21 October 2019
Louisa Mak is seen with her parents at the sales office of the T Plus residential project in Tuen Mun on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ
Louisa Mak is seen with her parents at the sales office of the T Plus residential project in Tuen Mun on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ

Miss Hong Kong buys three of the smallest flats in the city

Miss Hong Kong is a ticket to fame and fortune. Winners of the annual beauty pageant, which was established in 1973, usually end up marrying some rich guy and living in luxury.

They certainly don’t end up living in far Tuen Mun. Well, there might be an exception.

Louisa Mak Ming-Sze, winner of the Miss Hong Kong pageant in 2015, has reportedly bought three units at T Plus, the cheapest residential development on offer over the last five years.

The project is said to be a smash hit, drawing over 13,250 cheques from prospective homebuyers, including Mak’s family, on Sunday.

The three units, at only HK$1.73 million each, cost less than a new studio unit in an urban district. Of course, the size is, shall we say, ideal for an ascetic with a minimalist lifestyle: about 125 square feet or roughly that of a car parking space.

That notwithstanding, T Plus, jointly developed by Jiayuan International and Stan Group, managed to sell out almost all of its 344 units in one go.

Inspired by the student dormitory, the Tuen Mun project has been the talk of the town for three years.

It was labeled as the “Dragon bed” home project, after Anthony Poon Chi-choi, director of Chun Wo Property Development, who once suggested that a Chinese emperor living in a place as big as the Forbidden City found comfort in just a small bed.

He said students living in a dormitory tend to be happy despite living in a small box because they only need a place to relax, sleep, shower and answer nature’s call. It’s like a mobile phone, which is small but can take you anywhere in the world: the only limit is your own imagination.

Such a way of thinking must have appealed to Louisa Mak, a Cambridge law graduate and TVB actress, who, at 27, is in a position to understand the difficulty faced by young professionals in acquiring a home of their own.

Mak, who recently joined a 25-day charity cycling challenge to help raise funds for the expansion of a school in Cambodia, once remarked that the city’s soaring property prices have left young people unable to follow their true vocations, forcing them instead to chase high-paying jobs in sectors like finance and medicine.

“If you don’t even have a place to sleep, how can you talk about dreams and aspirations?” Mak told the South China Morning Post in an interview four years ago.

Mak was seen with her parents at the T-Plus sales office on Sunday. Her brother Vincent is a doctor at Tuen Mun Hospital. While declining to say if she bought the T-Plus units, she said: “Getting the first home is difficult. Step by step, I will continue to work hard.”

Well, good luck to the 300-plus buyers of the smallest flats in Hong Kong!

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EJ Insight writer