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    Published January 6, 2010

    Preview of Urban Suites draws interest

    Asking price for the units said to start from $2,500 psf


    PREVIEWS are open for only multiple unit purchases, yet this project is already drawing interest - pointing towards better days for the high-end residential market.

    Urban Suites, located at the former Char Yong Gardens site at Hullet Road, is attracting serious buyers from overseas, according to sources.

    BT understands that the asking price for these freehold units starts from around $2,500 per sq ft. It is currently available to those who will buy at least two units and there is no news as to when it will be open to those who wish to purchase only a single unit.

    Urban Suites, designed by Kerry Hill Architects, comprises 165 units spread across three towers.

    There are 26 two-bedders, 94 three-bedders, 40 four-bedders and five duplex and triplex penthouses. The development is expected to receive temporary occupation permit in 2013.

    Joint developers CapitaLand and Wachovia Development Corporation had bought Char Yong Gardens en bloc for $1,788 psf of potential gross floor area, including development charges, when the property market was booming in 2007.

    The high-end residential sector endured a tough 2009 as the global financial mess unravelled - prices of private homes in the core central region slid an estimated 2 per cent for the full year.

    But market watchers expect activity in the high-end sector to pick up this year as the economy recovers.

    Colliers International research and advisory director Tay Huey Ying says that the interest which Urban Suites has reportedly drawn is not surprising.

    She notes that buyers have become increasingly keen on prime apartments since late last year, as recent transactions have shown.

    For instance, Urban Redevelopment Authority data for November shows that 87 units at Marina Bay Suites were sold at prices ranging from $1,826 psf to $2,623 psf.

    Ms Tay also says that more foreigners have inquired about homes here since the end of last year. In general, many of them are Malaysians, Indians, Chinese and Indonesians.

    The situation is different from that in 2007, when buyers came from as far as Europe or Middle East. 'Those (buyers) have not really come back in a big way,' she shares.

    In a report yesterday, OCBC Investment Research maintained its positive view on the high-end sector, saying that 'it is likely to benefit most from the opening of the two integrated resorts this year'.

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    60 units of CapitaLand's Urban Suites snapped up

    IT WAS a tall order: buyers were required to purchase at least two units at the plush new CapitaLand project Urban Suites in the Orchard area.

    But they enjoyed a 1 per cent discount. As well, CapitaLand was flexible and allowed purchases by family members to count towards the multiple unit requirement.

    In just a matter of weeks, the first 60 units on offer at the 165-unit condominium spread across three stylish towers have been snapped up, mainly by foreigners.

    The prices ranged from $2,400 per sq ft (psf) to $2,700 psf, the company said.

    It added that most of the units sold were three-bedroom apartments ranging from 1,550 sq ft to 1,615 sq ft. Most buyers signed up for two units each.

    The bigger three-bedroom apartments would have gone for up to $4.36 million, based on the top end of the stated price range.

    Preview sales for the development in Orchard's Cairnhill area had begun just before the Christmas holiday.

    The chief executive officer of CapitaLand Residential Singapore, Ms Patricia Chia, said that about two-thirds of buyers were foreigners from countries including China, Australia and Canada.

    Reflecting the project's strong overseas appeal, the company will be releasing an additional 50 units in the second phase in Jakarta next week.

    Urban Suites, built on the site of the former Char Yong Gardens, comprises three towers nestled in between Cairnhill, Hullet and Saunders roads.

    The company believes the project, in one of Singapore's most exclusive precincts, will prove popular among high-end Indonesian buyers.

    CapitaLand did not say when the remaining 55 units will be offered for sale and whether they would apply to single-unit buyers.


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