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Vintage Apartments in the Azabus

The Azabus (Moto Azabu, Minami Azabu and Nishi Azabu mainly) are highly sought-after residential areas with one of the highest price tags in Tokyo. It is a well-known embassy and affluent area, and is popular with locals and foreign residents alike. The branded residences as well as newly-built apartments tend to run over JPY10,000 per square meter in rent.

One option that is worth considering is looking for vintage-grade residences that would offer the convenience and luxury of residing in a popular location. Vintage-grade apartments tend to offer spacious layouts for the given rent, and are likely to be renovated inside to provide a comfortable lifestyle. Because of the location, the building, while on the older side, are also well-maintained and kept tidy to fit in with the surroundings. In this article, we highlight a number of vintage-grade apartment buildings primarily in Motoazabu and Minami-Azabu.

customCustom Motoazabu

Located in the heart of the exclusive Motoazabu neighbourhood, Custom Motoazabu is a vintage apartment residence with a small number of units, which affords it a private and exclusive atmosphere in a sought-after location. Each apartment occupies an entire floor, which enables residents a very private living arrangement in this five-storey building.

Moto-Azabu, with its famous schools (such as Azabu High School and Nishimachi International School) boasts a gated-residence feel. The array of embassies within Moto Azabu, coupled with the private Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club further accentuates the tranquil and exclusive atmosphere. The vast selection of high-quality international preschools also attract many young foreign families to the area.

custom31School buses heading for international schools farther away run through the area. Good quality playgrounds are also in close proximity; and Arisugawa Park is a public space that offers a tranquil spot within well-kept grounds and landscaping in the heart of the city.

Conveniently located, Custom Azabu is between Hiroo and Azabu Juban, which means access to the shops, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets is easily accessible in both locations. In addition, Roppongi is not too far away, and would offer further commercial choices. Hiroo station (Hibiya line) is 7 minutes walk away, while Azabu Juban station (Oedo and Namboku lines) is 9 minutes walk away.

As of July 15th 2015, one 4-bedroom (314.82 sq. m) apartment is listed for JPY900,000 per month, representing just JPY2900 per sq. m approximately. For more info:?http://higherground-rent.com/rent/564/

motoazabugdns2Motoazabu Garden

Located in the Azabu Juban side of Motoazabu, Motoazabu Garden is situated in a convenient location with direct access to supermarkets, shops, restaurants and cafes. While the property was constructed in 1989, and falls in the vintage category, in line with the rigorous demands of being in such a prestigious location, the building is well-kept and classically stylish.

The lobby has a charming lounge area and the open areas are well maintained and neat. The five-storey building has auto-lock entry, video intercom, security and offers storage lockers for deliveries.

Azabu-Juban is an area with many commercial entities from shops, restaurants, cafes to bars. While Nissin World Delicatessen supermarket, a large-scale international supermarket, is only a short walk from the train station, there are other supermarkets in the area to offer more choices.

motoazabugdns1The main shopping street of Azabu Juban gives off a charming, village atmosphere that is complimented by the cobblestone pavements in some areas. Despite the old-world charm, the area also offers modern shops and eateries, including vegan cafes, taco and burrito restaurants as well as other modern fare among the usual Starbucks or Tully’s Coffee. Four minutes from Azabu Juban station, there is easy access to the Namboku and Oedo train lines. Roppongi is also within easy reach and would offer additional delights in shopping, dining and entertainment.

Currently as at July 15th, 2015, a 2-bedroom (85.31 sq. m) is available for JPY390,000 per month. For more info:?http://higherground-rent.com/rent/1135/

castlemotoazabuCastle Motoazabu

Located seven minutes walk from Azabu Juban station, Castle Motoazabu is an older style apartment building that provides large, spacious units that are geared toward foreign residents. Steps from Motoazabu Hills and nestled amongst embassies, the residence is situated in a quiet and luxurious neighborhood.

Close to both Azabu Juban and Hiroo, residents can access the transportation found in both places as well a businesses and services to cater to day-to-day needs. The street facing the residence is lined with trees, offering a serene atmosphere. The building itself is well kept and stately in appearance. The front desk has bilingual staffs.

The spacious apartments provide a large living area as well as a good sized master bedroom. The master bedroom tends to have a walk-in closet and the kitchens of the units tend to provide a wide range of appliances suited to the needs of foreign residents. Parking is also available within the building premises.

castlemotoazabu2A number of great international schools and preschools are within walking distance from this residence; and the school buses of other major international schools pass through the area. The area is also close to Arisugawa Park. The close proximity to Azabu Juban enables residents easy access to a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. There are both local and international supermarkets in the vicinity. Roppongi is also within walking distance.

