Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Project spotlight: Compass Heights

There was a spike in interest and transactions at nine-year-old Compass Heights in mid-July, which property agents attribute to the upcoming launch of Keppel Land’s Sengkang Square condominium called The Luxurie.

Keppel Land has announced last month that it is likely to launch the Sengkang Square condo development by year-end. The developer had purchased the 99-year leasehold, 194,000sqft site in March for $286.8 million and is planning to build a 622-unit condo. Property agents are speculating that it is likely to be launched at the end of this month or in September.

The Luxurie is adjacent to Compass Heights and just metre away from the Sengkang MRT station and Compass Point shopping mall. The launch could lead to a revaluation of properties in the vicinity, say property agents. Homebuyers may have snapped up units in Compass Heights in anticipation of future price increases, says Vincent Lim, division director at ERA Realty Network.

Property agents estimate The Luxurie’s selling price to be above $1,000psf, given its location next to the MRT station. This is because the selling price at Compass Heights, which was completed in 2002, is at an average of $860psf currently.

Meanwhile, H2O Residences by City Developments Ltd, located in Sengkang West and next to the Layar LRT station, was launched in March, with units currently selling at an average of $950psf. The 521-unit development is three LRT stops from the Sengkang MRT station, compared with The Luxurie, which is just across the road from it. Therefore, property agents such as ERA’s Lim think The Luxurie should fetch a higher selling price, in the region of $1,000psf.

The 536-unit Compass Heights, developed by Frasers Centrepoint Homes and built a decade ago, was considered the first condo in Singapore to be part of an integrated development linked to a shopping mall (Compass Point) and an MRT station (Sengkang MRT station).

According to URA Realis, from July 15 to 22, four units above 1,000sqft at Compass Heights were transacted at prices ranging from $763 to $886psf, or at a quantum of $935,000 to $1.09 million each. About 60% of buyers at the 99-year leasehold condo have HDB addresses, an indication of strong upgrader demand.

On July 18, a three-bedroom, 1,324sqft unit on the 4th floor was sold for $1.01 million ($763psf). This is the second time the unit has changed hands in the secondary market. The last time was three years ago, at $700,000 ($529psf). The original buyer purchased the unit in March 2001 for just $553,350 ($418psf).

Another unit, a 1,055sqft, 13th floor apartment, changed hands for $935,000 ($886psf). The seller had purchased the two-bedroom unit in April 2001 for $514,250 ($487psf). This represents a price appreciation of 82% over the last 10 years.

A 1,292sqft unit on the 10th floor was sold for $1.05 million ($813psf). The seller had purchased the three-bedroom unit in March 2001 for $638,350 ($494psf), hence seeing a capital appreciation of 64.5%.

And on July 21, another 1,292sqft unit on the 7th floor was sold for $1.09 million ($840psf). It had changed hands in May 2009 for $700,000 ($542psf). The original owner had purchased the unit in March 2001 for $624,000 ($487psf) and sold it in July 2004 for $580,000 ($449psf).

Compass Heights is popular with HDB upgraders from the Sengkang area, as well as young couples who have been priced out of the HDB market, says ERA’s Lim. “Many HDB flats in Sengkang were purchased in 2005, when prices were relatively low. As such, the HDB upgraders would have enjoyed a hefty price appreciation over the last few years. And since they are already familiar with Sengkang, they want to continue staying in the area.”

Compass Heights also has a full range of facilities, comprising a large swimming pool, tennis court, fitness station, gym and barbecue pits. Besides its location next to the Sengkang MRT station and Compass Point, the condo is also near well-known educational institutions such as Nan Chiau Primary School and Nan Chiau High School, which makes it popular with young families, says Lim.

The wife and I must admit that we do not know much about the Sengkang area, as there was little in terms of personal motivation to do. Matter of fact, neither of us has ever visited Compass Point! But now that we have started our blog, we probably should pay more attention to new launches in this (North-Eastern) part of Singapore. So The Luxurie to start, perhaps?



K said...

Great article - thanks for highlighting an area that some of us are unfamiliar with!

Dunus said...

Thank you for featuring Compass Heights in your review... It just brought back old memories of me working on this project, as the Project Architect, more than 10 years ago. It is indeed the first integrated mix develoment comprising of residential, bus interchange/MRT and a link to the nearby Compass Point. It is a real challenge for us to compact so many units within a tight site, maximizing privacy yet still complying to Authorities' requirement of services seggregations. Go visit the place if you have the chance, it is quite different from the typical condos you have seen...

Good that you are going to review The Luxurie soon, which I have also been personally involved in the design stage as well.. Thank you!

Panda said...

Had visited Compass Height when we were looking to buy a private property. Location is superb but I would say the design of the unit is lousy. I visited a 2 bedder and the common bedroom is so small that it could only fit a single bed. A lot of the area is taken up by the super big hall + dinning.

I will be visiting the Luxurie when it launched. Hope the design and layout will be much better.

Also, the other advantage of this location is that it is within 1km from Nan Chiau Primary School.

Alex said...

For those of you who may be interested, The Luxurie will be having it's preview tomorrow (27 Aug 2011).

More details at the official pages below:

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