Published April 22, 2008

Commercial unit, GCB for sale by tender


A LARGE commercial unit at The Riverwalk, Upper Circular Road, is up for sale at an indicative price of $23 million.

The unit, which has a strata area of 20,161 sq ft that represents a 12.11 per cent ownership stake, is owned by private investors. The indicative price works out to about $1,140 per square foot.

CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), which is marketing the 99-year leasehold property, says rent of $5 to $6 per sq ft is being asked for comparable office space in the area. Assuming rent of $5.50 psf, the $1,140 psf guide price reflects a net yield of about 5.5 per cent.

The current lease expires in mid-July this year.

In March, a unit at High Street Centre was sold for about $1,500 psf.

CBRE associate director of investment properties Liau Wee Boon said of the Riverwalk unit: 'In addition, there is collective sale potential as the development is undergoing an en bloc exercise. The potential payout is more than 50 per cent above the guide price.'

The Riverwalk comprises 181 commercial units ranging from 54 sq ft to 20,161 sq ft, plus 118 apartments ranging from 818 sq ft to 3,821 sq ft, plus 290 parking lots. It was put up for collective sale late last year at an indicative price of about $700 million or $1,735 psf per plot ratio (psf ppr) and zoned for residential and commercial use.

Meanwhile, in the Victoria Park area off Holland Road, a good class bungalow (GCB) has been put up for sale by DTZ Debenham Tie Leung (DTZ).

The 999-year leasehold GCB sits on a site of 32,687 sq ft. DTZ said that a recent valuation put the value of the site at $26.5 million.

The land is now occupied by an old two-storey detached house with a garage and swimming pool.

DTZ said recent transactions of GCB land in the area include sites in Leedon Park for $914 psf and Victoria Park Road for $920 psf.

DTZ director (Investment Advisory Services) Quek Soh Hoon said: 'Given the positive attributes and distinctive location, the subject property would be an attractive and choice acquisition for high-net-worth individuals looking for land to build their dream house or investment property.'