Nat­u­ral high

A great gar­den not only looks good but can also push up the value of your home, writes

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Annabel Nourse

mid the cut-andthrust world of in­ter­na­tional prop­erty sales, the im­por­tance of a well-tended gar­den can some­times be forgotten. But when it comes to a prop­erty with a gar­den, it looks like ev­ery­thing’s com­ing up roses. Take five-star ho­tel The Penin­sula Paris, which re­cently re-opened its doors af­ter a ¤430 mil­lion makeover that in­cludes a new pent­house suite—com­plete with its own lav­ish rooftop gar­den—that will set guests back around ¤25,000 a night.

In any city where space comes at a pre­mium, a gar­den af­fects a buyer’s per­cep­tion of a house, one that gen­er­ally com­mands an even higher price. “When sell­ing your home, first im­pres­sions are hugely im­por­tant. The gar­den is as much a part of this as the house, so the two should com­ple­ment one an­other in style and size,” says Lind­say Cuthill, head of Sav­ills’ coun­try depart­ment in the UK. “When ur­ban buy­ers con­tact me with a view to mov­ing out to the coun­try, one of the big­gest driv­ers, along with school places, is the op­por­tu­nity to have a much big­ger gar­den—it’s free­dom for the chil­dren, pro­vided by im­me­di­ate ac­cess to a large space.” She adds, “A beau­ti­fully pre­sented gar­den, par­tic­u­larly one de­signed with care and a fo­cus on fam­ily life, pro­vides con­sid­er­able value.”

Life’s a beach in Miami, where The RitzCarl­ton Res­i­dences re­cently an­nounced 111 lux­u­ri­ous con­do­minium homes and 15 pri­vate sin­gle-fam­ily vil­las, with seven acres of out­stand­ing gar­dens de­signed by award­win­ning Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Piero Lis­soni.

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