The Best of Asia’s Towering Luxury

The best of everything, within reach. That’s the promise of forward-thinking metropolitan cities the world over. Asia’s most incredible cities offer an inimitable slice of elevated taste and cosmopolitan buzz, not to mention a winning combination of extravagance, excellence, and excitement. High above cities packed with gleaming lights, unmatched dining, and invigorating views; sky-high towers of glass and light illuminate a path to premier luxury living spaces, floating above the world below.

The Orchard Residences, Singapore

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Standing on the shoulders of luxury retail giants, the 54-storey Orchard Residences watch over southern Singapore’s Orchard Mall, a shopping destination as synonymous with elevated taste as Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, Paris’ Les Champs-Elysees, and London’s Bond Street. Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. flagships are steps away.

At the Residences, amenities are lush, host to gardens, a swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and a gym. Inside this 2,174-square-foot residence, panoramic views and designer-appointed furnishings await. A gourmet kitchen, dining room, and boutique ensuite bedroom feature top-of-the-line Italian Poliform wardrobes, German Poggenpohl kitchen details, and a sub-zero wine cooler.

The Westminster Terrace, Hong Kong

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Loft living with sea views of Approach Bay round out this tasteful, award-winning property at The Westminster Terrace in Hong Kong. Designed by acclaimed architect Paul Davis and finished by celebrated designer Koichiro Ikbeuchi, the elongated, linear layouts get a sharp contemporary dressing and wash of warm light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Elite finishes and appliances complement this high-living home base.

All bedrooms feature generous ensuites; the master adorned with a dressing area and work space as well. Outside, a spacious balcony with water views offers a tranquil reprieve from the bustle of the city beneath.

Mandarin Building, Hong Kong

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Fantastic artistic details are peppered throughout this original four-bedroom apartment in Hong Kong’s Mandarin Building. Every architectural element, from the concrete walls with warm sconces to the studio-loft style pillars reinforce the traditional-modern collision of the Core Central neighbourhood. Fresh French-styling adds unrivaled taste to the interiors, while a 3,500-square-foot terrace offers tranquil garden reflection for that essential morning meditation.

The Palace, Beijing, China

Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty 

All the trappings of a modern mansion sit sky-high in The Palace in China’s capital city. Three bedrooms with regal detailing set the tone, and opulence continues through living and dining areas that feature impressive ceiling recesses and chandelier-style lighting.  A clean, inviting chef’s kitchen feels at home in the 4,058-square-feet of living space, where floor-to-ceiling windows light up each room and offer a picturesque frame for sparkling lights after dusk.

A Better Tomorrow, Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan Sotheby’s International Realty

Grounded and contemporary minimalism meets elevated and ornate luxury at A Better Tomorrow in Taipei. A steel build with premium Japanese dampers, this tower offers sound peace of mind in a fast-paced city. The south-facing, open plan apartment plays host to a chic kitchen and welcomes warm daylight and end-of-day reflection in addition to large gatherings and the humming energy of the cosmopolitan Da’an district.

The understated cubist design continues though the ample facilities and communal spaces, an homage to a neighborhood overflowing with high-quality dining options, galleries, and parks. Here, Taipei’s wealth of cultural curiosities are never more than a few steps away.

Unmatched living at breathtaking heights—both an enticing addition to and welcome retreat from these bustling cities.

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Unwind | Pools


There are many ways to find ways to relax in the comfort of your own home and whether you are young, old, or somewhere in between, the draw of crystal blue pool waters has long been synonymous with rest and relaxation. In our first installment of Unwind, join us poolside as we experience homes in five different countries with enticing pools.

Italy1.750.000 € EUR | Terni, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

This sprawling property is built on a knoll top with an exceptional view of the town of Orvieto and the surrounding country landscape, all in perfect harmony with nature. The villa is enveloped by an exquisite patio overlooking the blue of the infinity pool and the 40 hectares of land that include 2,000 olive trees divided into six orchards, a vineyard, 1,000 almond trees and 200 pistachio trees. The Villa itself is a private, elegant, silent escape from reality.

Texasjpg$8,400,000 USD | Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty – Memorial Brokerage

Rigorous renovation and exacting restoration and reproduction have returned this landmark home to its original, late mid-20th-century-style splendor. An integrated floor plan, along with refined décor equipped with high-end modern appliances and systems help to define this home’s unrivaled DNA. Outdoor amenities include a pool cabana, summer kitchen and large yard.

Vancouver5 800 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

With unobstructed views from Coal Harbor to Vancouver Island and English Bay, this over 2,400-square-foot, two-bedroom estate features gorgeous details throughout; hardwood flooring, top of the line appliances and geothermal heating/cooling are among them. Amenities include valet parking, 24-hour concierge, security, fitness center, outdoor pool, hot tub, screening room, library and access to fine dining.

