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Sand, sea and tonnes of style

There’s nothing to do but enjoy the luxurious surrounds while taking in the sea view in this five-star residence

Mon, Sep 18, 2023 5:05pmGrey Clock 2 min

If Melbourne is the most liveable city in Australia then the inner circle location of St Kilda must be amongst the most liveable suburbs in the southern capital. Vibrant restaurants and cultural activities, including the iconic Luna Park, are within easy distance of the popular beach, which is itself rimmed by parkland and the Bay Trail.

Overlooking this view of bush, sand and sea is St Moritz at 14-16 The Esplanade. Designed by Fender Katsilidis, the building offers residents direct views of the beach, down the Peninsula and across the waters to Williamstown.

Completed less than two years ago, the exclusive residence was constructed on the former St Moritz ice rink. Since opening, it has become synonymous with the best of residential luxury design while offering facilities more commonly seen in five-star hotels, including a 25m pool, sauna and spa room, a fully equipped gym, a cryotherapy and floatation tank as well as a yoga and pilates space. In addition, there is also a library, a cinema and champagne bar plus a wine storage space, tasting room and private dining area.

While the properties were quick to sell, the sub penthouse has just come onto the market, offering a rare opportunity to buy into this boutique development. Positioned on the sixth floor, the three-bedroom apartment feels more like a house, with multiple thoughtfully planned living spaces and separate dining area. The marble kitchen is fully equipped for entertaining, with Gaggenau appliances, Vintec wine storage and restaurant-style Sub Zero fridges.

The master bedroom offers a full suite experience, with extensive wardrobe and dressing room and a sanctuary-style bathroom complete with generous bath and rainwater showerheads.

There’s also a dedicated four-car garage and fifth parking space, the final luxury for an outstanding property.


Address:  601G/14-16 St Moritz, The Esplanade, St Kilda

Agent: Michael Paproth 0488 300 800 The Agency Victoria

Open for inspection: Wednesday September 20, 4.30pm-5pm 



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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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