‘Look East’ has in recent times become a mantra for the global economy as large Asian economies such as China and India have risen to the forefront of the world economic stage. This policy can now be extended to the real estate scenario in Hong Kong for the eastern half of Hong Kong Island is nowadays increasingly under the spotlight. The district, which is situated in the northeastern half of Hong Kong Island, includes several diverse neighborhoods such as Tin Hau, Fortress Hill, North Point, Quarry Bay and so forth.
The area of Quarry Bay began life as quiet fishing village. During the colonial era, it was transformed into a center for stone quarrying. The quarried rocks served as building materials for road and residential construction. These rocks were transported by sea across the bay. Hong Kong’s famed Swire group owned much of Quarry Bay and hence, many prominent buildings and areas of the district are until today known by the group’s Chinese name, ‘Taikoo.’
The group continues until today to have a significant presence in the mixed-use neighborhood of Quarry Bay. Some of the group’s extensive commercial and residential interests in the area include the expansive Cityplaza mall, the tall office towers of Taikoo Place and the huge residential complex TaikooShing.
Aside from the prominent Swire properties, Quarry Bay has also come to be known as the home of lively Island East markets. This animated Sunday market assembles every weekend along the restaurant-heavy Tong Chong Street. The market brings together a whole host of Hong Kong’s organic food producers, artisan bakers, creative souls and more as it provides much entertainment for all ages. In addition to the Island East market, the Quarry neighborhood now also plays host to two luxury hotels, East Hotel and Harbour Plaza North Point.
If that’s not all, the area also has excellent transport connections to the rest of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Quarry Bay is home to not one but two MTR stations, Quarry Bay on the Island and TseungKwang O Lines and the Tai Koo station of the Island line.The area also has plentiful public bus, minibus and even tram connections (the tram route from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan). Further, the Island Eastern Corridor and Eastern Harbour Crossing expressways afford the area easy access to Kowloon and Central.
As for schools, Quarry Bay has its own ESF School, Quarry Bay School (Primary), and it also hosts various government and private schools including the reputed Delia School of Canada. Other services such as supermarkets, convenience stores, markets, restaurants and cafes abound in the neighborhood as well. Its no wonder then that Swire properties decided to enhance the desirability of this neighborhood by way of their latest luxury residential offering, Mount Parker Residences. Located atop the promontory of Sai Wan Terrace and enveloped by greenery on all fronts, the uniquely shaped development stands tall against the green backdrop of Mount Parker and the lush Tai Tam Country Park.
The credit for the unique, curved design of Mount Parker Residences goes to the Miami-based, award-winning architecture and design firm Arquitectonica. The firm is renowned for designing several iconic buildings around the world. Landmarks like the City of Dreams in Macau, the IFC building in Seoul, TaikooHui in Guangzhou and the imposing Brickell City Centre in its hometown of Miami all form a part of its portfolio. The distinctive design of Mount Parker residences is not only very modern it also evokes a sense of fluidity and movement, which makes the development stand out amongst the other nondescript tall towers of the neighborhood. Moreover, Arquitectonica has successfully merged eco-friendly design concepts into its modern vision for Mount Parker Residences. As a result, Mount Parker Residences hasqualified forthe “Platinum (Provisional)” rating under the Building Environmental Assessment Method.
The glass and aluminum clad development of Mount Parker Residences was completed in May 2014 and is now open for sales and rentals. The 24-storey development offers 19 residential floors, with a total of 90 three-bedroom or four bedroom units. As is common in Hong Kong, Mount Parker Residences doesn’t have either a fourth or fourteenth floor, though the development does have a 13th floor but no refuge floor. The spacious dwellings of Mount Parker residences range in size from 1242 square feet to 1784 square feet (saleable areas). The development has four apartments per floor. However, each apartment is accessible via a private lift lobby, which directly leads on it. Hence, the utmost privacy for residents is ensured. The top most floor of the development features two super-luxurious penthouses, which offer three and five bedroom configurations and cover saleable areas of 2,748 square feet and 3,504 square feet respectively.
The apartments themselves all have the usual high-quality finishes and appliances that are the trademark of the Swire properties group. Each apartment features stunning floor to ceiling glass façades that afford unending views of the eastern half of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbor, and the Kai Tak Cruise terminal. The apartments are also outfitted with balconies and have conveniences like amah quarters as well. Appliances and fittings such as air-conditioners, ovens, dishwashers, washer-dryers and more are all top of the line and have been sourced from the leading names in the business.
The leisure cum recreation facility at Mount Parker residences extends over three floors and thus, bears the name “Club Trio”. The club spans the ground, first and roof top floors of the development. On offer at the lower floors of this club are amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a children’s playroom, a party room and a fitness center. While the awe-inspiring rooftop enclave features a playground, a kitchen, and a lounge.
The Swire group by way of its spectacular Mount Parker residences has raised the bar in the rapidly evolving, hugely popular, extremely convenient Quarry Bay neighborhood. If the above has piqued your interest and you would like to know about a sale or rental opportunity at this truly awe-inspiring development, do get in touch with our professional, knowledgeable sales steam without any further delay.