Golden Shoe Carpark’s billion-dollar redevelopment plan finally unveiled

A highly anticipated redevelopment project in Raffles Place, touted for years, was finally unveiled over the week by the press. A 51-storey mixed-use development – slated for completion in the first half of 2021 – will be built on the site. It will comprise office space, serviced residences, a multi-storey carpark, a food centre and shops.

The redevelopment will be led by CapitaLand in a joint venture (JV) for an estimated cost of $1.82 billion. The JV partners are: CapitaLand, CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT) and Mitsubishi Estate Co (MEC).

Of the $1.82 billion development cost, about 52.6 %, or $957.8 million, was attributed to charges for the intensification of land use and other land-related costs.

At 280m high, it will be among the tallest buildings in the heart of the Central Business District. The other highlights of the plan include:

– 635,000 sq ft of net lettable area
– 29 floors of Grade A office space
– 299 serviced residences over eight storeys managed by CapitaLand’s The Ascott – five floors of carpark space
– 12,000 sq ft of retail space at ground level
– a shared four-storey-high “Green Oasis”, where tenants can hold meetings or other activities amid lush greenery
– a new food centre owned by the government, which will house former stallholders of Market Street Food Centre in Golden Shoe Car Park on the second and third levels of the new building’s podium. In the meantime, starting from 1 Aug, the stallholders will be at an interim centre next to Telok Ayer MRT station
– flexible offices and co-working spaces.

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Farrer Park Hotel going though EOI

RB CAPITAL is considering sale of its 20-storey Park Hotel Farrer Park, after receiving unsolicited offers since the hotel began operations just about a month ago from the region – from both high net worth individuals as well as hotel developers/owners. RB Capital developed the project on a 99-year-leasehold site that it clinched at a state tender in 2012. The balance lease on the site is 94 years.

Most of the rooms in the hotel, directly connected to Farrer Park MRT Station, are about 22 sq m with some going up to 27 sq m. The hotel is part of RB Capital’s Farrer Square mixed development that received Temporary Occupation Permit in April. Another tower, 12 storeys high, that houses 42 medical suites has been mostly either sold or leased.

There is also a retail space about 3,584-sq-ft on the ground floor of the project facing the Farrer Park MRT Station entrance, partly leased to a restaurant. The retail space is also available for sale to the potential buyer of the hotel.

Past deals of similar type includes that for Grand Park Orchard in 2013, which was also available with either vacant possession or a management agreement. Its S$1.16 billion sale price included a substantial retail component; indicatively, the 308 hotel rooms were priced at S$460 million (translating to S$1.5 million per key). The seller in that transaction, Park Hotel Group, continues to manage the hotel. Grand Park Orchard is freehold and in the prime Orchard Road shopping belt.

The Westin Singapore in Asia Square in the financial district is another example that went for S$468 million or S$1.5 million per room in late 2013. The balance lease on the site at the time was about 93 years.

These two benchmarks are for the higher spectrum of five-star hotels due to their location, facilities and/or tenure, and one has to adjust for these various factors to estimate the price for this particular property.

Kishin RK, chief executive of RB Capital, said the 300-room hotel was recently valued at about S$390 million, or S$1.3 million per room. However they are not quoting a specific price but will let the market determine the true price of this upscale hotel through a global expressions of interest (EOI) exercise. JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group has been appointed the exclusive agent. Buyers will have the choice of buying the hotel with vacant possession, or with a management contract with Park Hotel Group.

Robertson Quay’s newest “garden in the city”

Robertson Quay is having its the first large-scale launch in eight years: Martin Modern. The new condo project will comprise 450 residential units set within a botanic garden. It will offer a range of two, two plus study, three and four-bedroom apartments with sizes spanning 764 sq ft to 1,798 sq ft. Prices start from S$1.8 million.

Residents will be able to enjoy lush greenery in this development, more than 80% of the land area set aside for a beautiful botanic garden with over 200 species of plants and more than 50 species of trees and palms.

The project highlights includes:

– 2 Towers of 450 units (up to 30 storeys)
– Low site-coverage with Extensive Botanical Landscape
– Bespoke concierge services
– Panoramic Views of gardens / city / the Singapore River
– 2 to 4 Bedrooms (2BR, 2+S sizes from 800-880sqft / 3BR, 3+S sizes from 1,000-1,300sqft/ 4BR with private lift 1,800sqft ) on average price of $2300psf  (prices and sizes subject to change)

This next masterpiece by renowned Guocoland Singapore in District 9 Orchard/River Valley is slated for launch on 22 July 2017. There is a preview period prior to the official launch. Due to overwhelming response for the past 2 days, Martin Modern show suite operating hour is extended to this coming weekend 10 – 14 July (10am – 1pm)

Call +65-94772121 or email davidking.property@hotmail.com for preview and launch details.

Rents bottomed for CBD offices?

