Sep 2, 2008 Tuesday

Developers starting to preview projects

With Hungry Ghost month over, condo projects being launched to test market

By Fiona Chan, Property Reporter

An artist's impression of Reflections at Keppel Bay. Units in a new tower block there were released for sale over the weekend. -- PHOTO: KEPPEL CORP

NOW that Hungry Ghost month is over, property developers are starting to line up project previews and launches to test the market.

Keppel Land released a new high-rise tower block at its Reflections at Keppel Bay on the weekend, putting up a third of the block's 83 units for sale in Singapore and Hong Kong.

About 10 apartments have been sold since Saturday, at an average of just over $2,000 per sq ft (psf). Prices range from $1,500 to $2,300 psf, depending on the floor and the view.

A two-bedroom apartment on a low floor would cost about $1.5 million, according to property agents. Reflections has a total of 1,129 units in six high-rise tower blocks and 11 low-rise villa blocks.

Also on the weekend, Far East Organization invited interested buyers to its showflat for Miro in Lincoln Road, which sources say will be launched in about two weeks.

The freehold 85-unit development is priced at around $1,700 per sq ft (psf) on average, they said. Prices start at about $1.6 million for a one-bedroom studio loft of 990 sq ft.

Also available in the 32-storey tower are two-bedroom units of 1,302 sq ft and three-bedroom lofts at more than 1,600 sq ft.

A boutique project at nearby Moulmein Road starts previews this weekend with plans for a launch next Monday.

Mulberry Tree has 32 freehold units and a 'retro-style' facade, said an agent marketing the development. Indicative prices have been set at $1,300 to $1,500 psf. They start at less than $700,000 for the smallest apartment.

Agents said the two-bedroom flats, of about 710 sq ft each, would cost around $900,000. The project is forecast to be completed at the end of 2011.

Developer Hong Fok is expected to preview its Concourse Skyline in Beach Road later this month. Prices are likely to range from $1,600 to $2,000 psf, with two-bedroom units priced upwards of $1.8 million, The Straits Times understands.

The 360-unit development is slated to be completed in 2013.

Tat Aik Group has also started to preview its Nathan Residences, which will be developed on the former Nathan Court in Nathan Road.

Sales are expected to start this week, with prices in the region of $2,000 psf, said marketing agents. One-bedroom units will start at $1.2 million and two-bedroom apartments are likely to go for $1.6 million.

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