China LESS REPORTED (3): Villa Residential Sector

Stephen Chung

Managing Director

Zeppelin Real Estate Analysis Limited

March 2007

(Based on Data from Soufun - China Real Estate Index System CREIS)

While there are sufficient market publications on the higher end China residential rental market sector, there are few if any reports on the a) the ordinary residential rental sector, b) 2nd hand private residential sector, and c) the residential villa sector. Thus we have decided to offer some basic data and indexes on these sectors, and in this article, we shall deal with the latter (c) sector which in a way may supplement the overall private residential market situation. Villas are generally considered to be of luxury grade.  

Villa residential properties may come in the form of row or town houses, semi-detached units, detached houses, or estate type mansions. The indexes are compiled from thousands of published web property listings from real estate brokerages.   

Only 3 of the major markets of Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen are dealt with. Here are the basic index charts:


Source: Soufun

Source: Soufun


At first glance, while Beijing and Shanghai villa sectors strived flatly along, the greatest gain was observed in the Shenzhen villa sector. Indeed, compared to the index on February 2005, the December 2006 index for Shenzhen showed an overall gain of close to 50% (49%). Nonetheless, an interesting point is that the indexes do not rise all the time but instead harbor both ups and downs, obviously with more ups than downs.

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