Types of Property in Hong Kong
Hong Kong apartments for rent and sale are typically comprised of one level (simplex) and offer a combined lounge and dining room layout. Depending on the size of the property, apartments with more than two bedrooms often include a maid’s quarter, as having an “in house” domestic helper is quite common. Some properties may have outdoor spaces, including apartments with balcony(s), with a terrace if based on the first floor of units in a building, and with a private rooftop.
As a rule of thumb, Hong Kong apartments that are older, such as more than ten years of age, are more “space efficient” (please refer to glossary for more information). Older properties tend to make better use of its area, offering higher ceilings, less bay windows, but also fewer facilities than the newer developments. This is also the case for apartments located on the higher floors. The higher the apartments, the more space efficient they are when compared to the apartments on the lower floors of the same same building, this is because the height allows for thinner structural walls while occupying the equal amount of space.
The décor of properties vary according to the price, surprisingly older Hong Kong apartments these days sometimes offer a more modern and unique interior when compared to newer developments with generic designs. But where the newer developments may lose on personality they often trump the older apartments with their modern facilities which can include Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pool(s), Tennis Courts, Squash and Badminton Courts, Karaoke/Mahjong Rooms, Billiards, Gym, and some may even offer Daycare.
Townhouses in Hong Kong
Town Houses in Hong Kong are built by a developer usually in batches of around seven to twenty or more, and aesthetically of the similar nature. With Hong Kong’s limited land mass, building restrictions limit the height of these developments to a maximum of 6 storeys.
Other than the obvious benefits of townhouses over apartments they sometimes include a terraced garden or rooftop, exclusive to the property or otherwise communal. Hong Kong Townhouses are much more space efficient and vary greatly in sizes from around 2,000 to even more than 5,000 square foot, and the facilities on offer may include Swimming Pool, or even Tennis Courts and a Clubhouse.
Houses in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong there is a Chinese saying that literally goes “1 inch of gold for 1 of foot land” or even the other way around. Hong Kong being one of the most densely populated cities in the world, a private detached house and garden is a true luxury that few can afford.
Houses for Lease in Hong Kong mostly offer a very modern and tidy interior along with private car-parking. Most properties for lease in Hong Kong will be offered in an unfurnished state, as different tenants may require different furnishing or usages for the relatively sparse amounts of space. Although, the kitchen depending on the age of the property, will often be modernly fitted and come fully equipped.
Houses for sale in Hong Kong these days will most likely be modernly built within the last 10 years, most of them rebuilt or revamped to maximise the plot ratio and building height. Depending on the location and residential zoning of the site, the house size and height can vary.
To find details on a property’s zone, height restriction and maximum allowed plot ratio (total built Gross Floor area to the total size of site area), you can access all this information through the “Statutory Planning Portal”; provided by the Town Planning Board of Hong Kong website.