Starting price per square foot: EXPECTED LAUNCH IN 2H2018 Developer: YTL CORPORATION (YTL) Architect: ANTONIO CITTERIO PATRICIA VIEL
Malaysian conglomerate YTL is best known as a developer of luxury hotels and resorts in its home base. In Singapore, its portfolio includes luxury villa projects Kasara and Sandy Island on Sentosa Cove, as well as 3 Orchard By-The-Park, its first and highly anticipated residential development on the mainland, set to launch later this year.
With 77 units housed in three 25-storey buildings, this freehold project in prime District 9 sits within reach of the bright lights of Orchard Road, as well as the lush environs of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Residents can therefore enjoy the best of both worlds.
What also sets this exclusive development apart are the brand names associated with its architecture and design. Architect Antonio Citterio is the man behind Bulgari’s hotels and resorts in Milan, Bali, London, Dubai, Beijing and Shanghai. Meanwhile, its interiors are fitted with furniture by Armani Casa, which dresses some of the world’s finest hotels and private residences, including the Armani Hotels in Milan and Dubai. Citterio’s vision is to create villas in the sky. The four- bedroom apartments will come with their own private swimming pools and lush gardens.
Starting price per square foot: $2,550 PSF AT LAUNCH (MAY 2016); $3,190 PSF IN 1H2018
Developer: CITY DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED (CDL)
With its freehold tenure and prime location just minutes away from Orchard Road, CDL’s Gramercy Park is a hot favourite among the well-heeled. At least two units sold over the past year have the distinction of being among the most expensive in Singapore, in terms of absolute price. Both of these are five-bedroom penthouses that sprawl over 7,287 sq ft. One went for $21.86 million ($3,000 psf ), while the other was snapped up for $24.5 million or $3,362 psf.
Size – and the inherent luxury of space – is something that the development is known for. The entire estate sprawls over 15,718 sq m (170,000 sq ft). On its grounds are a large Grand Lawn and a 50m (Olympic-sized) Grand Pool. And of the 240 parking slots, there are 20 luxury ones big enough to accommodate supercars or cars with wide door openings.
NEW FUTURA Starting price per square foot: $3,195 PSF AT LAUNCH (JAN 2018); $3,560 PSF IN 1H2018 Developer: CITY DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED (CDL) Architect: SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL (SOM)
It is not often that a new freehold luxury property in prime District 9 comes along. So the anticipation surrounding New Futura when it was launched in January was warranted. That the project’s developer – the SGX-listed CDL – has a good track record also bode well. The architectural firm responsible for the design, SOM, is itself a brand name. One of the largest such firms in the world, and best known for designing glass-box skyscrapers, SOM is behind world-famous structures like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – currently the world’s tallest building – and One World Trade Center in New York.
Located close to the Indian High Commission, the twin 36-storey towers house a total of 124 units. They range from two-, three-, and four-bedroom units to the highest category “Bungalow-in-the-Sky” concept. The three- and four-bedroom apartments come with 180-degree views of Orchard Road, Marina Bay and the CBD.
Starting price per square foot: $2,950 PSF AT LAUNCH (MAY 2016); $3,500 PSF IN 1H2018
Developer: NASSIM HILL REALTY (CAPITALAND)
Architect: W ARCHITECTS
The Nassim has attracted its fair share of positive media attention over the past two years. Of the 19 apartments that changed hands for more than $10 million this year, almost half were from The Nassim. The costliest of the lot fetched $19.6 million, or $2,776 psf.
With just 55 units of three-, four- and five-bedroom apartments, this prestigious freehold property in District 10 has another claim to fame: Its landscaping is designed by Shunmyo Masuno, an 18th- generation Zen priest who is the president of Japan Landscape Consultants. He is known for designing gardens inspired by ancient Zen traditions. His works include the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, One Kowloon in Hong Kong and the Japanese Garden at the Marzahn Recreational Park in Berlin.
WALLICH RESIDENCE Starting price per square foot: $3,050 PSF AT LAUNCH (DECEMBER 2013); $3,310 PSF IN 1H2018 Developer: GUOCOLAND Architect: SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL (SOM)
Guocoland’s landmark Wallich Residence made headlines in July last year when its 21,108 sq ft three-storey super penthouse came with an asking price of $108 million. The unit has a private lift with direct access to the basement carpark, where the owner is entitled to four designated parking spaces.
As part of the mixed-use Tanjong Pagar Centre, the 99-year leasehold property has the distinction of being Singapore’s tallest residential development. Its 181 units are located on floors 39 through 64, or a height of 180m to 290m – meaning spectacular views of the CBD, Marina Bay and Southern Islands. If the panoramic views from their apartments are not enough, residents can choose to admire the surroundings from the Sky Garden (220m) or the Sky Observatory on level 62 (270m).