Published May 6, 2008

Two industrial sites, good class bungalow up for sale


TWO freehold industrial sites - at 18 Howard Road and 27 New Industrial Road, in the north-eastern part of Singapore - are for sale by tender at indicative prices of $30 million ($272 per sq ft per plot ratio) and $14 million ($278 psf ppr) respectively.

Charles Hoon, director of investment properties at marketing agent CB Richard Ellis, said the sites are zoned Business 1 under Master Plan 2003. This means 40 per cent of gross floor area can be used for purposes such as offices, showrooms or workers' dormitories.

'While industrial capital values and rents have recovered, industrial space still presents an attractive option, compared with office space, for businesses to relocate their backroom operations.'

The two sites are conveniently located and of regular shape, he said. And their freehold tenure is an 'added advantage'.

The 18 Howard Road site is a 44,000 sq ft vacant plot in Macpherson Industrial Estate. The 20,000 sq ft 27 New Industrial Road is in the New Industrial Road cluster.

Separately, DTZ Debenham Tie Leung is marketing a 999-leasehold Good Class Bungalow (GCB) site in Yarwood Avenue. The 69,540 sq ft site, close to Binjai Park, has been put up for sale through an expression-of-interest exercise at an indicative price of $750-$800 psf.

According to DTZ, it has redevelopment potential to accommodate four GCBs. It now houses a single storey detached house with an outhouse, swimming pool and tennis court.

Shaun Poh, DTZ's senior director for investment advisory services and auction, said: 'This is a rarely available large plot of land in a prime location, offering a myriad of possibilities.'

Recent transactions of GCB land in the area include sites on Kilburn Estate for around $860 psf and Binjai Park for around $850 psf, he said.