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Cairnhill Mansion up for collective sale

THE Cairnhill Mansion apartment block near the Goodwood Park Hotel, plus an adjoining site, have been put up for collective sale – a transaction that could total nearly $600 million.

The owners of Cairnhill Mansion, which is about 40 years old, want at least $443.6 million for their estate, comprising 60 apartments of 2,024 sq ft each and an 8,525 sq ft penthouse. The freehold block is on a site of 43,103 sq ft.

The adjoining site of 1,800 sq m has a guide price of about $139.4 million.

These price the land at about $2,800 per sq ft (psf) per plot ratio, inclusive of development charge, a level market observers feel may be too high for the area.

It suggests a break-even price of $3,500 psf to $3,600 psf. Last month, units at the luxury development Hilltops at Cairnhill Circle went for a median price of $3,711 psf.

Marketing agent Knight Frank said yesterday that Cairnhill Mansion, which has a plot ratio of 2.8, was earlier granted permission from the Government to raise the ratio to 3.675.

The adjoining site also has a plot ratio of 2.8.

Both sites will be sold by separate tenders, which will close on the same day – Jan 15.

Knight Frank said a developer buying both plots could expect to build about 100 apartments, each of about 2,000 sq ft. Future development there can go up to 36 storeys.


Source: The Straits Times 27 Nov 07

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