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aware of its im­por­tance, and fac­tor in a feng shui con­sul­tant if they wish to at­tract the lu­cra­tive Chinese mar­ket.

That means chang­ing ad­dresses if they fea­ture the num­ber four, which is con­sid­ered in­aus­pi­cious in China be­cause it sounds sim­i­lar to the words for “death”. Prop­erty developer Bal­ly­more also com­mis­sioned a feng shui audit re­port for its Em­bassy Gar­dens project at Nine Elms in south Lon­don. The num­ber eight is lucky, and Chinese buy­ers will of­ten make of­fers on apart­ments with eight in the num­ber or floor, ex­plains Mer­lin Dormer, of buying agent Heaton & Part­ners.

“We also re­ceive of­fers with eights in them from Chinese buy­ers,” adds Ber­tie Hare, from Strutt & Parker’s Knights­bridge of­fice. “On the seller side, some­one might de­cline a higher of­fer like £900,000 if a lower of­fer in­cludes more lucky num­bers, like £888,888.”

May­fair and Maryle­bone-based agent Martin Kay, of Kay & Co, says that Chinese clients look­ing at high-end prop­erty will some­times bring their feng shui con­sul­tant with them on view­ings. “It’s nerve-rack­ing as it can end a deal im­me­di­ately if some­thing’s not right, par­tic­u­larly if one of the cou­ple is more su­per­sti­tious than the other.” In one ex­am­ple, an en­ter­pris­ing (and not su­per­sti­tious) wife man­aged to per­suade her hus­band to buy a flat on the edge of Re­gent’s Park by con­vinc­ing him it was on the fifth floor rather than the fourth. “She just counted from the ground floor up in­stead,” says Kay.

These days in Lon­don, feng shui re­quire­ments com­pete with an­other Eastern sys­tem of be­liefs, vastu shas­tra, which is im­por­tant to some In­dian buy­ers, says Camilla Dell, of Black Brick, a buying agent. “One of the main re­quire­ments of vastu is that the front door should face south, which, in the­ory, sounds rel­a­tively sim­ple but in Lon­don it can rule out whole parts of the city where the streets sim­ply face the wrong way.”

Ear­lier this year, developer One Point Six took the un­usual step of de­sign­ing a luxury apart­ment on Pont Street in Knights­bridge ac­cord­ing to vastu shas­tra be­fore putting it on the mar­ket. While this re­mains a niche ap­proach, agents have to find other so­lu­tions to rem­edy such con­cerns.

For one of Dell’s clients buying in a new de­vel­op­ment, this in­volved pur­chas­ing two flats op­po­site each other as well as the cor­ri­dor space in be­tween. By link­ing them to­gether they were

The HSBC build­ing next to the Bank of China tower, left

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