THE mood continued to be buoyant at two property auctions yesterday held by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and DTZ Debenham Tie Leung.
The URA auctioned 12 sub-divided landed housing plots near Sembawang Beach which can be developed into a total of 57 landed homes.
The auction fetched a total sum of $37.09 million, working out to about $285 per square foot of land area on an average basis.
The bidders included mostly smaller developers, contractors and engineering firms but also some individuals, like local advertising guru Lim Sau Hoong.
The chief executive of Singapore-based advertising agency 10AM Communications clinched the sole bungalow plot of 4,477 sq ft for $940,000.
Market watchers expect Ms Lim to spend a further $1.5 million on construction costs and fees, bringing her likely all-in investment for her bungalow at about $2.5 million.
Mecbonn Engineering, whose office is at International Plaza and which is controlled by a Tew family, walked away with the biggest plot, a 43,687 sq ft site slated for development into 23 terrace houses, for $14.3 million or $327.33 psf of land area.
The plot attracted a total of 107 bids from about eight parties.
A property consultant estimates Mecbonn’s break- even cost works out to about $1.3 million per terrace house.
The company also bought two smaller plots for semi-detached homes.
Fragrance Group unit Fragrance Homes bought two plots. It paid $9.2 million or $294 psf for a plot designated for 14 terrace houses and $1.76 million or $270 psf for a smaller plot for three terrace homes.
Fragrance Group boss Koh Wee Meng and his wife Lim Wan Looi too bought a semi-detached plot for $289 psf.
The 99-year leasehold land plots auctioned by the URA yesterday form the first phase of Sembawang Greenvale.
URA’s director of land administration, Choy Chan Pong, was pleased with the auction result, noting that it drew ‘wide participation and competitive bidding’.
‘We can consider releasing the next phase of Greenvale in the H1 2008 Government Land Sales Programme,’ he added.
DTZ Debenham Tie Leung’s auction at Amara Hotel saw a strong turnout of about 100, including spectators, with three mortgagee sale properties changing hands, including a ground floor shop unit at the freehold Grandlink Square at Guillemard Road selling for $226,000 or $1,102 psf of strata area.
The other two properties sold were a two-storey linked semi-D factory at 67E Tuas South Avenue 1, which fetched $1.3 million or about $139 psf of strata area, and a two-storey, freehold corner terrace house at 34 Maria Avenue in Opera Estate that was sold for $1.4 million, or $392 psf of land area.
Source : Business Times - 31 Oct 2007