On Dec 1, a three-bedroom unit on the penthouse floor at Ardmore Three sold for $4,439 psf, a new high for the project, according to caveats lodged with URA Realis as at Dec 12.

According to Dominic Lee, head of The Luxury Team at PropNex Realty, prices for luxury properties will continue to soar. “[In this property cycle,] we could easily see prices surpass $5,000 psf in more than one project,” he says.

Those who bought at luxury developments such as OUE Twin Peaks, Gramercy Park, Leedon Residence and Martin Modern early on would be sitting on profits right now, says Lee. He likens luxury properties to blue-chip stocks — there is always demand.


Exterior of Ardmore Three

Ardmore Three is not done setting record prices. Prices reached $4,439 psf on Dec 1, the highest among District 10 non-landed properties sold so far this year (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/The Edge Singapore)

Owners who hold on to their luxury property for 10 years or more would have an opportunity to exit at a profit some time along the way, he says. “I can only remember two occasions (1997 and 2007) where the owners took a longer period to make a decent profit,” comments Lee.

The potential rate hikes by the US Fed are unlikely to dampen luxury property prices, reckons Lee. “Singapore has unbelievably low interest rates compared with our peers in the region,” he says.

High-net-worth individuals, the typical buyer of luxury properties, usually do not take on high levels of housing debt, says Desmond Sim, head of CBRE Research for Singapore and Southeast Asia. “Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty will continue to have a larger impact,” Sim says. “That’s the first hurdle.”

Ardmore Three is not the only luxury property to have seen a record price recently. A week ago, prices hit $4,000 psf for the first time at the 181-unit Wallich Residence, the high-end residential component of GuocoLand’s mixed-use project Tanjong Pagar Centre, based on caveats lodged with URA Realis as at Dec 12.

Elsewhere in District 10, where the Ardmore Series is located, The Nassim saw a unit sold at $3,423 psf on Nov 30. It was the second-highest price psf achieved at the development, according to URA caveat data.

This article appeared in EdgeProp Pullout, Issue 810 (Dec 18, 2017).