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    TENDER FOR LAND PARCEL BISHAN S13 AT BISHAN STREET 22 / STREET 25 FOR CONDOMINIUM HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
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    Default HDB gets $310m offer for Bishan site

    Published June 6, 2007

    HDB gets $310m offer for Bishan site

    Mass market prices picking up, say property agents

    By ARTHUR SIM


    THE Housing & Development Board (HDB) has received a top bid of $310 million or $375 per square foot per plot ratio (psf ppr) from Sim Lian Land for a site at Bishan Street 22/25. The award of the site should be announced soon.

    Not including two Design Build and Sell Scheme sites, this will be the first solely private residential site sold by HDB since 2002.

    The Urban Redevelopment Authority has also received a minimum bid of $30 million or $257.18 psf ppr for a site at Woodsville Close near Potong Pasir MRT Station. It will now be put up for public tender and if sold, will be the first suburban residential site sold by URA this year.

    Sim Lian's bid was only 1.2 per cent higher than CapitaLand's CRL Realty and US-based Wachovia Development Corporation's bid of $306.3 million. The tender, which closed yesterday, attracted seven bids from developers including GuocoLand, Allgreen Properties and ChoiceHomes Investments.

    Sim Lian managing director Kuik Sing Beng said it now expects to launch a 600-unit development on the site by Q2 2008 at an estimated price of between $700-$750 psf. 'It will be aimed at HDB upgraders,' he said.

    Savills reckons mass market property prices could achieve double-digit growth this year. 'Price increases in the mass market are beginning to gather pace and we may well see a 10-12 per cent increase for the full year,' said the firm's director of investment sales Steven Ming.

    On the Woodsville Close site, Mr Ming said: 'It is not unreasonable to expect bid prices to cross $300 psf ppr given the site's close proximity to the Potong Pasir MRT station and the imminent rebound of the mass market.'

    Based on recent transactions, ERA assistant vice-president Eugene Lim says mass market property prices are accurately reflected by the latest property price index (non-landed) in Q1 2007 for Outside Central Region which increased by 2 per cent quarter on quarter.

    'Some of the buyers are those displaced by collective sales,' Mr Lim said. And the 'herd instinct' to buy was working on most of the other buyers.

    On bids, CBRE Research executive director Li Hiaw Ho said: 'It is evident that developers are generally confident that the mass market is strengthening.'

    The Woodsville Close site could attract bullish bids. 'Based on a possible average selling price of $750 psf, bids could range from around $40 million ($343 psf ppr) to $45 million ($385 psf ppr),' Mr Li said. 'As the site is within walking distance to Potong Pasir MRT station and has easy access to expressways, condominium units developed at this site will be sought-after by potential upgraders from the surrounding HDB estates.'

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    June 6, 2007

    Sim Lian tops bids for Bishan site


    BOUTIQUE developer Sim Lian Land has beaten six other bidders to put in the highest offer for a condominium site in Bishan Street 22.

    It offered $310 million for the 99-year leasehold site, which has an area of 235,897 sq ft. This works out to $375 per sq ft per plot ratio (psf ppr), which means the break even cost would be $650 to $680 psf ppr, estimated CBRE Research executive director Li Hiaw Ho.

    Meanwhile, an unnamed developer has committed to bid at least $30 million for a land plot in Woodsville Close in Potong Pasir.

    The 40,903 sq ft, 99-year leasehold residential site will be put on the market by the Government in about two weeks' time.

    Property consultants estimated that bids for the site could come in at between $32.7 million and $45 million. This would work out to between $280 and $385 psf ppr.

    A project with about 90 to 100 units can be built on the site, said Mr Nicholas Mak, director of research and consultancy at Knight Frank.

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    The power is REALLY going to the heartlands...

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    AWARD OF TENDER FOR LAND PARCEL BISHAN S13 AT BISHAN STREET 22 / STREET 25 FOR CONDOMINIUM HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
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