The Reserve Residences banks on integrated transport hub status; prices from $2,300 psf

The joint partnership between parent and sister companies namely : Far East Organization and Sino Group will preview the latest brand new Bukit Timah condominium located along Jalan Anak Bukit The Reserve Residences May 12, with its official launch 2 weeks later on 27th May

“As this is going to be the first mixed-use integrated development with a transport hub in the heart of Bukit Timah, there would be a premium over the surrounding developments in District 21,” says Shaw Lay See, COO of the sales and leasing group at Far East Organization. “However, we are also conscious that we want to deliver value to our customers. So we will price it very competitively in alignment with the market.”

Shaw says starting prices will be from $2,300 psf. One-bedroom apartments of 441 sq ft will be priced from $1.11 million ($2,517 psf), while two-bedroom apartments are from $1.45 million. Three-bedroom apartments will start from $2.2 million, and four-bedroom units will be upwards of $3 million.

 

WOHA Architects is the appointed for the mixed-use development sits on a mesmerizing and undulating sprawling 32,185 square meters (346,439 square feet) site. The brand new condo comprises eight residential blocks with 732 units and serviced apartment blocks with 160 units.

The Reserve Residences designed by WOHA has a series of low-, mid-, and high-rise blocks from 11- to 32-storeys. A total of four different theme spreading over the eight towers: The Reserve Residences, with 502 units of one- to three-bedrooms; Horizon Collection, with 167 units of three- and four-bedrooms offering expansive views; Creekside Collection, with 48 exclusive units of three- and four-bedders (levels six to 11); and Treetops Collection, with 15 luxurious single-plated units of four- and five-bedrooms, duplexes and penthouses with wide panoramic views of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve as well as the Bukit Timah precinct.

There are just five penthouses on the topmost level of the Treetops Collection (Level 32), with sizes from 231 sqm (2,486 sq ft) to 261 sqm (2,809 sq ft).

There are over 70 facilities in The Reserve Residences across seven levels which not only include a 50m lap pool to an aqua gym with spa, a 600m jogging trail, a dog run and dining pavilions on level 33 with views of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and its lovely amazing alluring surrounds.

Workpods at the Level 17 sky garden offer unblocked views of the neighbourhood. In addition to the communal facilities on the fourth and fifth levels, there are more facilities at the roof gardens on the 12th, 17th and 33rd levels.

Far East Organization and Sino Group won The Reserve Residences’ site — a 99-year leasehold site at Jalan Anak Bukit with a bid of $1.03 billion in August 2K21. The public tender was a two-envelope system based on concept and price. The 50:50 joint venture partners submitted three of the five bids received, with different architectural design by different architect firms.

“This development tracks our successful launch of One Holland Village, another large-scale mixed-use development which attests to Far East Organization’s abilities to revitalise and transform spaces to form vibrant communities well-loved by residents and the public,” says Shaw.

The 296-unit, One Holland Village Residences is 93 percent sold and scheduled for completion next year. The project hit a track record of exceptionally high per square foot price of $3,426 when a 27th-floor, 2,088 sq ft, four-bedroom unit fetched $7.155 million last August. The second highest psf price of $3,391 was achieved in February for a 1,238 sq ft, three-bedder on the 26th floor was sold for $4.198 million.

The Reserve Residences is not the first mixed-use development integrated with a transport hub that Far East Organization has developed. The other is Watertown at Punggol Central, launched in 2K12 and completed in 2K17. The 992-unit Watertown condo sits on the four-storey mall, Waterway Point. It is linked directly to the MRT, LRT station, and bus interchange.

The convenience and accessibility of a mixed-use development integrated with a transport hub cannot be overstated, says Propnex CEO Ismail Gafoor. Assuming that the starting price of $2,300 psf at The Reserve Residences is a 15 percent premium to a standalone condominium, which equates to a price of $2,070 psf, continues Gafoor. “That’s equivalent to the price of a new suburban condo in the Outside Central Region (OCR) today,” he adds. “But The Reserve Residences is in the city fringe or Rest of Central Region (RCR).”

Gafoor expects The Reserve Residences to achieve sales of at least “40% to 50%” given that slightly more than half of the units are one- and two-bedders, which will attract investor interest. “Being an integrated development located in the heart of prime Bukit Timah belt of District 21 is a draw.”

