Demand for well-priced and strategically-located projects

UNITS at two residential developments were launched for sale over the weekend with both drawing healthy interest from buyers.

Property group CapitaLand sold 134 of the 200 units released from its 268-unit Cairnhill Nine in Orchard, while buyers scooped up 116 of the 138 units at The Wisteria offered for sale by developer Northern Resi. The Wisteria is located at the junction of Yishun Ring Road and Yishun Avenue 4. Upcoming executive condo also include The Visionaire EC, Treasure Crest, Northwave EC,  Wandervale EC,  Parc Life EC while existing ones include The Terrace EC, Brownstone EC, Waterwoods EC, Signature at Yishun, Skypark Residences, The Vales EC, The Criterion EC, Bellewaters EC, Bellewoods EC.

Both residential projects were fairly priced, making it a draw for investors as well, market watchers said.

At Cairnhill Nine, the units sold ranged from 591 square feet to 3,864 sq ft, including one-bedroom, one-bedroom with guestroom, two-bedroom, two-bedroom with guestroom and four-bedroom units as well as penthouses. The price range for the majority of units sold is between S$2,200 psf and S$2,800 psf, CapitaLand said.

The most popular were the one-bedroom plus guest units, with about 80 per cent of the 90 units sold. These range from 732 sq ft to 969 sq ft. Located opposite Paragon, the 99-year leasehold residential development is part of an integrated development which includes Ascott Orchard Singapore.

“To date, about 50 per cent of buyers are Singaporeans, while the remaining 50 per cent are from Indonesia, Malaysia and China,” said a spokesman from CapitaLand Singapore. “We are pleased with the strong response to the VIP preview and official launch, and will be stepping up our marketing efforts by having roadshows in cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Solo, Shanghai and Hong Kong.”

CapitaLand staff had already visited Jakarta over the Feb 20-21 weekend to market the project to Indonesian clients, and reported good interest.

“This shows there is demand for well-priced, strategically-located projects, especially in Orchard Road,” said Chesterton Singapore managing director Donald Han.

At an average price of S$2,500 psf, it is a steal which probably drew those sitting on the sidelines while discerning buyers saw an opportunity to invest, Mr Han went on to say. Buyers could reap a yield of around 4 per cent, which is attractive in this market, he noted.

Mr Han reckons that there could also be some upward adjustment in the price point for the remaining units.

Meanwhile, SLP International executive director Nicholas Mak pointed out that another likely reason for the demand is the lack of major residential projects launched in that part of Orchard in the last year or two.

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