Category Archives: Upp East Coast/Bayshore

Singapore Primary home sales soar 82%

The recent government figures on private home sales signal a turnaround in the market. Figures showed that, in the primary market, developers sold 1,780 new private homes last month, the strongest showing since the 1,806 units moved in June 2013. This was when sales were still buoyant just before the rollout of the Total Debt Servicing Ratio (TDSR) framework.

The March 2017 sales volume is up nearly 82 per cent from February’s 979 units, and a 111 per cent jump from the 843 units sold in March 2016.

Two well-received new launches (Grandeur Park Residences and Park Place Residences at PLQ) have great sales, while continuing sales in earlier projects (such as Parc Riviera, The Santorini and The Clement Canopy), attributed to the confidence-booster from the government’s maiden tweaks to the cooling measures announced on March 10. The best-selling private-housing project in March was Chip Eng Seng’s Grandeur Park Residences next to Tanah Merah MRT Station, with 484 units sold at a median price of S$1,406 psf; this was followed by Park Place Residences at PLQ, where 217 units were transacted at a median price of S$1,805 psf.

The jubilant home-buying mood was reflected not only in the data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), based on its survey of licensed developers, but also in the secondary market.

Resale transactions of private homes rose to 942 units in March, translating to increases of more than 50 per cent month on month and year on year. The URA’s definition of resales includes developers’ sales in delicensed projects.

Based on the latest data released by the URA, the preliminary Q1 2017 figure for new sales of private homes stands at 3,141 – up from 2,316 units in Q4 2016 and 1,419 units in Q1 2016; the Q1 2017 figure was also the strongest showing since Q2 2013’s 4,538 units.

Developers also sold 578 executive condominium (EC) units last month, higher than the 329 units moved in February, and the 485 moved in March last year. The preliminary Q1 2017 new EC sales by developers is 1,091 units, surpassing the 734 units in the previous quarter and the 762 units in Q1 2016.

Among ECs, Qingjian Realty’s iNz Residence in Choa Chu Kang was the top seller; it sold 187 units at a median price of S$774 psf.The developers’ new private home sales at the new two major new launches – Seaside Residences in Siglap Road and Artra next to Redhill MRT Station were well received as well. Seaside Residences moved almost 400 units while Artra moved 130 units a few days ago.

Seaside Residences the first project to adopt new design requirements along ECP corridor.

Urban design guidelines, which play a key role in creating attractive and liveable areas, vary from site to site and over time in tandem with planning needs. Appropriate additional design guidelines will be imposed on new development sites along the East Coast Parkway (ECP) to ensure the integration of the new buildings with the surroundings. The move comes as the ECP corridor becomes more developed with higher-density developments as described by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

The guidelines may feature well-integrated and lushly planted sky terraces to contribute to the sense of pervasive greenery along this major gateway corridor. The Siglap Road plot of the upcoming Seaside Residences is the first government land sales site along the ECP to face these additional design guidelines.

Seaside Residences developer Frasers Centrepoint Singapore announced that the additional design requirements included an “urban window” of at least 45m, meaning there should be a 45m-wide no-build zone through the middle portion of the site.

Another guideline called for greenery and landscaping offered at the development to be equivalent in area to 65 per cent of the site area. These can include sky terraces and roof gardens.

The developer said each pair of residential towers will be spaced 45m apart, thereby meeting the urban window requirement. It has also reduced the number of units to be built at Seaside Residences by about 10 per cent to 843.

 

New Launch at Tanah Merah

CEL development will be launching a 720-unit residential condo, Grandeur Park Residences, just a short walk away from the Tanah Merah MRT station via a linkway. It consists of 96 one-bedders, 326 two-bedders , 184 three-bedders, 67 four bedders and 47 5 bedders. The 5-block project has up to 15 storeys. The project is close to Changi Business Park, and mins’ drive from PIE and ECP. The institutions nearby includes Temasek Junior College, Singapore Expo, Changi Airport and SUTD. The TOP is expected to be in March 2021.

 

Burger King and Long Beach @ East Coast closing next year

After the closing of the McDonald’s outlet in East Coast area in 2012, the latest development in the popular dining area in East Coast will see the moving out of popular eateries and developments in Raintree Cove site. Long Beach Main Seafood restaurant, the only drive-in Burger King outlet, Ju Shin Jung East Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, and Lorna Whiston Pre-school will move out when the lease expires on Feb 28 2017. The landlord, National Parks Board (NPB), will be taking over the space but there are scant details of the development plans. Market talk is that a new concept will replace the current dated structures, to cater for beach-goers.

Thomson-East Coast Line to start building in Q12016

According to LTA announcement yesterday, the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will start construction in this quarter. About $948m of MRT contracts have been awarded for the stations and related tunnels at Tanjong Rhu, Katong Park and Marine Terrace. The construction is slated for completion in 2023. In November last year a contract was awarded to construct Marine Parade station and associated tunnels. The contracts for 5 more TEL stations are yet to be awarded.

Starting from 2019, the TEL will open in stages, with the entire 31-station, 43 km line expected to be fully operational by 2024.

Bids for Siglap site

A GLS site in East Coast/Siglap area received 8 bids in the recent tender that just ended. The top 4 bids are at above  $800 psf — showing optimism among the developers in the site as well as the region.  The consortium of FCL Topaz, Sekisui House and KH Capital submitted a top bid of $624.18 million or $858 psf ppr for the site between VJC and ECP. The attractive attributes to the site includes being close to amenities at East Coast area and Katong, as well as rare unblocked sea views. The latest MRT project to be announced TEL line is also undergoing preparation works for completion after 2020.

Siglap GLS site attracted keen interest

A 207,847 sq ft site in Siglap Road could yield an estimated 750 residential units, and is the largest site on the confirmed list of the Government Land Sales programme for this half-year. It is set to attract strong interest from developers.

This project on the land parcel would also offer unblocked sea views. This land is between Victoria School and the East Coast Parkway. The last time a GLS condo site along East Coast Park stretch was nearly 20 years ago, which is the current site of Costa Del Sol, built by Cheung Kong Holdings.

The site is about 3km from the nearest MRT station at Bedok. The nearer Siglap MRT station is expected to be operational only in 2023.