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Buying property abroad: We look at investment opportunities overseas

If you love the idea of a break from Singapore – be it a skiing holiday, a tropical retreat, or somewhere further afield – but you never get around to arranging accommodation, here’s an idea: buy your own place. As the market bounces back, we’ll keep you abreast of new investment opportunities overseas. Like these, for instance.

Niseko, Japan


The pure-white champagne powder of Niseko, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, makes for some of the best skiing in the world. Throw in spectacular summer scenery and you’ve got a perfect, year-round spot for leisure pursuits and relaxation. The Chalets at Country Resort is an exclusive chalet development less than three kilometres from the Niseko snowfields. There are 46 properties ranging from 85 to 300 square metres, a limited number being available to international investors in 2010. The chalets feature large living areas with mountain views, open-plan kitchens, Western bathrooms, central heating, internet connections, plus a 24-hour on-site concierge and an on-demand shuttle-bus service during winter. Chalets are on sale from approximately S$420,000.

Call +65 6224 1992 or visit www.ipglobal-ltd.com.

Krabi, Thailand


Krabi’s most exclusive private address, Ao Nang, introduces Villa Zoe, a private estate set amidst outstanding natural beauty. Well-crafted and meticulously furnished, Villa Zoe is now on the market for 28 million Thai baht (around S$1.17 million), ten percent less than the initial price tag.

Email krabi@exotiqrealestate.com or call +66 (0) 8 9908 5990.

San Francisco, USA


Millennium Tower, just minutes away from San Fran’s Financial District, Chinatown and Union Square, is an upmarket residential complex located in the city’s exciting South of Market neighbourhood. Comprising three buildings and 419 residences, Millennium integrates five-star hotel service with condominium living. The 20,000-square-foot Club Level features a private dining room, a screening room, a children’s playroom and a fitness, wellness and spa facility. Residences range from one-bedroom to penthouse, with sizes from 750 to 5,500 square feet.

Email jsedgwick@savills.com.sg or visit www.millenniumtowersf.com.

Hideaways, various locations


Launched in 2007, The Hideaways Club is a leading international property investment fund whose members can invest in and enjoy superb villas and chalets throughout Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. The current portfolio ranges from ski chalets in the Alps to villas in the south of France, and recently added properties in Bali and Phuket. A personal concierge service at each property takes care of the hassles, hidden expenses and financial pitfalls usually associated with sole ownership. Sounds good: a unique investment opportunity and a wide ranger of holiday options.


Watch This Space

The W Koh Samui Retreat & Residences is a luxury beachfront escape with just 17 gorgeous villas available for purchase. Set for completion this year, the properties are located on Koh Samui’s beautiful north shore. More in upcoming issues of Expat Living. www.kohsamuiresidences.com