Published May 15, 2008

4 bungalows sold for $5.5m each

$22 million transaction works out to $1,128 psf of built-up area


AMID the current quiet residential market, some deals are still being stitched up.

Quartet on Vanda: The freehold cluster on a 12,300 sq ft site at Vanda Crescent off Dunearn Road was bought by a European and his Singaporean wife. Each two-storey unit has an attic, a basement and a swimming pool

All four strata bungalows in a freehold cluster housing development near Eng Neo Avenue were snapped up at $5.5 million each at a preview on Friday last week by a European with a Singaporean wife.

The $22 million transaction works out to $1,128 psf of built-up area. 'The units were bought partly for the buyers' own use and partly for investment,' said Jerry Tan, managing director of JTResi, the sole marketing agent for Quartet on Vanda. JTResi previewed the development over a 'champagne supper' at its premises on Club Street May 9 evening and the four units were sold during the course of the evening.

The bungalows, which are expected to be completed early next year, are being developed by Stanley Quek's Region Development on a 12,300 sq ft site at Vanda Crescent off Dunearn Road. Each two-storey unit has an attic, a basement and a swimming pool. Built-up areas range from 4,844 sq ft to 4,919 sq ft.

'The market is not as dead as people may perceive it to be. For better quality developments that are priced sensibly, there will be buyers,' Mr Tan said.

Dr Quek is also developing a couple of conventional bungalows on the next-door plot which will come on the market soon, Mr Tan revealed. Each two-storey bungalow will have an attic and have a land area of about 5,000 sq ft.

JTResi, a seven-year-old boutique residential property consultancy, has also been quietly doing resale and leasing deals at The Grange, which received its Temporary Occupation Permit a couple of months ago. 'About four weeks ago, we sold the penthouse at The Grange for $11 million to a Singapore PR who is from mainland China,' Mr Tan revealed. The deal for the 4,400 sq ft duplex unit worked out to just under $2,500 psf and the seller had bought it from the developer for about $6.8 million in 2005, according to Mr Tan.

JTResi also recently brokered leasing deals in the development at a monthly rental of $15,000 for a three-bedroom apartment of 1,765 sq ft below the penthouse, and four-bedroom, pool-facing unit on a low floor at $16,000.

The Grange comprises two freehold blocks of 19 and 23 storeys.

Cushman & Wakefield last month also brokered the sale of a four-bedroom unit on the 17th floor of The Grange for $6.2 million or $2,692 psf. The buyer is a Singapore PR who is believed to have invested in other luxury apartments here.

The seller had bought the unit (in the subsale market) for $4.15 million or $1,801 psf in late 2006. 'The vendor made a cool $2 million profit after holding the asset for 1.5 years. Due to the run-up in prices in the last 12 months, some vendors have made enough 'paper gains' to realise a decent profit even if they sell at today's prices,' said Cushman managing director Donald Han.

Mr Han estimates The Grange unit his firm sold recently might have fetched just under $3,000 psf had it changed hands last year when sentiment was stronger. 'Generally, there's support for prime residential properties which appeal to foreign investors and where yields are fairly attractive,' he added.