Belmont Rd bungalow up for auction with new $39m guide price

The two-storey good class bungalow at 80 Belmont Road comes with a swimming pool, among other amenities. It is near the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Holland Village enclave.
The two-storey good class bungalow at 80 Belmont Road comes with a swimming pool, among other amenities. It is near the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Holland Village enclave. PHOTO: KNIGHT FRANK SINGAPORE

A good class bungalow (GCB) at 80 Belmont Road, owned by The Stratech Group's Chew family, will be relaunched for auction next week with a lower guide price of $39 million, marketing agent Knight Frank Singapore said yesterday.

The auction will be held next Wednesday at the Amara Singapore hotel.

The new guide price works out to $1,444 per sq ft (psf), based on 27,000 sq ft in land area.

This will be the third attempt to sell the freehold property. It failed to sell at the first auction in July with a $42 million guide price, or $1,556 psf. It was relaunched via private treaty last month at $40.8 million, or about $1,511 psf.

Ms Sharon Lee, director and head of auction at Knight Frank Singapore, said yesterday: "Potential buyers have indicated their interest as it is a unique property with character, so now it is a matter of pricing."

The two-storey GCB has a gross floor area of 15,714 sq ft and sits on a two-tiered land. It comes with a lift, playground, basketball court, swimming pool and ample parking space to fit up to 10 cars. It is also near the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Holland Village enclave.

This is a mortgagee sale, in which the bank forecloses on the property after the owner defaults on the mortgage, and puts the property up for sale to recover the outstanding debt.

The Business Times reported in July that the husband-and-wife team of David Chew and Leong Sook Ching who used to control mainboard-listed Stratech, which is now in liquidation, are the registered owners of the bungalow, while Deutsche Bank is the mortgagee.

Another GCB in the vicinity will also be auctioned in a mortgagee sale this month.

The bungalow at 5 Belmont Road has a guide price of $20 million, or around $1,225 psf, marketing agent ERA Realty said on Wednesday.

The auction for the freehold, two-storey property will be held on Sept 23 at Amara Singapore.

At least two GCBs in the same area were sold over the past year. One was a newly completed 15,004 sq ft GCB at 63 Belmont Road which sold for $39.8 million, or $2,654 psf, in June. The other was a 15,069 sq ft GCB at 43 Belmont Road, also newly completed, which sold for $33.8 million, or $2,243 psf, in August last year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2019, with the headline 'Belmont Rd bungalow up for auction with new $39m guide price'. Print Edition | Subscribe