Based on the launch prices of selected completed, mixed-use integrated developments, PropNex’s research shows that these developments can command price premiums ranging from about 14.7% to 29.3% compared to the surrounding residential projects.

When it comes to rental premiums, the difference is even starker, with mixed-use integrated developments commanding premiums ranging from 21.1% to 61.5%, notes Gafoor (see tables).

 

“The Reserve Residences will be the only new launch of a mixed-use development integrated with a transport hub in 2023,” says Huttons CEO Mark Yip. Across Singapore, there are only nine integrated transport hubs (ITHs). The Land Transport Authority (LTA) defines them as fully air-conditioned bus interchanges seamlessly linked to MRT stations and adjoining commercial developments like shopping malls. Six have been completed; three are underway, including The Reserve Residences. “Buyers favour developments linked to integrated transport hubs for their convenience, rarity, capital appreciation and rentability,” adds Yip.

While prices at The Reserve Residences may start from $2,300 psf, the price range will be relatively wide, given that units start from the fourth to the 32nd level and the variety of unit types with different views, says SRI managing partner Ken Low.

 

the 120-unit freehold The Linq @ Beauty World by BBR Holdings and the upcoming 99-year leasehold condominium at Bukit Timah Link by Bukit Sembawang Estates are the two condos Just across Jalan Jurong Kechil are two other developments.

Bukit Sembawang paid $200 million ($1,343 psf per plot ratio) for the 99-year leasehold Last November, 49,633 sq ft site in a land tender via government land sales programe. The site can potentially yield 160 residential units. The project is targeted for launch by the end of the year.

Given that the site at Bukit Timah Link is in front of the Beauty World MRT Station exit, SRI’s Low expects the developer to price the new development at “no less than $2,600 psf”.

The Linq @ Beauty is a redevelopment of the former Goh & Goh Building by BBR Holdings. It has a mix of residences and commercial and retail space and will be linked underground to the Beauty World MRT Station. On the first day of launch in November 2020, 115 units (96%) of the 120 sold at an average price of $2,165 psf, based on caveats lodged. The final unit sold for $2,378 psf in December 2K21.

In March this year, a one-bedroom unit with size 431 square feet at The Linq transacted in a sub-sale for $1.18 million ($2,741 psf). The seller purchased the unit for $1.007 million ($2,339 psf), recording a capital gain of 17.2% in just a short span of only two years and four months.

The Reserve Residences and these new developments will rejuvenate the area when completed, says Low. Further renewal could take place if the strata-titled owners of ageing mixed-use developments such as Bukit Timah Plaza (completed in 1976) and Beauty World Plaza (completed in 1982) are successful in their collective sale attempts.

Targeted for completion by 1Q2K28, The Reserve Residences will be “the melting pot for the Bukit Timah”, declares Low. “There aren’t any significant shopping malls in the area currently,” he says. “In the future, you will have the best of both worlds –— a mix of the old and the new.” The new mall at Bukit V will have over 20,000 sqm (215,280 sq ft) of retail space, with a Cold Storage supermarket, F&B offerings, education centres and medical services. Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre, Beauty World Centre (a mall built in 1984) and Bukit Timah Plaza will be within walking distance.

Based on the profile of buyers at new project launches in the OCR and RCR over the past three years, at least 90% of the buyers were Singapore citizens, says Eugene Lim, key executive officer and head of research and market intelligence, ERA Realty Network. He adds that Singapore permanent residents (PRs) accounted for 5% to 7.5% of buyers, with foreigners having a small representation of less than 5%.

“We anticipate locals to be the main key driver of the total sales for The Reserve Residences,” says Lim. “Given that the most recent cooling measures primarily affect foreign investors, it is unlikely to impact the sales of The Reserve Residences.”

 

The Reserve Residences is notably within 1km to most sought-after primary schools such as Methodist Girls’ School and Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School. Highly-regarded schools like the Raffles Girls’ Primary School, Nanyang Girls’ High School, Hwa Chong Institution, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), National Junior College and the National University of Singapore are just a short drive away.

“Given that the project is near many top schools in the Bukit Timah belt, many families will find the project attractive,” says Christine Sun, senior vice president of research & analytics, OrangeTee & Tie.

Apart from attracting families, Sun expects units at The Reserve Residences to hook onto property investors looking at exceptionally resilient and long-term rental income. “Such integrated developments attract tenants as they can commute easily to other parts of Singapore since the development is integrated with a major transport node like an MRT station and a bus interchange.”

 

 

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