Articles and insights about Tokyo and Yokohama real estate, including interviews to salesperson and clients.
Komazawa, Setagaya is a quiet residential area blessed with greenery and close to downtown, being only three stops away from Shibuya Station on the Den-en-toshi Line. There is a plot of land that draws attention here, set apart from the hustle and bustle of the Tamagawa-dori. Garden Terrace Komazawa.
Today, we often hear the expressions "decarbonization" and "carbon neutrality." In 2020, the Japanese government declared that the country would achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, or carbon neutrality, by 2050. To that end, a roadmap toward a decarbonized society was created in 2021, and a number of initiatives got underway.
In response to the growing number of people working from home, rental homes equipped with working spaces have started to attract attention. The Parkhabio SOHO Yoyogi Koen, situated next to Meiji Jingu, is a residential building with a co-working space on the first floor, bringing daily life and work under one roof.
Tokyo is a city that is changing rapidly, and one area that is currently developing remarkably is the Toranomon area, typified by Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, which opened in 2014. Not only Toranomon Hills, but the surrounding area also continues to develop rapidly, Toranomon being a town that will keep evolving. I have thought about what it means to live there.
Ken Corporation Ltd. has long been a trusted partner of the foreign community, and on May 20, 2022, the real estate and property management company opened a new luxury serviced apartment building in the popular Yokohama waterfront area of Minatomirai.
At the center is Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, completed in 2014, with Toranomon Hills Business Tower (completed 2020) on the left, and Toranomon Hills Residential Tower, newly finished in January 2022, on the right, completing the three-tower complex and extensively landscaping of the Toranomon Hills area.
We've come to hear the word "smart home" quite frequently. This refers to a home offering a more comfortable living through having equipment and appliances within the home connected to the internet and controlled by cell phone apps or by voice. But is this actually possible?
Twenty years have passed since Atago Green Hills was built as a project envisioning urban revitalization while preserving the greenery of Mt. Atago and the historical and cultural environment of the area. Rather than a simple refurbishment, the value continues to rise for apartments at the residential Atago Green Hills Forest Tower as designers were used for the renovations.
Are you familiar with the town named Seta in Setagaya-ku, where Setanomori GardenampTerrace is located? Set north of Futakotamagawa Station in one of the most popular parts of Setagaya-ku, the location is ideal for residential use.In fact, people have lived here since ancient times as suggested by the early Jomon period shell mounds found here. Built on this land, Setanomori Garden&Terrace is a residence with a lot of attractive features. - more
Everyone knows that most of the value of a property is in its location and this is also true for rental housing. This is why the phrase "a location you will never see again" is often used in advertising, but, in actual fact, not many buildings have such a sense of uniqueness. - more
Around the year 2000 when the term “return to urban areas” appeared, another term was coined: vintage condominium. These condominiums were built at a time when anyone could live in the city center due to falling land prices. Admired by all and obtainable by only a select few, they have continued to maintain a high value of at least three million yen per tsubo despite being more than a decade old. Let’s take a look at what specific criteria put a property into this category. - more
Over the past few years, it has become clear that the shape and properties of the ground, in other words its topology, is closely related to natural disasters. By understanding the geography of an area, we can not only learn more about past disasters, but also predict the dangers posed by potential future disasters. - more
What conditions do a high-end rental residences need to satisfy in today’s market?
No matter how attractive a rental residence may be, to finalize a rental agreement quickly it is important to understand the needs of the tenant and find the property that matches those needs. We spoke with International Leasing Dept. General Manager Makoto Hatano and Leasing Dept. General Manager Ryo Hoshino from Ken Corporation’s Leasing Brokerage Division about the latest rental trends, success stories and the conditions properties need to satisfy to match with the right tenants. - more
“Spacious” is a word rarely associated with life in Central Tokyo. When you hear Nishi-Shinjuku, you imagine a neo-futuristic city with rows of skyscrapers. The city may leave a cutting-edge and inorganic impression, but D Marks Nishi Shinjuku Tower has the kind of softness that can only be achieved by a residence designed for relaxation and life. Let’s take a look at the property. - more
Roppongi Green Terrace, which lies in a quiet residential neighborhood a block away from the noise of Roppongi, has undergone major renovation work to its common areas. How have developers sought to transform this beloved property that boasts many long-term tenants? We posed this question, and also asked about the difficulties in carrying out renovations with tenants still present. - more
One after the other, buildings in the Sumitomo Realty & Development luxury apartment building La Tour Series are being completed in rare locations such as the Shibuya area, where there has been little luxury rental housing despite growing demand, and Higashiyama in Kyoto, which feels especially high grade in the already popular Kyoto. We went and had a look at the vistas, quality spaces, and services that only such rare locations can offer. - more
If you move to an unfamiliar country, you may wish to pay attention to reassurance in addition to convenience and safety, which are important in the case of choosing permanent housing. What should you choose in Japan? We recommend the serviced apartments that can be found in Roppongi and many other locations in Minato-ku in central Tokyo. Take a closer look at their advantages. - more
Shibuya, including the Tokyu Corporation’s properties, is undergoing redevelopment. The resurgence of its past, the IT city of Bit Valley, is anticipated. Can you explain the redevelopment status? - more
Recently, Meguro has been increasing in popularity and is often ranked among the most desirable towns for living. In addition to its highly convenient location, Meguro has many other appealing characteristics, such as its history and nature. Meanwhile, the redevelopment of the area in front of the station is attracting growing interest. - more
Towns in the Tokyo Bay (WANGAN) area have developed independently from each other, and further changes are expected to take place there in the future. Among them, the impact of the Tokyo Olympics is significant. In addition, large-scale development projects have been seen in areas where there had previously been no movement. Let us look at the future of the Tokyo Bay area. - more
Royal Parks apartments (produced by Daiwa Living) have been built throughout Japan since the completion of the estate in Ogikubo in March 2005: 10 in Tokyo, two in Kanagawa and Aichi, and one in Osaka. - more
In central Tokyo, it is no longer possible to find many sites for housing construction. By contrast, housing construction is still booming in the Tokyo Bay (WANGAN) area. Considering the possible repurposing of the Tokyo Olympics athletes’ village as private housing, high-rise apartment buildings will be constructed successively in this area over the next few years. Did you know that the Tokyo Bay area comprises towns that differ from one another in terms of convenience, the environment and other particulars?
Let us look back at the history of the Tokyo Bay area and identify the characteristics of each town. - more
The completion of the construction of Shibaura Island Air Tower in 2007 was a government-public-private collaboration in a large-scale development project. After ten years, Shibaura Island remains very popular and continues to attract resident applicants. Let us now revisit the changes and attractiveness of the residential complex. - more