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    Default New benchmark set for condo land in Yishun area

    [url]http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/sub/news/story/0,4574,400960,00.html?[/url]

    Published August 25, 2010

    [B][SIZE="5"]New benchmark set for condo land in Yishun area[/SIZE][/B]

    [B]Hoi Hup-Sunway tie-up puts in top bid of $405.53 psf ppr or $165m[/B]

    By KALPANA RASHIWALA


    A NEW benchmark has been set for condominium land in the Yishun/Semba- wang area. A state tender that closed yesterday for a 99-year leasehold plot at Miltonia Close next to Orchid Country Club fetched a top bid of $405.53 per square foot per plot ratio (psf ppr) or $165 million from a tie-up between Hoi Hup Realty and Sunway Developments.

    The joint bid was 31 per cent higher than the next highest offer, placed by Master Contract Services, whose activities are listed as builders, contractors, developers and steel structural component makers.

    Yesterday's tender drew seven bids, suggesting developers' appetite for choice sites is still healthy. Earlier this month, an executive condo plot at Jurong West did not draw a single bid - which some analysts blamed on its unattractive location.

    At yesterday's tender, the lowest offer, from Hong Leong Group unit Intrepid Investments, was $240.56 psf ppr.

    Market watchers note that the $405.53 psf ppr offered by Hoi Hup-Sunway surpassed the $387 psf ppr winning bid for a condo plot at Sembawang Road/ Canberra Drive at a state tender in June.

    A Hoi Hup spokeswoman, explaining the group's 31 per cent margin at yesterday's tender, said: 'This is a rare site on mainland Singapore - next to a golf course, overlooking the (Lower Seletar) reservoir. We can see its potential.'

    Hoi Hup and Sunway hope to build a five-storey condo with about 380 units comprising one- to four-bedroom units with as many units as possible having golf course views, she added.

    Most of the units will be two- and three-bedders, targeting families.

    The project is likely to be launch ready in about nine months to a year.

    The allowed uses for the site are strata landed housing or condo housing or a flats development.

    The Hoi Hup spokeswoman said the group's breakeven cost would be slightly above $700 psf.

    'Our associated company, Straits Construction, will be doing the construction,' she added.

    CBRE Research director Leonard Tay estimates that units in a new condo project on the site 'could possibly sell for above $800 psf'.

    Another analyst suggests Hoi Hup and Sunway could be eyeing an average price of about $900 psf.

    Market watchers note that a short distance away, The Estuary was launched in February this year at an average price of $750 psf. MCL Land is developing the project on a site it clinched for $350 psf ppr at a March 2008 tender. MCL's winning bid in that contest was a whopping 68 per cent more than the next highest bidder.

    MCL's unit Superport also bid at yesterday's tender, emerging in fourth place at $285.10 psf ppr.

    Frasers Centrepoint teamed up with Orchard Parade Holdings for a $308 psf ppr bid. Other bidders include Allgreen Properties ($267.60 psf ppr), and Ho Lee Group ($253.15 psf ppr).

    Yesterday's joint top bid by Hoi Hup and Sunway will mark the duo's fourth collaboration.

    They are developing two public housing projects under the Design Build and Sell Scheme as well as a 473-unit freehold condo at Jalan Senang, [email protected], expected to be released soon.

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    Default Joint venture bids $165m for 99-year site in Yishun

    [url]http://www.straitstimes.com/Money/Story/STIStory_570563.html[/url]

    Aug 25, 2010

    [B][SIZE="5"]Joint venture bids $165m for 99-year site in Yishun[/SIZE][/B]

    [B]Hoi Hup Realty and Sunway Developments will cite nearby golf course as key selling point[/B]

    By Joyce Teo


    A JOINT venture which has emerged as the top bidder for a condominium site in Yishun is highlighting its location next to a golf course as a key selling point.

    The tie-up between Hoi Hup Realty and Sunway Developments put in the best of seven bids for the 99-year leasehold land parcel at Miltonia Close, at the fringe of Yishun Town Centre.

    The bid of $165 million, or $405.5 per sq ft per plot ratio (psf ppr), beat market expectations and came in about 31 per cent above the next bid.

    Hoi Hup director Wong Sjew Hung told The Straits Times: 'We see the potential of the site. It is really hard to find a site next to the golf course here.

    'We plan to build a five-storey condominium with 380 units. It will be mainly two- and three-bedroom units suitable for families.'

    A construction firm, Master Contract Services, placed the second-highest bid of $126 million, or $309.68 psf ppr. The third-highest bid from a joint venture between Frasers Centrepoint and Orchard Parade Holdings came very close at $125.32 million, or $308 psf ppr.

    The lowest of the seven bids came from Intrepid Investments - at $97.88 million, or $240.56 psf ppr.

    Analysts had projected bids of $270-$350 psf ppr.

    The site, which can be developed into a strata housing community or a condominium project, is on the boundary of the Orchid Country Club golf course. It is not near an MRT station, but it does enjoy an unblocked view of Lower Seletar Reservoir.

    CBRE Research director Leonard Tay said the location will appeal to people who prefer a quiet neighbourhood, lots of greenery and a serene environment.

    Private residential developments nearby include The Shaughnessy, Lilydale executive condominium, Orchid Park Condominium and The Estuary (under construction).

    Mr Tay said the top bid could reflect a break-even cost of about $700-$750 psf should a low-rise condo be developed. And condo units in this new project could possibly sell above $800 psf, he said.

    By comparison, units at The Estuary, which was launched in April, transacted at $650-$850 psf from April to August.

    In the same period, units at the 16-year-old Orchid Park Condominium were sold at $550-$700 psf, said Mr Tay.

    An industry expert said the tender response shows that, apart from the top bidder, the other developers are now more cautious in bidding for sites given the record upcoming supply.

    But developers are still hungry for land as their landbanks are fast depleting, he said.

    Ms Wong said this project - if the joint venture is awarded the site - will be Hoi Hup's fourth with Sunway Developments. The joint venture's previous project was The Peak @ Toa Payoh.

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