Currently listed (as at July 15th, 2015) is a 4-bedroom (204.13 sq. m) for JPY 1,050,000 per month. For more info:?http://higherground-rent.com/rent/1158/

katsucourtKatsu Court Motoazabu

This apartment is located in Moto-Azabu, an exclusive residential area with an international atmosphere. ?There are several embassies around the area, as well as Arisugawa Park which offers a beautiful garden and large children???s playground. The ground floor houses a highly-reputed international preschool, ABC International and the main entrance is on the side of the building; but nevertheless providing a modern, well-maintained entrance using high-grade materials and a nice display of green that give an upmarket appeal.

Vintage-style apartments tend to offer good value and the rent per sq. meters tend to be lower in these older style apartments, which offer the possibility to live in a wonderful location. And in Motoazabu, older style apartments are great because they are well-maintained, still look appealing and stately, and tend to offer apartment styles that cater to foreign tastes. And Katsu Court Motoazabu is a great vintage apartment in the heart of one of the nicest neighborhood in Tokyo.

The neighborhood is close to Roppongi Hills and the closest train stations are Hiroo and Azabu Juban. The entrance and lobby are modern and offer a posh appeal. The apartments are very large for Tokyo standards and are well suited to foreign residents. Apartments go as large as 320 sq. meters in size, offering 5 bedrooms and ample living space, as well as a family or den area.

Kitchens are also well proportioned and offer a large working space and a good selection of appliances. The modern apartments also include a large master bedroom and closet space. There is a building manager on duty and parking is available within the building premises. For more info:?http://higherground-rent.com/rent/790/

veneo1Veneo Minamiazabu

Located between Hiroo and Shirokane Takanawa stations in Minami Azabu 4-chome, Veneo Minamiazabu is an older but upmarket classic-type residence. Built in 1988, both the exterior and interior are finished with granite and natural tiles, giving it an expensive look.

The entrance leads to a lobby decorated with classical furniture and the finishings give an European atmosphere to the environment. While the exterior is grey toned, the interior is finished with a travertine-toned tile walls and light flooring.

Apartments are large, for example one unit in this building is over 300 sq. meters and came with four bedrooms, an ensuite in the master bedroom and a housekeeper???s room. Parking is also available on site and the building has good security in place.

Hiroo offers not only an international supermarket but also a local supermarket, a large number of eateries and also chain coffee shops such as Starbucks. There are further options in Shirokane Takanawa for shopping and restaurants. In addition, there are many bilingual services in the surrounding area, which such as bilingual and dental clinics and hair and beauty salons. For more info:?http://higherground-rent.com/rent/304/

victoriacourtVictoria Court Minamiazabu

Located in a quiet residential area of Minami Azabu 3-chome, not far from the Honmura Elementary School is Victoria Court Minamiazabu. The residence is a low-rise development comprising of two wings, East and West. Built in 1991, this residence is a great vintage-style property that provides great value in rental for size and quality of the apartments.

The property houses a total of 21 units only, which is small given its land size and provided facilities. This enables residents to live in a private and tranquil setting. There is also plenty of greenery and the surrounding exterior has a lot of trees and shrubs that give the building a relaxed, laidback atmosphere.

The in-house facilities are extensive: there is a heated indoor swimming pool, squash court, sauna, BBQ area, and kids play room. With such a small number of units, these facilities would also not be crowded. The 24-hour manned front desk is also bilingual and the building has auto-lock entry and video intercom installed. On site parking is available as well as trunk rooms for residents.The bright, well-lit apartments have an array of appliances installed and offer plenty of storage space. The living area and bedrooms are well proportioned to maximise the space.

There are also good international schools in close proximity and school buses to international schools further out run through the neighborhood. Tokyo International School is a stone???s throw away and ISSH is also within walking distance.

The closest train station would be Shirokane Takanawa but Hiroo station is also accessible, being about 13 minutes walk away. Azabu Juban station is also reachable within 15 minutes. The close proximity to multiple stations also maximises the variety of supermarkets, shops, clinics and restaurants. For more info:?http://higherground-rent.com/rent/318/

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Homat Woodville


Homat Woodville is a luxurious apartment surrounded with trees located on the hilltop of Nishiazabu 4-chome that was refurbished back in 2005. It is located in a quiet area a little away from both Roppongi-Dori and Gaien-Nishi-Dori, and is close to the Nishi Azabu intersection. Hiroo, Omotesando and Roppongi are within walking distance. The Japan Red Cross Medical Center (Nisseki Hospital) and Arisugawa Park are both in close proximity.

homatwoodville3The garden within the premises and around the entrance area greet residents with comfort. The living room and master bedroom are particularly spacious. Kitchen appliances such as a washer and dryer, a refrigerator, and dishwasher are already installed.

