Mr Desmond Sim, head of CBRE Research for Singapore and South-east Asia, said: "The plot is the last site to be sold on the Government Land Sales confirmed list for 2016 and the profiles of the bid parties reflect interest from some relatively newer developers and small-cap players who find the quantum affordable and easy to manage. This will negate the risks for developers making their first foray into the residential market".
Mr Sim said the site is in an enclave of private developments, an established area close to the park connector network along Sungei Pandan. "It requires the use of prefabricated materials which will help to keep a lid on construction costs."
Mr Ong said the top bid was 7.4 per cent above the $551 psf ppr paid for the adjacent Parc Riviera site as it is slightly superior, being farther from the Ayer Rajah Expressway. The West Coast Vale site is also somewhat near the Jurong Lake District and malls like Jem.
Private home sales in 2016 grew nearly 16 per cent over the previous year and is expected to improve further in 2017, while price declines have been moderating.