bath

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Property Highlight: Sunny bright Soho flat is in the perfect location.

This lovely renovated One Bedroom, One Bathroom apartment located on Elgin Street in Soho and is located on a middle floor.

The apartment features a modern open plan flexible living space with a sleeping area that has a queen-size bed, a study area with large windows and a living area with a modern comfortable sofa.

The hardwood floors are carried through to the kitchen where you will find granite countertops and ample storage space. There is also a small dishwasher and a separate area for washing.

The highlight of the bedroom is the large sliding doors that can be closed for more privacy or left open to afford more living space. This flat is vacant and available for immediate viewing. Please contact us today to book an appointment

SPECS:

  • Age: 1997
  • Size(n): 400  sq ft net
  • 1 Bed
  • 1 Bath

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Property Highlight: Quality Renovated Flat in Trendy K-Town

Kennedy Town is located on the western tip of Hong Kong Island. The area has a long history from humble beginnings to the gentrification today. There is still remnants of its past from wholesale markets, family restaurants and old buildings however the abattoirs have long since closed.

Since the extension of the Island Line and the Opening of the MTR Station in Kennedy Town in 2014 the area as seen a rapid change to include trendy restaurants, organic health food stores, and cafes.

This lovely renovated One Bedroom, One Bathroom apartment in a well-managed building in Kennedy Town is located close to a park and features lovely green views from the Bedroom.

The apartment was renovated by the owner several years ago and space was completely reconfigured to include a large open kitchen with a full-size stove and oven.

The bright and sunny west facing living room is flooded with natural light and has been finished in modern contemporary tones.

The highlight of the bedroom is a large walk-in closet. This flat is vacant and available for immediate viewing. Please contact us today to book an appointment

SPECS:

  • Age: 1980
  • Size(n): 400  sq ft net
  • 1 Bed,
  • 1 Bath

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How will recent political unrest affect the Hong Kong Property Market?

The Proposed Extradition Bill by the Hong Kong Government has sparked recent and ongoing protests throughout the territory which has shaken the local and international community.

Much of what happened has been covered by media. Our article aims to specifically address how these events may impact the Hong Kong Property Market in the Short to Long Term specifically in terms of Prices, Supply, and Market Sentiment.

External Market Volatility

In addition to the recent events, Business sentiment across the Hong Kong markets remained cautious as uncertainties around the US-China trade war persists. This, in turn, has a trickle effect on the Property Market. The demand for luxury housing decreased as people adopt a wait and see attitude.

Confidence in Hong Kong

The proposed new law and its widely perceived potential to undermine Hong Kong’s judicial and political independence may lead people to question long term investments involving hard assets in the city as confidence is questioned. This will reduce overall demand.

Parking Wealth Overseas

The general loss in Confidence and the unknown factors such as whether there is a risk that assets may be seized or flow of money in and out of Hong Kong may be restricted may lead
ultra high net-worth individuals to look elsewhere to park their wealth, with Singapore, the city’s main financial rival, a popular choice.

Our Views

Our Views on the Hong Kong Property Market is the Long Term remains Positive. Many of the points discussed are sentiment based such as the movement of assets and cash but as seen after the 1997 crash when many people were investing overseas, the money came flooding back to Hong Kong as fast as it left. Hong Kong’s strategic location on the southern tip of potentially the next superpower and within 5 hours of major tiger economies and the pacific rim has in the past and will continue to give Hong Kong an edge over cities further north or who are landlocked.

Shenzhen is poised to become Asia’s major tech hub with Hong Kong and Mainland developers purchasing land plots for residential development at record-breaking prices. See article This development will, in turn, benefit Hong Kong in the long term through the expansion of business in the region.

However much of Hong Kong’s future prosperity lies in the future generation and ability to boost confidence in the Local and Mainland Government to protect the rights and freedoms they have enjoyed. If able to integrate Hong Kong into China and offer our special “niche” we feel confident that the future for Hong Kong remains a bright one.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any government, agency or persons nor should it be construed as providing any investment advice.

Property Highlight: Family Home with Huge 1000 sq ft Garden Terrace is an Oasis in the City.

This spacious flat is located in a low rise building in One Of Hong Kong’s Most Popular and Sought After Residental Districts. Bisney Road in Pok Fu Lam comprises a square block of mainly low rise three-story buildings built on a sloping hill towards the sea. This low-density residential area is popular amongst expats and locals because it gives the impression of living in Europe. Its has the benefit of being very dog-friendly and child-friendly whilst only 15 minutes to the central business district with ample public transport options.

This 4 bedroom family home boasts a huge 1000 sq ft garden terrace which is perfect for kids or entertaining. Each of the Spacious Rooms has ample built-in storage and the kitchen opens up to a back terrace. This apartment also has the benefit of two car parking spaces accessible from the same level as the home through the garden

Available from 07th August 2019. Please click below for more information on this rarely available listing.

SPECS:

  • Age: 1957
  • Size(n): 2096  sq ft net
  • 4 Bed,
  • 5 Bath
  • 2 Car Park
  • 1000 sq ft Terrace

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