With its history tracing back to 514 BC, the City of
Suzhou is located in southern Jiangsu Province, connected to Shanghai to its
east, bounded by Zhejiang to its south, adjacent to Taihu Lake to its west, and
leaning against Yangtze River to its north. S u zhou was among the first batch of 24
historic and ancient cities recognised by the Chinese government.
Suzhou â€™ s garden-style architecture, which now
makes into the United Nations World Heritage List, is indisputably the epitome
of classic Chinese garden design that seeks to recreate natural landscapes in
Introducing a fine piece of real estate that
represents Suzhou â€™ s garden-style
archite c ture. Located at
Shouning Lu, Suzhou, the property covers approx. 2996.8 sq.m of land (approx
32,257 sq.ft). It is officially listed as a â€œ contemporary architecture with high conservation value â€� .
The premises now consist of a traditional Suzhou
garden house and a contemporary-style modern villa. In between them are a
garden and a pond.
Built in the 1930s, the traditional garden house has
845.3 sq.m of living space (a p prox. 9,099 sq.ft) arranged over three floors. As with
traditional landscape design, the house is organised around a series of gardens
and courts that mediates between the building and its surrounding environment.
The ensembles of rock formations, pavi l ions, ponds and winding corridors,
accompanied by calligraphy, stone carving, porc e lain painting, serve as showcases of the
paramount artistic achievements of the East Yangtze Delta region.
Outside, the grey stone columns rise majestically
before the fa Ã§ ade of the traditional
house. The decorative doors and door pockets are exquisitely crafted to an
intricate detail. Inside, the layout is configured with four bedrooms,
including two en-suites, spacious reception rooms on each floor, a formal
dining room on the ground floor, Chinese/western dining rooms, and two
balconies. Traditional Suzhou-style houses of this size are hard to come by in
this city. It is full of the characteristics of exquisite workmanship and
While many remarkable features such as the Roman columns
on the first and second floors and the mosaic floorings have been retained,
this house has undergone an e x tensive renovation to resemble the legendary Moller
Villa in Shanghai.
The three-storey, 16-room modern house has
approximately 1593.2 sq.m land (a p prox. 17,149 sq.ft) of living space. As a contemporary
extension of the estate, this house projects style and comfort through its
redbrick exterior. The two balconies, rooftop terrace and wrap-around
floor-to-ceiling windows offer exceptional views of the courtyard and
landscaped garden. The property is currently used as a private showroom/museum.
Due to the proximity to hotels, tourist attractions and the Suzhou Convention
and Exhibition Centre, this house makes an ideal investment property that can be
converted into a restaurant, boutique hotel or business centre.
Exemplifying the zen of Suzhou-style courtyard homes,
the property is highly co l lectible for its artistic, historic and investment
value. It simply represents a once-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a
heritage property with a touch of grandeur and el e gance while respecting China â€™ s rich history.