Date
24 September 2017
A file picture of AVA 61 where standard units will range from 150-square-foot studios to 232-sq-ft one-bedroom apartments. Credit: Way Creation Ltd.
A file picture of AVA 61 where standard units will range from 150-square-foot studios to 232-sq-ft one-bedroom apartments. Credit: Way Creation Ltd.

A home with a badminton court

Fancy having a badminton court beside your home?

Well, you might want to consider a new residential development in Shum Shui Po, a district known for having some of the smallest flats ever built in the city.

The AVA 61 comes up with one of the most interesting offers, which at the very least challenges the conventional concept of housing.

Let’s go into the details of a special unit there. The flat is 232 square feet in size. It’s small, but definitely not in the extra-small category as we know that many studio units built recently in Hong Kong measured less than 200 square feet.

The real interesting thing about the home, however, is this: the unit has a large utility platform attached to it. Spread over 1415 square feet, the utility space is more than five times the actual size of the home.

Makes you wonder how it is like living in a small room with a really big and long corridor outside.

The utility platform is one-and-a half times the size of a standard badminton court, which measures 13.4 meters in length and 6.1 meters in width or a total of 880 square feet — much more than the living space of an average Hong Kong family.

This is not the first time that developer and private property investor Lo Wah has come up with such innovative design. His earlier AVA 55 in Ma You Kok also had a unit with a 992-square-foot utility platform.

The attached platform offers many possibilities although we doubt if the lucky owner of that flat would have been too adventurous and tried to maximize his living space.

Returning to the AVA 61 home in Shum Shui Po, the asking price for the unit is HK$7.1 million — after an 8 percent discount. That means a bill of HK$30,600 per square feet.

In other words, the average selling price is comparable, or even higher than luxury Kowloon residential units.

In a recent transaction, a 677-square-foot two-bedroom unit at The Cullinan went for HK$20.2 million, or HK$29,838 square feet.

But let’s not forget that The Cullinan, developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties, is in West Kowloon, where the high-speed rail and west rail lines meet, making it a far better location.

Now, for developers that want to sell tiny homes elsewhere at fancy prices, a big utility platform seems to be a fashionable option.

Not far from AVA 61, there is another unit — at the Novi project — that comes with similar added attraction.

The new flat, being offered by Lai Sun Development, has an area of 187 square feet, but the utility platform measures 1,209 square feet, or nearly 5.5 times bigger than the buyer’s own space.

Welcome to creative homes from Hong Kong developers!

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RC

EJ Insight writer

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