The Interlace hits high of $1,323 psf

Prices of units at The Interlace hit an all time high of $1,323 psf in October, with apartments released in the first two phases almost sold out. So far, more than 90% of the 590 units released have been sold. In the first phase, 360 units were put up for sale in September last year, and in the second phase, 230 units were released in April this year. In the first phase, prices ranged from $850 to $1,150 psf, and in the second phase, prices ranged from $850 to $1,300 psf.

High-profile homebuyers at The Interlace include CapitaLand’s group CEO Liew Mun Leong, who purchased a penthouse on the 23rd floor for $3.7 million ($1,092 psf), and his son and daughter- in-law, who bought a four-bedroom unit on the 16th floor for $2.4 million ($996 psf) this year. The 1,040-unit condominium, which sits on a sprawling site of over 800,000 sq ft, is set to be an iconic development. Designed by star architect Ole Scheeren, a former partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, The Interlace comprises 31 six-storey apartment blocks stacked to form eight courtyards. Jointly developed by CapitaLand and Hotel Properties Ltd (HPL), The Interlace is built on the former Gillman Heights HUDC estate and is expected to be completed in 2015. The 99-year leasehold condo sits next to the Ayer Rajah Expressway on one side and is just a short walk from the 9km green belt, which makes up the Southern Ridges, covering Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park.

Andrew Choi, a marketing agent with ERA, notes that the project is popular with families, both Singaporeans and expatriates, given that the units are larger than most new projects these days. The development is near popular educational institutions such as International School Singapore (high school campus) and the National University of Singapore and offices at Telok Blangah Industrial Estate. It is also near the upcoming Labrador Park MRT station on the Circle Line.

The project contains a mix of unit types, starting from two-bedroom apartments of 807 sq ft to penthouses of 6,308 sq ft. Penthouses range from 3,154 to 6,308 sq ft. All the two-bedroom units have been snapped up, according to CapitaLand’s spokeswoman. Choi says he is marketing several two-bedroom units in the sub-sale market at prices ranging from $1,200 to $1,300 psf.

There were three transactions in the week of Oct 5 to 12, two of which were sub-sales in the secondary market, while the other was a new sale from the developer. The new sale was for a 1,001 sq ft unit on the 10th floor of one of the blocks, which was sold for $1.197 million ($1,197 psf).

Meanwhile, one of the sub-sales was for a 2,454 sq ft unit on the 11th floor that changed hands for $2.5 million ($1,030 psf), according to a caveat lodged with URA on Oct 7. The seller had purchased the unit for $2.198 million ($896 psf) from the developer in January this year, representing a 15% capital gain in less than a year.

The second sub-sale involved an 807 sq ft, 12th floor two-bedroom unit that changed hands for $1.068 million, or $1,323psf. The first owner had purchased the property for $944,800 ($1,170 psf) just a year ago, hence seeing a 13% gain.

In terms of average price, $1,323 psf is the highest achieved so far for the project. The last time a unit crossed the $1,300 psf level was for the sale of another 807 sq ft, two- bedroom unit on the 11th floor, which was sold by the developer for $1.05 million ($1,305 psf) in April.

Source : The Edge – 1 Nov 2010