China's most expensive apartment no longer up for sale

Source: Xinhua  |   2011-6-18  |     ONLINE EDITION

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CHINA'S most expensive luxury apartment is no longer up for sale, the apartment's developer said yesterday, following high media exposure and a government investigation concerning a possible case of profiteering.

The luxury penthouse apartment in downtown Beijing was being sold for more than 300,000 yuan per square meter, with a total price tag of more than 300 million yuan (US$46.2 million), before the city government halted its sale two weeks ago.

On June 3, Beijing's housing authorities suspended sales of 23 apartments in the Diaoyutai No. 7 Complex in western Beijing's Haidian district and launched a profiteering investigation targeting the complex's developer, Sinobo Real Estate.

The Sinobo Group, the developer's parent company, said yesterday in a statement on its website that it had decided to not sell the complex's penthouse apartment and would keep it for the company's own use.

The group also cut prices for the complex's 22 other apartments, according to the statement.

"The company has realized that the high prices may have bad effects on the market, as the government is working to control soaring house prices, said the statement.

Also yesterday, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-rural Development said in a statement that they imposed a fine of 1.72 million yuan on the developer for violating sales and furnishing regulations.

Beijing's tax bureau is auditing the developer's tax records for possible tax evasion.

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