High Point condo collective sale tender to close on July 28

Freehold condominium High Point in the prime Orchard Road area will close its collective sale tender on July 28 after the interest level in "super prime residential sites" picked up, said sole marketing agent Savills.

The condominium at 30 Mount Elizabeth was put back on the collective sale market in March, three months after Hong Kong-listed Shun Tak Holdings backed out of a $556.7 million winning bid for the site.

When the sale was relaunched, Savills had said that a tender closing date would be set when it received confirmed interest from a developer.

The $550 million guide price for the prime District 9 site remained unchanged from when the previous tender was launched last October, and works out to $2,508 per square foot per plot ratio (psf ppr), after factoring in the 7 per cent bonus gross floor area (GFA) for balconies, and includes development charges of $18.8 million.

While Shun Tak did not respond to press queries at the time, market watchers said property cooling measures announced a week after the winning bid was revealed on Dec 9 last year could have been a deterring factor.

The last round of measures included raising additional buyer's stamp duty (ABSD) rates for foreign buyers - the main customers for luxury condos here - to 30 per cent from 20 per cent.

Mr Jeremy Lake, Savills managing director for investment sales and capital markets, said that after launching the public tender in March, the agency had been in constant contact with developers and "the interest level in super prime residential sites has picked up".

"A few foreign developers have also visited Singapore since the travel restrictions were eased. Accordingly, we have decided to set the closing date on July 28."

He added that one "unforeseen consequence" of the latest cooling measures is that it will be harder to achieve the 80 per cent mandate for many future collective sale projects, particularly in the core central region, where foreign ownership is much higher.

"This is because foreign owners will have to pay a higher ABSD when they buy a replacement property, and accordingly they may be less keen to join in the collective sale," he explained, adding that the supply of prime sites for sale will be "extremely low" in future and consequently, lead to a "highly constrained" supply of new ultra-luxurious condominiums.

Located within walking distance of Paragon mall and other amenities in Orchard Road, High Point is a 22-storey tower comprising 57 apartments and two penthouses.

The apartments are about 268 sq m to 272 sq m in size, while the two penthouses are about 589 sq m and 592 sq m.

In 2019, the condo's owners also attempted a collective sale with a price tag of $550 million.

Under the 2019 Master Plan, the 47,606 sq ft site is zoned residential, with an allowable gross plot ratio of 2.8 and a height control of up to 36 storeys.

High Point has an existing verified GFA of approximately 211,976 sq ft, based on a plot ratio of 4.45. In addition, the development baseline is about 213,383 sq ft, with a plot ratio of 4.48.

According to Savills, the site can be redeveloped into an ultra-luxurious development of up to 98 units, assuming an average size of about 200 sq m a unit.

Alternatively, developers may choose to build even larger units to cater to the new demand from ultra-high net worth foreign buyers who have been actively buying in Singapore for the past 12 months or so.

Savills also noted that, according to the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Park Nova in Tomlinson Road - Shun Tak's debut Singapore residential project - has sold 37 out of 54 units, with the average selling price for the units since June last year at $4,815 psf.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2022, with the headline High Point condo collective sale tender to close on July 28. Subscribe