WATERBANK AT DAKOTA: 40% of units sold !

By The Folks @PropTalk - April 10, 2010 No Comments

It was reported in the BT today that UOL Group has sold about 40% of its 616-unit Waterbank at Dakota condo by yesterday. By some analysts’ calculations, UOL stands to book pretax earnings of $135 million to $160 million progressively from the project as it is built once it is fully sold. Prices of typical units range from above $1,000sqft to above $1,300psf. Buyers were predominantly Singaporeans.

Art Impression

Smaller units were first to be snapped up in the 99-year leasehold project, next to the soon-to-open Dakota MRT Station and fronting Geylang River.

In absolute price quantum, the cheapest one-bedroom unit cost $570,000, for a 484sqft unit on the second level. Two-bedders start from $979,000 for an 883sqft unit. All five penthouses (2,390sqft to 2,820sqft) have also been sold at $2.8 million to $3.4 million.

UOL has released more than 300 of the total 616 units in the development, which is due for completion in 2014. The group is expected to save some units for the project’s official launch next Saturday, the same day as the opening of Dakota Station.

The developer opened the showflat to staff and associates and consultants earlier this week before inviting other buyers yesterday.

Unit sizes range from 484sqft for a one-bedder to 2,820sqft for a penthouse. The project has 175 one-bedroom and one-bedroom + study units, 78 two-bedders, 271 three-bedders, 37 four-bedders and 5 penthouses. There are 11 cabana units, which are two-bedroom units perched on a landscaped deck overlooking the swimming pool and with their own carpark lots.

(* Did you notice that the maths for the unit distribution as reported in the BT do not add up to 616 units? For the sake of accuracy, the wife and I had done a web search and managed to find an alternate source of information that we believe is a more accurate representation of the distribution of units at Waterbank at Dakota - see table below *)
Unit Distributions

UOL’s preview of the project comes just seven months after it was awarded the site last September at $508 per square foot per plot ratio (psf ppr). City Developments is due to release later this month a 429-unit project at Chestnut Avenue. It will build the 24-storey condo on a site bought at a state tender last August for $280psf ppr.

The short turnaround time reflects developers’ strategy of riding the current buying momentum for mass and mid-market homes. It also suggests that projects on sites sold by the government from January to May this year stand a good chance of being launch-ready before the year runs out.


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