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The value of the provision of a balcony in apartments in Hong Kong

Kwong Wing Chau (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Siu Kei Wong (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Chung Yim Yiu (Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong)

Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Abstract

In Hong Kong, a balcony is often perceived as a “green” provision in modern residential buildings. However, how the market values the benefits of balconies is seldom studied due to the difficulty in separating such benefits from other associated effects such as view enjoyment and security concerns. This paper attempts to study the implicit value of a balcony, the green effects of balconies on the prices of residential properties, and the effect of security concerns on balconies situated on lower floors. A sample of transactions in a private housing estate in Hong Kong has been studied. The sample contains apartments with and without balconies. A balcony is found to have a positive effect on the value of a property irrespective of the quality of the view. The negative effects of air and noise pollution on property prices are also found to be highly significant. Although security concerns are found on the low stories of a building, the provision of a balcony does not aggravate the hazard. Finally, the log‐linearity assumption in the empirical price model is relaxed by applying the Box‐Cox transformation to the continuous variables.

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Citation

Wing Chau, K., Kei Wong, S. and Yim Yiu, C. (2004), "The value of the provision of a balcony in apartments in Hong Kong", Property Management, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 250-264. https://doi.org/10.1108/02637470410545020

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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