The Homat brand of residences, while they are on the older side, are popular amongst the foreign community given their western-style design. There is a high-end vintage feel with Homat buildings, which have withstood the movement of time and are built to last. homatwoodville21

Homat Homes has developed more than 3,000 single-family houses and apartments, mainly in central Tokyo and each of these residences is designed on the pillars of comfort, security and health. This is reflected not only in their floorplans and architectural detailing, which blend the best features of East and West, but in the use of the highest quality materials and most advanced construction techniques.

School bus stops for major international schools such as ASIJ, Seisen and St. Mary’s are nearby, while Sacred Heart and Nishimachi are easily accessible. Hiroo Station, which serves the Hibiya train line is about nine minutes walk away, while Roppongi station (Hibiya and Oedo lines) is about 11 minutes away.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground Listing


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Arisugawa Park House


Arisugawa Park House is a modern low-rise luxury apartment in Moto Azabu. The exterior of the building mixes both large glass panes and high-end unglazed tile to offer an upscale and contemporary-looking residence.

arisugawa-parkhouseThis apartment is located in the center of Tokyo???s most international area, with the Tokyo Lawn Tennis club just across the street.

The Park House brand, developed by Mitsubishi Estate, is well known for creating some of the most highly reputed and high-grade apartments in Japan. The building has a 24-hour caretaker, garage parking and is pet friendly.

The residence is a stone???s throw from Aiiku Hospital and Arisugawa Park. The northern end of Arisugawa Park houses the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library and a wonderful children???s playground.arisugawa-parkhouse5

While there is a convenience store next door, the international supermarket, National Azabu in Hiroo is within close proximity. It is also within walking distance to Roppongi Hills.

It is conveniently located, just eight minutes walk from Hiroo station (Hibiya line). The entrance has double lock security and has exposure to the natural light from the courtyard and hallway. There are no shortage of restaurants, cafes and clinics in the vicinity.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground listing


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Viequ House Hiroo

Viequ House Hiroo is an upscale residence located in the prestigious Hiroo 2-chome neighborhood. The surrounding area is both tranquil and serene; with equally upmarket low-rise apartments or houses in the vicinity.

vikhouse-hirooThe entrance boasts a luxury atmosphere due to the high-end materials used; such as natural granite stone tiles and rock facade.The lobby has a hotel-like appearance and displays chic wooden furniture and modern lighting, all providing a stately look.

With 24-hour management, there is concierge service available. Parking is also available and is indoors. With only a total of 16 units, this 3-storey building provides much privacy and few neighbors. One key feature in the residences is the high ceiling height. Standing at 2.7 5 meters tall, the ceiling height is on the high side for Tokyo standards, which offers a more open and spacious feel in inside the apartment.

The level of security is high, with over 30 cameras installed throughout the property. The property also comes equipped with auto-lock entry, dimple key system with double door locks and storage lockers for deliveries.. In-residence amenities include a modern system kitchen, air conditioning, BS, CS and CATV systems.vikhousehiroo3

The shopping street of Hiroo is in close range and offers a good variety of shops and restaurants; as well as bilingual medical and dental clinics and an international supermarket. The area also has a wide selection of international schools and preschools and buses for international schools further out run through the area.

Arisugawa Park is also within walking distance. Two major hospitals, Nisseki Red Cross Hospital and Hiroo Metropolitan Hospital, are also close. Roppongi and Shibuya are both easily accessible from Hiroo.

Hiroo train station (Hibiya line) is 8 minutes walk away, while Ebisu station (Hibiya, JR Yamanote, Saikyo and Shonan Shinjuku lines) is 13 minutes walk.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground listing


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The Westminster Roppongi


The Westminster Roppongi is a 99-unit apartment building located next to Roppongi Hills in Roppongi. The area combines the lively atmosphere of Roppongi and its high-end retail and restaurants with the tranquility of Motoazabu, a district famous for its luxury housing. The spacious apartments offer a 24-hour concierge service and extensive basement parking with 119 parking spaces. Additional amenities include a gym, an exquisite Japanese garden and a lobby area featuring cutting-edge artworks from Japanese conceptual artist Noritaka Tatehana. The building has 14 storeys above ground and one at basement level. Units range in size from 87 to 278 sq m.

westminster-roppongi21The Westminster Roppongi is the first in a new portfolio of high-end residential properties in Asia to come under the Westminster product brand identity, offering exceptional modern design in sought-after urban locations. Embassies, parks and schools are nearby, leading to a culturally rich and diverse community.

