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CBD living set to pick up momentum

LIVING in the bustling Central Business District has caught on, with plenty of property launches in the area in recent years.

Many people love the convenience of being just five minutes from work, but some have grumbled at a lack of amenities. There are no schools, supermarkets and shopping centres in close proximity, they say.

But this is set to change with more mixed developments in the pipeline, experts say.

Take, for instance, GuocoLand’s 1.7 million sq ft mixed-use development, Tanjong Pagar Centre.

It will boast a tower of Grade A office space, 181 luxury serviced apartments called Clermont Residence and shops. The project will be linked to the 202-room Clermont Singapore hotel.

So far, 14 out of 54 units launched have been sold, at an average price of $3,055 per sq ft (psf).

Over at Marina Bay, all eyes are on the 3.67 million sq ft integrated project Marina One, jointly developed by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings and its Malaysian counterpart Khazanah Nasional.

The 1,042-unit project is expected to go on the market in the second half of the year, priced at about $2,800 psf to $3,000 psf.

“Investors who buy small units can expect keen leasing interest from mid- to senior-level expats who might be on limited housing allowances but still want a conveniently located property,” said Mr Ong Kah Seng, director of R’ST Research.

Other new developments launched include the 202-unit 76 Shenton, which has moved units at an average price of $1,959 psf, according to data from Square Foot Research.

The 280-unit Altez in Enggor Street has sold 229 units, at an average price of $2,390 psf, while 215 homes have been snapped up at the 360-unit Skysuites@Anson for $2,603 psf on average.

Units were sold at a median price of $2,618 psf at new launches in the five months to May, rising from a median price of $2,303 psf in the same period a year ago, according to HSR Research.

This boom in downtown living has its roots back in 1995, when the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) singled out the lack of a residential population as the business district’s key weakness, noted DTZ’s research head Lee Lay Keng.

The URA then set about introducing city living to the area.

After that, the first residential projects completed were the 646-unit Icon by Far East Organization, which obtained its Temporary Occupation Permit in 2007; and the 168-unit Lumiere, which was completed in 2010.

Resale prices of units at these older projects have held steady, noted Mr Ong, staying flat in the past year.

“Resale prices were able to hold in 2013 due to strong leasing demand, although rents are moderating,” he said.

“Most investors feel that there is a ready pool of tenants, despite more competition than before.

At Icon, 91 leases were secured at a monthly median rent of $6.69 psf in the first quarter, while Lumiere had 17 leases at a monthly median rent of $5.90 psf.

Rental yields in the area are about 4 to 4.5 per cent, well up on the islandwide rental yields of 3.8 per cent, added Mr Ong.

“In the longer term, as plans for the Southern Waterfront City under the 2013 Masterplan are implemented, we expect that this will add further impetus to the rejuvenation of the Tanjong Pagar area,” said Ms Lee.

“As the current CBD is extended towards Tanjong Pagar, this will help to support rental and capital values in the area.”

Source : STProperty

Keen interest in high-end properties

Keppel Land’s Reflections at Keppel Bay development saw a strong weekend response with 29 of the 30 units launched sold. Due to be completed in 2012, it has seen almost 98 per cent of its 700 released units snapped up as of last month. — ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

POSH property seems to be back in vogue, with one recent launch snapped up and new high-end developments slated for previews in the coming days.

Home-hunters showed keen interest in Keppel Land’s Reflections at Keppel Bay over the weekend, and projects in Sentosa, Nathan Road and Shenton Way are also apparently generating interest.

But while prices are robust and tipped to move up, they are still below the boom-time levels with some experts suggesting that developers are keen to cash in on the buoyant market while they can.

Reflections at Keppel Bay, a development of 1,129 apartments on the southern coast, saw a strong weekend response with 29 of the 30 units launched sold. Prices averaged $2,200 per sq ft (psf) although they hit as high as $2,600 psf.

That priced two-bedders at about $2 million, a three-bedroom unit at $2.5 million and a four-bedroom apartment at $6 million. This was the first time two-, three- and four-bedroom units were being sold from the centre tower, known for having the best waterfront views.

The 99-year leasehold development has six glass towers of 24 and 41 storeys and 11 shorter blocks of villa apartments.

Keppel Land chairman Choo Chiau Beng said yesterday that positive economic sentiments, the improved job market and the buzz sparked by the integrated resorts have helped re-ignite the property market.

Since Reflections’ launch in 2007, almost 98 per cent of its 700 released units had been sold as of last month. It is expected to be completed in 2012.

Keppel Land’s chief executive of its Singapore residential unit, Mr Augustine Tan, said the weekend response had been very good and that 20 more units are being slated for release.

He expects to launch a total of 100 to 200 units this year. About 70 per cent of buyers were Singapore citizens while the rest were permanent residents and foreigners, he added.

Although the luxury segment has not moved as much as the mass market, Mr Tan expects demand to pick up this year with prices increasing by about 5 per cent to 10 per cent.

City Developments is having a media preview of the 228-unit Residences at W in Sentosa Cove today. Industry sources say that it could be priced for about $2,500 psf to $3,000 psf. Developer TID will release the 65-unit freehold development Nathan Suites on Nathan Road, in the prime District 10, at the end of the month at an average price of $2,100 psf.

The 39-storey 76 Shenton downtown condo developed by Hong Leong Holdings also previews today. Prices range from just below $1,700 psf to $2,500 psf.

However, Chesterton Suntec International’s research and consultancy director Colin Tan said the luxury end is still struggling to reach its peak, with prices about 20 per cent lower than in 2007.

‘(Developers) might have thought the optimism in the mass market would spread to the luxury end, but that has not been the case. They know that good times won’t last forever so they might just be trying to get what they can now,’ he said. He also noted that the slew of luxury projects being launched might not necessarily mean sustainable recovery.

Rather, it could be a sign of developers getting nervous since the market share for high-end residences is limited. They might just be jostling to get their slice of the pie, he added.

Source : Straits Times – 25 Mar 2010