High fliers find se­cu­rity on top of the world

For those with deep pock­ets, the top floor is the best way to live in peace

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Primespace -

ONE of the real bum­mers about be­ing rich in this coun­try, you’d think, would be pay­ing mil­lions for an open­hearted, ar­chi­tect- de­signed home in the city — cal­cu­lated to make the best of our be­nign cli­mate — but not be­ing able to feel en­tirely com­fort­able nod­ding off in front of the cricket on a balmy evening.

It’s all very well hav­ing acres of liv­ing ar­eas that ef­fort­lessly blur the re­la­tion­ship be­tween in­doors and out and hav­ing bath­rooms with slid­ing walls open­ing to private court­yards, but what’s the use if you don’t feel 100 per cent safe in your own home?

Be­sides, if you’re well enough off to af­ford such el­e­gance in the first place, you’re ei­ther spend­ing ex­ces­sively long hours at the job that got you there, or spend­ing down time on a beach.

Which is pre­cisely why the pen­t­house is now the home of choice for the ex­ceed­ingly deep of pocket. At last they can live in a place where they don’t have to check all the win­dows and doors be­fore go­ing to bed.

Then again, even when you own a pen­t­house, par­tic­u­larly if it’s one of the most ex­pen­sive on the planet, se­cu­rity can be an on­go­ing ob­ses­sion.

At the fu­ture Lon­don pad of the For­eign Min­is­ter of Qatar, Sheik Ha­mad, which over­looks Hyde Park in the One Hyde Park build­ing cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion, the walls and win­dows will re­port­edly be bul­let proof and there’ll be an un­der­ground pas­sage from the build­ing to a nearby ho­tel.

It will re­port­edly have iris recog­ni­tion equip­ment in the lifts as well as li­cence plate recog­ni­tion equip­ment in the carpark.

The de­vel­op­ment has been de­signed by hero ar­chi­tect Richard Rogers and Sheik Ha­mad re­port­edly paid $ 200 mil­lion last year for his home, mak­ing it the world’s most ex­pen­sive apart­ment. The build­ing will not be fin­ished un­til late next year or early 2010.

Nearer to home, the most ex­pen­sive apart­ment in Asia was sold in Oc­to­ber last year in Hong Kong for $ 41.8 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the South China Morn­ing Post . Cov­er­ing the 52nd and 53rd floor of the Brank­some Crest tower, over a ca­pa­cious 658sq m, it has its own swim­ming pool and 250sq m of out­door ter­race and gar­dens.

Such prices make our lo­cal record seem fee­ble in com­par­i­son. We’re yet to see more paid for a lo­cal pen­t­house than the $ 20 mil­lion that was re­port­edly handed over for the high­est home at the Bezzina Group’s Jade de­vel­op­ment on the Gold Coast last year.

At nearby Soul, planned by the Ju­niper Prop­erty Group, the pen­t­house fetched a re­ported $ 17 mil­lion.

Across the other side of the coun­try, mean­while, the pen­t­house on top of a new six- storey com­plex planned at Man­durah, south of Perth, is likely to fetch up to $ 18 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to some re­ports. In the west, the pre­vi­ous record paid for a pen­t­house was $ 8.85 mil­lion for the finest home at The Moor­ings in North Fre­man­tle. De­vel­oped by Palazzo Homes, the Man­durah pen­t­house will cover 1000sq m.

Not that square me­treage or the price on the swing tag is the main in­di­ca­tor of lux­ury. This has a lot more to do with things such as the flow of the spa­ces, at­ten­tion to de­tail, the level of fin­ish­ing, views, lo­ca­tion, nat­u­ral light, air and the gen­eral feel of a place — and it doesn’t have to cost $ 20 mil­lion to get it.

At the new de­vel­op­ment Luxe at Surfers Par­adise ( pic­tured right), de­signed by ar­chi­tects Bligh Voller Neild, the pent­houses will likely tick all the boxes that prospec­tive pur­chasers of your av­er­age sump­tu­ous sky home ex­pect. But there’s also a chance for buy­ers to get a piece of the pen­t­house ac­tion for lux­ury apart­ment prices.

And that’s be­cause Luxe is a build­ing with one apart­ment per floor.

Here you’ll be able to leave the win­dows and doors open all night if you so choose and you’ll be mas­ter of all you sur­vey in a panoramic 360 de­grees, start­ing from $ 1.5 mil­lion.

For that price, there’ll be no iris recog­ni­tion in the lifts.

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