THE home buying buzz continues at showflats. Allgreen Properties is said to have sold 54 units at its Holland Residences condo at Taman Warna released this week. The average price of the 68 units released in the 83-unit project is $1,625 per square foot; but the figure is weighed down by private enclosed spaces for ground-floor units in the five-storey freehold project.
Singaporeans bought 80 per cent of the units sold, says Joseph Tan, executive director at CB Richard Ellis, which is marketing the project.
In a more upscale location, a joint venture between BBR Holdings and SP Tao’s Shing Kwan Pte Ltd has sold seven of the total 16 units at its six-storey freehold 8 Nassim Hill project since last Friday. The development is expected to receive Temporary Occupation Permit at the end of March this year.
The project comprises eight townhouses and eight penthouses – all of them triplex units spanning across three levels. The townhouses occupy the project’s lower three levels and range from about 4,200 sq ft to 4,500 sq ft, while the penthouses, which are on the upper three storeys, are about 3,200 sq ft each. Each of the 16 units has its own swimming pool; each townhouse also has its own garden at the back.
The 16 units are priced between $3,100 psf and $3,400 psf or $11-14 million apiece. Singaporeans bought two of the seven units sold so far; the other five were picked up by foreigners – from Europe and Hong Kong.
In the Beach Road area, Hong Fok Corporation is said to have recently released upper-floor units at its 99-year leasehold Concourse Skyline priced at $2,200 psf to $2,400 psf. The 360-unit development reaches up to 43 storeys.
Over at Holland Residences, one-bedroom units (601 sq ft) and two bedders (ranging from 957 to 979 sq ft) were the first to be snapped up at this week’s preview.
The project also has three- and four-bedroom units as well as penthouses. Prices of one bedders start from $1.06 million. Two bedders cost between $1.63 million and $1.73 million. The most expensive units sold was $3.6 million for a four-bedroom duplex penthouse.
The average price of $1,600 psf for Holland Residences is higher than the $1,500 psf at which Ho Bee is selling its nearby Parvis, a 12-storey condo at Holland Hill.
However, there are no one-bedroom units in Parvis; developers typically can command a higher per square foot price for smallish units as the lumpsum amount is still relatively small.
Hence the tendency among some developers to build projects with a higher proportion of smallish units to achieve a higher overall average psf price for the development.
At a Knight Frank auction yesterday, a 1,206 sq ft unit on the 10th floor of Leedon 2 changed hands for $1.38 million or $1,144 psf. Leedon 2, a freehold development, is said to be more than 20 years old.
Source: Business Times, 29 Jan 2010