Thursday, September 3, 2009

Merchant Sq, Katong Bungalows Up For Sale

Source : The Business Times, September 1, 2009

MERCHANT Square in the Clemenceau Avenue area and four freehold strata bungalows at Bournemouth Road in the Katong locale are among the latest offerings in the property investment sales market.

The guide price for Merchant Square is about $48 million - or 34 per cent lower than the $73 million sought for the property in February last year.

Its owner, carpet manufacturer Jackson Carpet, did not get its asking price then for the property, which comprises offices, some shop space and 76 car park lots.

BT understands that the latest price reflects a net property yield of close to 4 per cent, based on Merchant Square's current passing income.

The latest $48 million guide price is about $955 per square foot, based on Merchant Square's 50,262 sq ft net lettable area. This compares with about $1,450 psf, based on last year's $73 million price tag.

Merchant Square was completed in 1996 and is on a site with a remaining lease of about 83 years. It comprises a four-storey office tower, two blocks of shophouses, and a couple of basement levels for carpark lots. CB Richard Ellis is marketing Merchant Square through an expression of interest exercise that closes on Oct 6.

Separately, Credo Real Estate has launched a sale through tender of four strata bungalows at 61 and 63 Bournemouth Road with a price tag of $24 million to $26 million.

The bungalows have a total freehold site area of 24,443 sq ft, and are being sold by three parties - one of whom owns two units and the other two, one bungalow each.

The sale is not being pitched as a redevelopment site as the bungalows are relatively new and in good condition; they were completed around 2000.

The development, originally known as Sayang Villa, will be ideal for extended families, or groups of friends who would like to be neighbours, or simply investors looking to occupy one or two units and lease out the rest.

'Should the buyer choose to redevelop the site in the medium term, he or she could build five conventional detached or strata houses,' Credo said. The tender closes on Oct 8.

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