The property is also within walking distance of Tokyo Midtown and in the centre of one of Tokyo???s most connected neighbourhoods. It is seven minutes??? walk from Azabu Juban Station (Namboku and Oedo lines), and eight minutes??? walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya and Oedo lines). The Westminster Roppongi is also easily accessible from both Haneda Airport and Narita Airport by limousine bus.westminster-roppongi3

Given its location there are no shortage of shopping, entertainment and restaurant choices. International schools are close, and bus routes to other schools are in the vicinity. There are also a good choice of bilingual medical and dental clinics and supermarkets.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground Listing

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The Park Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo


The Park Residences at the Ritz Carlton Tokyo is Japan???s first residences directly operated by the five-star hotel. That means the doormen, concierge desk, housekeeping, chef-prepared meal deliveries and other services are supplied by the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo. The upper floors are equipped with a lounge reserved exclusively for residents, and a fitness center with a panoramic view. The residences, ingrained with the superb convenience and quality of the midtown scene, are luxurious and posh.

ritz-carlton-residence_picmonkeyedThe well-equipped top-floor fitness room with a spacious jacuzzi and sauna is for exclusive use by residents. Situated on the 46th floor of the hotel and boasting a space of 2,000 square meters, the Ritz-Carlton Spa & Fitness by ESPA is a sanctuary of calm and relaxation for hotel guests and members. There is a premium service menu at the Spa, exclusively offered only to residents.

The Park Lounge is designed to accommodate any event residents may wish to hold. Residents and their guests can relax on the expansive rooftop terrace before enjoying menu selections prepared by the culinary team at the hotel. Interestingly, payment at restaurants and lounges at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo can be charged to the resident???s ???house account???.ritz-carlton-residence3

Since the hotel is located within the Tokyo Midtown Complex, there is direct access to the Roppongi train station, which offers the Hibiya and Oedo lines. Nogizaka station is also close, while Roppongi Itchome (Namboku line) is within 10 minutes walk away.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground Listing

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Opus Arisugawa Terrace & Residence

opus-arisugawa24Opus Arisugawa Terrace & Residence stands on a hilltop facing the northern tip of Arisugawa Park and Aiiku Hospital. Its close proximity to Arisugawa Park enables the residence to enjoy plush greenery in close proximity. It is also very close to the wonderful playground section of the Arisugawa Park.

opus-arisugawa3The Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club is also within walking distance, as well as a good selection of international schools and preschools. Furthermore, most of the international school buses have stops within a few minutes walk, which makes this property one of the most popular apartments among foreign families.

The entrance to the residence offers a luxury hotel-like feel with its long driveway and pleasant water fountain. The front desk has a bilingual concierge staff member and welcomes residents with a smile. The Terrace Wing (two to four-bedroom units for families) and Residence Wing (studio to two-bedroom units for single and couples) have separate entrances to provide more privacy. The interior of the residence is designed to be modern and smart.

opus-arisugawa2The layout design taken into consideration is for both functionality and enjoyment since the quality of materials being used is high and offers a sense of luxury.

The closest train station is Hiroo station and it is about a eight-minute walk away. Hiroo also offers a plethora of cafes, restaurants, shops and clinics. The international supermarket, National Azabu is also at the lower end of Arisugawa Park. Roppongi Hills is also not far from the residence and is within a 10- to 15-minute walk from the apartment complex.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground Listingopus-arisugawa42

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Grosvenor Place Kamizonocho


In a nutshell, this property development simply wows. Grosvenor Place Kamizonocho is situated right on the border of Yoyogi Park. This super luxurious residence offers easy access to one of Tokyo???s largest parks, Yoyogi Park. Due to its on-the-park location, Grosvenor Place Kamizonocho reminds one of the posh apartments surrounding New York City???s Central Park or London???s Hyde Park.

grosvenorplacek3This property is in a quiet, serene neighborhood but it is also close to places like Omotesando and Shibuya. From the ground floor, there are five floors above and three floors below. The common spaces are tastefully done with features like designer furniture, attractive fireplace and private gardens.

Some of the apartments offer rooftop gardens with built-in jacuzzi baths. The kitchen go beyond the usual offerings to include items like a large wine cellar, high-end brand of oven (Miele), five-stove cooktop and a Western size dishwasher.grosvenorplacek21

The driveway into the parking is grand and attractive, and can accommodate 68 cars. Guest parking is available. Yoyogi-Koen station (Chiyoda line) is 8 minutes walk away and Sangubashi (Odakyu-Odawara line) station is 7 minutes walk away.

Please click this weblink for more details:?http://higherground-rent.com/rent/1184/


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