Property Spotlight: Robertson Quay/Martin Road

By The Folks @PropTalk - October 12, 2011 3 Comments
The fully sold, 302-unit freehold Martin Place Residences obtained its temporary occupation permit (TOP) just last month. Enterprising property agents are already milling about in the area, showing units for lease and sale on the secondary market.

There were two transactions at Martin Place Residences over the week of Sept 13 to 20, based on the latest caveats lodged and downloaded from URA Realis as at Oct 6. One was the sale of a one-bedroom, 592sqft unit on the 25th level, which changed hands for $1.25 million ($2,111psf). The seller had purchased it for $1.022 million ($1,726psf) in June 2009, when the project was relaunched. The seller saw a price appreciation of 22.3%.

Meanwhile, at the neighbouring block of the twin-tower development, a 1,722sqft, three-bedroom apartment on the 31st floor changed hands for $3.7 million ($2,150psf). The seller had paid $2.87 million ($1,664psf) when it was purchased in August 2009, hence, recognizing a 29.2% price gain in two years.

According to Benson Koh, senior group district partner of SLP Real Estate Empire, the 1,722sqft, three-bedroom units have seen prices escalating on the secondary market, with owners asking prices in the range of $1,900 to $2,200psf, despite the uncertainty hanging over the global economy in recent months.

The riverfront neighbourhood of River Valley- Mohamad Sultan-Robertson Quay has become a sought-after residential district, given the short driving distance to both the CBD and Orchard Road, say property agents. There’s also the waterfront lifestyle, with the waterfront promenade so that people can enjoy a pleasant walk along the Singapore River, and the numerous retail and F&B enclaves at Boat Quay, and Clarke Quay.

Projects such as Martin Place Residences therefore appeal to local and foreign investors, especially those from China and Indonesia. “Three-bedroom apartments in the area tend to fetch good rentals, ranging from $7,500 to $9,500 per month,” says Koh.

Just down the road from Martin Place Residences is SC Global’s 88-unit Martin No. 38. The three commercial units in the project have already opened, and tenants are a boutique gym, The Mill, and two restaurants, Graze and Kha. The residential portion will only be completed by year-end. However, all the 65 residential units launched to date have been sold, according to URA new-home sales at end-August. The most recent transaction at the condominium was for a 969sqft unit on the 6th floor that was sold in August for $2.274 million ($2,347psf). Prior to that, a high of $2,962psf was achieved in May, when a 1,485sqft unit on the 14th level was sold for $4.4 million.

Meanwhile, across the street on Martin Road is the 545-unit RiverGate, which has restaurants overlooking the Singapore River, as well as a grocery store. The 99-year leasehold  freehold condo was developed jointly by CapitaLand and Hwa Hong Corp and completed in 2009. The most recent transaction at the condo was for a three-bedroom, 1,539sqft apartment that was sold for $3.15 million ($2,046psf) last month.

Rental rates for three-bedroom apartments at Martin Place Residences are likely to be comparable with those at RiverGate, says a property agent who declined to be named. The latter is sought after by families owing to the facilities, landscaping and direct access to the promenade as well as the restaurants along the Singapore River.

The Robertson Quay neighbourhood has seen an increase in interest this year, not just in the new developments, but existing condos as well. An example is the 206-unit Watermark Robertson Quay by Hong Leong, which was completed in 2008. The latest deal there was for a 1,324sqft unit on the 5th level that was sold for $2.1 million ($1,586psf) last month. The seller had purchased the unit when it was launched in 2005 for just over $1.22 million ($923psf), hence realising a capital appreciation of 71.8% over the last six years.

At the 186-unit freehold Robertson 100 by MCL Land, which was completed in 2004, an 872sqft unit was sold last month for $1.46 million ($1,675psf). This was the third time that the unit has changed hands on the resale market. The original owner, who bought it from the developer, paid $797,400 ($915psf) for the unit in 2004. He then sold it in 2007 for $1.1 million ($1,262psf), realising a gain of 37.9% in three years. The buyer then sold it two years later for a slightly higher price of $1.2 million ($1,376psf) in 2009. The recent seller who purchased the unit for $1.2 million in 2009 and sold it for $1.46 million ($1,675psf) enjoyed a 21.7% appreciation over the last two years.

With some time in our hands yesterday, the wife and I decided to drive down to the Robertson Quay/Martin Road area to take photos of the various developments mentioned in the above article. We were quite impressed with Martin Place Residences... from the outside at least. We also liked what we saw at RiverGate although we were not real impressed with the food from one of the restaurants located within the condominium, which we found a tad over-rated.


3 comments to ''Property Spotlight: Robertson Quay/Martin Road"

  1. Haha. Wrong Info on Rivergate - it's Freehold, not 99LH.

  2. If it's from THE EDGE, it sxxk big time.

  3. The Folks @PropTalkOctober 12, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Dear Anonymous (12/10/11, 4:29PM):
    We are glad SOMEONE is paying attention. Yes, RiverGate is a freehold project - the wife and I should have noticed the error. But it looks like this happens to the best of us, even the good people at THEEGDE! :)

    Thanks for spotting the error, which is now corrected (in our posting at least).