The concept began as a joke among seven ladies who had known each other for 20 years. When they found a property in the suburbs in 2018, their desire became a reality. They chose to invest four million yuan to make it their ideal house. Floor-to-ceiling windows, a tea pavilion, and a pool have been added to the magnificent estate. Kelsey Cheng contributes to MailOnline. She is the sole owner of the mansion.
Cheng's husband is also her business partner in several projects together with them. He is a wealthy real estate developer in China. The couple has two children together.
Cheng was born in Beijing and moved to San Francisco when she was six years old. Her family returned to China when she was nine years old so that her father could take charge of his company. She attended the American International School of Shanghai and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and political science. After college, she worked in investment banking before moving back to China and starting her own business.
She founded an online retail store in 2011 called "Kelsey Cheng Designs" which sells luxury lifestyle products such as clothing, jewelry, and interior design accessories. The company has grown rapidly and now has more than 100 employees between Hong Kong and Shanghai. In 2016, she acquired one of China's largest fashion brands - 59.9 acres of land in Shanghai's Luwan District - for $15 million.
The women, who are now in their 30s, met 20 years ago and have joked about living together after they retire for a long time. When they came upon the perfect house, their joke became a reality. The group spent four million yuan (PS 462,000) to acquire and repair the property, which was in disrepair. After making many improvements, they decided to sell it and use the money to fund their retirement lives.
This story is about them. There are still seven female friends left out of the original group of eight, so we will call them the "original" seven friends from back then. This story starts when they found the perfect house.
The house was located in a quiet neighborhood with plenty of space for their needs. It had two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as an office where they could work if they wanted to. Outside there were trees and green grass to walk on, and next door was a small park where they could hang out with their neighbors.
They knew right away that this was the house that they needed. But since it was in such good condition, they didn't want to make any changes without thinking carefully about it first. They realized that getting a new kitchen would make them all most happy. So they went to look at other houses, but none of them had a kitchen that they liked enough to buy.
A playground, a gym, a wellness area, and a salon-style room are among the other unusual amenities. David and Victoria spent an estimated PS8 million on renovations, hiring interior designer Kelly Hoppen before replacing her with Rose Uniacke, called "the Queen of Serene." The couple also hired chef Heston Blumenthal to help them with their new restaurant.
They opened their home to the public for the first time in 2015, charging PS10 per person to enter what was called "The Beckham Center."
The center featured a cinema, music rooms, game rooms, and space for up to 500 people for events such as birthday parties and weddings. In addition, visitors could try their hand at cooking with top chefs or learn how to be a makeup artist. The couple also received a commission from every ticket sold.
They made another big decision when they decided to move into a larger home. The family's new mansion is being built near where they live now in Cavendish, on the island of Necker, and is expected to be completed by early 2019. The new house will have six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, plus a two-car garage. It's not known exactly how much the Beckskins spent on their new home, but it's been reported that it'll cost around $25 million.
Jin Du, one of the seven, described to Yitiao how they would live separate lives until their children were grown and moved away. Then, when they were in their 60s, they would all move into the enormous home together and be old in luxury. This is similar to the plan of many Chinese pension plans where members can work well into their 70s.
This story has been used by Chinese teachers to explain why there are so many old people in China. It also shows that not everyone needs to go to college or get a job to make money. Some things in life are more valuable than money.
In conclusion, the friends lived together because they wanted to. There was no rule that said they had to because it's what people do. There were many reasons why they might have done so, but only one of them was because they wanted to.