TaiwanNT$900,000,000 TWD | Taipei City, Taiwan | Taiwan Sotheby’s International Realty

This serene, light-filled villa finds its peace in Yangmingshan, Taipei City. Complete with its own yard, open hall on the first floor, a spa, indoor pool and a parking area, this quiet home features 24-hour security and is part of Yangmingshan National Park, offering views of many ecological preservation areas.

Anguilla$2,300,000 USD | Black Garden Bay, Anguilla | Anguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Jeet’s Joy is located in Black Garden Bay with access to its own secluded beach on the tropical island of Anguilla. With over 4,500 square feet of lavishing living space, this contemporary villa features sweeping views of the Caribbean from every room. Enjoying al fresco meals on the spacious pool terrace is the perfect way to take in the spectacular views of the ocean while relaxing and reconnecting with friends and family.

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Significant Sales | Volume I – Issue VII

From a prestigious estate in California, to a sacred sprawling ranch in Hawaii, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Canada, St. Barthelemy, Taiwan and Mallorca.

01-beverly-hills-brokerage$34,928,200 USD | California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Old Bel Air’s most prestigious East Gate location directly overlooking the renowned Bel-Air Country Club and situated on approximately one-and-a-half at acres, sits this glorious, gated and private compound. Beyond the secluded and expansive driveway with circular motor court, rests this exquisite and elegant residence, impeccable, discerning and sophisticated in its design, with over 20,000 square-feet of grand interior living space, that seamlessly blends superior décor and appointments. This property is a major achievement in design and proportion, comprised of a formal dining room, inviting large scale entertaining; fabulous movie screening room; resort-like indoor spa and gym, exercise studio, billiard room, wine cellar, poolside interior cabana game room, and full guest apartment with private entrance.

02-sierra$15,774,000 USD | California, USA | Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

Successfully sold off-market in 64 days, the award winning, 7,654-square-foot craftsman designed home expresses a consistent theme of quality finishes and commitment to design detail to command a significant sales price for the Lake Tahoe market. The two-level, four-bedroom main residence is composed of weathered granite and reclaimed redwood and offers an additional full suite above the attached double garage. The great room and stunning designer kitchen blend elegance with relaxed Tahoe living. The design theme is carried through to the two-bedroom guest residence and custom boathouse that comfortably houses prized mahogany watercrafts or sport boats. Lush landscaped grounds and striking water features complete this lakefront gem.

$13,500,000 USD | Colorado, USA | Legacy Properties West Sotheby’s International Realty

This exquisite 1,769-acre ranch, with approximately one mile of improved La Plata River frontage, is one of the last large acreage ranches in the region. 15 minutes from historic downtown Durango, the property consists of several improvements, including a newly remodeled 6,780-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath main residence, a 1,100-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath guest home, a 2,400-square-foot stable with apartment and two large top-quality shops. Elevations range from 8,200 feet to 9,200 feet offering alpine vegetation and cooler summer temperatures, while avoiding severe winter extremes due to its proximity to the high desert. The ranch has several ponds and hay meadows and the fishery provides for great experiences along with exceptional elk hunting.

Noteworthy Sales From Around the World

01-1Price Undisclosed | Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Commissioned to design one of North America’s most important contemporary residences, esteemed firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects was tasked in creating a residence centered around entertaining, hospitality, and festivity. 200 guests comfortably flow through the Integral House’s principal rooms; when guests enter the glass walled entry, passing by the front reflecting pool, they experience a sense of wonder. With every element custom designed and every millimeter carefully contemplated, the finest craftspeople from around the globe collaborated to create this iconic dwelling using the best materials imaginable. Over 17,000 square-feet of mesmerizing space comprises this home, all of which yields an utterly exquisite residence purposefully built around entertaining friends, family, and business connections.

taiwanTWD 170,800,000 | Taiwan | Taiwan Sotheby’s International Realty

Perfect for an ideal family retreat or scenic restaurant location, this roomy 1,921-square-foot villa resides on an expansive over 13,000-square-foot lot. Previously owned by an influential figure in the entertainment business for over half a century, this hilltop beauty offers an open layout and enjoys sweeping views of the Taipei metropolis, which is especially magnificent at night.

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A Collector Bridges the Gap

Post provided by Alexandra A. Seno for Sotheby’s Magazine.

TAIPEI – Taiwan-based businessman Pierre Chen is one of Asia’s leading collectors of Western contemporary art. Now, as Alexandra A. Seno reports, Chen is bringing the collection he lives and works with to a wider audience, and in the process, connecting the East with the West.

Museo del Prado 4, the subtly dramatic Thomas Struth photograph, dominates one wall of a conference room at the Yageo Corporation global headquarters, just outside Taipei. The German photographer’s large-scale work, part of his iconic Museum Photographs series, focuses on a group of students on a trip to the great Spanish art institution. The boys and girls linger indifferently in front of Las Meninas, the 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez that has inspired generations of artists, from Pablo Picasso to Francis Bacon.


Pierre Chen, collector and businessman at home in Taipei, where a painting by Georg Baselitz hangs behind him. Photograph by Andrew Loiterton.

