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This article first appeared in City & Country, The Edge Malaysia Weekly on February 27, 2023 - March 5, 2023

Almost 89% of freehold residential development Perfect Ten — by Hong Kong-based developer CK Asset Holdings Ltd — on Bukit Timah Road in Singapore has been taken up since its launch in December 2021.

During a recent media tour of its sales gallery in the city state, the company said the development comprises 230 units in two 24-storey towers on a 104,531 sq ft tract and that 205 units had been sold as at Feb 15 this year.

Perfect Ten is slated to be the tallest new development on Bukit Timah Road. It is within a five-minute drive from Orchard Road and an eight-minute walk from Newton and Stevens MRT stations.

Offering two- and three-bedroom units with built-ups of 753 to 1,281 sq ft, about 80% of the units will have panoramic views of Bukit Timah and the surrounding lush greenery, while the rest of the units will face the cityscape. 

All three-bedroom units and selected two-bedroom units are designed with private lift lobbies. All units will feature appliances and fittings of European brands such as Miele, Gaggenau, Villeroy & Boch, Duravit and Hansgrohe.

Left: Perfect Ten is inspired by the Japanese concept of “ma”, which is also interwoven into its purpose-designed facilities and recreation zones Above: A show unit with three bedrooms

“Perfect Ten was the best-selling project in District 10 as well as the Core Central Region in 4Q2022. The average selling price was around S$3,000 psf, with the project achieving its highest price of S$3,576 psf for a three-bedroom penthouse unit, for a total purchase price of about S$4.58 million,” said the developer.

“The indicative prices of Perfect Ten’s remaining units start from about S$2.4 million for the two-bedroom units and about S$3.6 million for the three-bedroom units. The buyers’ profile is a mix of owner-occupiers and investors. Some 84% of the buyers are locals and permanent residents while the remaining 16% are foreigners.”

Based on the 177 units sold from 2022 to February this year, the median price of the development is S$2,979 psf, according to property agency OrangeTee & Tie Pte Ltd CEO Steven Tan.

Designed by world-renowned DP Architects, the twin towers is inspired by the Japanese concept of “ma”, which relates to all aspects of life. According to the architect, “ma” is described as a pause in time, an interval or emptiness in space. It is the fundamental time and space from which life grows. 

The concept is also interwoven into Perfect Ten’s purpose-designed facilities and recreation zones, starting from the 100m generous setback from the main road, where the 80m-long landscaped driveway leads to the drop-off area, which features a 5m-high rose gold canopy. Other facilities include a clubhouse, a 50m-long infinity pool and a serene roof garden.

Malaysians the second largest group of foreign property buyers in Singapore

During a recent media tour in Singapore, property agency OrangeTee & Tie Pte Ltd CEO Steven Tan pointed out that foreigners made up 4.7% of the buyers of private, non-landed, residential property in the city state last year and that Malaysians were the second largest group by nationality.

“Overall, the demand for private residential property has been very high in Singapore because the country is seen as a safe haven for property investments due to several factors such as political stability and a strong currency,” he said.

“About 20% of residential properties in Singapore are private properties, and 5% to 6% of these private properties are purchased by foreigners. Property prices have been growing fast, and it is still growing now, although at a slower rate.”

Also, compared with 2021, last year saw a smaller supply of private properties, resulting in lower transactions. New sales stood at 7,009 units in 2022 compared with 12,703 units in 2021. As for resale units, there were 13,962 last year versus 19,934 in 2021.

Tan: About 20% of residential properties in Singapore are private properties, and 5% to 6% of these private properties are purchased by foreigners (Photo by OrangeTee & Tie)

Citing the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Property Price Index, Tan said the price increase for the private residential market over the years has been 2.7% (2019), 2.2% (2020), 10.6% (2021) and 8.6% (2022). The projected price increase for 2023 is 5% to 8%.

In terms of average transactions for new condominiums, he noted that it was S$1,800 to S$2,200 psf in the mass market, S$2,400 to S$3,200 psf in the mid-market and S$2,600 to S$3,200 psf in the luxury market.

In 2023, Tan expects more than 11,000 new homes in 48 projects, excluding executive condominiums, to be launched. 

“Of the 11,391 units, around 45.3% or 5,155 units in 18 projects may be released in the Rest of Central Region (RCR). An estimated 31.7% or 3,612 units in 14 projects may be launched in the Outside Central Region (OCR). Supply remains tight in the luxury segment, with a projected 2,624 units to be launched in 16 projects in the Core Central Region,” he said.

“Up to seven large projects with more than 500 units may be launched this year, up from one major launch in 2022 and four in 2021. With more launches, we estimate that new sales volume may rise to between 8,500 and 10,000 units in 2023. New home prices may rise by 5% to 8%.”

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