Biggest property deal in Asia: Hong Kong apartment sells for Dh241 million
Dubai’s most expensive apartment priced at Dh181m on Palm Jumeirah
By Parag Deulgaonkar
Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
A roof-top apartment in Hong Kong was sold for Dh241.46 million (HK$509.6m), topping the list of the biggest real estate deals in Asia.
Swire Properties sold the last unit at Opus Hong Kong in Mid-Levels for HK$509.6m, the South China Morning Post newspaper said.
The sale was made even though there were growing warnings by investment bank analysts that Hong Kong is heading for a home price correction in 2016.
The newspaper reported that the 5,444 per square feet (psf) unit sold on Tuesday was located on the 12th – top floor of the Opus Hong Kong and includes two car parking spaces and a 1,508 psf roof top. The price translates to HK$93,608 psf, which makes it the second most expensive in Asia in per square foot terms.
“This transaction underscores our earlier estimate that the high-end and super-luxury sector will buck the downward pressure on the overall market and continue to grow into next year,” Sammy Po Siu-ming, chief executive at Midland Realty’s residential department, told the newspaper.
“We estimate overall property prices will fall between 3 per cent and 5 per cent next year, but the high-end sector to grow 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Turnover of the high-end sector is also expected to rise by 20 per cent.
Earlier this month, the developer sold another Opus unit for HK$387.1 m or HK$75,429 per square foot.
However, the sale in June of the 5,188 square feet duplex flat topped on the chart of per square foot sale with HK$95,971.
In October 2015, Emirates 24|7 reported that a unit in The Address Downtown Hotel (Lake Hotel) in Downtown Dubai was sold for Dh17.20m, or Dh6,250 psf in August 2015 – making it the costliest deal per square foot in the first nine months of 2015.
Currently, Omniyat Properties is seeking Dh181m for a penthouse in its Dh2-billion tower on the Palm Jumeirah, making it the most-costliest apartment up for sale in the emirate. The unit was listed in August 2015 on the developer’s website.
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Property prices in Dubai are far cheaper than Hong Kong, but offer gross rental yields of 7.21 per cent compared with the latter, which offers only 2.82 per cent.