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City Towers in Bukit Timah sold en bloc on fourth attempt

The sale of City Towers in Bukit Timah has finally been completed at its fourth attempt to be sold en bloc, after a pair of sibling owners initially attempted to block the deal.

Sale of the District 10 freehold site for $401.9 million to a unit linked to Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka Shing was completed on Tuesday, real estate firm Colliers International announced in a press statement yesterday.

Depending on the size of the unit, each residential owner stands to receive $2.78 million to $11.5 million from the sale. The sale price, which is more than 13 per cent above the owners' reserve price, works out to a land rate of about $1,847 per sq ft per plot ratio (psf ppr), after factoring in a development charge of $3.5 million.

The collective sale tender for City Towers was launched on Jan 4 last year and attracted seven competitive bids, with Japura Development - linked to Mr Li's Cheung Kong empire - as the top bidder.

But the sale hit a snag after a pair of siblings, who owned two units, filed their objections in the High Court.

The duo, however, withdrew their objections, and the sale order approving the collective sale was issued in May this year.

The 17-storey development comprises 77 units of apartments and maisonettes, a penthouse unit and a shop unit. It has a land area of 9,711.3 sq m, with a proposed total gross floor area of 20,393.7 sq m.

City Towers, which is near the Newton and Stevens MRT stations, is located in an enclave of private residential apartments and landed housing estates in District 10.

Ms Tang Wei Leng, managing director of Colliers, said: "We are happy to have successfully concluded this collective sale for the owners. This is their fourth attempt and the success is a happy outcome."

In a separate development, District 10 freehold condominium, Beaufort On Nassim, has been launched for collective sale by tender at a minimum expected price of $222.68 million, real estate services firm Savills Singapore announced yesterday. The price tag translates to a unit land rate of $3,508 psf ppr. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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