Complete Property Market Updates of Singapore

July 8, 2008

Four en bloc sites back on market with lower tags

Filed under: Collective Sale,General,Land Sale — Propertymarketupdates @ 4:40 am

Cavenagh Gardens, Novena Hill, Seletar Garden, Hong Thye offered in Q4 2007

FOUR collective sale sites are back on the market, with price expectations much lower than when they were offered in Q4 last year. Cavenagh Gardens, Novena Hill, Seletar Garden and Hong Thye are for sale after attracting weak bids the last time round.

The freehold Cavenagh Gardens near the Istana could fetch $450-$455 million or $1,671 to $1,689 per sq ft per plot ratio (psf ppr). This is 27 per cent lower than the expected price of $619 million or $2,308 psf ppr last October.

The buyer may be able to alienate adjoining parcels of state land for a further $10 million. If approved, the combined site would have a potential gross floor area (GFA) of 310,649 sq ft, bringing the price down to $1,481 to $1,497 psf ppr.

The site could yield 155 units with an expected breakeven cost of $1,915 psf and an expected selling price of $2,200 psf.

If the authorities allow redevelopment with a plot ratio equivalent to the development baseline of 3.24, the site’s potential GFA could increase to 479,287 sq ft.

Riding on the back of redevelopment plans for Paya Lebar Central under Draft Master Plan 2008, Hong Thye at Lorong 39 Geylang is also up for sale again. The freehold site could fetch $12-$13 million, which translates to $359 to $385 psf ppr including an estimated $1.9 million development charge (DC).

With a potential GFA of 38,702 sq ft, the site could house 40 units with an expected breakeven cost of $709 to $735 psf, and an expected selling price of $780 to $809 psf.

Last October, the site was up for sale at $15-$17 million or $438 to $489 psf ppr including DC.

The expected price for a freehold residential site at Novena Hill is $42-$45 million or $1,170 to $1,254 psf ppr. The site, with a potential GFA of 35,885 sq ft, could yield 40 boutique apartments. The site was up for sale last October at $56-$60 million.

The last site, Seletar Garden in Yio Chu Kang Road, is an estate in perpetuity. Located near the Seletar Aerospace Park, the mixed-development site could fetch $50-$55 million or $488 to $537 psf ppr. The expected price was $70-$75 million last September.

There is also the possibility of alienating three parcels of adjoining state land at an estimated additional cost of $7.9 million. The combined site would have a potential GFA of 132,219 sq ft, lowering the price to $438 to $476 psf ppr.

Propnex is marketing the four sites. According to its head of investment sales Charles Chua, although the property market is relatively quiet, ‘we do believe that there are pockets of pent-up demand’.

Source : Business Times – 5 Jun 2008

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