Just at the edge of the Central Business District (CBD), right in the centre of Singapore’s newest entertainment hub and with a view to die for, it’s not wonder properties at Marina Bay are drawing the well-heeled crowd in. With the intention of cultivating this area as the new Financial district, commercial units are being built and occupied at a rapid pace. As a happy spillover, residential properties nearby are enjoying the business it brings in. Companies and individuals with cash to spend are taking the the area due to the proximity and high-end address it provides.
The Marina One development expected to complete by 2017 looks set to bring in even more money, both commercial and residential. Jointly developed by Temasek Holdings and Khazanah Nasional’s M+S, it will have a 341,000 sq m gross floor are and a gross development value of $7 billion.
Surrounding developments such as The Sail @ Marina Bay and V on Shenton are also seeing positive response over time. The Sail @ Marina Bay for example launched for $980 psf in 2004 but has more than doubled to $2, 180 as of the past 15 months.
Marina Bay Suites sold one of the most expensive units in the area at $3, 313 psf. Median prices were at its peak in Q3 of last year at $2, 229. In the beginning of 2012 it was at $1, 926 psf.
Despite the dampened buying interest following January’s property tax hikes, tenants looking to rent homes nearby will continue to keep investment at a healthy level. Rental yields for apartments in Marina Bay are between 2 and 3 per cent. Median monthly rents range from $5.25 to $6 psf. Compared to rentals in other prime districts, it’s higher than their $3 to $5 psf median. It also helps that the proximity to the CBD and shopping and entertainment belt also helps keep selling prices high so whether its short or long term investment you’re looking for, the Marina Bay area may give you the best run for your money.