Cairnhill Astoria up for sale en bloc at $196m

The Cairnhill Astoria site can be redeveloped to offer about 200 apartments, based on an average unit size of 540 sq ft.
The Cairnhill Astoria site can be redeveloped to offer about 200 apartments, based on an average unit size of 540 sq ft.PHOTO: COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL

Freehold development Cairnhill Astoria will be launched for collective sale today via public tender for $196 million.

The reserve price reflects a land rate of $1,964 per square foot per plot ratio (psf ppr), inclusive of an estimated development charge of $16.34 million.

This is comparable to the land rate of $1,914 psf ppr at Cairnhill Heights, which was sold last month, and less than the $2,311 psf ppr at Cairnhill Mansions, which was transacted in February, marketing agent Colliers International highlighted.

Sitting on a 3,587.5 sq m (38,615 sq ft) site in prime District 9, Cairnhill Astoria - built in 1983 - comprises 36 apartments across a high-rise residential tower and a low-rise block. Under the Master Plan 2014, the land parcel is zoned "residential" and has a gross plot ratio of 2.8.

Subject to approvals from the authorities, the site in Cairnhill Rise can be redeveloped to offer about 200 apartments, based on an average unit size of 540 sq ft.

The property is near Orchard and Somerset MRT stations, as well as popular schools such as Anglo-Chinese School (Junior), St Margaret's Primary School, ISS International School and Chatsworth International School.

Ms Tang Wei Leng, managing director at Colliers International, said: "It is clear that collective sale interest among developers has shifted from the suburban to prime sites. From January to May 15, 2018, there were 13 successful collective sale deals valued at over $3.85 billion in Districts 9 and 10, up from five transactions worth $870 million for the whole of 2017."

Based on the size of the property - ranging from 700 sq ft to 6,060 sq ft - each owner could potentially receive between $2.275 million and $14.261 million if the sale goes through.

Mr Paul Kwek, vice-chairman of the Cairnhill Astoria collective sale committee, said: "We believe the market conditions have improved and are hopeful of achieving a positive outcome with the advice and expertise of Colliers International."

The collective sale tender for Cairnhill Astoria will close on June 27.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2018, with the headline 'Cairnhill Astoria up for sale en bloc at $196m'. Print Edition | Subscribe