Welcome to “Hot Properties”, a new monthly column in which we scour the market for the world’s most stylish, extravagant and covetable residential addresses. From waterfront Thai villas (which present a fantastic business opportunity) to design-led living in Hackney, here are 5 of the most desirable places to call home — provided that price is no object.


One Crown Place, London

Part of a mixed-use development set to include boutique accommodations and a members’ club, the 246 residences at One Crown Place are a hodgepodge of influences which reflect Shoreditch’s dual history of heavy industry and gentrification. The site’s original Georgian foundations are reinterpreted in its private residential spaces: Thanks to Bowler James Brindley, heritage materials like oak herringbone flooring sit alongside tiled brickwork and double-height windows — an adroit reflection of the many eclectic aesthetics that define East London.

Listed Price: 1-bedroom residences starting at approx. HK$8.6 million

Agent: One Crown Place, 54 Wilson St, London EC2A 2ER, United Kingdom, +44 20 7205 2697


De La Sol, Ho Chi Minh City

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Located at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s burgeoning CBD, De La Sol is a residential development inspired by the vibrant thrum of metropolitan living. Ideally suited to small families and young professionals, this residential complex’s biggest selling points emphasise community: From the 50 metre rooftop pool to a co-working space, residents are able to take full advantage of a living experience that is more hotel than serviced apartment. Pre-furnished 1, 2 and 3-bed units are already available for purchase.

Listed Price: 1-bedroom condominiums starting at approx. HK$1.8 million

Agent: De La Sol, Ton That Thuyet Street, Ward 1, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 90 995 79 37


Iniala Beach House, Phuket

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25 minutes from Phuket International Airport, the misleadingly titled “Beach House” is actually a private residence comprising three villas and a penthouse suite. Living quarters — designed by a who’s who of international architects including Joseph Walsh and Eggarat Wongcharit — sprawl across 200 metres of prime real estate, within earshot of idyllic Natai Beach — a locale that’s renowned for its selection of seaside villas and clubs. The property’s size and modality mean that, at relatively low cost, it can be converted into a series of 5 villas and 3 duplexes: an ideal choice for those who are looking to multiply their stream of rental income.

Listed Price: approx. HK$184.6 million

Agent: Richmont’s Luxury Real Estate, Suite 607, 6/F, AIA Sathorn Tower, 11/1 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 (0)2 649 2619 


Via del Rione Sirignano, Naples

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These palatial living quarters take up a prime position inside the handsome Via del Rione Sirignano — a period building that overlooks Neapolitan landmarks like the Riviera di Chiaia & Villa Comunale. In close proximity to the sea and one of Naples’s most prominent public parks (originally built on reclaimed land in 1780), this 6-bedroom apartment is your ideal base of operations for an idyllic family vacation. Highlights include a dining room flanked by terraced windows offering views of the Castle dell’Ovo and an internally facing study anchored around a fireplace. Charming, historic and adjacent to many of the great cultural sights of Naples, this apartment is a must for anyone who’s ever wanted to experience living approximate to that of the Italian gentry.

Listed Price: approx. HK$39.8 million
Agent: Sotheby’s International Realty, Piazza Santi Apostoli 81, 00187, Rome, Italy, +39 06 7925 8888


The Clarence, London

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Embrace your inner Bertie Wooster with this St. James address, combining quintessential British luxury with the conveniences of modern living. A stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, Jermyn Street and St. James Park, this 4-bedroom apartment resides at the heart of London’s most historically affluent neighbourhoods. Interiors here have been overseen by award-winning British designer Katherine Pooley and strike a balance between contemporary fixtures and antique furnishings. What’s more, the surrounding heritage-listed building (Grade II) proves to be much more than mere window dressing, thanks to the inclusion of a 24-hour concierge and residents’ fitness facilities. A splendid residence that recalls the glamour of Gilded Age living.

Listed Price: approx HK$221.7 million

Agent: Strutt & Parker, 13 Hill Street, London, W1J 5LQ, +44 207 318 4677


Randy Lai
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