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3 shophouse units in Tg Pagar, Geylang Up for sale

Three 99-year leasehold conservation shophouse units in Geylang and Tanjong Pagar have been put up for sale.

The first property, at 157, 159 and 161 Geylang Road, has a land area of 2,988 sq ft, and an estimated floor area of 8,331 sq ft, its marketing agent Savills said yesterday.

The guide price for the two-storey corner shophouse, with a four-storey rear extension, is $10.8 million. This translates to about $1,296.40 per sq ft (psf) on the floor area.

Located near Kallang MRT station, the shophouse enjoys “prominent double frontage” along Geylang Road and Lorong 3 Geylang, Savills said. The current tenant is G7 Sin Ma Live Seafood Group.

The property, with 76 years left on its lease, is zoned for commercial use, with a plot ratio of 3.0, and an allowable building height of up to five storeys for new rear extensions under Master Plan 2014.

A pair of adjoining conservation shophouses at 84 and 86 Tanjong Pagar Road, in the Chinatown Historic District, is also up for sale.

The two units are held under separate titles but will be sold as a single property, Savills said. The three-storey shophouses have a total land area of 1,653 sq ft, and an estimated floor area of 4,564 sq ft.

With 71 years remaining on its tenure, the indicative pricing for the property is $9.5 million. This works out to $2081.50 psf on the floor area.

The guide price for the two-storey corner shophouse in Geylang is $10.8 million. PHOTO: SAVILLS (SINGAPORE)

Savills said the shophouses are 200m from the upcoming Maxwell MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line, amid new developments in the neighbourhood, including Tanjong Pagar Centre, which is set to be Singapore’s tallest building when it is completed next year.

The adjoining units now have multiple tenants – with Gold’s Gym on the ground floor, an office on the second floor and tenancy being negotiated for the space on the third floor.

The two Tanjong Pagar shophouses are also zoned for commercial use under the current master plan. As such, there is no restriction on foreign ownership for the properties, and no Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty or Seller’s Stamp Duty will be imposed on the purchase of the shophouses.

“The rare availability of these properties with excellent attributes presents an exceptional and exciting opportunity for investors and end users seeking prime commercial shophouses,” said Mr Derrick Tan, associate director of investment sales at Savills.

Savills is inviting offers for expressions of interest to buy the properties, in an exercise closing on Nov 12.

Row of Joo Chiat Shophouses up for sale

A row of five conserved shophouses in the Joo Chiat Conservation Area is up for sale by expression of interest.

The adjoining shophouses have a total land area of about 7,504 sq ft. The site has a plot ratio of 3, which allows a maximum gross floor area of about 22,511 sq ft.

The vendor is a privately held investment holding firm which has held the freehold properties for more than 10 years. It is evaluating whether to sell the property in its freehold tenure, or to sell it on a 99-year leasehold basis and keep its reversionary interest after the lease expires, said marketing agent Chestertons.

“We are soliciting bids on a freehold and 99-year lease basis from prospective investors. Yield-driven investors may find the 99-year leasehold tenure more palatable,” said Mr Donald Han, managing director of Chestertons.

The vendor will decide the tenure disposal after the expression of interest closes.

It is expecting bids on a freehold basis to be more than $14 million.

Mr Han said sales activity in the area has increased of late, with more than 10 similar transactions in Joo Chiat Road since April.

The keen interest reflects its proximity to Paya Lebar, he said.

“Investors are looking for catalysts before deciding where and when to put their money.

“The Paya Lebar sub-regional centre is a compelling catalyst, where we have seen the completion and opening of OneKM Mall and Paya Lebar Square.”

Upcoming projects in the area include civic centre Wisma Geylang Serai and the large integrated development by Lend Lease and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which will have about 1.4 million sq ft of net lettable office and retail area, and another 440 residential units.

The expression of interest closes on Oct 8.