Walking into the empty conference room – which otherwise fits about 30 – Yageo founder Pierre T.M. Chen gives the photograph a quick glance before he settles down at the table. The Taiwan-trained computer engineer started Yageo in 1977 and built the company into one of the world’s biggest electronics components manufacturers, with average yearly sales of US$800 million. He has nine factories and offices in seventeen countries, and is actively engaged in Yageo’s day-to-day management.

Chen says: “My business changes very quickly. I am fighting everyday because there is always some new technology coming to the market. For me to have balance in my life, I need art and music.” Hundreds of pieces adorn his offices and homes, and even more are in storage. But starting this summer, four prestigious Japanese museums will exhibit 76 works from Chen’s collection.


In a Tokyo residence, Peter Doig’s Canoe Lake has pride of place in the dining room. Jean-Baptiste Huynh’s Inde-Portrait XXIX and Josè-María Cano’s  RM-Kate Moss Flank the doorway. Photographs courtesy of the Yageo Foundation

It will be the first time that the institutions will show a single, private collection of modern and contemporary art, and it is also the first occasion in Asia that works from the Yageo Foundation can be viewed together in public. The tour begins in June at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo (MOMAT), and then proceeds to the Nagoya City Art Museum in September, the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in December and finally the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto in March 2015.

MOMAT curator and organiser of the exhibits Kenjiro Hosaka wanted to collaborate with Chen not only because Japanese museums do not usually have access to such works, but also because he was drawn to the collection’s “energy to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western art, which museums in Japan have struggled with for many years.”

“I decided to accept the invitation from Japan because the museum is professional, and because Japanese audiences have a mature appreciation for art. They admire traditional things and also what is new. I also consider Japan as my retirement destination of choice,” says Chen, who keeps a Tokyo apartment, conveniently just five minutes away from MOMAT.



The living room of one of Chen’s Hong Kong homes, with Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild andMark Tansey’s Mont Sainte-Victoire. Photographs courtesy of the Yageo Foundation.

Born in Tainan, Chen grew up in Kaoshiung to a middle- class family that could trace their roots in Taiwan back for 200 years. He enjoyed going to galleries, and as a student in 1976, he made his first art purchase: a wooden, coconut-sized sculpture by Hong Kong artist Cheung Yee. It cost 25,000 Taiwanese dollars, a sum that took him a year and a half to save as a part-time computer programmer. He proudly keeps it in his office today.

When his company began to do very well, Chen started collecting Chinese artists because he was inspired by their work. As his business expanded to other countries, he would travel, and says he “liked going to museums and galleries because they are a good place to learn.” He read voraciously about art and went to exhibitions, habits he continues today. “I am still discovering,” he says, his eyes lighting up behind his serious, black-framed glasses.

In recent years, Chen has been most excited by Western contemporary art. He took the leap in the mid-1980s and bought an untitled Cy Twombly work because it made him feel “calm,” and later a yellow Warhol fright wig self-portrait because he thought it was “so fresh.” Continue Reading >

Tantalizing Taipei: Financial and Cultural Avatar

From the pages of RESIDE®: Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World, Fall 2012 Asia Edition

If you were an investor and could travel back in time to buy property in pre-emerging markets, where would you go? The Upper East Side in the 1950’s, or the West Village in the ‘60’s? Aspen or Santa Barbara, or St. Moritz in the ‘70’s? Malaysia and Singapore 10 years ago?

While purely hypothetical—and tantalizing to think about for all the possibilities—the question is also a reminder that in real estate there are always yet-to-be-discovered markets and opportunities hidden in plain sight. Today’s Tirana or Tacna could be tomorrow’s Taipei.

Serious investors are in fact turning to Taipei, lately surging as one of Asia’s most visible financial and cultural avatars. The capital of Taiwan with a metropolitan population of nearly 7 million, Taipei strikes newcomers as a vibrant and diverse city bisected by six scenic rivers and bordered by mountains and the stunning Yangmingshan National Park. An influx of capital, low interest and estate tax rates, rapid development in the tech sector and proximity to vital Asian markets has encouraged governments and corporations around the world to bring business here, and increasing numbers of international travelers are newly exploring the city’s historic sites, museums, restaurants and famed street-side delicacies. Moreover, luxury property and apartments remain priced far less than in places like Hong Kong and Singapore.

Since the 1960’s, Taiwan’s economy has been driven by robust textile and manufacturing operations based primarily in and around Taipei. Recently, however, Taipei has transitioned strongly into banking and technology. According to David Tran, Founder of Taiwan Sotheby’s International Realty, white-collar workers account for 72-percent of Taipei’s current labor force, the highest such proportion in Taiwan. Nearly 10-percent of the workforce is now in the financial sector, and nearly 7-percent find employment in high-tech, information and communications industries. Powered by production from Taipei, Taiwan’s economy is one of the four strongest in Asia and ranks among the top 20 in the world by GDP.

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