Penthouse Buyers Pay Premiums In Hong Kong, London, New York
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Penthouse Buyers Pay Premiums In Hong Kong, London, New York

But house hunters will find comparably more space in the aerie in cities like Singapore.

By Liz Lucking
Tue, Aug 3, 2021Grey Clock 2 min

Across some of the world’s largest cities, trophy-home hunters can expect to pay the largest premium for the prestige of securing a penthouse in Hong Kong according to a report Monday from Knight Frank.

A top-tier unit in the city comes with a 59% price premium per square foot, the highest surcharge of any of the five top global markets analyzed by the estate agency and property consultant, which compared the cost and size of a penthouse unit to the average of the rest of the units in the same development.

Despite the upcharge, a penthouse buyer in Hong Kong will only get a footprint that’s 48% larger than their less-exclusive neighbours, the smallest size premium of the cities analyzed. 

“Exclusivity and privacy underpin values, and local factors such as the configuration of developments and sales technique mean [price] premiums in various cities can differ by as much as 50%,” Flora Harley, partner of residential research at Knight Frank, said in the report.

Penthouse price and size premiums

Knight Frank

“What we have noticed is that the larger the space differential, the smaller the price premium,” Ms. Harley said. “For example, of the cities analyzed, Singapore penthouses command the smallest premium, with an average of 7%, yet they are, on average, almost three times the size of their counterparts—in Hong Kong penthouses are only around 50% larger.”

Penthouses in London came with the second-most significant price upcharge at 43% and New York City ranked third at 41%, according to the data,

All three cities ranked above the global average penthouse price premium of 35% per square foot. Typically, penthouses globally will be an average of 129% larger than their counterparts.

Reprinted by permission of Mansion Global. Copyright 2021 Dow Jones & Company. Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Original date of publication: August 2, 2021.


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By Robyn Willis
Fri, Aug 5, 2022 2 min

When people talk about making a seachange, chances are this is the kind of property on the NSW South Coast that they have in mind.

Open for inspection for the first time this Saturday, 24 Point Street Bulli offers rare absolute beachfront, with never-to-be-built-out north facing views of the ocean. Located on the tip of Sandon Point, this two-storey property is a surfer’s dream with one of Australia’s most iconic surf breaks just beyond the back wall.

On the lower floor at street level, there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a family bathroom and an ensuite in the master suite. A fourth bedroom is on the upper floor, along with the main living area, and is serviced by its own bathroom. 

While this would make a spectacular holiday home, it is well equipped for day-to-day living, with a spacious gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry set into the articulated open plan living area on the first floor. A separate media room to the street side of the property on this level provides additional living space. 

Every aspect of this property has been considered to take in the light and views, with high ceilings internally and spacious, north facing decks on both levels to take in views of rolling waves. If the pull of the ocean is irresistible, it’s just a 100m walk to feel the sand between your toes.

The house is complemented by a Mediterranean, coastal-style garden, while the garage has room for a workshop and two car spaces.

An easy walk to Bulli village, the property is a 20 minute drive from the major hub of Wollongong and just over an hour to Sydney.


Open: Saturday August 6 2pm-3pm Auction: Saturday September 3 Price guide: N/A but expected to exceed $5.3m paid in March for 1 Alroy Street 

Contact: McGrath Thirroul – Vanessa Denison-Pender, 0488 443 174