on’t judge a book by its cover” is a saying that’s definitely applicable to Hong Kong’s real estate market. To find some of the best apartments in the city, one must be willing to look beyond the surface, as surprises await beneath nondescript, time-worn facades. Case in point: the stylish urban abode of the Ho family, nestled in the vibrant neighbourhood of Sheung Wan. From the outside, their building looks like any other ordinary Chinesestyle structure in the Western district. Squeezed between traditional shops selling dried fish and herbal medicine, the location is a charming tapestry of old and new, and of local and global. “I really like our area. It has an authentic feel and is also very convenient,” says Sabrina, who moved into the 4,000sqft flat just over a year ago with her husband Andrew and their two sons, Keane and Julian.
Their Pinterest board brimmed with industrial-style inf luences as well as a strong affinity for a mid-century modern aesthetic