The collective sale market, which saw a resurgence last year, is still firing with the sale of One Tree Hill Gardens for $65 million – the first such deal this year.

A unit of Lum Chang Group bought the freehold landed residential redevelopment site near Orchard Road.

The price works out to a land rate of about $1,664 per sq ft.

The development received considerable interest from developers and contractor-developers, as this is the only sizeable landed redevelopment site within close vicinity of Orchard Road.

Although the sale price fell markedly short of the $72.8 million guide price when the site was put on the market in January, owners still made a substantial gain.

Owners will get $4.3 million to $9.1 million each, depending on the size of their properties. This is about 60 per cent above open market value for the individual units.

One Tree Hill Gardens comprises six maisonettes and seven apartments, with sizes ranging from about 1,916 sq ft to 4,682 sq ft.

The freehold site with a land area of 39,063 sq ft is zoned for two-storey semi-detached residential use under the 2014 master plan.

It can be redeveloped into eight semi-detached homes plus five bungalows, or 10 semi-detached homes plus three bungalows.

The collective sale market is set to stay active this year amid more positive sentiment. Last month, the 330-unit Eunosville and 286-unit Rio Casa were put up for sale.

Although there have been a lot more en bloc inquiries from home owners, developers are expected to remain selective and price sensitive, an analyst said.

Adapted from: The Straits Times, 6 May 2017