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Hong Kong’s storied walk-up tenement buildings, or tong lau (“Chinese building”) are fast disappearing, so these painstakingly renovated homes are not easy to come by on the market today

In a city that urbanises at breakneck pace, it is perhaps inevitable that many of Hong Kong’s tong lau—constructed from the 1800s through to the late 20th century—would fall into despair or face demolition. That’s what makes these properties on the market really special: located inside old tenement buildings, they have each been transformed into luxury homes in different ways.

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1. A Townhouse Converted From A Walk-Up

51 Tung Street started life in 1973 as a five-storey walk-up and has since been converted into a luxurious three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse. It is currently on the market for HK$72 million.

Taking up 1,797 sq ft, the house is decorated in a contemporary style of interiors. Natural wood finishings create a warm, inviting atmosphere. 

Note that the ground floor of the building is not included in the sale, although the outdoor spaces available in the home more than make up for it: take your pick of multiple balconies and a rooftop that comes complete with a jacuzzi. 

Tung Street is part of the stylish enclave nicknamed PoHo on the fringe of Sheung Wan, within walking distance from Central. 

Listing price: HK$72 million
Available for sale at Habitat Property

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2. A Top-Floor Apartment With Luxury Design

This cosy 437-sq-ft digs is ideal for professionals or young couples in search of their first home. Listed for HK$10.2 million, the home is located on New Street on the border of Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun—close enough to the heart of the action, yet in a fairly quiet neighbourhood. 

Taking up the top floor of a walk-up built in 1983, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment comes with plenty of design details, from a Grohe rain shower and concrete sink in the bathroom to full retracting bifold windows. 

The pièce de résistance of the property is its furnished roof terrace—a coveted feature in downtown areas across the city. It has an outdoor kitchen, a full-sized BBQ, built-in seating as well as a storage shed measuring 6 ft x 4 ft, to name just a few of its features. 

Listing price: HK$10.2 million
Available for sale at Engel & Volkers Hong Kong

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3. A 10-Unit, Colonial-Style Building

Originally built in 1958, the five-storey Kaza building is situated in a rare, quiet pocket of Wan Chai that’s steps away from the hustle and bustle of Queen’s Road East.

Totalling 4,600 sq ft, the walk-up has 10 apartment units. The interiors inside the apartments as well as in the communal areas have all been upgraded with modern, minimalistic designs. Described as a unique investment opportunity by its listing agent, the property is on the market for HK$160 million. 

Listing price: HK$160 million
Available for sale at Habitat Property



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