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Living the dream with the world’s best harbour at your feet

Luxury living reaches new heights in this harbourside penthouse

Thu, Sep 7, 2023 3:26pmGrey Clock 2 min

There are luxury residences and then there is 81.01/1A Barangaroo Avenue. This world class penthouse with 360 degrees of Sydney Harbour offers an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy the best the Emerald City has to offer without compromising on space or amenity.

Set across two full floors and spanning over 800sqm, this lavish residence on offer through Black Diamondz enjoys uninterrupted views of the harbour across to Darling Harbour and the Blue Mountains to the west, and the glittering Pacific Ocean to the east.

Perched 245 metres above sea level and a mere 30 metres from the harbour’s edge, this sumptuous residence offers exceptional connectivity to the best Sydney has to offer with abundant living space indoors and out.

Unsurpassed Amenities

The floorplan includes five light-filled bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms, as well as a lavish master suite complete with walk-in robes, twin rain shower, and steam room that gives new meaning to the word ‘indulgence’. The penthouse offers multiple generous living spaces as well as a spacious home office with commanding views of the harbour. Health and leisure features include a private plunge pool, cinema room, and gym. There is also more than 50sqm of outdoor living space spread across three protected balconies, connected by a feature staircase and a private internal lift that opens to a galleried second floor.

Architectural and Design Marvel

Designed by award-winning architect WilkinsonEyre, Crown Sydney’s striking sculptural form means each residence is unique in size and layout. Inside the penthouse, Meyer Davis Studio Interiors has crafted an interior space that is nothing short of jaw dropping in a quietly sophisticated neutral palette with detailed, bespoke joinery, herringbone flooring and stylish floor-to-ceiling drapery. Six metre-high floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light while offering panoramic vistas that are nothing short of sublime.

Full Access to Hotel Luxuries

What truly sets this penthouse apart is its full integration with the Crown Sydney hotel below. Residents enjoy complete access to hotel services, including a 24-hour concierge, valet parking, housekeeping, and in-room dining services from Crown’s esteemed chefs. Additionally, residents have exclusive access to two pools, a state-of-the-art gym, a six-star day spa, and a tennis court.

“With this Penthouse, we have unquestionably set a new standard for residential living not just in Sydney, but globally,” said the spokesperson for Crown Residences. “It’s more than a home; it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who demand the absolute best.”

The Crown Residences at One Barangaroo Penthouse is available for immediate occupancy.

For more information, visit Crown Residences at One Barangaroo.


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Hong Kong Takes Drastic Action to Avert Property Slump

The city’s real-estate market has been hurt by high interest rates and mainland China’s economic slowdown

Fri, Mar 1, 2024 3 min

Hong Kong has taken a bold step to ease a real-estate slump, scrapping a series of property taxes in an effort to turn around a market that is often seen as a proxy for the city’s beleaguered economy.

The government has removed longstanding property taxes that were imposed on nonpermanent residents, those buying a second home, or people reselling a property within two years after buying, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said in his annual budget speech on Wednesday.

The move is an attempt to revive a property market that is still one of the most expensive in the world, but that has been badly shaken by social unrest, the fallout of the government’s strict approach to containing Covid-19 and the slowdown of China’s economy . Hong Kong’s high interest rates, which track U.S. rates due to its currency peg,  have increased the pressure .

The decision to ease the tax burden could encourage more buying from people in mainland China, who have been a driving force in Hong Kong’s property market for years. Chinese tycoons, squeezed by problems at home, have  in some cases become forced sellers  of Hong Kong real estate—dealing major damage to the luxury segment.

Hong Kong’s super luxury homes  have lost more than a quarter of their value  since the middle of 2022.

The additional taxes were introduced in a series of announcements starting in 2010, when the government was focused on cooling down soaring home prices that had made Hong Kong one of the world’s least affordable property markets. They are all in the form of stamp duty, a tax imposed on property sales.

“The relevant measures are no longer necessary amidst the current economic and market conditions,” Chan said.

The tax cuts will lead to more buying and support prices in the coming months, said Eddie Kwok, senior director of valuation and advisory services at CBRE Hong Kong, a property consultant. But in the longer term, the market will remain sensitive to the level of interest rates and developers may still need to lower their prices to attract demand thanks to a stockpile of new homes, he said.

Hong Kong’s authorities had already relaxed rules last year to help revive the market, allowing home buyers to pay less upfront when buying certain properties, and cutting by half the taxes for those buying a second property and for home purchases by foreigners. By the end of 2023, the price index for private homes reached a seven-year low, according to Hong Kong’s Rating and Valuation Department.

The city’s monetary authority relaxed mortgage rules further on Wednesday, allowing potential buyers to borrow more for homes valued at around $4 million.

The shares of Hong Kong’s property developers jumped after the announcement, defying a selloff in the wider market. New World Development , Sun Hung Kai Properties and Henderson Land Development were higher in afternoon trading, clawing back some of their losses from a slide in their stock prices this year.

The city’s budget deficit will widen to about $13 billion in the coming fiscal year, which starts on April 1. That is larger than expected, Chan said. Revenues from land sales and leases, an important source of government income, will fall to about $2.5 billion, about $8.4 billion lower than the original estimate and far lower than the previous year, according to Chan.

The sweeping property measures are part of broader plans by Hong Kong’s government to prop up the city amid competition from Singapore and elsewhere. Stringent pandemic controls and anxieties about Beijing’s political crackdown led to  an exodus of local residents and foreigners  from the Asian financial centre.

But tens of thousands of Chinese nationals have arrived in the past year, the result of Hong Kong  rolling out new visa rules aimed at luring talent in 2022.


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