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Third mixed development in Yishun launched

As a sign of developers’ confidence in the growth potential of Yishun, a new mixed-use development comprising residential and commercial units will be launched on 12 March.

Located at Yishun Ring Road, The Wisteria and Wisteria Mall is the third mixed commercial and residential project to launch in the area since the end of 2013, following Nine Residences and North Park Residences, both of which are also integrated with shopping malls.

Zoned for commercial and residential use, the approximately 105,054 sq ft site was awarded for $185.09 million in January 2015.

Located on levels 4 to 12, The Wisteria condominium comprises three nine-storey towers of 216 one- to four-bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 441 sq ft to 1,173 sq ft.

The residential units will incorporate several smart-home features, enabling homeowners to remotely control door access and air-conditioning via a smart device.

Northern Resi and Northern Retail, wholly-owned companies of NorthernOne Development, are the project’s joint developers. Array Realty, an entity of Keppel Land, is acting as a consultant.

To be launched in phases, the first phase will see 50 percent of the condominiums (108 units) being released to buyers, a spokesperson for Array Realty told PropertyGuru.

“The units will have an initial average price of $1,030 psf to $1,050 psf, inclusive of a five percent early bird discount,” she said.

Sources told PropertyGuru that the project’s average price is around 20 percent lower than North Park Residences, where recent transactions have been in the range of $1,300 psf to $1,400 psf. Units at Nine Residences have gone for an average of $1,100 psf.

A VIP preview of The Wisteria will begin this weekend at the project’s showflat at the junction of Yishun Central and Yishun Avenue 9. “We will have a better gauge of buyers’ interest levels after the VIP preview. As for the actual prices, they will only be released on the day of sales booking,” noted the spokesperson.

In addition, the residential component will adopt the Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) method, which helps to speed up construction significantly and minimize dust and noise pollution in the vicinity.

“This is one of the first projects in Singapore to use the prefab method,” the spokesperson said.

According to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), this is a new construction method that involves modules complete with internal finishes, fixtures and fittings being manufactured in factories, then transported to the site for installation in a Lego-like manner.

Meanwhile, the commercial spaces are about 40 percent leased, the anchor tenants being NTUC Finest and Kopitiam Food Court.

“This is the only commercial project in Yishun South,” said the spokesperson, adding that it will help cater to the growing number of future residents.

The 99-year leasehold project is expected to obtain TOP in end-2018.

New housing policy for singles well-received: Khaw Boon Wan

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said new ground has been broken with the Housing & Development Board’s (HDB) July’s Build-To-Order (BTO) exercise where eligible singles can buy new two-room HDB flats in non-mature estates.

In a blog post, Mr Khaw said the policy change was initially met with scepticism, with many predicting a lukewarm response.

Mr Khaw said HDB expects to receive more than 8,500 applicants from singles when the BTO exercise closes on Monday night.

That means more than 55 singles will compete for each two-room unit on offer for singles.

The minister said the median age of the singles who applied for the flats was about 43 years and their median monthly income was about S$1,800.

Mr Khaw remarked that the decision to focus on singles aged 35 years and above and up to S$5,000 income level was therefore appropriate.

The minister added that this new housing policy has not affected the first-timer families applying for two-room flats as their application rate is below one for now.

Mr Khaw said HDB will analyse the BTO data in greater detail to see how it can refine the next BTO exercises.

Source – CNA – 05 Aug 2013