Being property specialists in Macau, Ambiente team members are often called upon for a comment or opinion relating to what is happening in and around the property scene here.

The Macau Closer magazine has an opinion column, ‘In Residence’, which Ambiente managing director Suzanne Watkinson writes each month.  Some of these opinions are featured here.  We also intend to include thoughts or comments from other publications that we feel would be of interest to our readers.

Logistics Lament

Officials of China‘s National Development and Reform Commission have stated that urban planning at multi-city level is now being prepared nationally.  More than 20 urban agglomerations around the country will be classified in order to provide strategic level guidance on “development goals, infrastructure construction and function orientation.”  

“Non, je ne regrette rien …”

Many readers will be excused for not being familiar with this French song “Non, je ne regrette rien”.  “No, I regret nothing”, written in 1956 is best known through singer Edith Piaf’s 1960 recording.  It’s a great song by the way, and is used to this day by the French Foreign Legion, so if you […]

Renting furnished or unfurnished?

We are often asked by expatriates arriving to work in Macau whether it would be better to rent a furnished or unfurnished home here. 

Hengqin Horror Show

The imposing new building across the narrow sea straits from Coloane is the Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel and its Ocean Kingdom. Some architect friends had told me how “amazing” it is, “you really must go”, so  I excitedly went to see for myself.

Fit For All

Three cheers for the Macau government!  Or specifically, IACM, the Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau.  What a magnificent park, running and cycle track facility has been built along the waterfront in front of Ocean Gardens, stretching almost, and soon, I understand, to be continued all the way to Galaxy.

Homes on the Hill

Estrada de Cacilhas runs alongside the picturesque Guia Hill Municipal Park, a leafy green ‘lung’ and highest point of Macau at 94 meters above sea level, popular for day and evening family strolls, and the more rigorous sporting types.   It used to hug the coast line from just under the lighthouse.  Today it’s a way […]

Extraordinary Times

Something rather astonishing is happening in the residential enclave on Coloane’s Hac Sa Beach, known as Hellene Garden.

A facelift for well-loved lake area

Residents in several buildings on the lower end of Praia Grande edging Sai Van lake woke up one morning to an official government notice.  The announcement: their buildings are to be given a facelift.  That is to say that the scruffy, peeling external walls are to be cleaned up and given a couple of coats […]

The Great Outdoors

From a postage stamp-sized smoker’s balcony to a roof top complete with furnishing and BBQ, outdoor space in residential apartments vary greatly in Macau.