Based on recent estimates from JLL, the average rental values for its overall CBD Grade A and Marina Bay offices rose for the first time in Q2 2017 since 2 years ago. The area of concern, which includes Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Tanjong Pagar/Shenton Way and Marina Centre, rose 0.6% quarter-on-quarter in Q2 2017, at $8.49 psf. The major signings include FAcebook’s takeup of more than 250,000 sqft in Marina One, and Uber’s 55,000 sqft in Guoco Tower. The space at Asia Square vacated by Google last year has also been filled. Microsoft signed up 125,000 sqft in Frasers Tower which is due for completion in 2018.

Wilkie Edge sold to Lian Beng and Apricot Capital

Located at the junction of Wilkie Road and Selegie Road, Wilkie Edge is a leasehold 12-storey development comprising office and retail units as well as a serviced residence, Citadines Mount Sophia Singapore. It has 88 years left on the lease. The mixed-use commercial and residential building located near Little India, is being sold for S$280 million — works out to a price of S$1,812 per square foot (psf) based on the building’s net lettable area, and a price of S$1,299 psf based on gross floor area.

Lian Beng Group and Apricot Capital, the private investment firm of Super Group’s Teo family, have agreed to acquire Wilkie Edge from CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT).

The sale is expected to be completed in September. The sale consideration is 39.3 % above Wilkie Edge’s valuation of S$201 million or S$1,301 psf as at Dec 31, and 53.3 % higher than its original purchase price of S$182.7 million in 2008.

URA statistics indicating private home market bottoming

The quarter-on-quarter drop of 0.3 % in URA’s overall private home price index, based on its Q2 flash estimate released on Monday, follows a 0.4 % decline in the index in Q1. The 0.3 % fall in the second quarter is the smallest of the 15 quarters since the peak in Q3 2013. The general sentiment among the property circles is that the private housing market is close to its trough given the statistics.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority’s overall private home price index is expected to start increasing next year, as projects on sites bought at high land prices come to the market.

 

The market is bottoming out with the cooling measures expected to stay put. While private home sales volumes are expected to remain healthy, the price index is expected to flatline, while the affordability in terms of absolute price quantum is expected to remain the key driver for sales volume – given the current muted market sentiment amid soft economic growth, and policy conditions.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore’s comments last week that the “calibrated adjustments” in March to the seller’s stamp duty and TDSR do not signal the start of an unwinding of the property cooling measures.

 

Based on its Q2 flash estimate, URA’s overall private home price index has slipped 11.8 % from the recent peak in Q3 2013.

URA’s data also showed that prices of non-landed private residential properties in the Core Central Region (CCR) or prime areas fell by 0.9 %  in Q2, after easing 0.4 % in Q1. In the city fringe or Rest of Central Region (RCR), prices rose 0.5 %, after registering an increase of 0.3 % in the previous quarter. Prices in the suburbs or Outside Central Region (OCR) retreated 0.4 %, after inching up 0.1 % in Q1.

 

https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/media-room/news/2017/Apr/pr17-24

Many Sentosa Cove Homes suffering losses

Sentosa Cove properties may have the Singapore’s most prestigious address, but they may not be the guaranteed money spinners many of their rich owners thought when they bought them.

Many of the Sentosa Cove transactions over the past year recorded losses. Of the total of 30 units recorded , 16 suffered losses when they were sold, and 11 notched profits.

The largest loss was at Seascape. A seventh-floor unit, which had been purchased for $12.8 million in June 2010, chalked up a loss of $6.6 million. The 378 sq m apartment was put up for auction in January and sold through private treaty to a buyer with a HDB home address for $6.2 million in February.

The next largest loss was also at Seascape – $4.65 million in the red, after the eighth-floor unit went under the hammer for $6.35 million in a mortgagee sale (Oct 2016). The previous owner bought the unit for $11 million in December 2011.

For those who have made profits in this prestigious location, on example includes a house in Ocean Drive. One savvy investor made a $4.1 million profit for his landed property at 184 Ocean Drive. The owner purchased it for just $2.7 million in February 2005 and sold the 316 sq m terrace house for $6.8 million in May last year.

Sentosa Cove is the only place in Singapore where foreigners need not be permanent residents in order to buy landed property.

The second-largest profit recorded was at The Azure, where a 294 sq m unit was sold in May last year for a profit of $1.158 million – 10 years after it was purchased.

The 30 properties were sold for between $1.68 million and $6.8 million. The average profit of the 11 profitable transactions was about $820,900, while the average loss of the 16 loss-making transactions was about $1.67 million.

Prices at Sentosa Cove have been falling. In the core central region, which takes in Sentosa, private non-landed home prices continued on a downward trend, falling by 0.4 per cent for the first quarter of this year, compared with a 0.1 per cent increase in the previous quarter. Overall, prices fell by 1.2 per cent in the core central region last year.

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